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PD&D TV From 2012 CES

January 23, 2012 7:18 am | Videos

Every year, CES features more than 1.7 million square meters of new technology, making it the largest show in the United States. CES is the show where some of the world’s leading and breakthrough technologies have been launched. PD&D TV scoured the show floor and talked to CES veterans to find the most under-the-radar innovations coming your way in 2012, and beyond.

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Aching Thumbs? Try The Virtual Keyboard

January 19, 2012 10:10 am | Videos

Smartphone and tablet PC users who miss their conventional keyboard need miss it no longer, thanks to the latest creation from South Korean company, Celluon. The company has produced a virtual keyboard that enables users to tap on any flat surface, be it a desk, table, or even a wall. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Pint-Sized Pick Up Debuts In Detroit

January 18, 2012 9:31 am | Videos

Smart, the Daimler AG-owned manufacturer of pint-sized urban vehicles, is trying to sell America on its latest creation, a tiny convertible truck called the Smart ''for-us'' pick-up, now on display at the Detroit Auto Show. As a concept car, the all-electric vehicle is not commercially available but could appear in showrooms if the company believes there's sufficient interest.

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Pigeon-Power Seen As Model For Drone Technology

January 18, 2012 9:29 am | Videos

New research finds that pigeons could be used as models for small military drones. Scientists at Harvard University are studying the bird's unique ability to make helicopter-like turns, which they think could be applied to mechanical drones for use inside the narrow hallways of buildings. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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First Electric Car Hits The Road - Again

January 18, 2012 9:27 am | Videos

The latest in electric-powered cars are being unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this month but the vehicle that started it all is making a debut of its own in Germany. Engineers at a private museum near the city of Speyer, have recreated a working version of the world's first electric car, originally presented 130 years ago by two Englishmen, William Ayrton and John Perry.

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Whoopie Pies Solve Unemployment Dilemma

January 18, 2012 9:25 am | Videos

After losing their jobs in the financial sector, Julie Ganong and Alan Mons turned their secret passion for whoopie pies into a recipe for financial success. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Killer Disease

January 18, 2012 9:18 am | Videos

A hand-held device for the early detection of tuberculosis is showing promise during trials in India. Called an "electronic nose," the device could radically improve the diagnosis and cure rate for TB, a disease that kills almost one and a half million people each year in the developing world.

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Steve Jobs Lives On In Comic Book

January 17, 2012 11:16 am | Videos

Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, has been hailed as a hero by million of tech users around the globe. Now, his life will join the likes of Batman and Spiderman, in the pages of a comic book. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Bottler And Town Lose Battle With Dr Pepper

January 17, 2012 5:15 am | Videos

Austin, Texas' KXAN reports on the end of an era for the Dublin Doctor Pepper bottler. The company lost its legal battle with Dr Pepper Snapple and must now stop bottling its cane sugar version of the famous soda. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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What's Turning Heads At 2012's Detroit Auto Show?

January 16, 2012 5:22 am | Videos

What's turning heads at this year's Detroit Auto Show? Reuters deputy editor-in-chief and car enthusiast Paul Ingrassia takes a tour of the standout models in the Detroit Auto showroom. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Computer 'Geeks' Rule Job Market

January 12, 2012 5:10 am | Videos

Some undergrads with computer skills get approached by 10 to 20 companies before they even graduate. Individuals with coding skills are in high demand in a wide variety of industries and sectors. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Automakers Ramp Up Competition

January 11, 2012 9:09 am | Videos

The U.S. automakers took market share for the first time in 23 years, but face tougher competition in 2012 as Japanese rivals rebound and Hyundai and VW gather steam. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Eco-Friendly Plane To Fly For Eco-Friendly Mission

January 11, 2012 9:07 am | Videos

A Slovenian biologist is preparing a record attempt for the lightest aircraft and the least amount of fuel used to fly around the world. During his flight, Matevz Lenarcic will also be measuring levels of black carbon in places not easily accessible to environmentalists. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Protecting Curiosity: The Mars Science Lab Aeroshell

January 11, 2012 9:02 am | Videos

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) with its large Curiosity rover will seek to determine whether the Red Planet was, or still is, habitable for microbial life. The Lockheed Martin-aeroshell is a blunt-nosed cone that encapsulates and protects Curiosity during its deep space cruise to Mars, and from the intense heat and friction that will be generated as the system descends through the Martian atmosphere.

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Batcopter To Reveal Secrets Of Swarming

January 11, 2012 9:00 am | Videos

A research team at Boston University has designed an aerial vehicle to study how bats fly together but never collide. The ''Batcopter," launched in Texas, is helping the team study swarming bat trajectories, the data from which will allow engineers to develop smarter unmanned flight control systems.

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An Electric 'Harley'

January 11, 2012 8:58 am | Videos

Green-powered vehicles typically look anything but cool. This week on The Product Design Show, Vince & Allison show us an electric motorcycle that really turns heads. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Thin Is In At 2012 CES

January 11, 2012 6:17 am | Videos

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas with Microsoft announcing this will be its last year at the annual gadget fest. As AP's Haven Daley reports, expected highlights include new ultra-thin laptops and other gadgets. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Netflix Launches In UK, Ireland

January 9, 2012 9:55 am | Videos

The video subscription service Netflix is launching in the United Kingdom and Ireland with a streaming only service, taking on Amazon-owned rival Lovefilm which still offers DVD rentals through the post. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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iPhone Look-Alike Flies Off Shelves In China

January 9, 2012 6:25 am | Videos

Consumers flock to home grown brand Meizu's outlets across the nation to snap up its latest smartphone, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Apple's iPhone but coming at a fraction of the cost. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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2012 Tech Predictions

January 5, 2012 7:49 am | Videos

In case you hadn't noticed, technology was kind of a big deal in 2011, and 2012 shows no signs of being any different. CBS's Russ Mitchell speaks with CNET.com senior editor Dan Ackerman about what is in store for this year. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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