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Google to launch stand-alone stores by holidays

It could be a smart move given that major competitors that sell mobile operating systems, cell phones or other electronic gadgets, including Apple, Microsoft and Sony, already have a wide array of stores across the country.

IBM supercomputer takes on new role in health arena

There's reportedly a Watson tablet and computer app doctors can use to help treat lung cancer and another for health insurance companies to figure out which claims to pay.

Facebook tags illustrator to overhaul expression symbols

The online social network is looking to enhance the range of emoticons that users can add to their posts to convey different feelings.

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Google wants to build private airport terminal

When technology heavy hitters break out hard hats and building permits it usually gets people's attention as the projects often become interesting design subjects.

Formlabs Form 1 3D desktop printer in full production

The printer features stereolithography, which uses a laser to cure liquid resin into microscopic layers, resulting in much more precise creations.

Spotify isn't music to their ears in the House of Representatives

Officials are worried about data protection, but a decision to block use of the service in House offices is still a curious one.


Super Bowl streaming online about dollars and sense for CBS

Many viewers, especially younger ones who are a key target for advertisers, will tune in to the big game on multiple screens.

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Samsung Galaxy ad pokes fun at Super Bowl trademark rules

The ad features comedic actors Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd, who both played parts in the movie “Knocked Up."


How to create a strong password in wake of Twitter hack episode

There are tricks to creating passwords that are not only seemingly random but also easy to recall.

Twitter's Vine ripe with users of video sharing service

The new feature is compelling because it gives you a brief window into what people all over the world are seeing.

Phablets craze goes bigger and adds dual SIM support

Consumers will buy twice as many phablets in 2015 than they did in 2012, predicts market intelligence firm ABI Research.

Google's Schmidt pushes Internet during visit to North Korea

Schmidt says the country's virtual isolation is detrimental, economically speaking.


Facebook's Instagram says it has 90 million monthly active users

The stats are good news following a brouhaha that erupted last month over the photo-sharing app's terms of service.

Tracking tech abounds, but emerging tools offer a shield

It’s not just the FBI and Facebook that are harvesting people’s facial measurements; drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, may someday use the technology as well.

MegaUpload successor Mega launches this weekend

While the site appears to offer simple cloud storage for now, Mega says it will release more features in the coming weeks, including mobile access and sync tools for all major platforms.