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August 25th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Dyslexic technologist designs new mobile device to help others with learning disability

Ben Foss was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child and struggled with the learning disability through high school and college, always depending on others to read to him or taking long amounts of time to read the text himself.

In graduate school, he relied on prerecorded audio content or he had to wait for school resources to scan course materials and run text-to-speech conversions, making it difficult for him to keep up with his class work.

Now a technologist at Intel, Foss has designed a new mobile handheld device that converts printed text to digital text, and then reads it aloud to people with learning disabilities just like him.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Foss's story and demonstrates how the device works on American Morning today.


Filed under: Technology
August 25th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Is Steve Jobs critically tied to Apple's success and brand? CultofMac.com editor discusses

Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs resigned last evening, effective immediately. Apple made no mention of Jobs' health in its statement about the change, but Jobs alluded to it in a letter he sent to the company's board.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs wrote. "Unfortunately, that day has come."

Jobs has been on medical leave from the company since January for an undisclosed medical condition, although he continued to make Apple's major strategic decisions.

Leander Kahney, editor and publisher of CultofMac.com and author of "Inside Steve's Brain," joins American Morning today to discuss what Jobs' resignation says about his health and to weigh in on what it means for the Apple brand.


Filed under: Apple • Steve Jobs
August 25th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

What does a 'heart attack waiting to happen' look like? Dr. Sanjay Gupta's explanation may surprise you

Do you think that you know what a "heart attack waiting to happen" looks like? Think again.

It may come as a surprise that people don't necessarily have to look the part to be at risk for a potentially deadly heart attack.

Today on American Morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells the story of Tom Bare, an active 54-year old man who eats healthy but just underwent open heart surgery.

Tune into CNN at 8:00pm ET on Saturday for Dr. Sanjay Gupta's special on heart disease, "The Last Heart Attack."


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Health
August 25th, 2011
08:19 AM ET

Following Steve Jobs' resignation, Tim Cook to take over as company CEO

Following Apple CEO Steve Jobs' resignation yesterday, chief operating officer Tim Cook is set to take over the position as per Jobs' recommendation.

Cook was named COO in 2005 and has been responsible for Apple's product sales and operations, overseeing the company's manufacturing, distribution and inventories.

Although Cook has nearly 30 years of experience in the computer industry, design and marketing, for which Jobs was famous,  is not his specialty.

Today on American Morning, Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor for Fortune Magazine, discusses Tim Cook's background and explains whether or not the public should expect to see a change in the Apple company due to Jobs' resignation.


Filed under: Apple • Steve Jobs
August 25th, 2011
07:57 AM ET

What should you do to get ready for Hurricane Irene? FEMA administrator explains

Hurricane Irene is expected to be upgraded to a category four storm today as it moves over the northwestern Bahamas with sustained winds of 115 mph.

As Irene moves toward the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all residents of states along the East Coast to take steps to prepare their families and businesses for the severe weather.

Mandatory evacuation orders for parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks will take effect this morning as state emergency officials prepare for the arrival of of the storm.

Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator, discusses hurricane preparation today with Ali Velshi and weighs in on how prepared the East Coast is to handle a storm of this magnitude.


Filed under: Hurricane • Weather
August 25th, 2011
05:25 AM ET

Talk Back: What should happen if Gadhafi is captured?

Although the Libyan rebel forces have taken over Gadhafi's compound, they have said that there will be no victory until Gadhafi himself has been captured or killed and they are offering $1.4 million dollars to anyone who is able to do just that.

Knowing that the eyes of the world are upon them, the rebels have said that they will offer the Libyan leader a fair trial if he is captured alive. The International Criminal Court in the Hague also wants to try Gadhafi and has issued warrants for both his arrest and the arrest of one of his sons.

Talk Back: What should happen if Gadhafi is captured?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Talk Back