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The New Horizon In Tech

January 30, 2013 2:40 pm | by CBS News

As devices get smaller and smaller, tech companies are looking for the next innovation that will keep consumers coming back for more. IBM Fellow and Vice President of Innovation Bernie Meyerson offers five new innovations that could change our lives within the next five years.


Check Out How Super Bowl Footballs Are Made

January 30, 2013 2:37 pm | by CNN Money

Take a look inside a Wilson Football factory in Ada, Ohio where the official Super Bowl game balls are made. This Wilson Sporting Goods factory produces over 700,000 game footballs a year and has been making footballs at this location since 1955.

BlackBerry CEO Talks New Phones

January 30, 2013 11:49 am | by CNN Money

CEO Thorsten Heins, tasked with turning around the company, discusses the new phone and his future plans. The new Z10 features a virtual keyboard, and while a new Blackberry with a qwerty keyboard is coming, Heins says Blackberry has a "very loyal customer base" that won't mind waiting.


Can Blackberry 10 Breathe New Life Into RIM?

January 29, 2013 12:39 pm | by CBS News

Since 2006, the smartphone landscape has undergone seismic changes. Now, a former industry leader is looking to regain customers.'s Sumi Das reports RIM is making a gamble with their new Blackberry 10 operating system in a move to stay relevant.


Manufacturing: The Solution To The Jobs Crisis

January 28, 2013 1:02 pm | by CNN Money

Dow Chemical CEO and chairman Andrew Liveris says advanced manufacturing is coming back to America and will drive our economy. Liveris argues that technology became the new word for manufacturing since technology has to be researched and made.


Cisco CEO: Canada Is Best For Business

January 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by CNN Money

At the World Economic Forum, Cisco CEO John Chambers says it is easier to do business in Canada and Russia than in the U.S. He says that other countries "get" how important it is to attract business, favorable tax policy, and working together with businesses to achieve goals. He also says that, right now, the U.S. is not country that attracts business.


Boeing Battery Burn-Out

January 24, 2013 1:42 pm | by University of Michigan

University of Michigan Chemical Engineering Professor Levi Thompson discusses the grounding of the Boeing 787 jets due to battery malfunction. Thompson explains how overheating of Lithium Ion batteries could cause leaking of fluids, which may lead to ignition. For more information visit


Watch How Mars Makes M&M's

January 23, 2013 4:31 pm | by CNN Money

Take a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Mars chocolate factory in Hackettstown, New Jersey and see how the colorful M&M's candies are made. A chocolate paste is created and then refined, mixed with more ingredients, shaped, and coated. About two million M&M's are created every eight hours, says Brian Suwalksi, site director at the Mars Hackettstown plant.


Is Innovation Booming Or Dead?

January 23, 2013 4:25 pm | by CNN Money

There's only a handful of things that have truly changed the way the human condition lives, says Time International Editor Jim Frederick. Indoor plumbing and the railway have created life as we know it, but has innovation now reached a wall? At a Time/CNNMoney panel at the World Economic Forum, CEOs talk about the state of innovation in the global economy.


3-D Printing Factory Boosts 'Made In USA'

January 23, 2013 4:20 pm | by CNN Money

New York manufacturer, Shapeways, opened its first U.S. factory where up to forty 3-D printers will make designer products to ship worldwide. Shapeways CEO, Peter Weijmarshauser, talks about the factory and the company's plans for the future.


The Reimagining Of American Muscle

January 23, 2013 4:14 pm | by CBS News

In 1963, the newly unveiled Stingray turned the Corvette into something really special, and now the Corvette Stingray is back and in a big way. CBS News' Lee Cowan takes a spin in the new car and talks about this iconic roadster's history.


iPhone Formula Needs A Shake-Up

January 23, 2013 12:49 pm | by Reuters

It's easy to forget just how amazing the Apple iPhone was when it made its market debut - it's the top product at the world's top company. But the iPhone formula needs a shake-up, before Apple loses the platform war to Google in price-sensitive emerging markets.


Eye-Control 'Magic' In Hyundai Concept Car

January 22, 2013 12:27 pm | by CNN Money

For automakers, distracted driving has become a major issue. At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled technology that they think will go a long way in solving that problem. Hyundai's car of the future uses retina scanning and gesture control to eliminate driver distraction and create a button free interior.


Turbulent Times For Boeing & Airbus

January 21, 2013 1:40 pm | by CNN Money

CNNMoney's Jim Boulden looks at the pressure and problems Boeing and Airbus have faced in launching their new high-tech airplanes. Airbus' A380 has seen mid-air engine explosions and cracked wings, and now Boeing is dealing with battery - and possibly electrical - issues of its own.


The Cockpit Of Your Future Car

January 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by CNN Money

At the Detroit Auto Show you can see how automakers are working to keep up with the pace and change of consumer electronics, including tablet computer technology that could soon replace many of the controls in your car for both drivers and passengers.


Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Grounded

January 17, 2013 12:33 pm | by CBS News

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered all Boeing 787s in the United States to be grounded for safety inspections. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about what that means for Boeing and for passengers.


The Robot Waltz

January 16, 2013 3:05 pm | by CBS News

"Manufacturing automation" may not have a fun ring to it, but the 60 Minutes team spoke of nothing but fun after reporting "March of the Machines" for the broadcast this week. The story, reported by Steve Kroft, is about the new generation of robots marching out of the realm of science fiction and into mainstream manufacturing, medicine, and other industries.


A Police Car Loaded With Tech At CES 2013

January 16, 2013 3:03 pm | by unboxtherapy

This video shows a quick look at a futuristic police car from the show floor at CES 2013. This car packs a massive in-dash touchscreen connected to an in-trunk PC. It also features solar panels and a redesigned backseat. For more information visit


Corvette At 60 Resurrects The Stingray

January 16, 2013 3:00 pm | by ReutersVideo

Chevrolet introduced its latest Corvette, which has been called "the car of the show," at the North American International Auto Show. Reuters' Paul Ingrassia breaks down the highlights of the new model and delves into the legendary sports car's rich history.


Detroit Auto Show: What's Exciting This Year

January 16, 2013 2:58 pm | by CBS News

The North American International Auto Show is up and running in Detroit. Consumer Reports Cars managing editor Jonathan Linkov discusses this year's most exciting vehicles with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts. A "green" Cadillac, an affordable Nissan Versa, and "the car of the show" - the Corvette Stingray - top the list.



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