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Apps of the Week: Hubble Space Center, Sonic the Hedgehog, Field Trip and more!

A game and a couple of tools highlight this abbreviated list of picks<p>The combination of Google I/O going on in San Francisco and BlackBerry Live in …

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?<p>Bees, …

HTC First review: a Facebook phone that's pure Google at heart

The HTC First is going to be best-known as the pilot "Facebook Phone," shipping with the all-new Facebook Home software running in lieu of a traditional Android phone skin. That would be enough to make it notable, but the First has a couple of other things going for it, things that lots of people …

Roundup: Our Top Eight Picks For Best New Game From April 2013

Article Contents<p>Of course after our app roundup earlier today, we've got to have a roundup of the very best games from last month. This time we have …

Nokia Confirms The Lumia 928, Coming To Verizon On May 16

Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 928, its new flagship device running the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. The high-end smartphone has a 4.5-inch PureView OLED display (334 ppi) and a polycarbonate body, which is white on the back but glass from edge-to-edge on the front.<p>Nokia has …

Android Powers Almost 60% Of All Mobile Devices Sold, iOS Just 19.3%

Android doesn’t look like it’s about to lose any of its market share to competing platforms any time soon. During the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform powered a whipping 59.9% of all smart mobile devices sold as total shipments hit 308.7 million units.<p>Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was …

Dear Microsoft, Don't Bail on Windows 8

The sheer audacity of Windows 8 was enough to set it apart. It was startling, the kind of uncompromising upheaval you almost never see from a …

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How Is Facebook Home Really Doing?

It has been a month since Facebook released Home, the company’s take on a socialized operating system built atop Android. And at a press event this …

Google's Schmidt: The Internet needs a delete button

NEW YORK--The Internet needs a delete button, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Monday.<p>Actions someone takes when young can haunt the person forever, Schmidt said, because the information will always be on the Internet. He used the example of a young person who committed a crime that …

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America’s Carriers Are Terrible. It’s Probably Your Fault.

A few days ago I landed in England and, expecting little, slipped an old UK SIM card into my phone. I’d bought it when living in London five years ago, and hadn’t used it in more than a year. But to my amazement it was still active — as was the money I’d added to its pay-as-you-go account 16 months …