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Smartphones Seen Tripling To 5.6 Billion By 2019

November 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Ericsson AB, the world's largest maker of telecommunications networks, says in a report Monday it expects smartphone traffic to grow tenfold in the next six years, with service providers increasing high-speed networks to deal with the surge. Total mobile subscriptions are predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2019.

Inside The Vertu Luxury Smartphone Factory

October 31, 2013 9:20 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Each Vertu smartphone is assembled by a single person and the finished product can run thousands of dollars.  Check out this behind-the-scenes video of this luxury smartphone factory.                 

Apple's Earnings Fall Despite Rising iPhone Sales

October 29, 2013 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Apple's quarterly earnings are still sagging even as sales of its iPhones are rising, a vexing phenomenon feeding investor worries about whether stiffer competition in the mobile device market will continue to undercut the company's prosperity.

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Crazy Glitz At The World Luxury Expo

October 21, 2013 2:53 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These are some expensive toys. Check out the $250 million in extravagant items shown off at the World Luxury Expo in Abu Dhabi.                      

Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-off

October 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car.                            

U.S., Japan To Deploy New Radar, Drones In Next Year

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Matthew Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new 21st century challenges including the continuing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory.

Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

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Justice Department Spent Nearly $5M On Drones

September 27, 2013 2:15 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3M on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said. The disclosure came in a new report by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who revealed that the department also has awarded $1.26M to at least seven local police departments and nonprofit organization for drones.

Nation's Largest Wind Farm Proposed For TX

September 25, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas-based wind-power developer has proposed an array of as many as 650 wind turbines for 190 square miles of the Texas South Plains. Tri Global Energy LLC announced plans for Hale Community Energy on Tuesday. The vast wind farm would extend from Abernathy over much of eastern Hale County on land Tri Global says is controlled by more than 340 owners and has more than 450 shareholders.

Will The Wave of New Wearable Products Change Product Development?

September 25, 2013 9:08 am | by Kevin Prendeville | Articles | Comments

The buzz around wearable technology has been escalating the past several months. With this market gaining momentum, a key question needs to be addressed: How prepared are manufacturers to design and deliver these new and innovative types of products time and time again?

MI Center Gets $2.27M U.S. Tech Grant

September 24, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has awarded a $2.27 million contract to a suburban Detroit organization to promote advanced manufacturing in Michigan. Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin said Tuesday that the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth received the contract from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Is This Tech CEO The Steve Jobs Of China?

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

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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"Practical" Solar Car Hits The Road In Sydney

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

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. 

Robots Are Not The Enemy

September 18, 2013 8:02 am | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation | Blogs | Comments

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? But this notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity. 

September 2013: Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 11:01 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more. 

GM Working On 200-Mile Electric Car, Exec Says

September 17, 2013 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said. Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks wouldn't say when or if such a car will be built, however.

EMO Hannover 2013 Promises Solutions

September 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

EMO Hannover returns today through September 21,2013. International producers of manufacturing technology are exhibiting their metalworking products, solutions and services under the theme “Intelligence in Production” at the world's leading metalworking trade show.

IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

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

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.

Nissan Says 2014 Rogue Is More Efficient

September 11, 2013 2:36 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says its revamped Rogue SUV will be cheaper and more fuel-efficient than its rivals when it goes on sale in the U.S. in November. Nissan unveiled the 2014 Rogue Tuesday at its North American technical center near Detroit. The Rogue's European counterpart, the X-Train, was revealed at the same time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. 

The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

007 Style Submarine Lotus Drives Underwater

September 10, 2013 3:47 pm | by BBC | Videos | Comments

BBC's Richard Hammond drives a car into a reservoir, and explains how it has been specially designed and built for this purpose. Despite a few leaks, it does actually 'drive' underwater. A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" was recently sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000).

Manufacturing Technology Orders Off In July

September 9, 2013 4:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.21 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 23.6 percent from June and down 23.6 percent when compared with the total of $459.44 million reported for July 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,925.12 million, 2013 is down 7.2 percent compared with 2012.

Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future

September 4, 2013 10:12 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Kodak emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday vastly different from the company of old. Gone are the cameras and film that made it famous. The company hopes to replace them with new technologies such as touch screens for smartphones and smart packaging embedded with sensors.

Cheetah Robot Hits The Ground Running

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

'Cheetah Cub' is a robot being developed by scientists in Switzerland, to one day assist in search and rescue missions. The machine does not yet have a head, but otherwise looks and runs like a cat, to go into places inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Reuters' Jim Drury has more.

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