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CHIMP, a Real-Live Transformer

Through the DARPA Robotics Challenge, groups around the world are developing our future robot overlords right now.<p>The Carnegie Mellon University Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform, or CHIMP, gives Optimus Prime a run for his money. The machine usually moves like a tank, but instead of two treads it …


Samsung Releases the Latest Galaxy Phone

Samsung couldn't get the Rockettes for the launch of the Samsung S4 tonight, but they did get Radio City Music Hall (and some promo dancers who erupted from a box in Times Square earlier this week). Not to be outdone by the concert hall's chrome and leather art deco ornamentation, Samsung dolled up …

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4 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Siri

Apple's voice assistant doesn't always understand the words that are coming out of a user's mouth. But some clever iPhone users have devised ways to make it easier to live with her.<p><b>Siri's been earning quite a reputation</b>. Ever since Apple debuted its voice-activated digital assistant in October …


How to Save Money on Your Monthly Smartphone Payment

The price of calling plans is going up. Here are a few ways to save money while maintaining the service.<p><b>Anyone who changed carriers or updated a</b> calling plan in the last six months probably noticed that the cost of service has gotten more expensive. The major U.S. carriers now charge $70 or more …


Six Seconds to Glory: How to Make a Great Vine Video

The simplicity of Twitter's Vine video app means you have to work hard to stand out. Here are our tips for making better Vines.<p><b>Like Twitter in its early days</b>, Vine confuses before it enlightens. The new 6-second video-sharing app is in the same kind of frontier position Twitter once was: populated …

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How to Talk 21st-Century Shop

If you're going to join the new manufacturing revolution, first you need to talk the talk. Start with these 7 terms to know.<p><b>3D Printing</b><p>Now available for as little as $500, 3D printers can turn almost any CAD creation into a physical object. Sophisticated desktop units such as this MakerBot …

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