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GM In Next Phase Of Hoped-For Buick Revival

March 26, 2013 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is making an attempt to shake up Buick's image as a car for older buyers with freshened up versions of its Regal midsize sports sedan and the LaCrosse large luxury car. GM unveils the pair Tuesday ahead of the New York auto show.

BlackBerry CEO: iPhone Is Outdated

March 22, 2013 10:11 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry on Friday, more than six weeks after RIM launched the devices elsewhere.

Super-Tuned Supercars

March 20, 2013 5:24 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At the recent Geneva Auto Show, there were a lot of very high-end, expensive, luxury cars. But for some people, that's just not enough. When a buyer wants an upgraded high performance luxury car, they turn to tuner companies like Ruf, Hamman, and Gemballa to boost horsepower and change the car's appearance.

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U.S. Teens Fear Risk-Taking; STEM Careers Demand It

March 15, 2013 9:08 am | by Kelton Global | Articles | Comments

While 95 percent of teens agree that risk-taking is required for innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — careers, 46 percent say they are afraid to fail or uncomfortable taking risks to solve problems, according to an ASQ survey conducted by Kelton Global.

U.S. Solar Installations Soared 76 Percent In 2012

March 14, 2013 1:52 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Solar panel installations in the U.S. grew 76 percent in 2012 as the cost of panels and the surrounding equipment continued to fall, according to an annual report by a solar trade group. The U.S. installed panels capable of producing 3,313 megawatts of peak electricity, up from 1,887 megawatts in 2011, the report said.

Boeing Flies High On 787 Battery Hopes

March 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Dreamliner may still be grounded, but Boeing's stock has come roaring back lately as investors feel the worst is over. It's now outperforming the Dow. The FAA has given Boeing the go ahead on new solutions for the lithium battery issue, and that may be boosting investors' confidence in the company again.

The $10,000 Smartphone

March 13, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A luxury mobile phone-maker has released the new Android-based smartphone Vertu Ti. Depending on the finishes, it can cost upwards of $10,000. CNN's Laurie Segall reports on what all goes into a $10,000 smartphone and why it is so expensive.

Car Tech: Toyota i-Road Concept

March 13, 2013 3:57 pm | by CNETTV | Videos | Comments

CNET's Antuan Goodwin previews the Toyota i-Road concept, which was featured at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The i-Road concept is a tandem two-seater that runs on electric power and uniquely maneuvers using all three of its wheels. For more information visit www.cnet.com.

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The Future Of Manufacturing And Design With Additive Manufacturing.

March 13, 2013 1:33 pm | Events

In this webcast, Dr. Christopher Williams, Assistant Professor and Director of the DREAMS (Design, Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems) Lab, will discuss how Additive Manufacturing is being used at Virginia Tech. The presentation will include use-cases and novel applications of both Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and multi-material PolyJet 3D Printing.

Croatian Micro-Car To Electrify Mass Market

March 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

New BlackBerry Coming To The U.S. On March 22

March 11, 2013 2:23 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will launch its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. with AT&T on March 22. The release will come several weeks after RIM launched the much-delayed devices elsewhere. AT&T said Monday said the Z10 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Sales of the device began in the U.K. and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.

Is 3D Printing The Future Of Manufacturing?

March 11, 2013 1:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a process by which an object or objects are created by "printing" its shape with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and its cons in this CBS This Morning segment.

Volkswagen's Golf Named Europe's Car Of The Year

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Golf has been named Europe's Car of the Year by automotive journalists from more than 20 countries. Introduced in 1974 and recently redesigned, the hatchback is the company's mass-market flagship — and a key element in its ambition to overtake Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker.

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China Targets Satellite Launch Market

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 percent share by 2020, a leading space program official said. China hopes to increase its market share by establishing strategic alliances with major launch services providers and satellite manufacturers, the deputy head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Liang Xiaohong, said.

3D Printing Stocks Still One Dimensional

March 4, 2013 3:06 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Stratasys shares surged in early trading today and rival 3D Systems was also up. Recently public company ExOne shares rallied as well. 3D printing companies are up on some good sales but be careful when investing in this volatile, emerging industry.

Manufacturing's Next Chapter

March 4, 2013 3:00 pm | by GEreports | Videos | Comments

At The Atlantic's event, leading experts talk about what they think are the main challenges of manufacturing and the way forward for the U.S. manufacturing industry. Leaders talk about lasers, programming our physical world and beyond. Jamie Tarabay from Ideas Laboratory reports.

The Race To Rule The Wearable Gadget Market

March 4, 2013 2:53 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

The first wave of wearable tech is already here: fitness devices like NikeFuel band have set the stage for a burgeoning business. But with Google launching computer glasses and Apple believed to be developing a smart watch, these devices are poised to surpass smartphones over the next decade.

Futuristic Google Glass Has Tech World Buzzing

March 4, 2013 2:37 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

A video demonstrating the gadget, a pane of glass that projects images right in front of your face, has earned more than 13 million views in less than a week. Google plans to release Glass before the end of the year. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

Can The New Corvette Save GM?

March 4, 2013 10:23 am | by Brad Schmitt, The Nashville Ledger | News | Comments

It looks part Ferrari, part Batmobile. But can this superhero save GM? Auto industry analysts and mainstream media predict the 2014 Corvette Stingray will have all sorts of extraordinary, megastar powers. One of them could be the power to revive a parent company that, less than four years ago, had the fourth-largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

European Carmakers To Get Serious At Geneva Show

March 4, 2013 10:20 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Geneva Motor Show has long had a reputation as one of the glitziest stops on the global auto show circuit — the place to unveil luxury models and out-of-this-world fantasy concept cars. But this year the dire state of the European auto industry will hang over the exhibition halls.

March 2013 - Robotic Efficiencies

March 1, 2013 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue see how Starbucks' continuous improvement philosophy earns an AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, learn how mobile access to maintenance could mean easier troubleshooting, check out the 2013 Industrial Web Directory, and more.

Speedometer Top Speed Often Exceeds Reality

February 28, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109. So why do the Yaris — and most other cars sold in the U.S. — have speedometers that show top speeds they can't possibly reach?

Audi Allroad: Better Than An SUV

February 27, 2013 3:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These days, everybody has crossover SUVs - Audi even has two of them. But for 2013, Audi has brought the 'allroad' back to its lineup. An all-wheel drive station wagon with extra ground clearance that's more fun to drive than crossover SUVs.

Consumer Reports: Best Cars For 2013

February 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Lots of car awards are given out every year but if you talk to anyone in the industry, probably none matters more than getting the nod from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports recently announced their Top Pick vehicles for 2013, which received the highest scores in their self-administered tests. Detroit automakers didn't make the cut.

The Brilliant Phone Samsung & Apple Didn't Dream Up

February 26, 2013 12:54 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The smartphone market may be massive, but most handsets basically look identical. That's because the big boys are scared of taking risks, says the man behind Russia's innovative YotaPhone, which includes a flip side, battery sipping E-ink display.

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