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Markets Charge Ahead

April 1, 2013 10:26 am | by CNN Money | Videos

With all major indices up about 10 percent so far this year, investors are optimistic that 2013 will be a robust year for the economy. The S&P is topping its peak that it reached six years ago, marking the first quarter many economists and investors have been waiting for. 

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Closing The Skills Gap In Manufacturing

April 1, 2013 9:29 am | by McGladreyNews | Videos

Warren Young, chief executive officer of Acme Industries, and Jim Nelson, vice president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, discuss the outlook for manufacturing workforce as well as programs designed to close the workforce skills gap.

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The Future Of Localized Manufacturing

April 1, 2013 9:22 am | by ForaTV | Videos

Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits 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. 

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Solar-powered Plane Energizes Industry

March 29, 2013 9:22 am | by CBS News | Videos

Two pilots are preparing to fly across the U.S., powered only by the sun. CBS News' John Blackstone talks to the team looking to make aviation history. The plane's wings are as wide as a 747 and can fly day and night without a drop of fuel. 

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Manufacturing Makes America Strong

March 28, 2013 10:31 am | by NAMvideo | Videos

Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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The Bigger Bill Of A Connected Future

March 28, 2013 9:36 am | by CNN Money | Videos

As companies begin to connect thermostats, cars, and glasses to the Internet, carriers are looking for a way to bill those items. Wireless carriers are all looking at ways to get the lives of consumers onto their networks and get them to pay for a connected life. CNN tech reporter David Goldman explains. 

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Largest Cyberattack In History?

March 28, 2013 9:26 am | by NBC News | Videos

One company that blocks spam has blacklisted another company that hosts websites because it's believed that they host too much spam -- as a result, the website hosting company has clogged the Internet by overloading the spam blocker with requests for service. NBC's Katy Tur reports. 

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Zero Hope For BlackBerry?

March 28, 2013 9:18 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Shares of BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion, plunged after the lackluster U.S. launch of its new Z10 smartphone and the stock was downgraded by Goldman Sachs. Blackberry stock has been volatile over the last few weeks, and the new phone doesn't seem to be helping.

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Former CEO Ed Whitacre On Saving GM

March 28, 2013 9:14 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Former General Motors chairman and CEO, Ed Whitacre, says that he found the company in a "general state of confusion" as it was about to emerge from bankruptcy. Whitacre also says morale was low when he assumed the top job at General Motors and that the government's bailout avoided a catastrophe.

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Top Five Reasons For Self-driving Cars

March 27, 2013 9:23 am | by CNETTV | Videos

Self-driving cars are inevitable. They eliminate the most commonly defective component in cars today: people. Brian Cooley reports for CNET on the top 5 reasons for self-driving cars based on the ills they cure like drunk-driving and accidents.

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Tablet Restrictions On Airplanes May Be Eased Soon

March 26, 2013 9:24 am | by CBS News | Videos

In the last 25 years, the FAA and a number of independent testing labs have tested every conceivable electronic device at more than 100 times their radio frequency interference less than two feet from every cockpit instrument imaginable and there's been no interference with flight control whatsoever, reports CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg.

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Kickstarter Co-founder: Late Is Not Failure

March 25, 2013 10:44 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Kickstarter Co-founder Yancey Strickler says the appeal of crowd-funding is the lack of gatekeepers keeping ideas from the public. Crowd-funding allows companies and individuals to take their ideas public to see what others think about them and hopefully raise the funds to make them a reality. CNNMoney tech correspondent Laurie Segall reports. 

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U.S. Manufacturing Jobs On The Rise

March 25, 2013 9:18 am | by CBS News | Videos

Many U.S. companies have moved production to China to  take advantage of cheaper labor, but as Chinese labor costs increased, companies have laid off many employees. Add the increasing fuel costs to ship things halfway around the world and suddenly the advantage of doing business in China has disappeared. 

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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.

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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.

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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.     

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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