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Meet Audi's Rich Grandpa: The Horch

September 5, 2012 2:31 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

You may never have heard of a luxury German automaker called Horch, but back in the day Horch made some of the most expensive and hard-to-get luxury cars in the world. The rare 1938 Horch 853A Special Roadster sold for more than $5 million at auction in Pebble Beach and is the predecessor to Audi.


Gold-Plated PC Fit For A King

September 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Reuters | Videos

It's the ultimate in office bling. A piece of modern day technology inspired by a 16th century French King. Its creator George Chirita took his inspiration for the gold-plated computers from Louis XVI. Chirita counts European royalty amongst his customers as well as wealthy individuals from China and the Middle East. He even sent Britain's Queen Elizabeth a gold plated USB stick as a gift on her Diamond Jubilee.


Million-Dollar Electric Super-Car Revs Up For London Debut

September 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Having unveiled his superfast electric car in Frankfurt last year, a Croatian designer will be trying to find buyers at the prestigious Salon Prive motor show this week in London. The Concept One can get from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 300 kph, and has an operational range of 600 kilometres.


Tech Titans Prep For September Fight

September 5, 2012 1:53 pm | by Reuters | Videos

September marks the start of a technology products parade with high profile new gadgets from Nokia, Motorola, Amazon, Apple, and HTC on the calendar. Angling to get on everyone's holiday shopping list, these tech titans start the new product reveals today. Take a look.


3XSQ: Chrysler Sales Rev Up In August

September 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Chrysler reports its 29th consecutive month of year-on-year sales gains with a 14 percent rise in August as automotive makers release their sales figures, Campbell's sales contribute to a better quarterly profit, and Reuters' Jamie McGeever reports on today's troubles in Europe.


IMTSTV August 2012: Get Ready

August 31, 2012 10:03 am | by IMTSTV | Videos

Find out why IMTS matters, get an update on the Reshoring Initiative, see some last-minute marketing tips, catch up on the latest manufacturing news, and find out where to park and what to pack for IMTS - all on this month's edition of the IMTSTV show.


$4 Gas To Turn U.S. Vehicles Green

August 30, 2012 1:30 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The reason there's only one natural gas-powered car on the U.S. market is a lack of consumer demand, says T. Boone Pickens. But higher gasoline prices, which Pickens says we will see soon, will push American drivers to consider auto alternatives.


The Helping Hand

August 29, 2012 3:03 pm | by answers (powered by Siemens) | Videos

Daniel is a normal boy, he likes dinosaurs and tractors. But something makes him very special: curiosity, courage, and an arm designed just for him (thanks to the efforts of biomedical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a little help from Siemens PLM Software).


Behind The Wheel Of The First Shelby Cobra

August 29, 2012 3:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Carroll Shelby's first Shelby Cobra was a car he built himself and owned until he died, despite offers to sell it for millions. This year, the Monterey Historic Races are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, one of the most famous sports cars in the world.

Where 6 Tons Of Snacks Are Made Every Hour

August 29, 2012 2:53 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.


Building A Plane That Avoids Crashes

August 29, 2012 2:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Air Force is developing technology that takes control of planes from pilots to avoid crashing into the ground or other terrain. The system is designed to take over for the pilot in the event of a possible crash, recover the aircraft, then give control back to the pilot.


Apple Ruling Buys Time For Microsoft

August 29, 2012 12:56 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The verdict against Samsung came as competition heats up in the mobile device industry. Microsoft's Windows phone could be the dark horse to watch in the race to win share in the mobile device industry, in the wake of Apple's U.S. patent victory against Samsung.


What Chess Can Teach Us About The Financial Crisis

August 28, 2012 12:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Chess grandmaster and Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff spells out the next financial move by using the game he loves as an analogy. Negotiation, reading other people, moves made out of desperation, all play a role in both chess and a financial crisis.


Manufacturing's Robot Factory Future

August 27, 2012 11:18 am | by New York Times | Videos

A new generation of adaptive vision-equipped robotics is set to change manufacturing around the world. How these robots adapt to their environment is just as important as what they can accomplish. They are being developed to handle and adapt to assembly line shifts, which would be a game-changer for modern manufacturing.


Who Stole The American Dream?

August 24, 2012 2:00 pm | by Reuters | Videos

That's the question Frances Causey's new documentary "Heist" tries to answer. Rob Cox of Reuters speaks with her about the film and the events that preceded the Great Recession. Who is to blame? Causey has quite a bit to say in response to that question.


Dell And HP: Behind The Curve On Mobility

August 23, 2012 11:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Slow to find success in the realm of mobile, HP and Dell are caught in a downward slide with no apparent end in sight. The tablet is the device that everyone wants today, but Dell and HP are unable to deliver on that right now. Can that change in the not-so-distant future?


Design Products For People, Not Awards

August 22, 2012 4:11 pm | by Ted | Videos

Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. Here is a manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades.


Stanford’s Robotic Car Hits The Track

August 22, 2012 4:10 pm | by Stanford University | Videos

Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 miles per hour on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better. Watch as this robotic car pushes the limits.


Biggest Product Flops Of 2012

August 22, 2012 4:08 pm | by Yahoo | Videos

Despite all the hype, some products simply fail to live up to their expectations – and there was no shortage of flops in recent months. Take a look at these 2012 market failures, which includes a Windows-based smartphone, an ultra-thin notebook intended to compete with the MacBook Air, and a 2012 Disney movie.


Elon's Tour Of SpaceX

August 22, 2012 4:05 pm | by pezzer32 | Videos

Watch as Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO/CTO gives a tour of the Spacex facility in Hawthorne, California. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) designs, manufactures, and launches some of the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation and ultimately make it possible for people to live on other planets.



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