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Inside A 777 Flight Simulator

July 18, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos

A simulator attempts to re-create what the Asiana Flight 214 crew experienced when they attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport, but crashed. Instructor Kareem Fahmi takes us through shutting off the autopilot and landing the aircraft at the right speed and height for descent.

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Death By iPhone Electrocution?

July 18, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The woman allegedly died after being electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Apple says that it will "fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter."

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Lew On U.S. Workers Competing With China

July 17, 2013 1:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that cyber theft is a real problem in China that "has to stop." It is a competitive world, Lew says, but despite problems, the United States has emerged strongest from the recession, which shows that the United States remains among the strongest and largest economies in the world.

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Nissan's New Datsun For Under $7,000

July 16, 2013 12:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Datsun re-launch was no ordinary car launch. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn even called it "a historic moment."  Datsun, a brand that Nissan phased out in the 1980s, has been re-launched in India with the low-cost Datsun Go. The Datsun Go is priced at 400,000 Indian Rupees, or about $6,700 U.S.

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Robots Replace Human Farm Hands

July 15, 2013 12:59 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms. See the engineers test the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

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Smartphone Slowdown Could Spell Trouble In Taiwan

July 12, 2013 11:45 am | by ReutersTV | Videos

With signs the high-end smartphone market in the developed world is at a near-term saturation point, Taiwanese chipmakers like TSMC may find once-assured profits are more fleeting than expected. The promised explosion of next-gen mobile devices may not create the windfall these chipmakers were expecting.

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Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Diginfonews | Videos

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes.

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Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 11, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year.

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Researchers Project The Future Of Smart Phones

July 11, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that incorporates a sense of touch for interactive devices of the future. The system emits ultrasonic waves to generate pressure a user can feel and could one day render keyboards, smartphones, and even pens obsolete.

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Carnegie Mellon Robots Aim To Please

July 11, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are designing modern day butlers - service robots that will one day help people with tasks like fetching coffee and cleaning up the kitchen. Ready to lend a helping hand, these service robots are equipped with data-collecting sensors, setting them apart from other, possibly less helpful, robots.

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The Right Way To Drive A Lamborghini

July 11, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos

If you've ever tried to buy a high-end supercar, just getting a test drive can involve a deposit of $15,000. But now, for a much smaller price, drivers can learn to drive Lamborghinis before taking them for a test spin. At the Lamborghini Esperienza, you learn to drift, auto cross, and drive Lamborghinis on a race track.

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Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?

July 10, 2013 1:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Some of the top minds in the nation are working to find an alternative for oil, and Professor Juergen Polle is placing his bet on algae. What makes algae ideal is that it can be grown in non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide (CO2) like fossil fuels, it requires CO2 to photosynthesize, making it carbon neutral.

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The World's Top Drone Exporter

July 9, 2013 11:33 am | by CNN Money | Videos

It might look like a model airplane, but don't let the size fool you. The Heron 1 is the latest in Israeli drone technology and the growth engine of Israel's defense industry. Between 2001 and 2011, 41 percent of drones came from Israel. President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Joseph Weiss, explains why this technology is a necessity.

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New Tech Makes Cars Safer, Easier To Drive

July 8, 2013 1:14 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Automakers have developed new technologies that are making cars safer, more efficient, and easier to drive. From auto-braking to lane-centering, the cars practically drive themselves. Andrew Whydell, product planning executive with TRW Global Electronics, says that this technology is going to become increasingly more common in the U.S. in the next two to three years.

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Ford's Advanced Prototyping

July 3, 2013 12:21 pm | by fordvideo1 | Videos

Ford engineers are developing a highly flexible, first-of-its-kind, patented technology to rapidly form sheet metal parts for low-volume production applications. Once fully developed, the technology (Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology, or F3T) will allow for lower costs and ultrafast delivery times for prototypes – within three business days versus conventional methods that take anywhere from two to six months.

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Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

July 2, 2013 12:34 pm | by Universal Robots | Videos

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines, and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.

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EU Unemployment Solution: Apprenticeships

July 1, 2013 12:36 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The European Union is offering companies tax incentives to hire more apprentices, in a plan to put the "lost generation" back to work. One apprentice, who helps build a crucial part for Boeing's 737, talks about his experience as a Safran apprentice.

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Nissan Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 28, 2013 12:53 pm | by NissanNewsroom | Videos

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn. Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the United States.

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ATEX Certified Vacuums For Hazardous Locations

June 28, 2013 10:01 am | Videos

Electrically bonded components, static conductive attachments, and multiple grounding options eliminate static electricity at the source. Powered by compressed air, with no motors to spark or burnout, and no electric cords, Nortech Hazardous Location Vacuums generate exceptional vacuum lift and vacuum flow, and offer safe, effective, efficient performance.

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Why ADP & Labor Dept. Jobs Numbers Differ

June 27, 2013 1:08 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

ADP CFO Jan Siegmund says that his company's monthly employment report uses 'real-time payroll processing transactions' to calculate jobs data, unlike the BLS which uses surveys. Siegmund says that ADP has worked very hard to create a very high quality, sustainable, and relevant measure.

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