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Americans Aren't Keen on Drones, Google Glass-Like Devices

Amazon and Google have some work to do to win over Americans if this survey from the Pew Research Center is any indication. Full Story »
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No Activity Detected: Nike to Abandon Wearable Hardware

A lot of companies are racing to claim their share of the wearable device market, but on Friday, one major player pulled out of the race. Fitness gear maker Nike is getting out of the wearable hardware game and refocusing its FitTech efforts on software, according to reports.

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Google Invites Glass Wearers to Brave LA's Beaches

Owners of the famously geeky glasses are invited to a run this weekend

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Meet the Most Profitable PC Company You've Never Heard Of

Dell's Original Equipment Manufacturer division makes custom PCs for companies in a variety of industries. It also makes money. With sales of plain ol' out-of-the-box machines on the decline, this might point to the future of the PC.

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Music Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972.

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Kill Switch Proposals Finally Force Wireless Industry's Hand

Good news: You're finally going to be getting that theft-deterring kill switch as a standard feature on your mobile device. But when that feature becomes available next year, it may not be in the form the wireless industry would prefer.

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Google Glass to get a workout from Dutch firefighters

Google Glass could be useful for tasks like cutting up a car to free a trapped person, the fire department said

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Galaxy S5 Deep-Dive Review: Long on Hype, Short on Delivery

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Android phone follows a very popular predecessor, but the latest version doesn't stand out in a sea of thoughtfully designed competitors.

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Ruggedized Scientific Calculator Perfect for Extreme Math

Casio's fx-FD10 Pro is geared toward civil engineers or anyone who wants to calculate outside

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With Google Glass, the Doctor Can See You Now

Emergency room physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are four months into a pilot program where they are using Google's computerized eyeglasses to help treat patients.

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Will the Internet of Things Become the Internet of Broken Things?

Fifty billion devices will connect to the Internet in the next few years. It's up to vendors to make sure they do, in fact, connect to the Internet -- and provide reliable data, security and customer experience. Otherwise, analysts warn, the future may bring an Internet of Broken Things.

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Small Businesses Could Benefit From Wireless Industry 'Kill Switch' Plans

The kill switch application wireless carriers and device manufacturers plan to make available next year for new smartphones could benefit small businesses on a tight budget, an expert says.

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Automakers Show Off In-Vehicle Wi-Fi, New Smartphone Interfaces

Car companies at the International Auto Show here showed off their versions of popular smartphone interface technology, which allows vehicle infotainment systems to connect to and use mobile apps.

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A look at the world's most powerful X-ray laser

Research at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source is used to develop future data storage systems and electronics

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AT&T Wearables to Hit the Smartwatch Runway Soon

Wearables with LTE and broadband capabilities are part of its network strategy