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Transforming Business In Manufacturing

March 25, 2013 8:59 am | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

For manufacturers, competitive advantage lies in connecting equipment on the factory floor to backend systems to harness real-time data. Windows Embedded GM Barb Edson, Microsoft CTO for Manufacturing Rohit Bhargava, and ARC Advisory Group analyst Craig Resnick join GigaOM Research's Adam Lesser to discuss how intelligent systems drive operational efficiency and new business opportunities in manufacturing.


UK Coffee Machine Maker Whips Up Exports

March 21, 2013 2:33 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos

Reuters' Hayley Platt reports from a UK factory which has had to find new markets to thrive. Since the start of the financial crisis, exports have been crucial. They now account for 25 percent of francino's business, up from just 2 percent in 2008. But the Eurozone has been a struggle.


Fed Lowers Expectations For Job Growth

March 21, 2013 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos

Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke stayed cautious in his economic projections for 2013, though he showed a little optimism due to lower unemployment claims.  Anthony Mason reports.  Employment is improving in the U.S., but slowly.     


Robots Create Jobs

March 21, 2013 8:50 am | by International Federation of Robotics | Videos

Automate 2013 held in Chicago recently, was the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. As such, the exhibits which demonstrated a broad range of automation technologies attracted lots of attention. One of the main highlights was a presentation by the International Federation of Robotics.


Turn Your iPad Into A Free Phone

March 21, 2013 8:39 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Meet Pinger, an app that turns iPods and tablets into phones and processes billions of text messages every month. The app allows users to assign their smart device or personal computer a phone number, then text and talk for free.  


Mitsubishi Automate Demonstrations

March 21, 2013 8:27 am | by Mitsubishi Electrics | Videos

A brief series of videos from Mitsubishi Electric at the Automate 2013 show demonstrating different robotic automation solutions including an F series robot,  a standard and inverted SCARA robot working in unison, and the IQ Platform. 


Watch A Cellphone Get Hacked

March 19, 2013 4:17 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Security researchers at Symantec warn that the next target for hackers will be your mobile device. NBC News' Bob Sullivan gets a demonstration of just how easy it is to hack a phone. Breaking into a cellphone may not be difficult, but very lucrative for a hacker. 


Giving Minority-owned Businesses A Chance

March 18, 2013 3:15 pm | by NBC News | Videos

A Minnesota non-profit helps small minority-owned businesses get off the ground.  Employees at Independent Packing Services Inc. build shipping crates to help build the future of Minnesota's economy.  KARE's Boua Xiong reports.   


Car Tech: Toyota i-Road Concept

March 18, 2013 9:09 am | by CNETTV | Videos

CNET's Antuan Goodwin previews the Toyota i-Road concept, which was featured at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The i-Road concept is a tandem two-seater that runs on electric power and uniquely maneuvers using all three of its wheels. For more information visit


Manufacturing Mart: 'Manufacturing Is About People'

March 18, 2013 9:00 am | by CapitalofKnowHow | Videos

President of Manufacturing Mart Mary Kaye Denning discusses manufacturing in America and the upcoming 2013 Supply Chain Trade Show to be held May 14-15 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. Manufacturing in America, like it is in any country, is about people. 


BMW Manufacturing Expands Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fleet

March 18, 2013 8:53 am | by SupercarHall | Videos

BMW Manufacturing announced the successful expansion of the company's hydrogen fuel-cell material handling equipment across its 4.0 million square foot production facility. In 2010, BMW completed the installation of a hydrogen storage and distribution area near the plant's Energy Center to power about 100 pieces of fuel cell material handling equipment.


The 3D-Printed Car Of The Future

March 15, 2013 8:48 am | by Mashable | Videos

We've already seen all kinds of 3D-printed items, from jewelry, to guitars, and even football cleats. Now, we might soon have an almost entirely 3D-printed car in the Urbee 2. The hybrid car, created by engineer Jim Kor, is designed to be light, cheap, easy to reproduce, and very efficient.


More Entrepreneurs Needed In D.C.

March 13, 2013 2:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Mark Warner discuss why having more entrepreneurs around like Mark Zuckerberg would improve Congress. CNNMoney tech correspondent, Laurie Segall, reports on Startup Act 3.0 and what it hopes to achieve.   


Google Wi-Fi Spying Case: How Case Will Impact Company

March 13, 2013 2:47 pm | by CBS News | Videos

CBS News legal analyst Jack Ford speaks to the CBS This Morning co-hosts about Google's settlement in the Wi-Fi spying case, and what it means for the search-engine giant. A program gave Google the power to intercept emails, passwords and other information through unsecured Wi-Fi networks.  


Boeing Flies High On 787 Battery Hopes

March 13, 2013 12:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Dreamliner may still be grounded, but Boeing's stock has come roaring back lately as investors feel the worst is over. It's now outperforming the Dow. The FAA giving Boeing the go ahead on new solutions for the lithium battery issue may be boosting investors' confidence in the company again.


Cyber Attacks A Leading Threat Against U.S.

March 13, 2013 12:36 pm | by NBC News | Videos

For the first time the U.S. intelligence community says cyber attacks and cyber espionage — not terrorism — are the top threats to national security. Now the Pentagon is forming 13 teams to guard the nation in cyberspace. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports. 


Croatian Micro-Car To Electrify Mass Market

March 12, 2013 3:31 pm | Videos

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.


Hackers Claim They Targeted High-Profile Figures

March 12, 2013 9:03 am | by NBC News | Videos

Hackers released sensitive personal online information of 14 high-profile figures on Monday, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. NBC's Pete Williams reports on the privacy breach.     


The Future Of Localized Manufacturing

March 11, 2013 9:27 am | by ForaTV | Videos

Neil Gershenfeld, a director at MIT, and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow. Although Gershenfeld concedes Atkinson's argument that localized manufacturing cannot compete with the productivity of large manufacturing, he believes that there is a place for household-sized plants.


3-D Printing Guitars And Records

March 11, 2013 9:15 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Techies flock toward the "maker movement," which empowers people to use tech tools like 3D printing to build everything from toys to musical instruments. Christian Pramuk of Autodesk talks about how easy it is to design and print in 3D. Techies are taking hold by creating apps and products for 3D printing.



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