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Apple's Competitors Brace For Release of iPhone5

September 10, 2012 1:45 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Some of the biggest names in technology are racing their cutting-edge products to the market. Amazon, Nokia, and Google (among others) are all trying beat Apple to the punch, as it gets ready for the anticipated unveiling of the iPhone 5.

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Breaking Down The Recent Jobs Report

September 10, 2012 1:26 pm | by CNN | Videos

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July and too few to keep up with population growth. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, but only because many people gave up looking for work. Anderson Cooper puts the new employment report into context, explains the numbers, and exposes the political spin.

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Intel Not Feeling Chipper

September 10, 2012 9:50 am | by CNN Money | Videos

More bad news for any company that has strong ties to the world of PCs: Intel, the leading chip maker is lowering expectations. The semiconductor firm cut its outlook, a bad sign for Intel and all companies with ties to the struggling PC market.

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This Cheetah Robot Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt

September 6, 2012 1:10 pm | by Boston Dynamics | Videos

Cheetah Robot is a fast-running quadruped developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. It reaches speeds up to 28.3 mph, about 0.5 mph faster than Usain Bolt's fastest 20 meter split. This version of the Cheetah Robot runs on a treadmill with offboard power. Testing on an untethered outdoor version starts early next year. ( h/t to Gizmodo)

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Top Economists Answer America's Tough Questions

September 5, 2012 4:58 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Reuters took some of America's biggest concerns about the recovery to top economists meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Issues such as the debt ceiling, unemployment, the wage gap, among others are discussed. Find out how these bright economic minds answered.

Nokia's Uphill Battle With Smartphones

September 5, 2012 4:49 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The ailing mobile giant needs to convince consumers that its new smartphones are the best if they want to reverse their market share losses. Nokia was a smartphone market leader prior to the advent of Apple's iPhone. Can the company return to prominence?

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Free Apps Are Collecting Personal Data

September 5, 2012 4:43 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Appthority has compiled a list of the top 50 Android and Apple apps that have the ability to share personal information and possibly sell it to various advertisers. How much do consumers know (or care) about this recent and growing trend?

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Electric 'Super Car' With A Modern Twist

September 5, 2012 4:39 pm | by CNN | Videos

A new electric "super car" is turning heads, not just for its speed but where it's built. Not Detroit, nor Germany, nor Japan. It's built in Croatia, which is hardly a bastion for cutting-edge automobiles. See this "super car" in action...

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IMTSTV August 2012: Get Ready

September 4, 2012 12:23 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos

Find out why IMTS matters, get an update on the Reshoring Initiative, see some last-minute marketing tips, catch up on the latest manufacturing news, and find out where to park and what to pack for IMTS - all on this month's edition of the IMTSTV show.

Engineering Newswire 2: Advertising on Toilet Paper

August 31, 2012 12:46 pm | by PD&D Broadcasting Crew | Videos

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.

Where 6 Tons Of Snacks Are Made Every Hour

August 30, 2012 2:37 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.

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Wealth Strategies: Global Economy 'Fundamentally Flawed'

August 29, 2012 4:23 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The credit crisis that pushed economies around the world into a recession still has yet to fully play out. Blackhorse economist Richard Duncan says that credit needs to be restored to the global economy and that if the fiscal situation isn't resolved, the Unites States could fall into a deep recession next year.

How AT&T Crowdsources Innovation

August 29, 2012 1:12 pm | by CNN Moneey | Videos

AT&T created a unique innovation pipeline for its 250,000 employees to streamline their ideas towards production. They crowdsource those ideas, and that's something other companies looking to innovate should consider for a wide range of reasons.

$4 Gas To Turn U.S. Vehicles Green

August 29, 2012 11:55 am | by Reuters | Videos

The reason there's only one natural gas-powered car on the United States market is a lack of consumer demand, says expert T. Boone Pickens. Howeverm significantly higher gasoline prices will eventually push American drivers to consider alternatives -- and soon.

Testing A 3D-Printed Baseball Bat

August 29, 2012 11:45 am | by Objet | Videos

Objet creates a fully-functional baseball bat prototype on an Objet Connex Multi-Material 3D Printer and test it against a variety of objects to see if it breaks. The bat is printed in Objet's ABS-like Digital Material - a very strong and functionally versatile composite material that is unique to the Objet Connex range of 3D printers.

Stanford's Robotic Car Hits The Track

August 28, 2012 11:47 am | by Stanford University | Videos

Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 miles per hour on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better. Watch as this robotic car pushes the limits.

Building A Plane That Avoids Crashes

August 27, 2012 11:52 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The Air Force is developing technology that takes control of planes from pilots to avoid crashing into the ground or other terrain. The system is designed to take over for the pilot in the event of a possible crash, recover the aircraft, then give control back to the pilot.

A Helping Hand

August 24, 2012 1:01 pm | by answers (powered by Siemens) | Videos

Daniel is a normal boy.  He likes dinosaurs and tractors. But something makes him very special: curiosity, courage, and an arm designed just for him (thanks to the efforts ofbiomedical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a little help from Siemens PLM Software).

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Elon's Tour Of SpaceX

August 23, 2012 11:46 am | by YouTube | Videos

 Watch as Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO/CTO, gives a tour of the Spacex facility in Hawthorne, California. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) designs, manufactures, and launches some of the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation and ultimately make it possible for people to live on other planets. 

What Chess Can Teach Us About The Financial Crisis

August 22, 2012 1:27 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Chess grandmaster and Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff spells out the next financial move by using the game he loves as an analogy. Negotiation, reading other people, moves made out of desperation, all play a role in both chess and a financial crisis. Let's let Rogoff explain more...

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