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Google to Test 4G Helium Balloons

Tech giant Google announced on Monday that it would be testing 20 high-altitude balloons in western Queensland next month that are capable of sending and receiving 4G-like signals. Melbourne-based newspaper <i>The Age</i> reports that the test is part of Google’s long-term initiative to bring Internet …

The Next Big Thing in wearable tech is here. Introducing Gear S, available in the U.S. today. http://smsng.us/GearS

Suddenly your “page turner” seems less interesting. Gear S.

Nexus 6 review: Google shows it can make a big-screen phone

Which is easier to juggle on your daily commute: a small smartphone and tablet together, or a 6-inch phone that merges features from both? Consumers once leaned toward the former, but many have lately changed their minds. The so-called phablet has come a long way since Samsung came out with the …

Facebook's New Privacy Rules Clear the Way for Payments Push and Location-Based Ads

These tools are supposed to make it easier for you to opt out of certain kinds of ad targeting, but you likely don't care.<p>Facebook is updating its privacy policies and adding tools that are supposed to make it easier for you to understand them and to opt out of certain kinds of ad targeting.<p>It’s …

Bike-a-gram. Google it. It’s a thing.

Pick up the Galaxy Note 4 at Verizon Wireless today. The Next Big Thing Is Here. http://smsng.us/galaxynote4

The Next Big Thing is ahead of the curve. Gear S is coming soon. http://smsng.us/GearS

Clumsy crops no more. The S Pen > your fingers.

Google now runs an airfield after signing a 60-year NASA lease

It's official: following months of negotiations, Google now has an airfield to call its own. The company's Planetary Ventures wing has signed a lease with NASA that lets it manage Moffett Federal Airfield, including three hangars, two runways and even a golf course. The 60-year (!) deal will have …

Microsoft offers one-year of Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited for $199

<b>Update on April 27</b>: The Work and Play bundle now includes a $60 gift card for movies, music, games, and apps from the Windows and Xbox Stores in place of the Xbox Music Pass. The offer will be available at least through the end of June.<p>Original story is below.<p>—<p>Microsoft is testing a new Work & Play …

How The Close Button Was Born

It took almost 20 years before Mac, Windows, and Linux could agree on what buttons should be in an OS title bar.<p>If you were to name a single button you interact with most often, it would probably be the close button, whether you’re on Windows, Linux, or Mac. The close button lets you exit a program …