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Car Gadgets Turn Dashboards Into Computers

September 26, 2013 1:18 pm | by NBC News | Videos

New technology is making the driver's seat look more like an office chair, making the dashboard into your computer. Car companies say these improvements are helping them stay competitive, but others think this auto technology is just a built-in distraction for drivers.

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A Pick-Up That Cost $6M To Build

September 25, 2013 4:32 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

This Ford F750 World Cruiser pick-up truck, with its full living room, kitchen, bathroom, and enough beds for 6, was built by Dunkel Industries and cost $6 million to build. It also has 4 tons of cargo capacity, perfect for the driver who wants it all.

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Customizable Robot: Intel Makes Science Fiction A Reality

September 25, 2013 4:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Intel has created a robot that can be customized to the individual owner's needs that will cost well under $1,000. Intel futurist Brian David Johnson joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss this remarkable scientific achievement.     

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IMTSTV Investigates Smartforce

September 25, 2013 4:00 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos

Careers in manufacturing offer an unparalleled opportunity to work in an innovative environment with some of the world’s most advanced technology. But beyond that, these high-tech jobs offer good pay and a solid path to growth that’s hard to beat. However, the manufacturing industry is having a hard time finding the skilled workers it needs.

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Why Steve Jobs Still Matters

September 25, 2013 3:56 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

It's been almost two years since Apple's Steve Jobs has passed away, but the legacy encouraging others to 'think different' that he left behind will always remain. Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson says the late CEO left a lasting legacy of innovation at Apple. 

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Moving In Droves To Texas

September 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Residents of Midland, Texas enjoy the second highest personal incomes in the United States, thanks to a booming oil and gas industry. Unemployment in Midland is less than half the national average at 3.5 percent. If people in Midland don't have a job, it's because they don't want to work, say the residents.

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How BlackBerry Fell So Fast

September 24, 2013 1:05 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

BlackBerry has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a group led by largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. BlackBerry said Monday that a letter of intent has been signed and its shareholders will receive $9 in cash for each share. But while the smartphone maker has agreed to a takeover bid, its struggles are far from over.

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Japan Isn't Trading Its Way Up

September 23, 2013 12:14 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos

The latest figures show Japan's exports climbing - so what's got the country's manufacturers feeling worse? Reuters' Yonggi Kang reports on the darker side of the country's trade picture and what exactly it takes to keep Japan's companies happy.

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NASA Using 3D Printing To Keep Costs Down

September 20, 2013 1:40 pm | by CBS News | Videos

3D printing is going further and further every day, and perhaps soon, to a galaxy far, far away. NASA is using 3D printing technology to build complicated rocket components faster and cheaper. NASA is currently testing a rocket engine, it's thruster produced by a 3D printer.

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Driverless Shuttles Seen As Public Transport Alternative

September 19, 2013 1:52 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

A collaboration between French company Induct and a Singapore university aims to replace conventional shuttle buses with a driverless, electric alternative. The team are currently testing the vehicle on a two kilometer test route virtually devoid of other traffic, but hope eventually to increase its range.

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Terra Motors Looks To Restart Japan's Entrepreneurial Engine

September 18, 2013 2:29 pm | by Japan, entrepreneur, start-up, renaissance, CEO, Terra, motorcycle, electric | Videos

Japan was one a country of innovative entrepreneurs who turned 'made in Japan' into a synonym of quality and advanced technology. The CEO of Japan's leading electric motorcycle maker speaks to Reuters' Yonggi Kang about its international expansion drive, and why the country's start-up culture may be poised for a renaissance.

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Is This Tech CEO The Steve Jobs Of China?

September 18, 2013 2:25 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Lei Jun might not be a household name outside of China, but he has turned his company into one of China's most watched brands. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun is running an innovative technology giant in China, but he's quick to point out the differences from Apple. 

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Volvo Trucks - The Hamster Stunt

September 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by VolvoTrucks | Videos

Can a hamster drive a 15-ton truck? Watch cute little Charlie steer a brand new Volvo FMX in a rough quarry. Will he make it to the top? This is a daring test of the latest steering system. One that's so easy to handle you can steer a heavy truck with your fingertips. 

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"Practical" Solar Car Hits The Road In Sydney

September 18, 2013 2:16 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Among the teams competing in next month's 3000 kilometer World Solar Challenge race across Australia, is a group from the University of New South Wales that's built a solar-powered vehicle designed to look like a conventional car. In a field dominated by vehicles that look anything but conventional, the car provides a glimpse of what we could be driving on the roads in years to come. 

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World's Largest Solar Plant Comes To CA

September 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos

A massive solar project in the Mojave Desert will hook up to the power grid this weekend, and could start supplying electricity to homes by the end of the year. The plant has 170,000 heliostats, each with the capacity to power one home.    

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VW Plant Helping TN Build A Manufacturing Future

September 17, 2013 12:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Chattanooga, Tenn., beat out 400 other cities to be the home of a new VW plant five years ago, which created jobs for 2,500 people. Jessica Davis is one of the workers who belong to the manufacturing middle class America is trying to rebuild. CBS News' Mark Strassmann reports.

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IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

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Driverless Mercedes Debuts At Car Show

September 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Daimler has unveiled its much anticipated self-driving Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International car show. The auto maker has been making incremental improvements to its autonomous technology, saying the car, driving with limited autonomy, performed well on a recent 100 km test drive through Germany. Daimler plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle available to consumers by 2020. 

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Inside America's First Smartphone Factory

September 12, 2013 1:40 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Moto X smartphone is now being manufactured out of a new facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Gov. Rick Perry and top executives attended the opening of a Fort Worth plant where cellphone pioneer Motorola will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S.

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$8M Mercedes With Lizard Skin Interior

September 11, 2013 3:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

In the early part of the 20th century, if you were buying a very expensive, luxury car, you'd probably commission a car to be made just for you. The 1928 Mercedes Saoutchik has seats covered in lizard skin, is powered by a 6.8 liter super-charged 6-cylinder engine, and recently sold for over $8 million. 

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