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Light christmas lightsspectaculars are as much a part of the holiday season as visits to see Santa at the mall. And while many cities have impressive displays, few can rival the sheer scope of the show put on at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

With 15 different scenes using somewhere between 8 million and 10 million bulbs over five miles, the “Fantasy in Lights” show has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler as one of the 10 best places in the world to see holiday lights.

But putting together an event of that caliber takes a lot of time — and even more work. Here’s a look at how the team of Santa’s Southern Helpers gets the show ready.

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Wal-Mart, walmart used gameswhich took the plunge into the used video game business in March, is leveling up.

The retailer on Tuesday announced the launch of a certified preowned program in 1,700 stores nationwide, finally putting those games it has been offering store credit for over the last seven months back up for sale. It’s a move that heightens the growing battle between Wal-Mart and GameStop.

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As ebola crowdfundinghealth-care officials scramble to contain the worsening Ebola outbreak around the world, an unusual fundraising effort from a leading institute has struck a chord with the general public.

Dr. Erica Saphire and the Scripps Research Institute were part of the consortium that developed the ZMapp serum, the experimental drug believed to have cured five people infected with Ebola this summer. To create a road map for new treatments, though, they needed new equipment—and fast. The quickest way to get that, they decided, was via a crowdfunding campaign.

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Six sixsigma-IOESigma has been a go-to management tool for manufacturers since Motorola developed it in the mid-1980s — and popularized later on by Jack Welch at General Electric. The methodology, which seeks to streamline manufacturing efficiency and minimize variability. As the IOE enmeshes itself into manufacturing processes and devices, though, and pieces of assembly-line equipment begin talking to each other, will that force companies to rethink their approach to quality assurance?

Experts suggest that given the history and success of Six Sigma, there’s little chance of it going away, and it’s likely that the approach could evolve as the data collected from IOE-connected devices offers a new level of granularity on products — including, in some cases, products that have left the plant.

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After applethe widely acclaimed introduction of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay a month ago, Tim Cook is ready to take a victory lap. But the energy surrounding this week’s expected roll out of a new slate of iPads and new MacBook and iMac models is significantly lower than that of a month ago.

Unlike September’s big iPhone, Apple Watch reveal, this time there don’t appear to be any paradigm shifting announcements in store.

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Apple’s apple-gamingfootprint in the video game world is getting bigger. And that could be good news for the company’s bottom line.

Gaming makes up the lion’s share of the mobile software world, with consumers buying games more frequently than any other type of app. And with the recent launch of the large screen iPhone 6 Plus and Thursday’s expected introduction of a souped-up iPad, Apple could become an even larger player in the category.

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There jeepare 246 robots putting together Jeep Wranglers and other vehicles in Toledo, Ohio. And they never shut up.

The robots talk to each other. They talk to the other devices on the assembly room floor. And they give the people overseeing them regular reports about what’s going on.

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