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Daily news and top headlines for IT professionals

Giving Buttons To The Button-Less

August 13, 2012 2:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Silicon Valley start-up Tactus Technology has created liquid buttons for touch screens that can morph into different shapes on command.

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Where Cell Phones Go To Be Reborn

August 13, 2012 11:49 am | by CNN Money | Videos

While most old mobile phones end up in landfills, increasingly they end up in the hands of eRecycling Corps. The company restores them to be sold again at a later date.

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Call It A Comeback For Cisco?

August 10, 2012 1:52 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Even though the stock is down this year, Cisco is sitting on billions in cash. And some analysts think demand will pick up.

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Should Apple Get Rid Of Cash?

August 9, 2012 4:25 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says Apple should eventually give its entire $117 billion cash stockpile to shareholders and that the faster it does so, the faster it will achieve his $910 price target.

Where The July Job Growth Came From

August 8, 2012 1:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Manufacturing was one of the critical drivers of job growth in July. Roughly 163,000 jobs were created during that month.

Dare To Disagree (It's Good For Business)

August 8, 2012 1:26 pm | by TED | Videos

Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns -- like conflict avoidance and selective blindness -- that lead managers and organizations astray.

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Microsoft's 'Gesture Control' Technology

August 8, 2012 1:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Microsoft's testing a new gesture control for computers that uses sound waves from laptop speakers.

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The Lesson Of Nissan

August 8, 2012 1:09 pm | by New York Times | Videos

The migration of Nissan jobs to the United States is discussed in great detail. Subjects include outsourcing and unions, among others.

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How The Mars Rover Was Designed

August 7, 2012 1:01 pm | by Siemens PLM | Videos

The Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester works with NASA and the European Space Agency, supplying instrumentation and other hardware for space missions. The centre uses NX and Teamcenter from Siemens PLM Software to develop its products, uniting all phases of projects, from design through analysis and manufacturing.

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Microsoft's Wacky New Mood Butterfly

August 6, 2012 12:26 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

How is it going to sell? That being said, it is a pretty innovative experiment out of Microsoft's research lab.

Augmented-Reality Technology For Mobile Phones

August 3, 2012 2:05 pm | by TED | Videos

Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone.

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Expert: U.S. Overdue For A Crippling Cyberattack

August 2, 2012 1:44 pm | by CBS News | Videos

The Department of Homeland Security says the U.S. has seen a 20-fold increase in cyberattacks. Bob Orr reports how every day, U.S. government and private computer systems are being probed by cyber thieves and state-sponsored hackers from China and Russia.

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Overcoming Challenges To Bring Products To Market

August 1, 2012 11:54 am | by New York Times | Videos

Fisker Automotive and other companies designing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles face challenges bringing the new cars to market.

Working Under Your Robot Boss's Watchful Eye

August 1, 2012 11:43 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Microsoft is developing a mobile robot with video, speakers, and a microphone to allow teleworkers to move around the office.

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Panasonic CEO: U.S. Can't Attract Manufacturing

August 1, 2012 11:38 am | by CNN | Videos

Panasonic CEO Joe Taylor talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about manufacturing in the U.S. and its current complications.

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Make Anything A Touchscreen

August 1, 2012 11:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Microsoft and its partners are developing projectors that interacts with any surface or body motion, turning almost anything into a touchscreen.

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Is The Party Over For Planemakers?

July 31, 2012 3:32 pm | by Reuters | Videos

As defense budgets around the world are slashed and airlines struggle with high fuel prices and falling demand, Reuters asks whether the party's over for the world's big planemakers.

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U.S. Economic Growth Slows

July 30, 2012 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | Videos

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.

The New York Times Enters 'The Cloud'

July 26, 2012 4:04 pm | by New York Times | Videos

Sam Grobart of The New York Times visits Telx, a Manhattan-based company that connects all the data out there to our personal computers.

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Knocking Hard On Apple's Door

July 26, 2012 3:54 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Google's Nexus 7 tablet is selling out, making the company a potential threat to Apple in the hardware business. And Google isn't the only one looking to cut into Apple's dominance.

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