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Christina is a contributor to media outlets such as,,, Auto Trader and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. She writes about a myriad of topics including technology, the automotive industry and health and fitness. Her talents outside of writing include photography, getting people to talk (although that certainly helps with writing) and gardening.

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Gun maker: Printing 3D gun parts a 'step toward liberty'

The co-founder of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson, discusses the company's distribution of designs for gun parts that can be produced using 3D printers and his plans for expansion, as well as the mixed reaction from the public.

Feedly picking up where Google Reader leaves off

Feedly has made it simple for Google users to switch and retain all their Reader feeds and categories.

Cyber crime punishment questioned by Internet advocacy group

The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation says current law means cyber crimes are often prosecuted much more severely than crimes of violence.

Security blogger's latest whodunit comes with a twist

A denial of service attack shut down Brian Krebs' website while at the same time police showed up at his door, pointed guns at him and threw him into handcuffs.

EA making progress fixing SimCity problems

Its servers are now responding 40 times faster than at launch while the franchise is seeing reduced downtimes.

Google Glass unwelcome at Seattle bar over privacy concerns

The proprietor says the people who frequent his bar don't want to be "secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet."

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Robotic dog retrofitted with advanced technology helps researchers

Engineering company Boston Dynamics, with funding from the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, created BigDog.


Instagram fans await Polaroid Socialmatic Camera in 2014

You’ll be able to buy a Polaroid-branded instant digital camera that will let you shoot photos, apply Instagram filters, share them on Facebook and Instagram, and print your snapshot on Polaroid-style paper.


Yahoo wants bigger slice of tech pie, less emphasis on media products

It is putting the axe to more than a half dozen of its less popular products as CEO Marissa Mayer, a former Google engineer who worked her way up to a vice president post, remakes the company.

Firefox to begin blocking third-party cookies by default

Cookies are the reason the ads you see online seem to know that you're thinking about going back to school or in the market for a new car.

Mobile theft prompts police to ask tech community for help

Police in New York City have enlisted tech giants like Microsoft and Apple to help crack down on crime in general as well as the theft of mobile devices in particular.

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Google expansion is latest employee perk designed to spark innovation

The search and advertising giant is ramping up to break ground on a 42-acre campus called Bayview next door to its Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif.

LinkedIn revamping Jobs tool to open more doors for workers

The changes are a boon for anyone looking for work since who you know can be almost as important as what you know when it comes to landing a good job.

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Social media survey looks at race, gender and age of users

The interesting data on the demographics of social media usage is the theme of a Pew Research Center survey conducted late last year and released Feb. 14.

Drones a target of U.S. House bill

Legislation that is being pursued specifies that the government would need a warrant to collect information in a private place using a drone.