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Tech stocks recover losses; Apple stays down

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Tech stocks eased back into positive territory near Wednesday’s closing bell, though Apple and Google remained a weight …

Walmart considers asking customers to deliver its packages

In order to lower the cost of getting packages to its online shoppers, Walmart is considering turning to other customers to take care of the deliveries, reports <i>Reuters</i><i>.</i> In an interview, Walmart.com’s chief executive Joel Anderson reportedly said that he sees "a path to where this is crowd sourced," …

Doctors turn to big data for help with cancer care

The ability to query vast swaths of data is transforming government and industry, and now doctors are beginning to apply the same ideas to cancer treatment. Today, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists is announcing that it’s completed work on a prototype for a "learning health system" …

Scientists Genetically Engineer E. Coli Bacteria to Live on Caffeine

Scientists have genetically engineered <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to live only on caffeine. The research was conducted by scientists from the University of …

GameStick gets GameStop-backing, pre-loaded titles

OUYA may have nabbed the spotlight in the Android-based, Kickstarter-supported console wars, but the diminutive GameStick's got some heat behind it, too. The device's makers are putting on a bit of a show at this year's GDC, announcing a slew of news around the forthcoming product. At the top of …

Amazon launches X-Ray for TV, helps you identify actors with a tap

Following the introduction of X-Ray for Movies last year, Amazon is expanding the feature to TV shows offered on Amazon Instant Video.<p>Powered by IMDB, possibly the world’s biggest reference website for anything that has to do with films and television, X-Ray for TV allows viewers to tap into the …

BlackBerry swings to profit, sells 1M Z10 smartphones

BlackBerry swung to a surprising profit in the fiscal fourth quarter amid early signs of progress with its<p>BlackBerry Z10flagship phone.<p>For the three months that ended on March 2, the Canadian smartphone manufacturer reported a profit of $98 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with a year-ago …

Mobile

RIM founder Mike Lazaridis leaves BlackBerry

Fifteen months after stepping down as co-CEO, RIM founder Mike Lazaridis is leaving BlackBerry's board entirely. As part of today's earnings report, the BlackBerry board announced that Lazaridis will step down from his current role of Vice Chair of the Board on May 1st. "With the launch of …

Frustrated with iCloud, Apple’s developer community speaks up en masse

Some are turning away from iCloud altogether after bad user experiences.<p>Apple's iCloud is marketed to us end users as a convenient and centralized …

Forget about the CyberBunker attack—here’s how to take an entire continent offline

At its peak, CyberBunker clogged up a mind-boggling 300 gigabits per second of the Internet in what’s being called the biggest cyber-attack in history. But what if you could switch off 1.28 terabits—four times as much bandwidth—with nothing more high-tech than an axe?<p>That’s what three men tried to …

Cybersecurity

NASA remotely controls Athlete rover with Leap Motion: 'let's bring a billion human beings into a holodeck'

"You are the space invaders"<p>"Just for you guys today we're going to do something special, something that's never been done before" said Victor Luo, NASA human interface engineer. "We're going to drive this robot, on stage at GDC, with a Leap Motion device."<p>In an unexpected demonstration at the 2013 …

Surface Pro to launch in China on April 2nd, first market outside US and Canada

Microsoft is gearing up to extend its Surface Pro availability in the coming weeks. The first market outside of its initial US and Canadian launch will be China, where the tablet goes on sale on April 2nd. The software maker announced the plans in a blog post on Chinese social networking site …

BlackBerry drops three million users in three months, ships a million Z10s

$94 million profit from $2.7 billion revenue<p>In its first earnings report since changing its name from RIM and releasing its next-generation operating system, BlackBerry has posted a small operating profit of $94 million from $2.7 billion revenue. Analyst estimates had BlackBerry generating anything …