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The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid uses two electric motors to get its 887 horsepower. The vehicle starts at $845,000 and CNNMoney was lucky enough to drive this monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas and reports on their experience. 

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A Hands-on Look At Microsoft's Cortana

April 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos

Cortana won't make her public debut until this summer, but USA TODAY got some hands-on time with the new Windows Phone digital assistant. To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. 

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3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. However, as Jim Drury reports, one small company in Wroclaw, Poland has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.

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The 30 Second Phone Charger

April 8, 2014 10:53 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

StoreDot has developed a prototype phone battery than can charge your phone in half a minute. The Israeli company CEO, Doron Myersdorf, said the technology came about while working on Alzheimer's Disease research. Take a look at the device in action.

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The Hybrid Electronic Bike Of The Future

April 8, 2014 10:43 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike. The red hub is a self-contained unit that contains a motor, batteries, embedded control system and sensors that can go on almost any bicycle turning it into a hybrid electric bike. 

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Engineering Newswire: World's Fastest Bullet Car

April 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math and racing the world's fastest RC Car. Also, while invisibility cloaks and stealth technology may seem easy in Hollywood movies, controlling and bending light around an object to make it invisible to the naked eye is actually quite difficult.

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Systems Consolidation Saves Time, Improves Work Flow

April 7, 2014 11:18 am | Videos

Assa Abloy benefitted from the expertise of Columbus as the manufacturer made Microsoft Dynamics the exclusive platform for their global enterprise.

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Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising and the surging popularity of craft beer.         

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A Look Inside A 'Black Box'

April 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

Technicians will read information from the flight recorder and determine if mechanical failure was at fault.                                         

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Microsoft Unveils Siri Competitor Cortana

April 3, 2014 12:56 pm | by CBS News | Videos

At its developer’s conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled the new virtual assistant feature called Cortana for the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.                          

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Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 12:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Wireless Electricity, Digital Paper & Airbag Jackets

April 3, 2014 12:46 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on wireless electricity and Sony’s Digital Paper. We'll also talk about the new auto safety regulation and take a look at airbag jackets.           

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Mary Barra Takes On Washington

April 2, 2014 12:08 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

GM CEO Mary Barra takes on lawmakers and the press in the nation's capital, responding to questions about a deadly error and a delayed recall.                               

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Old Bowling Lanes Turned Into Luxury Furniture

April 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

Jim Malone, owner of Brooklyn-based CounterEvolution, takes abandoned bowling lane wood and creates beautiful pieces of furniture for your home or office.                           

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The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 12:18 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. She's tried to turn this public relations nightmare around, but will it be enough?       

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Tech Startups Developed In Prison

April 1, 2014 12:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

At San Quentin State Prison, entrepreneurial convicts develop business ideas as part of the prison's tech incubator.                                       

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The Future Of Aviation After Flight 370

March 31, 2014 10:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will mark a turning point in how future commercial aircraft will be tracked and monitored.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Half Drone, Half Satellite, StratoBus Prototype

March 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire: Creating nanoscale fingerprints; building a fully-functional desktop human; and building a fleet of half drone, half satellite StratoBuses.                       

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Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 28, 2014 10:42 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

BlackBerry shares have enjoyed a solid start to 2014. But the stock fell Thursday after being downgraded to a 'sell.' With lackluster quarterly results expected Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?     

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Luxury Driverless Concept Car Offers View Of The Future

March 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Reuters | Videos

Swiss concept car firm Rinspeed is showing off its latest prototype vehicle, a driverless car it says represents the future of transportation.                               

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