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Justice Department slams DEA for allowing dramatic Oxycodone production increase as opioid crisis grew

October 1, 2019 |

A new report from the Justice Department’s inspector general found that despite growing evidence that opioids were being overprescribed and abused, the Drug Enforcement Administration increased oxycodone production quotas by 400 percent between 2002 and 2013.


L.A. Times – Business

Colt Suspends Production of AR-15 Rifles for Civilians

September 20, 2019 |

Gun-maker Colt is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15, the company said Thursday in a shift it attributed to changes in consumer demand and a market already saturated with similar weapons. The company said it will focus instead on fulfilling contracts with military…
Newser

Apple is moving Mac Pro production to China

June 29, 2019 |

Apple Inc. will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, moving production of what had been its only major device assembled in the United States, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.

The company will use Quanta Computer Inc. to make the $ 6,000 desktop computer and is ramping…


L.A. Times – Business

Mac Pro Production Moves to China

June 28, 2019 |

Apple says its new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the US and includes American-made components. But it will no longer be built in the US. With trade tensions between the US and China worsening, Apple is cranking up production of the $ 6,000 desktop computer at a factory…
Newser

Hillary Clinton teaming with daughter Chelsea to form Hollywood production company

May 30, 2019 |

Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are forming a production company to pursue film and television projects, making a foray into Hollywood after decades in the public eye.

The two have spoken to studios about financing a pipeline of programs, said people familiar with the matter. They would…


L.A. Times – Business

Reports: Iran Quadruples Enriched Uranium Production

May 20, 2019 |

Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the US over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter . Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3….
Newser

Boston Dynamics debuts the production version of SpotMini

April 19, 2019 |

Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics conference, Boston Dynamics announced that SpotMini will be its first commercially available product. A revamped version of the product would use the company’s decades of quadrupedal robotics learnings as a basis for a robot designed to patrol office spaces.

At today’s event, founder and CEO Marc Raibert took to the stage to debut the production version of the electric robot. As noted last year, the company plans to produce around 100 models this year. Raibert said the company is aiming to start production in July or August. There are robots coming off the assembly line now, but they are betas being used for testing, and the company is still doing redesigns. Pricing details will be announced this summer.

New things about the SpotMini as it moves closer to production include redesigned components to make it more reliable, skins that work better to protect the robot if it falls and two sets of cameras on the front and one on each side and the back, so it can see in all directions.

The SpotMini also has an arm (with a hand that’s often mistaken for its head) that is stabilized in space, so it stays in the same place even when the rest of the robot moves, making it more flexible for different applications.

Raibert says he hopes the SpotMini becomes the “Android of robots” (or Android of androids), with navigation software and developers eventually writing apps that can run in and interact with the controls on the robot.

SpotMini is the first commercial robot Boston Dynamics is set to release, but as we learned earlier, it certainly won’t be the last. The company is looking to its wheeled Handle robot in an effort to push into the logistics space. It’s a super-hot category for robotics right now. Notably, Amazon recently acquired Colorado-based start up Canvas to add to its own arm of fulfillment center robots.

Boston Dynamics made its own acquisition earlier this month — a first for the company. The addition of Kinema will bring advanced vision systems to the company’s robots — a key part in implementing these sorts of systems in the field.

TechCrunch

Boeing will temporarily slow production of 737 Max planes

April 7, 2019 |

Boeing will “temporarily” cut production of 737 Max planes as the company continues work on a software upgrade to the flight control system implicated in two fatal crashes, Boeing’s chief executive said Friday.

By mid-month, the Chicago aerospace giant will reduce production of its 737 Max planes…


L.A. Times – Business

Boeing Cuts Max Production

April 6, 2019 |

Boeing is cutting production of its grounded Max airliner this month to focus on fixing flight-control software and getting the planes back in the air. The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the 737 Max from 52 to 42 planes per month, AP reports….
Newser

Shale Suffers Growing Pains That Could Slow U.S. Oil Production

March 26, 2019 |

Shale Suffers Growing Pains That Could Slow U.S. Oil ProductionSchlumberger Ltd. and Halliburton Co., two of the largest providers of oil services, said Monday there will be a double-digit drop in spending from customers in the U.S. and Canada this year, a gloomier outlook than they had previously given. An explosive surge in output from shale formations has pushed U.S. oil production past Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest. In addition to financial limits, technical difficulties are sparking concern that some oil production forecasts won’t materialize.



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