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Going Private BlackBerry's Only Hope?

September 9, 2013 12:54 pm | by CNN Money

Rumors that BlackBerry might be bought out by its biggest shareholder is fueling optimism about the smartphone maker a day before Apple's new iPhone announcement. Blackberry most likely won't steal Apple's thunder, but BlackBerry shares are rallying.

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What Do Strong Auto Sales Mean For The Broader Economy?

September 6, 2013 1:31 pm | by CBS News

New numbers show August had the highest number of auto sales of any month since the Great Recession. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit U.S. sales. Financial and economic analyst Mellody Hobson explains why sales are booming.

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$1.9M Car Based On Airplane Design

September 5, 2013 1:52 pm | by CNN Money

The 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne was designed by an aviation designer and takes cues from airplanes of that era. The designer of the Voisin was originally an aviation designer and wanted to transfer aviation design to the automobile to create the best car he could. It recently sold at Pebble Beach for $1.925 million. 

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The Next Generation In Condition Monitoring

September 5, 2013 9:35 am | by SPM Instrument

SPM Instrument releases the latest portable instruments in Vibration and Bearing Monitoring. Rugged Construction, Tri-Axial Vibration, Shock Pulse, Electronic Stethoscope, Temperature, Laser Alignment, Balancing, Voice Recording, and much more.

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Nissan Juke Nismo: Tiny SUV Packs A Punch

September 4, 2013 5:28 pm | by CNN Money

The Nissan Juke Nismo delivers only 9 HP more than the base Juke model, but with tighter suspension and steering it does make this small SUV just a touch more fun. Nismo is Nissan's performance brand, and in this case, does deliver just a bit more power.

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NASA Creates A Rocket Component Using 3D Printing

September 4, 2013 5:24 pm | by Mashable Video

NASA has successfully tested a new kind of rocket engine component created using 3D printing. The engine injector was put through high-pressure, test firings of liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, and it passed.            

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The New But Not Much Improved Microsoft

September 4, 2013 5:22 pm | by CNN Money

Microsoft's $7 billion deal to buy Nokia's cellphone business has investors wondering if the software giant can finally stake a claim in the mobile phone industry. A source of national pride, Finland's Nokia Corp. had led the cellphone industry for more than a decade, reaching a peak of 40 percent market share in 2008.

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The Pencil: An Engineered Communication Device

September 4, 2013 5:19 pm | by CBS News

As students go back to school, CBS News' Mo Rocca explores that classic writing instrument: the pencil. He introduces us to David Rees, who has written the book on sharpening pencils, and brings us to Pencil City USA to learn how pencils are made.

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Report Signals U.S. Manufacturing Getting Stronger

September 4, 2013 12:51 pm | by CBS News

Stocks initially rose after a new report signaled the country's manufacturers are getting stronger. A jump in orders helped Unites States factories expand in August at the fastest pace in more than two years.            

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South Korea Unfolds The Future Of Urban Driving

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by ReutersVideo

South Korean researchers have developed an electric car that folds in half for easy parking. Named for the armor-covered mammal of the same name, the 'Armadillo-T' is a two-seater prototype vehicle that is designed for commuters in busy urban areas. Reuters' Rob Muir has more.

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Walmart's Plan Sells 'American Made'

August 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by CNN Money

Walmart SVP Michelle Gloeckler explains her company's $50 billion effort to sell more American made goods over the next ten years. Even if Walmart is successful in getting key retailers and suppliers on board, experts say it won't rejuvenate the U.S. manufacturing industry. But the movement could help stem the tide of jobs flowing to China and elsewhere that has been occurring in the last two decades.

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Ford Fusion Now Made In U.S.

August 29, 2013 12:28 pm | by CNN Money

For the first time, Ford Fusion vehicles are being built just outside Detroit, a positive sign that the automotive industry is bringing production back to the United States. The company's Flat Rock, Mich., plant near Detroit will start making the Fusion Thursday. Ford hired a second shift of 1,400 new workers to make the Fusion at the plant, which also makes the Mustang sports car.

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Cheetah Robot Hits The Ground Running

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo

'Cheetah Cub' is a robot being developed by scientists in Switzerland, to one day assist in search and rescue missions. The machine does not yet have a head, but otherwise looks and runs like a cat, to go into places inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Reuters' Jim Drury has more.

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Mini Cooper Paceman: Roomy, Nimble, Fun

August 29, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money

The new Mini Cooper Paceman is a two-door crossover SUV that features a turbo-charged engine, four-wheel drive, and a spacious interior. While it could be considered a "less practical, SUV," losing two doors completely changes the character of the vehicle, says CNN's Peter Valdes-Dapena.

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Train Shines Light On Self-Contained Solar Power

August 29, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo

A nature reserve in central Hungary has become a testing ground for self-contained, solar-powered train travel. Engineers say the narrow gauge train is the first of its kind and could become a template for larger train transport systems. Reuters' Matthew Stock reports.

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Nissan EVP Talks Self-Driving Cars

August 29, 2013 8:01 am | by NissanNewsroom

Nissan announced that the company's engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world's top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer gives all the details on Nissan's 20-20 vision.

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Nissan Announces Autonomous Drive Plan By 2020

August 28, 2013 3:45 pm | by NissanNewsroom

Nissan announces a 2020 autonomous drive timetable for bringing the high-technology cars to global markets. Nissan announced that the company's engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world's top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo.

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Signs Of Life In China's Factories, But For How Long?

August 28, 2013 2:11 pm | by Reuters TV

A leading indicator shows a fresh spike in manufacturing activity, but with debt pressures lingering and the country on a slower growth track, economists remain cautious on China's outlook. China's manufacturing slowdown stabilized in August in another possible sign the world's second-largest economy is improving, a survey showed.

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IMTSTV: MTConnect Leadership Award

August 27, 2013 2:05 pm | by imtsvideos

Watch the new episode of IMTSTV IN BRIEF: MTConnect Leadership Award for the status and future of MTConnect from the award recepient. John B. Byrd III, former president of AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology, received the MTConnect Leadership Award at the 2013 [MC]2 Conference. John answers some very important questions on the status and future of MTConnect.

Gary, IN Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 26, 2013 12:20 pm | by NBC News

Gary, Indiana is far from its glory days when it was a thriving steel town. The official unemployment number is close to 10 percent, but today, the mayor of this rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing it. 

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