Germany's apprentice program is called a "dual system" — split into 60 percent workplace training and 40 percent classroom-based education — and is widely regarded as a model of business investment in social mobility and in Germany's skilled workforce of the future.
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. For more information visit www.ted.com.
2012 may become known as the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology became accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni, co-founder of Digital Forming, gives a useful primer on this fascinating way of making things - including intricate objects once impossible to create.
Just a glimpse of the 1,500 engineers working are enough to give you an idea of the size and scale of the super jumbo A380. Each part requires precision and patience - 4,000 rivets alone are used to attach the wings to the body. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at how Airbus assembles and tests the largest passenger jet in the world.
It looks as if the Batmobile used in the 1960s TV series will be sold at auction in January at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. Unlike most TV show cars, the Batmobile is a singular creation - famed car creationer George Barris got the assignment to create the car in 1966 with a tight deadline of 15 days and $15,000.
Austin, Texas, is a growing hub for technology startups, and these companies' leaders see a bright future. Mobile software, cloud computing, 3D printing and greentech businesses are just some of the areas that these CEOs feel will continue to move forward in the coming year.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau talks with Matthias Muller, Porsche AG president & CEO reveals what makes the 2013 Porsche Cayman so special. Muller says the brand new car features new interior and exterior designs, while still including key elements of the traditional "Porsche DNA."
Germany will soon get an equal stake with France in EADS as part of EADS's shareholder reshuffle. Reuters' Axel Threlfall asks Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier if that means fresh tension between Berlin and Paris over Europe’s flagship planemaker.
If you saw any of the highlights of Black Friday sales, you probably witnessed a lot of people buying flatscreen TVs - and that is great news for Corning, which owns the Gorilla Glass unit making glass for LCD screens. While the glass manufacturer has been struggling this year, Corning said that LCD shipments should be better than forecasts.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau speaks to Volkswagen of America president & CEO Jonathan Browning, about the Beetle Convertible coming out mid-December. Unveiled this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2013 Beetle represents fun and freedom in the marketplace, says Browning, and there is still a demand for a convertible car.
Flexing its metal muscles is the 4-meter or 13-foot-tall Kuratas robot. Creator Kogoro Kurata wanted to bring to life the machines of his childhood fantasies, even though he realizes his prototype doesn't hold too much value for society.
It's the latest marketing ploy in car-crazed Japan: A car made specifically for women in an almost too predictable pink. This is a new version of the Honda Fit, a model named not "Hers", but "She's." The car's designer, Eri Tomonari, says the car's windshield cuts down on UV rays and the plamsa cluster A/C won't leave drivers with dry skin.
CNNMoney visits Israel's biggest defense manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, and gets special access to the drones of today and the future. Owned by the Israeli government, the company does over $3.5 billion in annual sales. Of that, about a quarter goes to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which makes one of Israel's most valuable tools.
The 2013 SRT Viper has tons of power and lots more refinement, and is the best Viper ever by a mile, says Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Money senior editor. Driving with only one hand on the steering wheel (something not so easily done in the older models), he shows off the new Viper here.
Mike O'Shaughnessy, the company's CEO, argues that consumer demand is a primary driver for the recent success of locally-made TVs. By calculating the total costs of production, and by weighing duty and freight against labor, the company found a positive financial picture of producing in the U.S.A. And it seems to be working. The "Made in the U.S.A." packaging can't hurt, either.
When it rains, it pours for HP. Hewlett Packard shares have plunged to a decade low any many are now wondering what Meg Whitman can do to save this company, if anything. Once the pride of Silicon Valley, HP's write-down and sales woes could force the company to make drastic changes to stay competitive.
Can Intel go from being king of the PC market to a master of mobile? A fund manager and an analyst tell us what three steps the incoming CEO needs to make. Joshua Spencer, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund, sees two important steps for the chipmaker: pushing the manufacturing advantage and integrating Intel's chips with cellular chips.
The first reaction a lot of people have to the new Ford Fusion is disbelief that the new model is really a Ford. It is, and it's a mid-size family sedan competing against cars like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. The new Fusion is "a pretty interesting package," says Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN senior writer. Take a look.
Warren Buffett says that whether the U.S. goes over the fiscal cliff or not depends on if the Republicans in congress, and the president, can agree. Even if the U.S. temporarily goes over the cliff, the Oracle of Omaha doesn't think that will push the country in another recession.
Ruth Campbell Bigelow decided to create a food company in her home, and introduced flavored tea to the U.S. more than 60 years ago. Bigelow Tea has since become the number one specialty tea company in the country, producing about 1.6 billion bags of tea each year.