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In Eurozone Crisis, Germany Benefits From Its Apprentices

November 29, 2012 9:13 am | by Andy Eckardt , NBC News | Videos

Germany's apprentice program is called a "dual system" — split into 60 percent workplace training and 40 percent classroom-based education — and is widely regarded as a model of business investment in social mobility and in Germany's skilled workforce of the future.

Yes, Some TVs Are Made In The USA

November 28, 2012 9:27 am | by CNN Money | Videos

An electronics manufacturer in Michigan says the cost of hiring American workers can be offset by cheaper shipping fees and taxes. This manufacturer did just that by moving production back to the U.S. as the demand for flat screen televisions increased.  

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Olympus Scandal Just Tip Of Iceberg

November 26, 2012 5:21 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Corporate Japan has many more skeletons in its closet, says ousted Olympus chief Michael Woodford as he publishes his account of the company's accounting scandal. Woodford, who was fired in October 2011 after he highlighted irregular payments made by the firm, said a poor business attitude and ethos is endemic throughout Japan.

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Kindle Phone? Amazon CEO: 'Stay Tuned'

November 26, 2012 9:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos

With Kindle HD being the best selling product globally for Amazon and Kindle Paperwhite having trouble staying in stock, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses how Amazon makes money off of Kindles and whether a phone and physical stores are in its future.

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Cisco's Head Is In The Clouds

November 21, 2012 9:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The tech giant is spending more than $1.2 billion in cash to buy cloud networking company Meraki. Cisco investors like the deal.Meraki Inc. is based in San Francisco and also has offices in New York, London and Mexico. The privately held company was founded in 2006 by members of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science.

HP May Have To Split Up

November 20, 2012 5:11 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Once the pride of Silicon Valley, HP's write-down and sales woes could force the company to make drastic changes to stay competitive. Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday that a British company it bought for $10 billion last year lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. Shares dropped on pace toward a 10-year low.

Is Apple's Rise Over?

November 19, 2012 4:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Since the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple's stock prices have gone down, and there's been strong competition by Samsung and an internal executive shakeup. Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis ask tech journalist David Kirkpatrick and Reuters Mediafile columnist John Abell if Apple's best days are over.

Acumatica Cloud Distribution Software

November 19, 2012 10:09 am | by Acumatica | Videos

Use cloud distribution software to coordinate information among order entry, sales, shipping, and finance personnel. Information is passed seamlessly through real-time dashboards. The software is inexpensive to maintain because all functions are centralized and delivered in a web browser.

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Insights For Midsize Businesses

November 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Midmarket IBM | Videos

Revelwood is a performance management company that provides technology solutions that help companies move forward. Ken Wolf, CEO of Revelwood, discusses how working with IBM enables them to drive business performance for their customers with analytics solutions.

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Recycled Glass Pays Off For Designer Furniture Maker

November 15, 2012 10:42 am | by CBS News | Videos

Brooklyn based IceStone utilizes sustainable materials like recycled glass mixed with concrete and pigment in their production of counter tops, desks, and vanities. Randall Pinkston reports how manufacturers are incorporating recycled materials back into the economy.

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Parallel Exits At Microsoft And Apple

November 15, 2012 10:36 am | by New York Times | Videos

Questions were raised with the abrupt departure of Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky, its president of Windows and Windows Live, which comes less than two weeks after Scott Forstall left Apple, who ran software development for Apple up through the launch of the iOS 6–running iPhone 5.

Mobile Threats Offer New Security Challenges

November 15, 2012 10:23 am | by NBC News | Videos

The business world has latched onto BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. It's the concept of letting employees use their own computers, smartphones and tablets to access company computers. But as mobile technology access for employees expands, it also creates new challenges for corporate security.

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American Manufacturing Thrives As Industry Faces "Renaissance"

November 15, 2012 9:52 am | by NBC News | Videos

The United States may have shifted to a post-industrial economy, but that does not mean the manufacturing sector is dead. Far from it. From coast to coast, manufacturers are making more products, but with fewer people, as the sector makes an improbable rebound after a tough recession.

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China's Manufacturers Gain Fresh Momentum

November 14, 2012 10:29 am | by Reuters | Videos

A fresh blast of China manufacturing data confirms China's economy is gathering steam after a bleak period, just in time for a key leadership transition meeting next week. This is a reflection of delays in China's monetary and fiscal stimulus. 

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Skilled Workers In Short Supply

November 12, 2012 6:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Millions of jobs are waiting to be filled, but employers say they can't find qualified workers because of "the skills gap." It's not that the United States doesn't manufacture anymore. That's a myth. Companies are ready to grow, but they can't find the labor to take things to the next level.

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Motor Trend's 'Car Of The Year' Track Tests

November 9, 2012 11:10 am | by CNN Money | Videos

To select the annual award recipient, the automotive magazine starts out by pushing dozens of models to the limit on a test track in the California desert. These cars (25 in all) are either new or substantially changed for the 2013 model year.

Siemens' 6B Euro Cost-Cutting Plan

November 8, 2012 4:06 pm | by Reuters | Videos

German engineering giant Siemens unveils a 6 billion euro cost-cutting plan, more than expected, as it fights to stay competitive in a weak global economy. Some German media reports suggest up to 10,000 jobs could go. Siemen's chief Peter Loescher wouldn't confirm the numbers, but said job losses were inevitable.

Engineering Newswire: Nissan Builds A Batmobile

November 7, 2012 11:16 am | by PD&D TV | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, the unique 1.6-liter Nissan DIG-T DeltaWing bears a striking resemblance to the a vehicle driven by the caped crusader (that means Batman). Also, we’re painting dreams with robots, monitoring our neural activity, and carving pumpkins with CNCs.

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Scientists See Healthy Future For Dissolvable Electronics

November 6, 2012 1:20 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Scientists in the United States who have developed electronics that dissolve inside the body, say they will one day replace conventional materials for use as medical implants. Encased in silk, the electronics could be adapted to monitor infections or deliver drugs before harmlessly melting away in the body.

A Manufacturing Rebirth In The Rustbelt

November 5, 2012 1:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Youngstown, Ohio has seen decades of decline but locals are starting to see a turnaround. Entrepreneur Magazine named Youngstown one of the top 10 places to start a new business. That is something that would've been unheard of just a decade ago.

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