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2013 Consumer Electronics Show Kicks Off

January 9, 2013 2:43 pm | by CBS News

Tens of thousands of gadgets, including the new wave of high-definition televisions, are on display in Las Vegas at the biggest tech show in the industry. This year's show is missing two of the biggest tech giants - Google and Apple.  CBS News' Bigad Shaban has a first look at what's hot at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Boeing's 787: What New Problems Mean

January 9, 2013 1:15 pm | by CBS News

What could new troubles mean for the future of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner? Are these problems growing pains or something more significant? CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the continuing issues.

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In A Galaxy Far Far Away, Samsung Finds Record Profits

January 8, 2013 11:34 am | by ReutersTV

Selling about 500 smartphones a minute, Samsung has convinced millions that its handhelds are indeed the droids they are looking for. And despite rising challenges, that doesn't look like it will be changing anytime soon for the South Korean tech giant.

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Economy Poised To Improve, Economists Say

January 7, 2013 12:56 pm | by NBC News

Now that home construction is picking up, and state and local government layoffs are leveling off, there is reason for optimism in 2013. Many economists are saying that the economy is now poised to pick up steam. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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Optical Wireless Pioneer Shows Auto Makers The Light

January 4, 2013 1:41 pm | by ReutersVideo

Scientists from the University of Warwick are undertaking research into the use of optical wireless in cars, technology that can send data signals with light. The researchers say optical wireless could replace most wiring within vehicles, providing an eco-friendly solution that cuts fuel and maintenance costs. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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2012: The Year The PC Died?

January 3, 2013 11:42 am | by CNN Money

In 2012, the PC went from being the butt of jokes to suffering the ultimate indignity - being left for dead by Wall Street Bible Barrons. PC shipments dropped by more than 8 percent in the third quarter of 2012 and are forecast to be down for the full year for the first time in more than a decade. Is the PC dead?

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Phantom Eye In The Sky

January 2, 2013 3:01 pm | by Boeing

The Phantom Eye is a hydrogen-powered, unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) designed to serve as an eye in the sky for surveillance, disaster relief, search and rescue, and a multitude of other uses. For more information visit www.boeing.com.

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$30,000 For A Gold MacBook With Diamonds

January 2, 2013 2:57 pm | by CNN Money

A Las Vegas startup, Computer Choppers, personalizes any electronic gadget with unique designs in precious metals and stones. Specializing in Apple products, the company can take an iMac or tablet and strip it down to bare metal, engrave or personalize it for a customer, and then plate the gadget 24K gold, platinum, or other finishes.

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Fukushima Disaster Tests Mettle Of Local Robot Makers

January 2, 2013 2:53 pm | by ReutersVideo

Despite being recognized as a world leader in robot design, Japan is playing catch-up to develop robots capable of dealing with the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Authorities have had to rely on American made machines to assess the damage inside the reactors. But now the country's big three manufacturers are building their own versions of durable, remote-controlled robots for hazardous environments.

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Whisky Maker Mixes Drinking And Driving

January 2, 2013 2:52 pm | by Reuters

Millions of people around the globe toasted the new year with a glass of one of Scotland's best exports but only one traditional whisky also provides fuel for your car. Ivor Bennett reports from the Scottish distillery, Tullibardine, which has gone into business with Celtic Renewables, part of Napier University, to convert its whisky leftovers into auto fuel.

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Made In The USA Again: Factors Affecting A Resurgence

January 2, 2013 12:48 pm | by PwC

In this video from consulting firm PwC, US Industrial Products leader Bob McCutcheon discusses seven key factors that will affect a resurgence in American manufacturing, from shale gas, to talent, to demand, and more. Check it out here.

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IMTSTV: 2012 A 'Fantastic' Year For Manufacturing

December 21, 2012 11:59 am | by IMTSTV

IMTSTV's Penny Brown interviews Angel Martinez, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Caterpillar on how tax reform can boost manufacturing, improving U.S. infrastructure and importance of workforce development; Pat McGibbon interviews Richard Aboulafia with Teal Group on the fiscal cliff as it relates to the aerospace industry; and more. Brown says 2012 was "a fantastic year for manufacturing."

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The True Cost Of Microsoft's New Tablet

December 20, 2012 8:11 am | by CNN Money

The Surface is Microsoft's attempt to break into the tablet market that the iPad has been dominating since it came out nearly three years ago. The first tablet the PC company has made, Microsoft's Surface tablet's healthy profit margin could make it a big winner.

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Boeing Prepares For Happier Landings

December 20, 2012 8:10 am | by Reuters

With one of the busiest holiday travel seasons of the year about to begin, air traffic control procedures are set to receive a 21st century face lift. Aircraft industry giant Boeing is in the final stages of testing out a new system that gives airplanes tailor-made landing paths, a technology they say will decrease airlines delays and cut harmful fuel emissions significantly.

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Ford C-Max: Strange Looking, Fun To Drive

December 20, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money

The Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid may look like an appliance, but it is a surprisingly fun, peppy, and fuel efficient car.  The C-Max Energi Hybrid plugin model allows drivers to go an additional 20 miles on electricity only from wall outlet. A compact car, the C-Max is designed for maximum cargo and allows drivers to open the tailgate with their foot.

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CNET's 2012 Gadget Tips And Picks

December 20, 2012 8:08 am | by CBS News

CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley lists the top gadgets of 2012 and gives tips on picking the right products. He covers the top smartphones (his top pick: the Galaxy S3), the top tablets (the Nexus 7 or the new Microsoft Surface), the top computers (the MacBook Air), the top e-readers (none, go cheap, he says), and the top TVs (plasma).

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SC Johnson's Largest Manufacturing Facility Get Wind Energy

December 19, 2012 1:18 pm | by SC Johnson

When the blades started spinning yesterday on SC Johnson’s two new wind turbines, the company’s Waxdale manufacturing facility began to further minimize its dependence on fossil fuels. The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale – brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® – will now be made using clean energy.

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Alabama Builds A New Economy

December 19, 2012 12:04 pm | by NBC News

Manufacturing is moving to the Southern United States in a big way. In Mobile, an Australian shipbuilding company called Austal is leading the way in hiring—bringing on up to 100 new employees every month. NBCNews.com's Matt Rivera explores why.

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Tim Cook: Keeping Apple Cutting Edge

December 18, 2012 12:17 pm | by NBC News

Steve Jobs’ hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple’s battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV, and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.

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Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 17, 2012 1:29 pm | by NBC News

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from 5 employees to over 1300 people. Rock Center’s Harry Smith reports.

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