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High speed internet access in the US reaches farther, goes faster

Thought Google Fiber's gigabit connections sounded fast? Forget about that -- it's going to be like dialing-in to 56k for folks in Minneapolis. US Internet has just announced that it's bring 10 gigabit-per-second connections to the city next summer. The service costs a steep $400 a month, but …

The best iPad apps of 2014

iPad,Apps,Apple,iOS,Tablet computers,Technology,Microsoft,Gruff Rhys,Programming,Children's tech,Ebooks,Radio Times,Brian Cox,First world war,Antonio Vivaldi,Star Wars,Walt Disney Company,Winston Churchill,BBC,iPlayer,Software<p>From Pixelmator and Auxy to Microsoft Word and Gruff Rhys, the best apps …

Check out the HP Stream 13: Chromebook hardware running Windows

We didn’t mention Chromebooks in our 2014 wrap-up, but the devices certainly gained momentum this year. No, the browser-based devices aren’t for …

Getting the most out of your Chromecast this Christmas

Google's Chromecast makes it easy to stream pretty much anything to your TV. Movies, TV shows, music, games, photos -- whatever you're interested in, there are plenty of smartphone and tablet apps equipped with Google's little Cast button. So, whether you have one hooked up to the main TV in your …

Jim Harbaugh weighing his options

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's family and friends have been encouraging him to take the University of Michigan head-coaching job, but he is …

Pandora: New copyright claims on oldies music violate free speech

Internet radio service Pandora is striking back against former members of the band The Turtles, claiming that the musicians’ lawsuits — which seek a …

Apple deleted users' non-iTunes music and didn't tell them about it

Long before Apple was shoehorning the latest from U2 into your iTunes account, it was deleting songs originating from rival services. Tell us if this sounds familiar: You grabbed Lady Gaga's <i>The Fame Monster</i> from Amazon MP3 in 2009, threw it in your iTunes library, went to sync your 160GB iPod …

Nato jets intercept Russian warplanes following 'unusual level of air activity'

Nato aircraft tracked Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea on Wednesday and sorties of fighters over the Baltic in what the Western alliance called an unusual burst of activity at a tense time in East-West relations.<p>In all, Nato said in a statement, its jets had intercepted …

Lenovo's new 13-inch 'Yoga' tablet is as big as its Windows Ultrabooks

Lenovo seems to be coming full circle. After knocking our socks off with the original Yoga, a 13-inch Ultrabook whose screen could fold all the way back, the company followed up with a spinoff product called the Yoga Tablet. Today, the lineup includes both Android and Windows tablets, mostly in the …

The FBI faked a news website to catch a bomb threat suspect

The DEA isn't the only US law enforcement agency using impersonation on the web to catch suspects, it seems. The American Civil Liberties Union's Christopher Soghoian has noticed documents showing that the FBI created a fake, spyware-laden version of the <i>Seattle Times</i>' website to catch a teen bomb …

'No ransom paid' for Turkish hostages says president as questions over Isil deal grow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan admits "diplomatic and political negotiations" with jihadist group and does not deny prisoner swap<p>Turkey's Islamist president refused to quell growing concern on Sunday over how he obtained the release of 49 hostages from jihadist fighters in Iraq.<p>Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the …