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A Self-Driving Tesla From Swiss Futurists

February 20, 2014 2:26 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE concept car explores all that might be possible to do in a car once you no longer have to drive it yourself.                                    

What Would The iCar Look Like? It's Fun To Dream

February 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Rumors have been swirling since news broke this week of a possible meeting between Apple's top executive for acquisitions and the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion.

'Back To The Future' Self-Tying Power Laces Coming Soon

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Nike will introduce self-tying "power laces," as worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. In the 1989 movie, the power laces became a reality in 2015. Sure enough, next year is when Nike will unveil the laces, confirmed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield.

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Is There A Place For Wearable Tech In Manufacturing?

February 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technologies are a hot trend. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business? 

Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 18, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

Cadillac ELR: Plug-In Luxury, Hefty Cost

February 14, 2014 9:48 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Cadillac ELR is a plug-in that also has a gasoline engine to extend its distance. The car has excellent suspension, decent acceleration, but the $76,000 price tag is a lot for a two-door Cadillac.                

Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step In Lab Test

February 13, 2014 2:02 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it.            

Humanoid Robots Could Soon Replace Store Employees

February 13, 2014 9:06 am | by CBS News | News | Comments

Inventors say robots could soon replace people at grocery stores, airports, and sports stadiums. Lucy McDonald came face to face with one in Southwest England.                            

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Commercial Drones Take Flight

February 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

North Dakota is home to the military's Predator drone and is one of six FAA approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.                                     

Protecting Manufacturing From A Hacker's Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 12, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

Although social engineering often ultimately leads to cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone into giving out information they should not be divulging.

Microsoft CEO: 'Mobile First, Cloud First'

February 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company must figure out how to thrive in a mobile and cloud based world.                                       

Inside Nissan's 'Taxi Of Tomorrow'

February 6, 2014 9:46 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

New features like charging ports and crash-tested passenger dividers makes the new "Taxi of Tomorrow" a safer and more tech-savvy way to get around NYC.                              

Why Google Wants Robots

February 3, 2014 12:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The search giant has been on a robotics buying spree — most likely because they have the data robots need to function.                                      

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Pressure Mounts For Apple To Expand Its Horizons

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

The Coolest Concept Cars In Detroit

January 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Kia GT4 Stinger, Toyota FT-1, Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, and the VW Dune concept cars stirred up a lot of buzz at the Detroit Auto Show.                                

Survey: Costs Of Electronic Equipment Failure Rising

January 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Innovolt | News | Comments

The costs and challenges associated with electronic asset failures are significant. To better understand these issues, Innovolt Inc. sponsored a survey of executives from several industries that are particularly dependent upon the reliability, performance, and lifespan of sensitive electronic equipment.

Auto Show: 5 Things We Learned In Detroit

January 17, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Ford's aluminum-clad F-150 shows us that automakers are figuring out how to improve fuel economy and still give Americans the big vehicles they want. Porsche's 911 Targa and pocket rockets from Volkswagen and Subaru demonstrate that buyers still love performance cars, no matter what their budget.

Q&A: element14 And Big Distributor Trends For 2014

January 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In an electronics market that has seen relatively flat performance over the last several years, there continue to be a number of areas where distributors can differentiate and find growth. One of the ongoing challenges within the market is the rapidity of demand swings, increasing frequency of orders and diminishing average order sizes.

3-D Printing Set To Break Out Of Niche

January 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Last year, there were only a handful of 3-D printing companies at the gadget show. This year, there were thirty, and the organizers had to turn others away because they couldn't fit them in. The 3-D printing area of the show floor drew dense crowds that gawked at the printers and their creations, which ranged from toys to tea cups to iPhone cases.

CES Showcases Smart Car Technology

January 9, 2014 9:26 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlights the latest in smart car technology including self-driving, solar powered capabilities. CNET's Sumi Das looks at the future of cars.                   

Tesla Station To Bring Electric Cars To Wyoming

January 7, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope.

The Wearable Computers, Smart Devices, And Robots Of CES

January 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show gets underway this week with small, wearable computers, innovative robotics, and smart devices. Sumi Das previews some of the newest tech.                       

2013's Worst In Tech

January 6, 2014 1:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BlackBerry's struggles, Samsung and Apple's ongoing legal battles, and the glitches of healthcare.gov are the worst of tech news in 2013.                                 

Wave Of Wearable Gadgets Expected At CES

January 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. There are countless smartwatches for tech nerds who'd rather glance at their wrists to check messages than reach for their smartphones.

Corvette Will Let Owners Record, Share Drives

January 6, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone, and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

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