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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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December 16th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Amazing new translation video conferencing technology

(CNN) - First Skype made the world a lot smaller by linking you through video chats. Now, it's breaking the communcation barrier in a mind blowing way.

Microsoft debuted Skype's new real time voice translation technology that will interpret English to Spanish, or vice versa, and say it to the person who can't understand a thing you're saying on the other side.

For a preview of the technology at work, watch the video above.

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December 10th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Obama's 3D portrait: How'd they do it?

(CNN) – The Smithsonian Institution is always looking for new ways to tell America's story.

Now through the use of 3D imaging, guests can come face-to-face with American presidents.

Eventually, anyone will be able to re-create the scientifically accurate renderings at home, along with dinosaur fossils, and other items from the museum collection.

The only thing more fascinating than the finished products, is how the 3D wizards behind the technology pulled it off.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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December 9th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

An 'Uber' bad week for the ride-sharing app

Uber is one of Silicon Valley's fastest growing start ups. But as the company's reach spreads abroad, so do efforts to put the brakes on the ride-sharing service.

A judge ordered a ban on all Uber operations in Spain, joining New Delhi and Thailand on a list of places to outlaw the app overseas. New Delhi put its ban in place yesterday, after a woman accused an uber driver of rape.

And while the company was recently valued at $40 billion, there are questions over whether Uber can live up to the hype if it continues to run into regulation issues not just internationally, but here in the U.S.

December 2nd, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Tech Lead: Company unveils 10-minute Ebola test

(CNN) – A new test could be a breakthrough in the fight against Ebola. San Diego company Genalyte has developed a rapid response blood test which can detect the deadly virus in 10 minutes.

"Our technology is substantially more accurate and more sensitive than any other rapid test," said Genalyte founder and CEO Cary Gunn.