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Airships, Blimps To Take Off Again

February 12, 2013 4:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos

More than 75 years after the Hindenburg disaster, airships could be taking off again. Worldwide Aeros' calls its new blimp the evolution of air transport as it waits for FAA approval to take its aeroscraft for a test flight outside the hangar. CBS News' Bill Whitaker explains.

The New Big "Small" Thing

February 11, 2013 3:47 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Automakers in Japan are developing new "microcars" that fit only a driver. Toyota is currently testing a microcar (or ultra compact car) made of aluminum that can reach top speeds of 30 MPH. Targeting older drivers who don't need to go far, these electric cars can be handy. Lucy Craft reports.

A Behind The Scenes Look At Manufacturing A Viper

February 8, 2013 4:07 pm | by The New York Times | Videos

Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than two years during the automaker’s bankruptcy. Later this month, the factory’s first Viper — considered a “halo” vehicle, built to enhance a company’s image rather than drive sales — will roll off the line.


How 3D Metal Printing May Change Manufacturing

February 8, 2013 4:01 pm | by Penn State | Videos

At a recent additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, showcase at Penn State, engineers demoed some of the latest technology in the field. Hear from experts about how 3D metal printing may change manufacturing in the United States, and what challenges it faces.

Manufacturing For Growth

February 8, 2013 3:54 pm | by WorldEconomicForum | Videos

During 2012, the Forum built on the findings of the Future of Manufacturing report with the Manufacturing for Growth project, creating a platform for business executives, policy-makers and members of civil society to identify key strategies and recommendations for driving economic growth and job creation through the production of goods. 

Why Aren't Small Businesses Hiring?

February 7, 2013 3:42 pm | by NBC News | Videos

NBC News host, JJ Ramberg, discusses the hiring climate, and why many small businesses have been reluctant to add staff. The drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt some confidence while the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions.

Will Sequester Budget Cuts Create A Recession?

February 6, 2013 4:38 pm | by CBS News | Videos

On March 1, across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequester, will hit the federal budget. The sequester is designed to get the deficit under control, economists argue that the cuts are too deep. Scott Pelley speaks with President Obama on whether the sequester could trigger a recession.

Microsoft Surface Pro: Good, But Not Great

February 6, 2013 4:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Microsoft's feature-loaded laptop/tablet hybrid is good for many tasks, but not really that great for anything. The first thing you'll notice about the Surface Pro is that it's bigger than the existing RT tablet, but that's because the processing power the Surface Pro contains, makes it more of a PC.


How To Protect Yourself On The Internet

February 6, 2013 4:10 pm | by ABC News | Videos

You don't have to hide in a bunker or under your desk to stay safe from the Internet. With the Internet a sea of hackers and identity thieves, an initiative called Safer Internet Day hopes to educate users to avoid problems. ABC News technology editor, Joanna Stern, reports.

How Secure Is The BlackBerry 10?

February 6, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN | Videos

CNN speaks with BlackBerry's COO, Kristian Tear, as the company prepares to release the latest BlackBerry platform in the UK. BlackBerry continues to innovate and maintain security protocols to make it one of the most secure platforms available. 

Michael Dell's Journey To Take Back Dell

February 5, 2013 4:33 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Dell decides to go private, the latest move by Michael Dell to take the computer company he founded to new heights. Like all good tech stories, Dell started in a college dorm room where Michael Dell would build computers and sell them directly to his classmates. Here is a lookat how Michael Dell built his company.

Flying Cars Coming To Market Soon

February 5, 2013 9:59 am | by NBC News | Videos

A new joint venture hopes to bring not only flying cars, but also personal-sized utility saucer-shaped vehicles to consumers by 2014. Skycar 200 is designed for short distance, low-level flight and then it can be driven down a street at 30 MPH. KCRA's Tom DuHain reports for NBC News. 

Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back Home

February 4, 2013 12:14 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Skilled manufacturing jobs are returning to the United States, as labor costs rise abroad and quality concerns permeate the market. As customers continue to preceive parts and products made overseas as cheap, as well as suffering from quality control issues, American manufacturers make a push to bring some jobs back to the U.S. 

Dow Hits 14k Milestone

February 4, 2013 9:59 am | by CBS News | Videos

The Dow Industrials closed above 14,000, marking a symbolic end to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Employment numbers showed steady growth in January. Anthony Mason reports on the jobs numbers that touched off the rally.

BlackBerry 10 And Z10 Video Review

February 1, 2013 9:25 am | by ABC News | Videos

Does RIM's BlackBerry 10 have what it takes to make BlackBerry cool again? ABC's technology editor, Joanna Stern, reports on the new phone released to reinvent the company and discusses how it stands up to the iPhone and Android devices. 

FCC Wants To Make Wi-Fi Better

January 31, 2013 10:12 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Chairman Julius Genachowski says the FCC is working to free up Wi-Fi spectrum and allow users quicker and more reliable speeds. Lagging Wi-Fi speeds are a result of a traffic jam in Wi-Fi similar to the the spectrum crunch in mobile services.

FCC Says Yes To Flights With Gadgets On

January 30, 2013 10:30 am | by CNN Money | Videos

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says he would like to see the FAA relax its rules about in-flight electronics use. Genachowski says that there is a difference between using devices for phone calls and the electronics that people use for checking email, going online or reading an electronic book. 

Can Blackberry 10 Breathe New Life Into RIM?

January 29, 2013 9:53 am | by CBS News | Videos

Since 2006 the smartphone landscape has undergone seismic changes. Now, a former industry leader is looking to regain customers. Sumi Das reports RIM is making a gamble with their new Blackberry 10 operating system in a move to stay relevant.

The New Horizon In Tech

January 28, 2013 10:27 am | by CBS News | Videos

As devices get smaller and smaller tech companies are looking for the next innovation that will keep consumers coming back for more. IBM Fellow and Vice President of Innovation Bernie Meyerson offers five new innovations that will change our lives within the next five years.

Manufacturing: The Solution To The Jobs Crisis

January 28, 2013 10:24 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris says advanced manufacturing is coming back to America and will drive our economy. Liveris argues that technology became the new word for manufacturing since technology has to be researched and made. 



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