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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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The john deereimportance of the color green at John Deere extends far beyond its distinctively hued logo.

Green crops and fields are pretty essential to its business model — and to help farmers ensure they see a lot of green, both when they look out the window and at their bank accounts, the farm equipment giant has launched an IOE-based platform called Field Connect.

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While CNBC Next Listwe’ve put together a pretty thorough list of the innovators, visionaries and agents of change we expect will have a big impact over the next 25 years, we weren’t content to stop there.

There are plenty of young minds at work that didn’t make our list, because they’re largely unproven, but they’re still doing some pretty amazing things at this early stage in their life.

This collection of teen and preteen superstars—they’re all younger than 20—come from a diverse set of backgrounds and focus on widely different fields. But they all stand on the cusp of greatness … and they’re definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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Smart IOE-techdevices can only get smarter if the chips powering them get more powerful. And that’s leading to a renewed arms race among microchip manufacturers.

Both Intel and ARM have introduced new processors for integrated devices — from refrigerators to cars — designed to help connected devices generate and transmit data. And both are hoping the technology serves as a building block for a wide variety of applications.

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The LIBERIA-HEALTH-EBOLA-WAFRICAso-called prepper community has a long list of concerns—and for quite some time Ebola has been near the top of it. Experts, though, are split on whether the confirmation that the disease has entered the U.S. will spur a rush in equipment sales.

Even as awareness of doomsdayers grows thanks to a reality series on the National Geographic Channel, sales of supplies like canned food and hand-cranked flashlights had actually begun to level off before Tuesday.

And since Ebola has been on the community’s radar for so long, many people have already stocked up.

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