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Apple Vs. Google Is "Defining Fight"

October 16, 2012 2:20 pm | by Reuters | Videos

There are four tech titans, according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt—Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook. The biggest battle of the information age right now is between Apple and Google, and they are locked in a ''defining'' battle as two of the dominant players in the technology industry, Schmidt says.

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The Future Of Rechargeable Batteries

October 15, 2012 1:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Lithium ion batteries are in everything from smartphones to laptops to electric cars, and the biggest complaint about these batteries is that they just don't last long enough. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are developing car and smartphone batteries that can hold 50 percent more energy.

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Bugatti Veyron Vitesse: Fast. Expensive.

October 12, 2012 1:56 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Here's a car you're not going to see very often—the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. More than just a special edition of the Veyron Grand Sport, this Bugatti souped-up this super car with 16 cylinders and 1,200 horsepower. And for $2.5 million, you get what you pay for.

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Fiscal Cliff Could Lead To Global Recession

October 11, 2012 12:35 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard says a recession is unlikely unless lawmakers don't act soon and the United States plunges off the fiscal cliff. Blanchard lays out the whole scenario in this brief, yet informative, CNN Money video.

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"Magic" Carpet A Hi-Tech Safety Net For Elderly Care

October 10, 2012 4:43 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a prototype carpet containing plastic optical fibers which can detect the pressure exerted by someone when they fall or change their gait while walking. The carpet is connected to a computer system and is designed for use in assisted living facilities where fall-related injuries are common.

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Mind-Controlled Aircraft No Longer Unthinkable

October 10, 2012 4:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Computer scientists at Zhejiang University in China have developed a way to fly a drone with the power of their thoughts. The team says their technology will eventually allow people with disabilities to operate machines and live more independent lives.

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Three Ways To (Usefully) Lose Control Of Your Brand

October 10, 2012 4:40 pm | by Ted | Videos

The days are past (if they ever existed) when a person, company, or brand could tightly control their reputation. Tim Leberecht offers three big ideas about accepting that loss of control, even designing for it—and using it as an impetus to recommit to your values.

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Futuristic Gizmos Show Japan Hasn't Lost Its Tech Edge

October 10, 2012 4:38 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Gadgets galore—many uniquely Japanese—were on display at the busy CEATEC fair, the largest electronics exhibition in Asia, just outside Tokyo. Reuters' Jon Gordon gets hands-on with the most intriguing of the bunch on display, including everything from the "weird" to the "wacky."

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3XSQ: Alcoa Warns And Yum Profits

October 10, 2012 12:43 pm | by Reuters | Videos

In today's 3XSQ, take a look at an early read on U.S. earning season, which started with a warning from Alcoa, a profit turned for Yum! Brands, and plans to slash costs at Federal Express. And then check out Amazon's new Netflix-like video library, and how dinosaurs can come to life with a new "dino app."

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Race To Save EADS-BAE Merger

October 9, 2012 12:27 pm | by Reuters | Videos

With the deadline fast approaching, the race is on to keep BAE's mega-merger with EADS from hitting the ground. A stand-off between European governments over state shareholdings threatens to destroy the deal between the UK arms firm and Airbus parent as plans are made to give both sides extra time.

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Oracle: Big Data And How It Transforms Big Business

October 8, 2012 12:58 pm | by New York Times | Videos

Oracle sells more software to businesses than any other company in the world. The company's CEO, Mark Hurd, recently spoke to the New York Times about investing in big data, what it means for Oracle, and what it means for its customers.

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GE CEO: U.S. Starved For Investment

October 5, 2012 1:41 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

GE CEO Jeff Immelt says the U.S. economy is starved for investment and political deadlock in Washington is to blame. According to Immelt, there are critical decisions that need to be made in Washington to ensure that the U.S. engages in an investment-led recovery.

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ECONOMY 2012: U.S. Manufacturing Not Dead

October 4, 2012 10:56 am | by Reuters | Videos

Manufacturing, and manufacturing jobs in particular, have come into focus with the presidential election. But will the sector become a major driver of the economy? Sappi Fine Paper CEO Mark Gardner says, despite the slow economic recovery, he is adding jobs to his company's payroll and expects growth in manufacturing businesses to pick up over the next 12 months.

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What To Expect At PACK EXPO

October 3, 2012 4:52 pm | by packexpovideo | Videos

PMMI's Marketing Manager, Christine Maple, explains the attendee highlights for 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, featuring integrated processing-packaging solutions, breakthrough technology, on-site demonstrations, and revolutionary product launches, opening new possibilities for improved safety, security, sustainability, and cost savings.

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Chinese Smartphones Aim To Rival iPhone

October 3, 2012 4:50 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

You probably know about the iPhone, but do you know about Meizu? Meizu is a small Chinese smartphone maker with a growing fan base in China. The company was once known for making phones that seemed inspired by the iPhone, but now the company is coming into its own with phones like the Meizu MX 4-core, which are now competing with companies like Apple and Samsung.

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Who's Better? Engineers Or Scientists?

October 3, 2012 4:45 pm | by Engineering.com | Videos

Elon Musk, physicist and entrepreneur, talks with Todd Sierer from Engineering.com about who's better—an engineer or a scientist? And why it's easy to start a company if you are an engineer. For more information visit www.engineering.com.

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Smart Cars Project Wireless Future At Paris Motor Show

October 3, 2012 4:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos

For the next two weeks, car enthusiasts in Paris have the opportunity to see the future of automotive technology at the the Paris Motor Show. Among the highlights this year are a car with a built in movie projector and another that utilizes hologram technology as a safety feature.

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Made In Brooklyn, Shipped To China

October 3, 2012 2:05 pm | by New York Times | Videos

Typically, we hear about the U.S. purchasing goods and materials from overseas. This story highlights the opposite scenario. Jim Dwyer, ‘About New York’ columnist, talks to Louise Story of the New York Times about a Brooklyn manufacturer whose custom luxury fixtures have caught the eye of buyers in China.

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Ford CEO: 'Europe Has A Long Way To Go'

October 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

"Europe is a concern for all of us worldwide," says Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford. He explains that our economies are extremely interdepedent, and that countries in Europe are in a recession that's continuing to get worse. He also discusses the weakness in the European auto market and the importance of a healthy U.S.-China relationship.

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China Rare Earth Dispute Strikes Wyoming

October 1, 2012 1:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Sundance, Wyoming—population: 1,182, and where the "Sundance Kid" got his name. This sleepy town with no stop lights may see some big changes in the next few years—rare earth elements have been found in the mountains. Economic concentrations of rare earths are rare, and what was discovered appears to be a very significant economic concentration, says Jim Clark, VP of exploration with Rare Element Resources.

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