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Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 11, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year.


Researchers Project The Future Of Smart Phones

July 11, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo

Researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that incorporates a sense of touch for interactive devices of the future. The system emits ultrasonic waves to generate pressure a user can feel and could one day render keyboards, smartphones, and even pens obsolete.


Carnegie Mellon Robots Aim To Please

July 11, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are designing modern day butlers - service robots that will one day help people with tasks like fetching coffee and cleaning up the kitchen. Ready to lend a helping hand, these service robots are equipped with data-collecting sensors, setting them apart from other, possibly less helpful, robots.


The Right Way To Drive A Lamborghini

July 11, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money

If you've ever tried to buy a high-end supercar, just getting a test drive can involve a deposit of $15,000. But now, for a much smaller price, drivers can learn to drive Lamborghinis before taking them for a test spin. At the Lamborghini Esperienza, you learn to drift, auto cross, and drive Lamborghinis on a race track.


Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?

July 10, 2013 1:36 pm | by CBS News

Some of the top minds in the nation are working to find an alternative for oil, and Professor Juergen Polle is placing his bet on algae. What makes algae ideal is that it can be grown in non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide (CO2) like fossil fuels, it requires CO2 to photosynthesize, making it carbon neutral.


The World's Top Drone Exporter

July 9, 2013 11:33 am | by CNN Money

It might look like a model airplane, but don't let the size fool you. The Heron 1 is the latest in Israeli drone technology and the growth engine of Israel's defense industry. Between 2001 and 2011, 41 percent of drones came from Israel. President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Joseph Weiss, explains why this technology is a necessity.


New Tech Makes Cars Safer, Easier To Drive

July 8, 2013 1:14 pm | by AssociatedPress

Automakers have developed new technologies that are making cars safer, more efficient, and easier to drive. From auto-braking to lane-centering, the cars practically drive themselves. Andrew Whydell, product planning executive with TRW Global Electronics, says that this technology is going to become increasingly more common in the U.S. in the next two to three years.


Ford's Advanced Prototyping

July 3, 2013 12:21 pm | by fordvideo1

Ford engineers are developing a highly flexible, first-of-its-kind, patented technology to rapidly form sheet metal parts for low-volume production applications. Once fully developed, the technology (Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology, or F3T) will allow for lower costs and ultrafast delivery times for prototypes – within three business days versus conventional methods that take anywhere from two to six months.


Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

July 2, 2013 12:34 pm | by Universal Robots

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines, and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.


EU Unemployment Solution: Apprenticeships

July 1, 2013 12:36 pm | by CNN Money

The European Union is offering companies tax incentives to hire more apprentices, in a plan to put the "lost generation" back to work. One apprentice, who helps build a crucial part for Boeing's 737, talks about his experience as a Safran apprentice.


Nissan Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 28, 2013 12:53 pm | by NissanNewsroom

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn. Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the United States.


ATEX Certified Vacuums For Hazardous Locations

June 28, 2013 10:01 am

Electrically bonded components, static conductive attachments, and multiple grounding options eliminate static electricity at the source. Powered by compressed air, with no motors to spark or burnout, and no electric cords, Nortech Hazardous Location Vacuums generate exceptional vacuum lift and vacuum flow, and offer safe, effective, efficient performance.


Why ADP & Labor Dept. Jobs Numbers Differ

June 27, 2013 1:08 pm | by CNN Money

ADP CFO Jan Siegmund says that his company's monthly employment report uses 'real-time payroll processing transactions' to calculate jobs data, unlike the BLS which uses surveys. Siegmund says that ADP has worked very hard to create a very high quality, sustainable, and relevant measure.


Aston Martin's Practical Supercar

June 27, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money

Let's say you're James Bond, and you get married. Your wife survives being married to James Bond, and you have kids. You might want something with four doors. With four doors, the Aston Martin Rapide S has room for the whole Bond, James Bond, family.


Badminton Robot A Study In Energy Efficiency

June 27, 2013 8:03 am | by Reuters

Belgian scientists are developing a badminton-playing robot to demonstrate how new software can optimize energy efficiency in production machines. Scientists say if they can reduce the energy consumption of these machines, they will be able to significantly reduce the energy consumption of mankind. Reuters' Tara Cleary reports.


TPS Accelerates Meals Per Hour

June 27, 2013 8:02 am | by HENRYand REL Supermarche

Take a look at how a non-profit implemented Toyota's legendary production system (TPS) to increase the number of meals distributed to people who are still affected by Superstorm Sandy. Implementing this Kaizen event has made meal delivery in the still recovering area more efficient than ever before.


Small Businesses: Still Scared To Hire

June 27, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money

The job situation is still a very hot topic in the United States. ADP has access to jobs data from 600,000 employers and ADP CFO Jan Siegmund explains what the data is telling us now. He says that the slowing of employment growth over the last few months is due to tax rate changes and the anticipation of health reform.


Nissan CEO Faces USD Pay Cut

June 26, 2013 12:31 pm | by Reuters TV

Sometimes, as a leader, you just have to take one for the team. And that's exactly what Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has done. Ghosn cheered on a weakening of the yen, despite it shaving a couple million dollars off his current paycheck. Maybe that's because he still out-earns some peers.


IMTSTV: Manufacturing With Darwin, Moore, & Metcalfe

June 25, 2013 12:30 pm | by IMTSTV

IMTSTV's Penny Brown got a chance to speak with Steve Fritzinger, NetApp's Virtualization Alliance Manager, Java Author, and Economics Writer, about the current state of the manufacturing industry. Fritzinger explains how competition and technology are driving the industry's pace, and why companies must adapt to this change if they want to survive. He also speaks about the future of manufacturing jobs in America.


Tesla Gets Supercharged

June 24, 2013 1:20 pm | by TeslaMotors

Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In addition to the expansion of the Supercharger network itself, Tesla has improved the technology behind the Superchargers to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S, in some cases cutting charging time in half.



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