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The Hyperloop Gets A Boost: Update

Bringing the Hyperloop to the United States would have a tremendous impact on the way Americans travel and how cargo is transported around the country. Reaching speeds over 700mph, those in Los Angeles can make it to San Francisco in around 30 minutes. However, installing the infrastructure and technology is no easy task and one that also comes with a hefty price tag. Elon Musk is not known for ...

Apple vs. FBI: Latest Developments

On Monday (3/28/16), the Justice Department withdrew its legal action against Apple after the FBI announced they have found their own way into the iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI approached Apple and requested a 'tool' to bypass Apple's security so they can impose what is called a 'Brute-force attack'. A brute-force attack consists of a random generator that ...

Cyber Security: Protecting Your Business & Where You Can Turn

Cyber security has been a recurring topic among the manufacturing community and for very good reason. Facilities are becoming increasingly connected along with all links throughout the supply chain. This connectivity, although fostering innovation and open communication, can create new issues for manufacturers. A manufacturer might not be aware of the cyber threats, but more businesses each year ...

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Breaking Manufacturing News, Trends and Insights: Listen to our most recent episode below or any of our previous episodes in our Library or on iTunes and come back every Tuesday at 1PM Eastern time for the latest manufacturing news and insight. Intellectual Property Theft: Who is Prosecuting the Poachers? How can U.S. manufacturers compete globally when counterfeiting, ...

US Crude Exports Pick Up

The first major US oil company has begun to export American crude overseas. Exxon Mobil Corp., one of the US's largest oil companies, has shipped US crude into a refinery it owns located in Sicily, Italy. Exxon Mobil now joins a list made up primarily of independent traders that are working to alleviate the glut of US crude stockpiles. The lifting of the 40 year export ban has opened up new ...

Apple vs FBI: The Battle Continues

Apple and the FBI have been battling it out after the FBI approached Apple and asked to gain access to one of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. However, it's not just about unlocking only this iPhone. The FBI is asking Apple to create a way to bypass the iPhone's password security fail-safe that will delete the information off the phone if the password is entered incorrectly too many times. ...

Chinese Steel & Coal Sectors Set To Lose 1.8 Million Workers

Huge news coming out of China's steel and coal sectors as President Xi Jinping looks to cut industrial overcapacity and rework their state-run enterprises. Yin Weimin, Human Resources and Social Security Minister, announced today (2/29/2016) that they will lay off 1.3 million workers in the coal industry and another 500,000 in steel sectors. Without providing any additional information, Yin ...

Stabilizing Crude Oil Could Still Be Out Of Reach

Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister, Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, has ruled out the possibility for a freeze in Saudi oil production on Tuesday. This follows the recent discussion between a small number of OPEC members and Russia, about what can be done to stabilize crude oil prices. Oil prices jumped when word of this important meeting reached the public, however following Al-Naimi's most ...

New Initiative Aimed At Increasing National Cybersecurity

The Obama Administration announced on Tuesday ( 2/9/2016) that they plan to invest $19 billion to boost cybersecurity efforts throughout the federal government. The plan to boost cybersecurity comes from the growing concerns over antiquated systems the federal government is relying on, and the ease at which hackers can steal private information. 12 congressionally appointed "thinkers" from the ...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed By All 12 Nations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has gained even more momentum as the 12 participating countries gathered in New Zealand to sign the agreement today (2/4/2016). This however, does not mean the fight is over for the controversial trade agreement, the individual governments need to first pass the legislation through their own domestic political processes before it can take effect. This new ...