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3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls.               

Politicians Push For Smartphone Kill Switches

March 6, 2014 9:22 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

State and federal politicians are pushing for a kill switch that would allow users to disable stolen smartphones to make them worthless on the black market.                           

Apple's System To Create Smartcars

March 5, 2014 2:31 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Apple just unveiled CarPlay, billed as a "smarter, safer" way for drivers to use iPhones. Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about what Apple's competition is bringing to the table.        

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Automakers Bank On Small SUVs

March 4, 2014 1:42 pm | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The market for small SUVs is growing just about everywhere across the globe, and it's among the fastest-growing market segments in the U.S.                                

High-Tech Toilet Seats Don't Require Hands Or Paper

March 4, 2014 10:11 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new generation of toilets may one day make toilet paper — and the need to put one's hands anywhere near the unspeakable — seem like chamber pots and outhouses: outdated and somewhat messy throwbacks reserved for camping trips.        

Apple Teams Up With Automakers

March 3, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is calling the technology, "CarPlay." That's a change from its original name, "iOS in the Car," given last June when Apple announced its plans to make its mobile operating system more compatible with automobiles.         

3D Printing Is Not A Bubble

March 3, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D Systems reported good enough earnings and guidance to impress investors while the whole 3D printing industry is bouncing back from a sluggish start to the year.                          

Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are Big Concern

March 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

Like their peers in other sectors, industrial manufacturing CEOs are much less worried about the global economy than last year, although exchange rate volatility and energy costs are still big concerns.             

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BlackBerry's Turnaround Strategy

February 27, 2014 2:21 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks about the need for the struggling phone maker to keep enterprise customers.                                         

Samsung's New Products In 90 Seconds

February 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Here's the first look at Samsung's new products including the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Gear 2 and the more innovative Gear Fit, which combines the functionality of the Gear with biometrics and a curved touchscreen.          

What's A Bitcoin? A Look At The Digital Currency

February 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Early Tuesday, the world's most established exchange for Bitcoin disappeared from the Internet, sending the price of the virtual currency tumbling and prompting fears that the world's biggest experiment in electronic cash could soon be strangled by fraud or regulation.

Google Announces $1M Donation To Solve Problems Through Technology

February 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, Google's ideas director, announce New Digital Age grants for groups or individuals that use technology to solve problems. Schmidt and Cohen also discuss the future of technology.     

Say Hello To Project Tango

February 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by Google ATAP | Videos | Comments

Google's Project Tango is an exploration into giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.                                       

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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.

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.                            

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.                              

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