Business & Industry

Green Apps: A Green Guilt Trip From Your Phone

"There's an app for that." If you own a smart phone or tablet computer, chances are you hear that phrase a lot. Today, there are phone apps that remind us to take our medication, help us become better kissers and annoy and repel teenagers. So it was inevitable that we'd be swamped with a tidal wave of apps that will allow us to become greener, more eco-conscious individuals. Whether these...

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How to Start Selling Ideas to Management

Regardless of your company culture, the key to selling your ideas is understanding your organization's goals, management's concerns and the specific problem your idea is meant to address. It is not uncommon for employees to have ideas that go unheard by upper management. Very often, however, it is not because the idea is bad, but because employees don't have a sound strategy for sending proposals...

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Product Spotlight: Schneider Electrics' Wiser™ Energy Management System

Schneider Electronics, a global specialist in energy management, has developed a comprehensive demand management system that promises to provide benefits to both utilities and consumers. The Wiser Energy Management System provides homeowners with visibility into household energy consumption and allows them to take total control of their household energy use. They can actively manage their energy...

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Engineering Employment and Earnings Outlook

With the national unemployment rate lingering at 9 percent and job creation at a virtual standstill, conditions in the job market are far from good. But signs point to strong demand for engineers in the short-term future. Meanwhile, engineers' earnings continue to be high, both in terms of starting and mid-career salaries. Is the outlook for working and prospective engineering professionals...

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What Sets You Apart in Your Industry?

Every business runs differently, and we'd like to know what sets yours apart from the rest. Take a few minutes to participate in ThomasNet's latest IMB survey for a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card. What challenges do you face in the months ahead? What strategies have been helpful to your business? Let us know what matters to you and what sets your organization apart from the rest by...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: China Surpasses Japan as No. 2 Economy

Plus: U.S. Trade Gap Increases, FDA Aims to Speed Medical Device Approval and New Trade Disputes Presented to the WTO. U.S. Trade Gap Widens The United States trade deficit expanded to $40.6 billion in December 2010, a 6 percent increase over the revised $38.3 billion total in November, due largely to a rapid increase in the pace of imports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday....

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Solar Cells That Don't Need the Sun

In small ways, this isn't a new idea: using light of any kind to create power. There are solar calculators that run indoors and watches that are charged with any light source. But SolarPrint is taking technology and making it better, stronger. SolarPrint, founded in 2008 in Dublin, Ireland, develops photovoltaic (PV) energy technologies, designed to convert light from any source into energy. The...

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Immerse Yourself in the Smart Grid at GE's Grid IQ(TM) Experience Center

Citizens of and visitors to Atlanta, grab a Coke and head on over to GE Energy's Grid IQ(TM) Experience Center, located in the Smart Grid Center of Excellence. The interactive Experience Center aims to educate everyone, from utilities to consumers, and regulators to policy makers, about the global energy landscape and the GE technologies for modernizing the electrical grid. The Grid IQ Experience...

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Light Friday: Valentine's Day and the Robot Apocalypse

Next Monday many Americans will be showing their affection for the special people in their lives. Meanwhile, a more menacing development looms... Last Sunday, we scarfed chips and chicken wings. On Monday, we trade them in for heart-shaped chocolates. Valentine's Day is traditionally an occasion when a person expresses his or her love to a significant other by offering gifts, cards, candy or...

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U.S. Auto Sales Strong in January

Major automakers posted significant U.S. sales gains in January, bolstering signs for the auto industry's continuing recovery and marking a strong start to 2011. United States car manufacturers reported major sales increases in January, with the largest firms posting double-digit gains in new vehicle sales. The increases were especially significant because they were based on rising demand from...

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