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Sun's giant coronal mass ejection captured on film

As expected, the sun expelled a mega coronal mass ejection, giving observers one heck of a light show.<p>On Sunday night at 11:24 p.m. PT, the CME shot out of the sun's northwest limb (around active region 1794) at about 715 miles per second, or about 2,574,000 miles per hour. NASA considers that rate …

Fill 'er up -- and pay using facial recognition

Near-field communication (NFC) is often hailed as the payment system of the future, but what if you didn't even need a mobile device in your pocket? Sure, you could get a subcutaneous RFID chip implanted, but Finnish company Uniqul claims to be working on a payment system based solely on facial …

Samsung extends lead in global mobile phone market

Samsung expanded its lead in the global mobile phone market during the second quarter of 2013, accounting for nearly 28 percent of all mobile phones shipped, according to new data released Thursday.<p>The South Korean electronics shipped 107 million handsets in a quarter that saw the sector's fastest …

TCL debuts first 50-inch 4K TV under a grand

Chinese TV maker TCL has announced the first 50-inch 4K screen to be released in the U.S. for under a grand, the $999<p>7E504D, which will debut alongside the company's flagship 1080p 5510 series.<p>The TV will be available in September and is an edge-lit LED LCD with a 120Hz CMI (Clear Motion Index) …

Forget winter in Westeros, summer's coming to Titan

Thanks to my 5-year-old daughter (and, strangely enough, to "Game of Thrones"), I'm getting reacquainted with a place that seemed like magic when I first learned of it as a child myself -- Saturn's largest moon, the fascinating Earth-like satellite Titan.<p>Turns out that in the intervening two …

13 Pieces of High-Tech Clothing (list)

We live in a very technologically advanced society where smartphones and tablets rule our lives. But being high-tech isn’t saved for the newest …

US prosecutors indict hackers in largest ever online fraud case

The two Russians arrested in what prosecutors call the largest online fraud case brought in the United States were caught through a combination of hi-tech tools, dogged detective work and sheer luck.<p>The propensity of the wealthy young Russians to travel provided authorities with their big …

Why Zynga gave up on gambling

Zynga’s(s znga) share price has been in the toilet forever but, every so often, the stock soared briefly on news that the social gaming company had …