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BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up For Sale

August 12, 2013 10:18 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry will consider selling itself. The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of boosting the adoption of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The company said its options could also include joint ventures, partnerships, or other moves.

The Mercedes-Benz That Nearly Drives Itself

August 8, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The new Mercedes-Benz S Class has technology that allows it to almost drive itself. While the Mercedes-Benz S Class has always been a leader in its class, it now boasts new and groundbreaking technology, like active cruise control that helps to keep the car in its lane.

Is Silicon Valley Out Of Touch?

August 8, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Investor John Doerr defends Silicon Valley's culture against arguments by the New Yorker's George Packer that the tech industry is disconnected from the middle class. Is Silicon Valley just a bubble that isn't real, or connected with America?

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Why Google Is Assembling Phones In The U.S.

August 7, 2013 12:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside talk about why they decided to assemble the Moto X smartphone in Texas. The Moto X will be assembled at a plant in Texas, which employs about 2,000 workers.        

Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

Laser Sintering: Blazing New Trails In Tool Manufacturing

August 1, 2013 2:50 pm | by deutschewelle | Videos | Comments

Some components simply can't be made with a conventional milling machine. Selective laser sintering could provide the solution. With this new technology, lasers are used to fuse layers of metal powder into completely new components. The Toolcraft company in Bavaria is investing in the technology.

Photo Of The Day: An Organic Transit Vehicle

July 31, 2013 2:17 pm | by Valerie Bonk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background. What he's driving looks like a cross between a bicycle and a car, the closest thing yet to Fred Flintstone's footmobile, only with solar panels and a futuristic shape.

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Volkswagon Gags Academics From Revealing Car Flaws

July 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A British university says it is delaying the publication of an academic paper on electronic vulnerabilities in high-end Volkswagen cars following legal action from the German automaker. The academics had hoped to publish the paper at the USENIX Security Conference in Washington next month.

Musk’s New Endeavor: A High-Speed ‘Hyperloop’

July 30, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No, the aforementioned Hyperloop isn’t some kind of science fiction-esque teleportation device. Sorry to disappoint. Although with Elon Musk’s background in companies that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the private sector, it wouldn’t have been completely out of the blue. Instead, Hyperloop is what Musk calls the “fifth mode” of transportation, as an alternative to cars, planes, trains and boats.

New Toyota "Winglet" Ready For Testing

July 26, 2013 12:38 pm | by Toyota | Videos | Comments

The Winglet, created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun, is a next-generation mobility robot that offers users outstanding operability and performance that expands the user's world, with a compact size and ease of use suited to modern living environments.

The Future Of Manufacturing: TEDxEdmonton

July 25, 2013 8:02 am | by TEDxTalks | Videos | Comments

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. He splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary growing the public's awareness of the second industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies.

Hyundai's $180K Hydrogen Car

July 25, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Unhook it, plug it in, and let the hydrogen flow. This could be how you refuel your car in the not-so-distant future. Hyundai has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered vehicle for sale to government and businesses with hopes to have the car in dealerships by 2025.

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Ford, Toyota End Collaboration On Hybrid Trucks

July 24, 2013 10:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford and Toyota are ending joint research into hybrid systems for trucks and SUVs. The companies said Tuesday that they will each develop the systems independently. Ford and Toyota agreed to the partnership two years ago after the CEOs of both companies met by chance in an airport. Engineers talked frequently and paid visits to each other's labs.

Accident Investigators Want Talking Car Tech

July 23, 2013 2:29 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal accident investigators are recommending the government set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles. The National Transportation Safety Board made the recommendation Tuesday in response to fatal school bus accidents at intersections in New Jersey and Florida last year.

Let’s Get Visible

July 22, 2013 3:35 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Asset management, at its core, is all about profitability. If a manufacturer can gain a clear picture of how and where assets are being used, they can account for overuse, underuse, lost items, bottlenecks, theft, and more. And in doing so, there is an endless list of tools to consider.

Restoring The ‘Tech Belt’ With Next-Gen Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The “Tech Belt“ region of the U.S. has undergone explosive growth in the years since the Great Recession. Some of the hardest-hit cities have seen manufacturing’s return with very positive upward trends. Among the region’s largest success stories is winning the nationwide bidding contest for the NAMII, a public-private collaboration to develop next-gen manufacturing processes based around additive manufacturing. 

Ford To Recalibrate Hybrids, Improve Fuel Economy

July 17, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is offering free upgrades to U.S. and Canadian hybrid customers to improve their fuel economy. The company plans to recalibrate the vehicle control systems on 77,000 Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids and Lincoln MKZ hybrids from the 2013 model year.

5 Quick Questions With The CEO Of BlueGrace Logistics

July 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It didn’t take long for the novelty of social media to fade, and the search for practical application and measurable impact of these vehicles to become a priority. Despite the commercial success of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and several other platforms, manufacturers are still seeking out answers as to whether the time spent on social outreach is worth the effort.

General Electric CEO Calls For More Innovation

July 12, 2013 2:03 pm | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States needs more startup companies and innovation to compete with the rest of the world, General Electric Co. chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt told the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents on Friday. Immelt said the U.S. needs more risk capital to help fuel startups, less government regulation, a greater emphasis on research and development and more cooperation with higher education.

Carnegie Mellon Robots Aim To Please

July 11, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are designing modern day butlers - service robots that will one day help people with tasks like fetching coffee and cleaning up the kitchen. Ready to lend a helping hand, these service robots are equipped with data-collecting sensors, setting them apart from other, possibly less helpful, robots.

New Electric Scooter To Synchronize With Smartphone

July 10, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple Inc.'s iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

BlackBerry Chief Seeks Patience With Turnaround

July 10, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins pleaded for patience Tuesday as the company faces questions about its growth and survival. BlackBerry shares were hammered last month after the company's financial results fell short of expectations. Heins told shareholders that BlackBerry is in the second stage of its turnaround. Stage three, he said, includes profitability.

The World's Top Drone Exporter

July 9, 2013 11:33 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It might look like a model airplane, but don't let the size fool you. The Heron 1 is the latest in Israeli drone technology and the growth engine of Israel's defense industry. Between 2001 and 2011, 41 percent of drones came from Israel. President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Joseph Weiss, explains why this technology is a necessity.

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Its Journey

July 8, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered aircraft has completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Solar Impulse touched down at JFK at 11:09 p.m. Saturday, completing the final leg of the cross-continental journey that started in California in early May. For Saturday's final leg, the aircraft left Dulles International Airport a little before 5 a.m.

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