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Acer is filling the summer with laptops, tablets, smartphones and gaming monitors

Acer <i>really</i> wants you to head back to school with its products in your bag.<p>At an unveiling in New York, today, the hardware, software and services company showed off more than 40 new products across multiple categories including laptops and hybrids, tablets, smartphones, wearables and a mobile home …

Consumer Tech

Q&A: What's listeria and how is it traced to ice cream?

WASHINGTON (AP) — New technologies account for one way that the government is tracking a life-threatening outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell …

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff got a nice salary bump to $39 million

While Benioff's base salary was "only" $1.44 million, the bulk of his salary came through option awards which rose 25% to $34.4 million.<p>He also made roughly $1.3 million in "other" compensation, which includes what the company calls "security arrangements." In previous SEC filings, Salesforce …

Intel's Compute Stick puts Windows 8 in the palm of your hand

<b>The Good</b> The Intel Compute Stick excels as a media streaming, Web-browsing machine, and it's a $150 PC that can fit into your pocket.<p><b>The Bad</b> The tablet-grade performance isn't suitable for heavy tasks, and spotty Bluetooth connectivity limit this PC's functionality.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> This inexpensive …

Record breaking clock invented which only loses a second in 15bn years

Physicists have said they have fine-tuned an atomic clock to the point where it won’t lose or gain a second in 15bn years – longer than the universe has existed.<p>The “optical lattice” clock, which uses strontium atoms, is now three times more accurate than a year ago when it set the previous world …

Physics

AT&T's Galaxy S4 Active now receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA

From the Home screen, press the <b>Menu</b> key, and tap <b>Settings</b>.<p>From the More tab, tap <b>About device</b>.<p>Tap <b>Software update</b>.<p>Tap <b>Check for updates</b>.<p>The phone displays: <i>Software update process will not delete any personal data on your phone. Check the AT&T server for new software update?</i><p>Tap <b>OK</b>.<p>A status message …

HP adds Core M to its growing hybrid lineup

HP's new Pavilion x360 and Envy x360 hybrids offer AMD and Intel CPUs, new colors and a fanless 11-inch model.

PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain

"Natural body identification" could one day replace passwords and other modern methods of identification, claims PayPal developer chief<p>PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.<p>Jonathan LeBlanc, …

2015 NFL schedule release: Patriots to kick off season vs. Steelers

The Patriots will begin their title defense against Big Ben and the Steelers in the NFL opener. Here' the full 2015 NFL schedule.<p>Rejoice, football …

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore.<p>"On a good day you'd catch king mackerel, Spanish mackerel," he says. …

Google's wireless service expected to launch soon, report says

Google has been readying its own wireless service for smartphones, and it could launch in the US as early as Wednesday, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.<p>The service, which would compete with local wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon, is expected to let customers pay only for …

Google Fiber

A Unique Home Nestled in the Rocks

This Arizona house is full of all-natural accents — including its granite boulder walls.<p>Fred and Wilma Flintstone would probably call this place their dream home. Designed by architect Charles Johnson in 1980 and featured in numerous magazines, books, and TV shows, this Scottsdale, Arizona, house …

FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remedies

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top federal drug regulator says increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government's decision to …

Forget Text Messages--Send Emotions Over The Air

Technology gets the touchy-feelies<p>It used to be the case that if you wanted to reach out and touch someone, you had to use your hands. But thanks to scientists in the U.K., you might some day be able to use technology--and no, we're not talking the telephone--to transmit the emotions you experience …

Apple Watch

San Fran housing rent up a sizzling 14.8 pct. in 12 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost no one is moving to San Francisco to save money.<p>They might come for the tech jobs, the comfortable weather or even the …

HP's Pavilion and Envy x360 are a cheaper path to convertible laptops

Intrigued by HP's luscious new Spectre x360 convertible laptop, but looking for something a bit cheaper? Say hello to the new Pavilion x360 and Envy x360. Starting at $410, the Pavilion x360 is HP's most cost-effective convertible laptop -- meaning its screen can be folded all the way around to its …

Laptops

Shyp Returns Makes It Easy To Send Back Stuff You Buy Online

On-demand shipping startup Shyp is introducing a new key feature to its iOS and Android app today with the launch of Shyp Returns, a dedicated interface for returning stuff you buy online without stopping at the post office or UPS.<p>For months, Shyp noticed that a small but growing percentage of …

Young and super rich: Top 10 billionaires under 40

When it comes to making serious money, college might be overrated.<p>Male "technopreneurs" dominate a list compiled by Wealth-X of the richest people under 40, which also features several college dropouts and one that didn't even bother to attend university.<p>Facebook (FB) boss Mark Zuckerberg claims …

House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, …

Why media coverage of alternative cancer cures is dangerous

Last week the Mirror Online reported on the story of Kelly Logan – a 34-year old breast cancer patient who has refused the surgery and chemotherapy her doctors advised, electing instead to try and treat her condition with an intense regime of raw food and supplements.<p>While nobody would dispute …

Cancer

Stare to unlock: This phone scans your iris

BARCELONA -- Fingerprint swiping is so 2014. With fingerprint sensors on phones, you have to make sure your finger isn't wet or dirty and you may have to wait a couple of seconds or slide your finger multiple times to register. What if you could unlock your phone just by opening your eyes?<p>This week …

Ferguson police report: Most shocking parts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the city "must do better" to address racism after a stunning Department of Justice report revealed a range of abuses committed against African American residents by the city's police force.<p>"We must do better not only as a city but as a state and a country. …

Justice

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is now the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world.</b> In Q4 of 2014, Apple devices outsold Samsung — the previous #1 — for the first time since 2011, according to data from Gartner. Apple saw a 49% jump in Q4, compared to Samsung's almost 12% decline.<p><b>2. Uber has acquired mapping</b> …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

Saudi Arabia: Don't blame us for oil's big plunge

Saudi Arabia isn't a fan of the "conspiracy theories" surrounding the kingdom's oil policies.<p>Oil took a massive plunge from over $100 a barrel in July to under $50 in January. Saudi Arabia's refusal to cut production, especially when oil hit around $70 at Thanksgiving, raised eyebrows about the …

A simple injection could one day stop people from bleeding to death

'100 percent of the rats treated with the polymer survived' a traumatic injury<p>Blood loss kills a lot of people; one-third of deaths related to traumatic injuries are caused by bleeding. But a lab-made polymer could change that, as it was able to stop bleeding in rats whose femoral artery was cut, …

Sandisk’s 200GB MicroSD Card Will Turn Android Phones Into Portable Hard Drives

The world's highest capacity MicroSD card<p>Let's face it: Storage devices aren't exactly the most exciting pieces of hardware. They either work or they don't. And when they don't work, they can cause major headaches. For the last decade, SanDisk has prevented those type of headaches by providing some …