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December 8th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Tech CEO seeks to eliminate office emails – he explains why on AM

Imagine...a workplace without emails. 

It sounds farfetched, but one of the largest information technology companies in the world wants a "zero email" policy to be in place by 2013. Atos CEO Thierry Breton says there's too much "email pollution" within in his company. Breton wants to replace internal email with newer social media technology.

Alina Cho talks with Breton about where he got the idea to eliminate workplace email and how he plans to implement this policy.

Filed under: Technology
November 14th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Black entrepreneurs struggle to break into Silicon Valley

People around the world dream of striking it rich in Silicon Valley, but the odds of making it in the nation's tech capital are long – and even longer if you're black.  Only one percent of tech entrepreneurs who got venture capital last year were black.  It's an issue that CNN's Soledad O'brien explores in her new "Black in America" documentary.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans and Alina Cho speak with Hank Williams, the founder of Kloud-Co, to discuss why there are so few black entrepreneurs working in Silicon Valley.

Filed under: Technology
September 28th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

Apple and Amazon to make big announcements on new products – Mario Armstrong on what to expect

Apple and Amazon both expected to make big announcements within the coming weeks.

On Wednesday morning, Amazon is expected to announce its building its own Android-based tablet, which has been an open secret for months. Many say it will give the Apple iPad a run for its money. But Amazon has a strong fan base with its Kindle, and it could become a top competitor in the industry. Tech experts anticipate it's likely to be available for purchase soon.

In addition, Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it will hold a press event on Oct. 4 at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. Expected to be the star attraction: The long-awaited iPhone 5. With rumors of a bigger camera, longer battery life, faster processor, maybe even a larger screen, all questions will be answered next week.

Mario Armstrong, host of Siriux XM's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin, talks to American Morning about the upcoming announcements and what to expect from these new gadgets.

Filed under: American Morning • Technology
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 5th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

Hacking of major corporations, organizations possibly linked to China – is a 'Code War' far behind?

According to the CIA, the second biggest threat facing the U.S. today is computer hacking, with number one being a nuclear attack. Cyber warfare has become an enormous problem, with hackers targeting our satellite systems ans sensitive defense sites.

According to a report released by computer security firm McAfee, a wide-reaching hacking scheme known as "Operation Shady RAT" has possible roots in China. Among those affected: 36 corporations, 12 non-profits, 15 U.S. government agencies and 12 U.S. defense contractors were victims of the cyber attacks, according to McAfee.

On American Morning this morning, Colonel Cedric Leighton, Military Intelligence Expert and Founder Cedric Leighton Associates, and Duncan B. Hollis, Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law, explain why the threat may be coming from overseas, what information the hackers may be seeking and how we can protect ourselves from an attack.

Filed under: Hacking • Security • Technology
July 29th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

How to 'disconnect' from your job and enjoy a tech-free vacation

Among Americans vacationing this summer, almost half say that they will, or did, work on their vacation, according to a recent online poll conducted by Harris Interactive.

The poll also showed that of those people, 35% admitted to monitoring their email and 22% said they checked their voicemail or occasionally took phone calls.

Is it possible to take a truly tech-free vacation and disconnect from all the devices in your everyday?

Today on American Morning, Mark Orwoll, international editor for Travel + Leisure, offers tips on the best ways to truly "disconnect" from your hectic professional life while on vacation.

Filed under: Tech • Technology • Vacation
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