Saigon Times: Hawa launches database of legal wood. “The Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC (Hawa) rolled out a website on January 18… known as Vietnam’s Legal Wood Database, to support enterprises in searching for all varieties of wood in the country and assisting those selling wooden products.”
Ecotextile: World’s first free digital map of apparel factories. “The beta version of an ambitious new online tool aims to help consumers find out exactly where their clothes are made – by eventually identifying every apparel facility worldwide.”
ZDNet: Schneider Electric may have shipped USB drives infested with malware. WARNING: Loud auto-playing video. “USB flash drivers sent with Conext Combox and Conext Battery Monitor products, part of Schneider Electric’s solar power range, were “contaminated” during the manufacturing process, according to a security advisory released by the industrial equipment manufacturer.”
Techstory: Google Glass now comes with Artificial Intelligence . “On Tuesday, Israeli software company Plataine demonstrated a new app for the face-mounted gadget. Aimed at manufacturing workers, it understands spoken language and offers verbal responses. Think of an Amazon Alexa for the factory floor.”
TechCrunch: Data breach exposes trade secrets of carmakers GM, Ford, Tesla, Toyota . “Security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk disclosed Friday that sensitive documents from more than 100 manufacturing companies, including GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp, and VW were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics.” Isn’t that more of a leak than a breach? C’mon now.
Daily Hive: Three Canadians are putting together the ultimate ‘Made In Canada’ list. “The tariffs against the US took effect on Canada Day and have the potential to raise the price of American-made products being sold on Canadian soil. If you’ve been making a conscious effort to look for what’s MIC (made in Canada), or perhaps you just don’t know where to start, look no further than this website that’s quickly been gaining traction.”
American Ceramic Society: Introducing the Bulletin Archive Online—A complete digital library of ceramic and glass expertise dating back to 1922. “The American Ceramic Society is excited to announce that the entire library of past ACerS Bulletin issues—97 volumes, dating all the way back to 1922—is now available online in a fully searchable and downloadable Bulletin Archive Online digital database…. And with more than 8,300 technical articles, the Bulletin Archive Online is a vast resource for all things ceramic and glass, from slip casting to sanitaryware to superconductors—no matter what your interest in ceramics and glass, there’s something in the archive for you. Articles cover topics related to the science, theory, process, and manufacturing of ceramic and glass materials, which have evolved considerably throughout this rich history.” The archive requires membership in the American Ceramic Society.