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Chinese Environmentalists Target Apple

October 4, 2011 10:12 am

A Chinese environmental group is concerned about fumes coming from a factory in Suzhou, China. This factory is an alleged supplier to United States tech giant Apple. Residents living in the area of the factory have complained of a strong odor that makes them feel sick. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Bringing Production Jobs Back 'Home'

September 30, 2011 11:23 am

This is the story of one manufacturer that spent several years chasing cheaper costs by sending production to China. Now he's doing his best to bring some of that work back to the United States. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Durable Robots Tackle Triathlon

September 29, 2011 11:31 am

Panasonic's battery-powered robots gear up for the Ironman triathlon challenge in Hawaii. Reuter's Tara Cleary reports. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Meet The Leader Of The Bionic Age

September 28, 2011 10:19 am

At the MIT Biomechatronics lab, professor Hugh Herr is creating robotic prosthetics that mimic the functions of real limbs, leading to a new bionic age. A mountaineering accident that cost Herr both of his legs served as the inspiration behind his work. Now he's trying to advance technology not only for himself, but for the benefit of others.

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HP's Decade Of Struggles

September 28, 2011 10:17 am

It hasn't been a great decade for tech giant HP, which has struggled to come up with a vision for the future in the last several years. Despite being the biggest company in the IT industry, HP has had a lot of mistakes and missteps over the past 10 years or so. CNN Money takes a look at HP's recent past and tries to project what the company will do in the future.

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Heinz Ketchup Gets A Facelift

September 28, 2011 10:15 am

Same taste, saucier look. Heinz redesigned its ketchup packets so you can choose whether to dip or squeeze, a feat of engineering that took 3 years to develop. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Biotech Jobs Budding In The Rust Belt

September 28, 2011 10:13 am

Ohio has seen 20 percent job growth in the BioTech sector over the last 10 years due to both big businesses and startups. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Tom Egen On PACK EXPO Las Vegas

September 28, 2011 10:08 am

Tom Egan, VP of Industry Services with PMMI, discusses current trends, new technologies, and safety in the packaging industry, and what to look forward to at this year's PACK EXPO Las Vegas. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Robots Take Over University's Classrooms

September 27, 2011 7:30 am

At the University of Maryland, robots rule, if only for a day. Engineering students coax their creations to life, using batteries and, in one case, mind control. Robots Take Over University's Classrooms by associatedpress If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Meet 'The iPhone Doc'

September 27, 2011 6:58 am

'"Dr. Brendan" (also known as the "iPhone Doc") has seen his iPhone repair business boom as Apple's popularity soars. Just last year, he was fixing a wide range of Apple products from a tiny New York City apartment. Now he has four stores, eight employees, and boasts 300 percent growth since January.

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Sebastian Thrun: Google's Driverless Car

September 23, 2011 7:36 am

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.

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Why Samsung's Tablet Isn't Available Everywhere

September 23, 2011 5:49 am

Samsung has had its eye on a share of the tablet market and has pushed its Galaxy device as a suitable rival to Apple's iPad. However, the Galaxy tablet is unavailable in some places due to Samsung's patent battle with Apple. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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NJ Jobless Take Up Residence In "Tent City"

September 20, 2011 7:59 am

A lot of unemployed individuals have it bad in these uncertain economic times. However, there is a new low in the sour U.S. economy. Some unemployed people in the New Jersey area have taken up residence in "Tent City." It is a community of jobless/homeless individuals established five years ago by a reverend who lives in a converted school bus.

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Server Smashing, Mini-Golf At Work

September 20, 2011 7:57 am

Cloud computing provider Rackspace believes that the unique corporate culture is at the core of its success. The company employs 4,000 people, all of which are referred to as "rackers." The company believes it needs to make its workers voluntarily do good work, rather than coerce them into doing good work If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Jaguar C-X16 Concept

September 20, 2011 7:55 am

At the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Jaguar aims to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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3D Prototyping Fast Tracks GM Fuel Efficiency Gains

September 20, 2011 7:54 am

Deep inside the GM Design building where future products from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac take shape and substance, an elite team fashions components, intricate sub assembles and entire scale model cars from highly specialized three-dimensional rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment from 3D Systems.

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Bill Ford: A Future Beyond Traffic Gridlock

September 20, 2011 7:53 am

Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.

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How Connectivity Changes Cars

September 20, 2011 7:43 am

Paul Mascarenas, CTO, Ford Motor Company, has been in the industry for 30 years, and says one of the biggest changes he's seen is the advanced computing technology readily available in cars today. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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DOE Solar Decathalon 2011: Assembly

September 19, 2011 12:22 pm

Richard King, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, provides an onsite overview of Solar Decathlon 2011 in his first official video blog of the 2011 event. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Frankfurt Motors Into Future

September 19, 2011 5:42 am

The world´s car makers unveil their latest models on the first day of the Frankfurt car show, as France´s PSA Peugeot Citroen says it´s cutting jobs and costs to prepare for tough economic times ahead. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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