Jared Pahl

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There's Already a Knockoff of the Samsung Galaxy S5

Don't want to wait until April to get a Samsung Galaxy S5? You can get a smartphone that's pretty close, right now — but buyer beware.<p>Goophone, the …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Flappy Bird Illustrates Why Microsoft Should Spin Off Consumer

A long-running controversy in gaming circles that pits graphic quality against playability, well expounded by Molly Wood in the New York Times Feb. 12, is playing out in the console wars as well as the platform battle. The trend is toward playability, with small-format mobile experiences usurping …

Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

In a scene from the new season of the popular Netflix political drama <i>House of Cards,</i> the elegant Claire Underwood catches her soon-to-be vice president husband puffing an e-cigarette.<p>"You're cheating," she says, referring to their efforts to quit smoking.<p>"No, I'm not," Congressman Francis Underwood …

Meet Paddle, The Incredible Shapeshifting Smartphone Of The Future

The mobile device can assume the shape of an armband, a phone, a tablet, and more. Welcome to the future.<p>How many gadgets do you tote around at any given time? Your smartphone, of course. But also maybe a tablet or an e-reader or a fitness band or a second smartphone. (Or perhaps all of the above.) …

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