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1/24/2020

"Few cast-iron skillets [are] better equipped for pizza-making than Smithey Ironware's new No. 14 skillet," Will Price writes. "The cast-iron skillet's job is making the crispiest dough imaginable, and the only added step is preheating the skillet (in the oven or on a burner) before tossing some well-floured dough in it."

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Gear Patrol
1/24/2020

A 17-ounce water-purifying bottle called CrazyCap will be unveiled at the Inspired Home Show in Chicago in mid-March. The filterless design has advanced UV sterilization and can keep drinks either hot for 12 hours or cold for 24.

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HomeWorld Business
1/24/2020

American households throw out almost one-third of the food they purchase, costing $1,900 per household per year on average, according to a study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. More affluent households tended to waste more food than less affluent ones.

1/24/2020

Retailers can reduce returns and "create a better selling situation" by using data to analyze purchases and identify problems early on, says Mark Lightbody of Newmine, which offers returns reduction technology. Newmine founder and CEO Navjit Bhasin says retailers should also have policies to discourage excessive or inappropriate returns.

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Business Insider
1/24/2020

Kraft Heinz Global Chief Information Officer Corrado Azzarita says that data analytics "can help optimize the business" by facilitating recipe changes and price modifications. The company is using data to reduce operational costs and drive revenue in sales and marketing functions, writes Samantha Ann Schwartz.

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1/24/2020

At least five oil and gas organizations were recently attacked with Ryuk ransomware in what may have been a coordinated campaign, according to ThreatGen founder and CEO Clint Bodungen. At one facility, a phishing email link sparked "a disruption of the entire corporate IT network (beyond the footprint of the facility), disruption of camera and physical access control systems, and loss of critical process control monitoring systems," the Coast Guard said.

1/24/2020

Supply chain executives say artificial intelligence helps lower costs and increase revenue, and AI is particularly suited to manage product portfolios and supply chain systems, writes Joe McKendrick. Arnaud Morvan of Aera Technology lists four benefits of using AI as cognitive automation, including end-to-end visibility and less manual work for employees.

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ZDNet
1/24/2020

Consultants often recommend software that is too cumbersome and expensive for manufacturers' needs, according to a survey by Plant Services and Leading2Lean. Manufacturers should instead seek out vendors and developers who "are in step with technology advances and understand the manufacturing industry," writes Bob Argyle of L2L.

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Plant Services online
1/24/2020

Samsung and The Manufacturing Institute's Heroes MAKE America program want to expand the program beyond military veterans to include the National Guard, reservists and military spouses, write David Steel of Samsung Electronics America and Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee.

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IndustryWeek
1/23/2020

Fourteen years' worth of personal data belonging to 250 million Microsoft customers was left exposed, Comparitech reported, just days after the government found a serious vulnerability in Windows 10. Five Elasticsearch servers were left unprotected by passwords, though it is not known if any information was stolen before the vulnerability was fixed.

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Forbes