UM robotics building design approved, including space for Ford

ANN ARBOR — Robotic technologies for air, sea and roads, for factories, hospitals and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan’s planned Robotics Laboratory.

The UM Board of Regents has approved the schematic design for the $75 million building, which is slated for the northeast corner of North Campus in the College of Engineering.

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Domino’s Adds Facebook Messenger Ordering

ANN ARBOR — Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) is now giving customers yet another way to order: via Facebook messenger.

Beginning today, Domino’s customers across the nation who have a Pizza Profile can place their most recent order or Easy Order via Messenger. The same Domino’s in-house team that brought U.S. customers zero-click ordering, as well as ordering via Amazon Echo and Apple Watch, also developed Domino’s new ordering bot.

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Duo Security Offers Security Health Check At Every Login

ANN ARBOR — Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based two-factor authentication provider, says it has combined its flagship two-factor authentication and device insight with single sign-on capabilities.

With this trusted access platform, organizations can ensure that users are who they say they are, that their devices are secure enough to access business applications and networks and where they’re logging in from — all with one single login from their employees and contractors.

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Free Shipping Is Key To Increase Online Shopping Cart Size

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor-based consulting firm CFI Group and partner Radial are out with their 2016 Holiday Retail Report for online retailers.

The key takeaways?

* 91 percent of respondents said they would be willing to increase the size of their online order to qualify for free shipping.
* 89 percent said waiting five to 10 days for their order to arrive is acceptable if it keeps shipping costs low.
* 77 percent of respondents said they are likely to share their online shopping experiences on a social media platform. The majority of these individuals expect a direct response from the retailer.

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Ann Arbor Firm Using Drones To Inspect Wind Turbines

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor drone inspection provider SkySpecs will demonstrate its technology at the Wind Energy Expo and WindEurope Summit in Hamburg, Germany next week.

SkySpecs brings 20-minute, automated blade inspections to the wind industry, allowing asset owners to monitor the health of their turbines faster and more precisely than with traditional methods.

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Baker College Cadillac Campus Open For Free Mechatronics Training

CADILLAC — Baker College’s Cadillac campus is accepting applications for the second cohort of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Mechatronics Program that begins Monday, Oct. 24.

The MAT2 program is a competitive opportunity for students to earn an associate degree in mechatronics at no cost to them. Tuition is paid by sponsoring manufacturers that provide employment for the students while attending college and upon graduation.

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M2 TechCast Features Job Fair Info, Women In Tech, And More

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Sept. 19 edition of the M2 TechCast will cover a wide variety of high-tech topics, from finding a better job to ordering the world’s most embarrassing products online.

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Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation Expands to Grand Rapids

DETROIT  —  The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation has recently expanded, developing a West Michigan presence to further its mission to inspire and grow women in technology throughout the state. Four sponsors – Meijer, Open Systems Technologies, Gordon Food Services and Spectrum Health – have now joined the nonprofit from Michigan’s west side, to contribute to furthering the cause of diversification in the STEM field.

“To realize our vision of becoming the No. 1 state for women in technology, we need to expand our membership beyond our metro Detroit core,” said MCWT President Cindy Warner. “An enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer base mobilized to bring important professional development events and a selection of MCWT’s K-16 programming to the Grand Rapids region.”

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UM, Bloomfield Firm In Data Storage Partnership

BLOOMIFELD TWP. — Officials at the Bloomfield Township-based software developer Yottabyte announced a new partnership with the University of Michigan for flexible cloud storage for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data.

The Yottabyte Research Cloud will provide scientists high performance, secure and flexible computing environments that enable the analysis of sensitive data sets restricted by federal privacy laws, proprietary access agreements, or confidentiality requirements.

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Duo Security Research Shows Malware Risk In Healthcare

ANN ARBOR — Officials at the Ann Arbor access security provider Duo Security have released new research on nearly 250,000 mobile devices, PCs, and Macs in the healthcare sector.

They said half of those devices were running out of date versions of Flash, which are susceptible to vulnerabilities and malware like the Cerber or Locky ransomware strains.

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