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Can Robots Save Manufacturing Jobs?

January 15, 2013 9:48 am | by CBS News | Videos

Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, tells Steve Kroft that using robots can help lower labor costs and keep manufacturing in the U.S., which will ultimately boost employment. Brooks indicates that as overseas labor costs go up, robots will also lead the way in returning manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

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New Corvette Environmentally-friendly

January 14, 2013 10:23 am | by CBS News | Videos

GM unveiled the first new Corvette in 9 years at the Detroit Auto Show.  The automaker says the 2014 redesign -- expected to cost around $50,000 -- is most fuel-efficient Corvette model ever, getting more than 26 miles to a gallon of gas.

MakerBot CEO Wants Easier 3-D Printing

January 11, 2013 9:43 am | by CNN Money | Videos

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis shows off the company's latest 3-D printers and says they want to make 3-D printing more approachable for users. He explains that MakerBot is an innovation company, and they make machines that help other people become innovative and make things.

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Control Your Computer Without Touching It

January 10, 2013 9:54 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Leap Motion controller allows users to interact with their computers using hand gestures - no keyboards or mice needed. Leap Motion CEO, Michael Buckwald, explains the Leap and how it sits on a user’s desk to create a 3-D interaction space around their desk where they can control their computer with their hands and fingers in 3-D space. 

Debt Ceiling: Why You Should Care

January 10, 2013 9:42 am | by CBS News | Videos

Unless congress acts to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. government may have to stop paying some of its debts soon. CBS MoneyWatch editor-at-large Jill Schlesinger explains the debt ceiling and how it may affect our economy and the average American.

Windows 8: 8 Things You Need To Know

January 10, 2013 9:33 am | by ABC News | Videos

Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system for tablets, laptops and all types of computers is very innovative and can be very confusing to anyone who hasn't used it before. So how do you use Windows 8? ABC News' Joanna Stern walks through the new features.

Boeing’s New 787 Dreamliners Raise Safety Concerns

January 10, 2013 9:23 am | by NBC News | Videos

The sparkling new Boeing 787 jets encountered problems over two days at Boston’s Logan Airport, with one leaking about 40 gallons of fuel onto the tarmac shortly before takeoff on Tuesday and another catching fire on Monday. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

A Touchscreen With A Pop-up Keyboard

January 9, 2013 9:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Tactus Technology has developed a keyboard that rises up from a touchscreen when you need to type. Tactus Technology CEO, Greg Ciesla, demonstrates the technology that gives users all the advantages of a touchscreen, but converts to a tactile surface to make it easier to type. 

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Phishing Scams Rise On Mobile Devices

January 8, 2013 10:14 am | by NBC News | Videos

New mobile devices could make you a target for scammers. By simply clicking on a text link about an alluring new offer or a fake messages disguised as work communications, smartphone owners could be opening themselves up to malware. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

Economy Poised To Improve, Economists Say

January 7, 2013 10:15 am | by NBC News | Videos

Now that home construction is picking up, and state and local government layoffs are leveling off, there is reason for optimism in 2013. The Labor Department indicated that 155,000 jobs were added in December 2012. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

Optical Wireless Pioneer Shows Auto Makers The Light

January 4, 2013 10:31 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Scientists from the University of Warwick are undertaking research into the use of optical wireless in cars, technology that can send data signals with light. The researchers say optical wireless could replace most wiring within vehicles, providing an eco-friendly solution that cuts fuel and maintenance costs. 

The Lightbulb That Can Transmit Data

January 3, 2013 9:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Li-Fi is a technology that uses LEDs to transmit data wirelessly. The technology patented by professor of engineering at Edinburgh University, Harold Haas, is an answer to congested bandwidth by turning lightbulbs into broadband communication devices.

Top Technology Trends For 2013

January 3, 2013 9:45 am | by NBC News | Videos

From gesture computing and multi-touch technology to smartphones that are smarter than ever, TODAY digital lifestyle contributor Mario Armstrong takes a look at the gadgets that will be taking center stage in 2013. And as pricing goes down, many of these technologies will become even more affordable.  

IMTSTV: 2012 A 'Fantastic' Year For Manufacturing

January 3, 2013 9:34 am | by IMTSTV | Videos

IMTSTV's Penny Brown interviews Angel Martinez, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Caterpillar on how tax reform can boost manufacturing, improving U.S. infrastructure and importance of workforce development; Pat McGibbon interviews Richard Aboulafia with Teal Group on the fiscal cliff as it relates to the aerospace industry; and more. Brown says 2012 was "a fantastic year for manufacturing."

Made In The USA Again: Factors Affecting A Resurgence

January 3, 2013 9:31 am | by PwC | Videos

In this video from consulting firm PwC, US Industrial Products leader Bob McCutcheon discusses seven key factors that will affect a resurgence in American manufacturing, from shale gas, to talent, to demand, and more. Check it out here.

2012: The Year The PC Died?

January 2, 2013 10:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Sales are down for the first time in a decade while the smartphone and tablet market is booming. Is the PC dead? As consumers are opting for the mobility of tablets and smartphones, PC sales are expected to be down for an entire year. 

Alabama Builds A New Economy

December 21, 2012 9:46 am | by NBC News | Videos

Manufacturing is moving to the Southern United States in a big way. In Mobile, an Australian shipbuilding company called Austal is leading the way in hiring—bringing on up to 100 new employees every month. NBCNews.com's Matt Rivera explores why.

How Barnes & Noble Ships Millions Of Gifts

December 20, 2012 9:39 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Using enough gift wrap to reach the North Pole from New Jersey, Barnes & Noble's high-tech warehouse spits out a million packages a day. 

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Tim Cook: Keeping Apple Cutting Edge

December 19, 2012 9:45 am | by NBC News | Videos

Steve Jobs’ hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple’s battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV, and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.

Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 18, 2012 9:29 am | by NBC News | Videos

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from 5 employees to over 1300 people. Rock Center’s Harry Smith reports.

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