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Apple Slices Orders, Bernanke To Talk Policy

January 14, 2013 1:06 pm | by ReutersVideo

Apple has cut orders for LCD screens and other parts for the iPhone 5 this quarter due to weak demand, the Nikkei reported. In other news, U.S. unemployment is expected to fall this year and chairman Ben Bernanke will give his first policy speech of the year later today.

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Rolls-Royce CEO: Global Balance Is Key To Success

January 11, 2013 1:41 pm | by ReutersVideo

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller Otvos takes Reuters for a ride in his Phantom to explain why global balance is the key to luxury success. The luxury end of the auto market is doing so much better than the mass market for the company because it is "very properly globally balanced," says Otvos.

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MakerBot CEO Wants Easier 3-D Printing

January 10, 2013 12:22 pm | by CNN Money

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis shows off the company's latest 3-D printers and says they want to make 3-D printing more approachable for users. He explains that MakerBot is an innovation company, and they make machines that help other people become innovative and make things.

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A Touchscreen With A Pop-up Keyboard

January 9, 2013 2:54 pm | by CNN Money

Tactus Technology has developed a keyboard that rises up from a touchscreen when you need to type. Tactus Technology CEO, Greg Ciesla, demonstrates the technology that gives users all the advantages of a touchscreen, but converts to a tactile surface to make it easier to type.

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Honda Civic: What A Difference A Year Makes

January 9, 2013 2:51 pm | by CNN Money

For 2013, Honda came out with a competely redesigned Civic and the new 2013 Honda Civic makes the prior year's model look like an unfortunate rough draft. The Civic was 2012's best selling compact car in America,  but CNN Money Senior Writer Peter Valdes-Dapena says those buyers should have waited.

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Top Project Management Trends For 2013

January 9, 2013 2:48 pm | by ESI International

ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, has released its top 10 trends in project management for 2013. The 2013 trends reveal that expert leadership is lacking in all areas of project management, portfolio management, and program management.

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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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