How Ford Is Gearing Up for Tomorrow Land

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As many as 80% of executives in the auto industry expect the trend of connectivity to be disruptive, while 83% predict major disruptions to their business models in the next five years, according to consulting firm KPMG. But Ford Motor Company, the American giant that raked in over $150 billion in annual revenue last year, is planning on staying one step ahead of the change, with a raft of innovative products and services.

Yet with its

Voice Impersonators Can Fool Speaker Recognition Systems

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Skillful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, as these systems generally aren’t efficient yet in recognizing voice modifications, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. The vulnerability of speaker recognition systems poses significant security concerns.

Nowadays, mobile devices are increasingly equipped with applications that function with voice commands. The user is able to dictate messages, translate phrases and do search queries by voice only. The widespread use of electronic

Nestle Prepared Foods Recalls 26,400 Pounds of Hot Pockets Donated to Charitable Organization

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Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a Mount Sterling, KY establishment, is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of pork and beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain eggs, milk, soy, and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The frozen not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) pork and beef hot pocket items were produced on September 21, 2016, January 10, 2017 and

Brands Form Alliances in Online Battle; Through Retail Partners, Walmart, Amazon Fight for Web Dominance

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Store chains in the United States feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances—and that can mean picking sides.

Shoppers at Kohl’s, a U.S. department store, can find Amazon devices at some stores, and return items they bought from the online retailer. Nike has made some of its sneakers available through Amazon. The owner of Sears is selling Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon in some markets. And Best Buy is teaming up with Amazon for voice

Two More Airlines Drop Hot Food From LAX Caterer Hit By Listeria

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia have stopped serving hot meals from Gate Gourmet at Los Angeles International Airport after listeria bacteria were found in the caterer’s local kitchen. Virgin Australia is giving passengers vouchers for food before their LAX flights and said that onboard food will not be up to normal standards while it looks for other catering arrangements.

Delta said it still gets cheese and fruit plates and wraps that are prepared in another

How Mercedes Is Preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution: Big Data, Machine Learning and Drones

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Mercedes and its parent company Daimler are on the cutting edge of the 4th Industrial Revolution, the shift to use a combo of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems to connect the entire production chain. As an early adopter, they give us a glimpse of the future.

In an era of great uncertainty and disruption for automotive manufacturers, Mercedes and its parent company Daimler are jumping in full throttle as leaders

Kobe Steel Plant Loses Remaining Industrial Quality Badge

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A Kobe Steel plant, which is at the center of a data falsification scandal that has roiled supply chains around the world, has been stripped of all its industrial quality certifications, Japan’s government said on Wednesday. The government-sanctioned seal on insulated copper tubing from Kobe’s Hatano plant was revoked after an investigation by a certification firm into its quality controls, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement. The plant, located southwest

Nissan Loses ISO Quality Management Certification for Domestic Output

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Nissan Motor Co.’s factories in Japan have lost their international quality management certification for domestic production after the carmaker was found to have continued using uncertified workers to conduct final checks on its vehicles even after the problem first surfaced in September, according to certification agencies.

ISO 9001 certificates on quality management systems for Nissan’s six domestic assembly plants were revoked as of Oct. 31 following on-site inspections, the agencies said, raising fears that the credibility

Target Corp. and Bulls i Toys Refuse to Address Extremely High Levels of Lead in Fidget Spinners

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U.S. PIRG Education Fund found fidget spinners with high levels of lead for sale at Target stores across the country. Parents and consumers need to know about these lead-laden toys, especially because we alerted Target and the toy’s distributor, Bulls i Toy, to our findings, but they refused to address the problem. The toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website. Incredibly, Target and Bulls i

Controversial New Dodge Demon ‘Should Be Banned’

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun shipping the first 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons to dealers, the automaker says.

The limited-production, 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine delivers 840 horsepower. Dodge is touting the mega-muscle car as the industry’s first street-legal production drag car. The National Hot Rod Association has certified it as the world’s fastest quarter-mile production vehicle.

Automotive News, the leading trade publication covering the auto industry, called for banning the Demon from the street in an editorial