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Name Confusion Causes Meltdown For Chocolate Maker

November 10, 2014 12:43 pm | by Reuters | Comments

What's in a name? For the Belgian chocolate maker Libeert, it might just be its fate as a company. Originally called Isis, orders have recently drastically slowed due to confusion about the name. A full transition to the new name "Libeert," will be complete by January 2015...

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Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 7, 2014 2:27 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland. He discusses the importance of innovation to Coca-Cola's business model...

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8th Grader Designs Inexpensive Braille Printer

November 7, 2014 10:10 am | by CBS News | Comments

Shubham Banerjee came up with the idea for an affordable braille printer while playing with Legos. Now at 13 years old, he's just become Silicon Valley's newest tech phenom as the youngest person ever to get venture capital investment for a startup...

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NRA Blocks Ban On Serving Dog, Cat Meat In PA

November 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Colbert Report | Comments

Thanks to pressure from the National Rifle Association, people remain free to dine on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" explains how Pennsylvania butchers selling dog and cat meat brought upon a House bill designed to outlaw the human consumption of common household pets...

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Richard Branson: Space Travel Is Worth The Risks

November 4, 2014 4:27 pm | by CNN Money | Comments

CNN Money's Poppy Harlow talks to Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic. Despite the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson says the risk of testing commercial space flights is worth it...      

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Lexus Uses Instagram To 'Build' SEMA Car

November 4, 2014 2:37 pm | by USA Today | Comments

Chris Woodyard talks with Lexus' Brian Bolain about the RC-F sports car that was customized based on suggestions from the brand's followers on Instragram as a brave experiment in social media. USA Today reports on this exciting new use of social media...

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This Monster Ship Is Part Robot

October 31, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

The Pieter Schelte is a cross between a ship and a giant robot. It has eight arms that can latch onto an oil platform and pull it onto the ship. A giant crane on the back of the ship then removes the legs from the ocean and transports both parts at the same time...

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Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany more efficient. Bloomberg's Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report...

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Tesla Barred From Selling Cars In MI

October 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by CBS News | Comments

A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports...

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Is Detroit Manufacturing On The Rise?

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? CNN Money shows film for 'We the Economy', which explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs...

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Google Aims To Revamp Email

October 24, 2014 12:54 pm | by CBS News | Comments

Engineers at Google believe email is outdated and has not evolved to reflect our changing needs. Now Google is trying to make email more efficient with a new app called "Inbox." CBS News investigates the push to revamp email...   

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Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:46 am | by Reuters | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank...

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The IoT Uplink: Exploring A $2.9T Market In Manufacturing

October 23, 2014 10:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

While only 13% of those surveyed in a 2013 study by the American Society for Quality have made their factories "smart," a survey by ARM Holdings shows that 95% expect to be using the industrial IoT in the next three years. In this episode of the IoT uplink, we explore why manufacturers have...

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IoT In Unlikely Places Can Smarten Your Life

October 22, 2014 5:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

As more and more Bluetooth-enabled devices are reaching consumers, developers are busy connecting them together as part of the Internet of Things. Approximately 3 billion Bluetooth-enabled units are expected to ship this year alone... 

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Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by ABC News | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs — raising safety concerns and never informing authorities of the change. The jury decided the company should have told the government about...

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A Cultural Shift Comes To Microsoft

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by USA Today | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experience to answer the question of whether woman should ask for raises. Nadella addresses questions about obstacles to Microsoft's goals and how he will bring about a cultural change...

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Alibaba Drives Tesla To Chinese Marketplace

October 21, 2014 11:52 am | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Tesla Motors has begun taking online orders for the Model S in China through a Tmall.com listing through Alibaba. Tesla offers preconfigured vehicles on Tmall.com, with limited customization. Bloomberg’s Jamie Butters reports on...   

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Google Executive Chairman Gives Artificial Intelligence Prediction

October 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Comments

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Google can be the perfect personal assistant that makes you smarter. The cost? Just a little bit of privacy. He sat down with CNN Money to discuss his predictions for the future of artificial intelligence...

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Throwing Star, Brass Knuckle Beer Glass Holder, Among Finalists

October 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Earlier this summer, PD&D started a 3D-printing competition when we asked “What Would You Print?” Now, we have our finalists and we took the opportunity to flesh out their designs on our Uprint from Stratasys. Stay tuned as we announce the grand prize winner, who will win an Afinia H480 3D printer, on...

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Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features

October 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by USA Today | Comments

Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features. There are a lot of cool, new features found in cars these days. Cars.com took a look at the top ten, over-the-top available features. Audio, navigation, sun roof, automation, data recording, massaging seats, and more...

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