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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.


Tesla CEO Discusses The Future

September 25, 2012 11:59 am | by CBS News

Elon Musk is being hailed as the next John Rockerfeller because of his ideas and the companies he runs to make those ideas realities. He sat down with Charlie Rose of CBS to talk about the future of space travel and the electric car industry.


Motorola's Answer To The iPhone 5

September 24, 2012 12:07 pm | by CNN Money

How do you differentiate your new smartphone with the coming onslaught of the new iPhone 5? Motorola says that its new RAZRi smartphone is powered by an Intel chip and boasts impressive specs. However, is Motorola's latest offering enough to top iPhone 5 sales? It doesn't look like that's going to be the case.


Mercedes $1.1M Street-Legal Racecar

September 21, 2012 11:16 am | by CNN Money

This 1999 Mercedes Benz CLK GTR looks like a racecar, but it's also legal to drive on the street - just barely. Under the skin is a 700 horsepower V12 engine. The first one of the only 25 ever made, take a look at the car that recently sold at auction for over $1 million.


Nissan CEO Talks China And The Economy

September 20, 2012 11:16 am | by CNN Money

Nissan chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn sits down with CNN Money and shares his thoughts on China's growing GDP and the current state of the United States and European markets. He has a rather unique and interesting perspective on those subjects.


Audi R8: Hot Body, Lots Of Power

September 20, 2012 8:16 am | by CNN Money

Take a look at the Audi R8 V10 - an exotic type car that's easier to live with, easier to drive, and just a little bit more affordable, says Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer for CNN Money. The $162,000 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has plenty of horsepower in a package that turns heads.


Shimi The Rockin' Robot Boogies To Your Beat

September 20, 2012 8:15 am | by Reuters

If you're looking for a musical soul mate who understands your unique taste in tunes and rocks to your rhythms, you might soon be in luck. Scientists at Georgia Tech are about to commercialize Shimi, their dancing robot, an android designed to put glide in your stride.



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