New Software From solidThinking, Click2Cast 4.0

TROY — Officials at the design software developer solidThinking announced the release of versoin 4.0 of Click2Cast, casting simulation technology designed to predict the manufacturing feasibility of a product’s early design process – minimizing downstream design change orders and retooling costs.

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New Bulbs From Muskegon’s EarthTronics

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon-based high-efficiency lighting manufacturer EarthTronics has introduced two new LED-based replacements for fluorescent light bulbs.

The 2,200-lumen, 15-watt T8 LED linear tube delivers 146 lumens per watt, while the 3,200-lumen, 25-watt T5 LED linear tube delivers 128 lumens per watt. The latter is a one-for-one replacement for the popular 54-watt T5HO fluorescent lamp used in high-bay fixtures.

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Projects to add 1,300 jobs, $157M investment get state aid

LANSING — Projects generating a total capital investment of $157 million and creating more than 1,300 jobs were approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund, with efforts including business expansions, community revitalization projects, infrastructure grants for communities around the state and other activities.

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Ford Exec To Keynote Clean Energy Industry Gala

LANSING — The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council announced that John J. Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford Motor Co., will give the keynote address at the fourth Annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10 in East Lansing.

The gala will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University, 219 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing. Tickets are $150 for EIBC members and $185 for non-members. For tickets, visit this link.

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AT&T Brings Faster Network to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced that it has upgraded a dozen cell towers throughout Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

The company said the changes will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, they’ll see better service when watching videos, posting to social media or texting family and friends.

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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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