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Futuristic Gizmos Show Japan Hasn't Lost Its Tech Edge

October 10, 2012 4:38 pm | by Reuters

Gadgets galore—many uniquely Japanese—were on display at the busy CEATEC fair, the largest electronics exhibition in Asia, just outside Tokyo. Reuters' Jon Gordon gets hands-on with the most intriguing of the bunch on display, including everything from the "weird" to the "wacky."


3XSQ: Alcoa Warns And Yum Profits

October 10, 2012 12:43 pm | by Reuters

In today's 3XSQ, take a look at an early read on U.S. earning season, which started with a warning from Alcoa, a profit turned for Yum! Brands, and plans to slash costs at Federal Express. And then check out Amazon's new Netflix-like video library, and how dinosaurs can come to life with a new "dino app."


Race To Save EADS-BAE Merger

October 9, 2012 12:27 pm | by Reuters

With the deadline fast approaching, the race is on to keep BAE's mega-merger with EADS from hitting the ground. A stand-off between European governments over state shareholdings threatens to destroy the deal between the UK arms firm and Airbus parent as plans are made to give both sides extra time.


Oracle: Big Data And How It Transforms Big Business

October 8, 2012 12:58 pm | by New York Times

Oracle sells more software to businesses than any other company in the world. The company's CEO, Mark Hurd, recently spoke to the New York Times about investing in big data, what it means for Oracle, and what it means for its customers.


GE CEO: U.S. Starved For Investment

October 5, 2012 1:41 pm | by CNN Money

GE CEO Jeff Immelt says the U.S. economy is starved for investment and political deadlock in Washington is to blame. According to Immelt, there are critical decisions that need to be made in Washington to ensure that the U.S. engages in an investment-led recovery.


ECONOMY 2012: U.S. Manufacturing Not Dead

October 4, 2012 10:56 am | by Reuters

Manufacturing, and manufacturing jobs in particular, have come into focus with the presidential election. But will the sector become a major driver of the economy? Sappi Fine Paper CEO Mark Gardner says, despite the slow economic recovery, he is adding jobs to his company's payroll and expects growth in manufacturing businesses to pick up over the next 12 months.


What To Expect At PACK EXPO

October 3, 2012 4:52 pm | by packexpovideo

PMMI's Marketing Manager, Christine Maple, explains the attendee highlights for 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, featuring integrated processing-packaging solutions, breakthrough technology, on-site demonstrations, and revolutionary product launches, opening new possibilities for improved safety, security, sustainability, and cost savings.


Chinese Smartphones Aim To Rival iPhone

October 3, 2012 4:50 pm | by CNN Money

You probably know about the iPhone, but do you know about Meizu? Meizu is a small Chinese smartphone maker with a growing fan base in China. The company was once known for making phones that seemed inspired by the iPhone, but now the company is coming into its own with phones like the Meizu MX 4-core, which are now competing with companies like Apple and Samsung.


Who's Better? Engineers Or Scientists?

October 3, 2012 4:45 pm | by

Elon Musk, physicist and entrepreneur, talks with Todd Sierer from about who's better—an engineer or a scientist? And why it's easy to start a company if you are an engineer. For more information visit


Smart Cars Project Wireless Future At Paris Motor Show

October 3, 2012 4:42 pm | by Reuters

For the next two weeks, car enthusiasts in Paris have the opportunity to see the future of automotive technology at the the Paris Motor Show. Among the highlights this year are a car with a built in movie projector and another that utilizes hologram technology as a safety feature.


Made In Brooklyn, Shipped To China

October 3, 2012 2:05 pm | by New York Times

Typically, we hear about the U.S. purchasing goods and materials from overseas. This story highlights the opposite scenario. Jim Dwyer, ‘About New York’ columnist, talks to Louise Story of the New York Times about a Brooklyn manufacturer whose custom luxury fixtures have caught the eye of buyers in China.


Ford CEO: 'Europe Has A Long Way To Go'

October 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by CNN Money

"Europe is a concern for all of us worldwide," says Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford. He explains that our economies are extremely interdepedent, and that countries in Europe are in a recession that's continuing to get worse. He also discusses the weakness in the European auto market and the importance of a healthy U.S.-China relationship.


China Rare Earth Dispute Strikes Wyoming

October 1, 2012 1:17 pm | by CNN Money

Sundance, Wyoming—population: 1,182, and where the "Sundance Kid" got his name. This sleepy town with no stop lights may see some big changes in the next few years—rare earth elements have been found in the mountains. Economic concentrations of rare earths are rare, and what was discovered appears to be a very significant economic concentration, says Jim Clark, VP of exploration with Rare Element Resources.


Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

September 28, 2012 11:33 am | by Ted

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating—jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next.


Investors Hit Brakes On Tesla

September 27, 2012 1:44 pm | by CNN Money

Tesla is dealing with a plunging stock price after a sales warning. Tesla is warning that its sales will be lower than expected for this year, citing concerns about lower production of its Model S sedan electric vehicle than the company had originally anticipated. While a very cool, innovative company, Tesla is still an unproven business.


ABB's Dual Arm Concept Robot

September 26, 2012 3:34 pm | by ABB Robotics

This concept robot was created in response to requests from ABB Robotics' existing customer base to develop robotic solutions for manufacturing environments in which humans and robots would be able to work together. The 14-axis, dual arm robot is the initial output from ABB Corporate Research's initiative for industries requiring new and innovative solutions for their small part assembly operations.


Andrew Blum: What Is the Internet, Really?

September 26, 2012 3:33 pm | by Ted

When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches, and other physical bits that make up the net.


How The $649 iPhone 5 Costs Only $180 To Make

September 26, 2012 3:32 pm | by CNN Money

The latest iPhone is already sold out in most stores, only about a year after the iPhone 4 came out. UBM TechInsights estimated the iPhone 4 to cost Apple about $203 to manufacture. UBM TechInsights took a look at the iPhone 5 and discovered that it's actually costing Apple a lot less to manufacture than its predecessor, despite having some more expensive components.


The Voices Of Globalization

September 26, 2012 3:24 pm | by Ted

In the ongoing debate about globalization, what's been missing is the voices of workers -- the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world. Writer/reporter Leslie T. Chang explores the lives of workers in China.


Autonomous Road Trains Herald Era Of Driverless Cars

September 26, 2012 1:57 pm | by Reuters

A new era of autonomous driving may be drawing nearer following successful trials of the Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project, sponsored by the European Union. Participating companies have just completed a demonstration drive in Sweden, operating a platoon of three autonomously-driven cars at speeds of up to 56 miles per hour.



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