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Digital Pen Aims to Help Clean Up Handwriting and Spelling Errors

Some say our reliance on spell check has turned us into horrendous spellers and typing has worsened our handwriting, but the inventors of a new pen …

Siri's Going Through Puberty, but Not Fast Enough

Apple's Siri is coming of age. No, there are no signs of pop music addiction, menstruation or mood swings, but this week we saw some other strong …

The coating that makes iPhones touch sensitive is running out

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>No, iPhone screens are not magic. They are coated in a transparent material called indium tin oxide that senses when a finger …

Trace the convoluted worldwide structures that your bank uses to dodge taxes

It's no secret that big businesses use their global reach to minimize their taxes, but exactly how it's done is something of a mystery. A service called OpenCorporates hopes to make it easier to track all of that by explaining every single corporate structure there is — and it's created a …

Reseachers develop disc with 360TB capacity, 1 million year storage life

A lot of digital archival is done on DVDs manufactured specifically for archival purposes, something that could be changing in the near future. …

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In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …

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IFTTT's new iPhone app taps into Contacts, Photos and Reminders (hands-on)

IFTTT has been around for a couple of years now as an internet service that lets users customize connections between different apps and devices. The name stands for If This Then That, which encapsulates the idea behind it -- users can create automation Recipes that combine a Trigger (the "This") …

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11 Travel Startups You Need to Know

We all know about the awesomeness of TripIt, Airbnb and Hipmunk and how they've revolutionized travel. But there's a new crew of travel startups …

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News flash: Dropbox still wants to be the Dropbox of the Enterprise …

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Dropbox<p>The notion of cloud-based file sync and storage (now known as FSS) has taken consumers by storm and sloshed …

The Next $100 Billion Technology Market?

Just as we are getting our arms around terms like B2B and BYOD, the latest technology acronym emerges — M2M. And this one is big and getting bigger fast. For many of us, M2M (machine-to-machine) is a new concept, but you might be surprised to learn that it is already a $24B market and predicted to …

The worst cloud outages of 2013 (so far)

Warning: Stormy skies ahead<p>Cloud computing provides plenty of perks for both businesses and casual users, but while cloud servers may live in fluffy …

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How Facebook threatens HP, Cisco, and more with its “vanity free” servers

Ars tours Facebook's DIY-hardware lab to learn why it embraces open source hardware.<p>MENLO PARK, CA—Building 17 of Facebook's headquarters sits on …

AT&T GoPhone plans to support LTE, drop most data add-ons on June 21st (updated)

AT&T hinted that it was shaking up its GoPhone plans later this month, and it's making good on its word. As of June 21st, customers using the prepaid service will have access to the same LTE service as their subscription peers; AT&T will mark the occasion by selling the Samsung Galaxy Express to …

Google Is Building A New System That Will Make It Virtually Impossible To Find Child Porn On The Web

The company disclosed to <i>The Telegraph</i> that its engineers are working on new technology which will, for the first time, allow internet search engines and other web firms to swap information about images of children being raped and abused.<p>The new database, which is expected to be operational within a …

Digg's Google Reader replacement beta opens on June 26th, friends and family get access on the 19th

Digg -- yes, <i>that</i> Digg -- has a replacement in the works for Google Reader, and it looks like it'll arrive just ahead of the final days of Google's RSS aggregation service. The service, which uses the same API as Reader, is planning a public beta starting on June 26th; a "friends and family" beta …

Dish confirms it is abandoning Sprint takeover bid

The satellite TV provider says it will redeem some of its loans since it no longer needs the funds for an acquisition.<p>Dish Network put the last nail in the coffin of its unsolicited bid for Sprint Nextel.<p>Earlier this week, the satellite TV provider said that it was dropping its effort to buy Sprint …

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HTC reportedly enlists Robert Downey Jr. in $12 million marketing deal

After shedding several senior execs over the last few weeks, it looks like HTC is looking to recruit, albeit for a different role. In a bid to capitalize on the positive momentum behind its excellent One smartphone, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that HTC will be recruiting no less than (an actor who plays) Iron …

UK regulator warns Google to delete Street View snooping data or risk criminal action

After re-opening an investigation into Google's Street View privacy violations last year, UK officials have let Google off with a slap on the wrist. The case related to Google accidentally collecting data from open Wi-Fi points via its Street View cars in 2010. Today, the UK's Information …

Vintage Apple computer goes on sale at Christie's

It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages - an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.<p>But because it was designed by two college dropouts named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it could be worth more than half a million dollars (£323,000).<p>An Apple 1 from 1976, …

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HTC slashed executive pay by half after disappointing 2012

HTC cut total executive salaries, bonuses, and retirement pay in half last year, following poor financial results and lower-than-expected smartphone sales. In its annual report published today, spotted by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, HTC said it paid its top executives NT$660.5 million ($21.94 million) …

Zeebox can now listen in, automatically identify what you're watching

Zeebox is making good on its cooperation with Gracenote today with the announcement that the second screen app can now automatically identify what you're watching through analysis of the show's "audio fingerprint." Several second screen TV apps use similar technology to sync up with what's on TV, …

Sprint boosts Clearwire buyout offer to $5 per share, $14 billion valuation

We're deep into a bona fide bidding war here -- Sprint and Dish are both battling for an approximately 50-percent stake in Clearwire, and as of today, that former contestant's bid makes it the new front runner. To catch you up, last month Dish offered $4.40 per share for Clearwire, following …

Ubuntu mobile OS now guided by an advisory group comprised of carriers

Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu OS, have cobbled together eight mobile service providers to guide the development of their upcoming mobile OS. While the list doesn’t include any major US carriers, Canonical notes that any “major” carrier may join this alliance.<p>As for who has currently signed …

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Snowden trained as hacker while with NSA -- report

Snowden was taught all he needed to know about snooping into records while he was working for the NSA, according to The New York Times.<p>More details about the mysterious past of Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency who leaked details about the agency's surveillance …

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