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  • Google looks at augmented reality     Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    Google is looking at augmented reality gaming that doesn't involve visors or splashing out on home-integrated hardware.

  • Microsoft & Sony: The virtual reality future     Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    The two tech giants have trumpeted virtual reality as the future of gaming. The question is, will gamers buy it, or is it a step too far?

  • Gaming: No longer the 'underdog'?     Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    Worth $93 billion, the gaming industry is one of the "most volatile plays" in the entertainment industry. Who will flourish and who will sink as the gaming world heads into a new digital era?

  • Can gaming revolutionize education?     Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    New York's "Mission Lab" program integrates video games into school curriculums, with the aim of encouraging creative thinking through complex game-based challenges.

  • The future of gaming     Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    With Microsoft and Amazon taking to the cloud, who will win and lose in the volatile gaming market?

  • Amazon's next big play? Gaming     Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    Amazon is diving into the competitive gaming industry, and could end up dominating the market by moving games to the "cloud". High resource games - which would normally require external hardware - will be rendered more easily with Amazon's servers.

  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Oct 29- Billionaire investors in a small, Seattle- area company that aims to one day mine resources on asteroids have not been deterred by an unmanned rocket explosion that destroyed their test satellite, the company said on Wednesday. Privately held Planetary Resources counts Google Inc Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page and Chairman...

  • Verizon reasserts no plans for Internet 'fast lanes' Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 29- Verizon Communications Inc on Wednesday reasserted that it was not planning to strike any Internet "fast lane" deals that would help some websites load faster than others, in a letter to a top U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee lawmaker. "As we have said before, and affirm again here, Verizon has no plans to engage in paid prioritization of Internet...

  • Startup tries to 'Poynt' stores in new direction Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    That's the point of Poynt, a versatile terminal built to take advantage of rules requiring stores to be equipped to handle payment cards with computer chips by October 2015 to avoid financial liability for fraudulent transactions. The shift is also expected to spur more innovation from opportunistic newcomers such as Poynt, the Palo Alto, California, startup...

  • Oct 28- An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The 14- story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight...

  • Mueller Water Products meets 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Mueller Water Products Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $26.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 12 cents per share. Analysts expected $317.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • The cause of the accident was not immediately known, said NASA mission commentator Dan Huot. NASA launch control said damage appeared to be limited to the launch facility and rocket. Virginia- based Orbital Sciences is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the station after the space shuttles were retired.

  • Google working on pill that searches for illnesses Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.— Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. The project announced Tuesday is the latest effort to emerge from Google's X lab, which has been trying to open new technological frontiers to solve nettlesome problems and improve the quality of people's lives. Some investors...

  • Kim Kardashian & her BlackBerry at Code Mobile     Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    Re/code's Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg share yesterday's highlights from the Code Mobile Conference, including Kim Kardashian West's involvement with her game and love for her BlackBerry.

  • Meet 'Amelia': Your new virtual assistant     Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    Chetan Dube, IPsoft CEO, introduces "Amelia," the supercomputer that's programmed to think like you. The virtual assistant is proficient in twenty languages and is intended to transform the global workforce.

  • Newest sales reps at Lowe's: Robots on wheels Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:14 AM ET
    OSHbot, a robot Lowe's is testing at Orchard Supply Hardware stores.

    Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.

  • Cook praises Alibaba, takes shot at Google     Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    At the Wall Street Journal's tech conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses a potential partnership with Alibaba and takes a shot at Google. CNBC's Josh Lipton reports the details.

  • Windowless airplane lets you fly in the clouds Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 10:25 AM ET
    In this concept, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) lines the cabin with curved high-definition screens. Cameras mounted on the aircraft's exterior then pipe in video that make it look like the walls are see-through.

    An innovative concept airplane allows everyone to have a window seat...and yet nobody has a window seat, reports the Today Show.

  • Oct 28- Corning Inc, the supplier of Gorilla glass to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and earnings, helped by launches of new smartphone models. Shares of the company, which also supplies LCD panels to consumer electronics companies such as Sony Corp, LG and Lenovo Group, rose 1.6 percent in early trading.

  • Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The robots are coming. Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's Companies Inc. in San Jose, California. "They're based on making a science fiction story a reality," said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe's Innovation Lab.