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Dish and Sprint to trial fixed LTE broadband in Texas

Dish may already be testing wireless broadband in Virginia, but it's not content to stop there. The TV provider has just partnered with Sprint on an upcoming trial of fixed LTE service in Corpus Christi, Texas. Both companies are shy on details, although they expect to use both indoor and outdoor …

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leak hints at a cheap, pen-toting Windows 8.1 tablet

Dell's Venue 8 Pro may soon get some fresh competition. <i>Mobile Geeks</i> has discovered some imagery (albeit of the heavily pixelated variety) and full specs for ASUS' VivoTab Note 8, an entry-level Windows 8.1 slate with pen input and a worryingly Samsung-esque name. It looks like the VivoTab should …

BlackBerry teams up with Foxconn for budget smartphones as sales continue to plunge

BlackBerry's new interim chief John Chen has just got a rude wake-up call: the company shipped only 1.9 million smartphones to retailers in Q3 compared to 3.7 million last quarter, and lost $4.4 billion. Most of the phones shipped were lower-priced BB7 models, and it lost a massive $2.6 billion on …

BlackBerry CEO hoping to avoid future layoffs, expects to be profitable by 2016

This morning's earnings report may not have been BlackBerry's favorite moment, but John Chen seems confident in his vision for the company's future -- and his ability to turn things around. Speaking with a small group of analysts and reporters, Chen mentioned that this coming year will be critical …

Got Windows Phone? You have 20GB of bonus SkyDrive space for the next year

If you're a Windows Phone user, check your email -- you're about to get a big holiday treat. Microsoft has followed up its earlier Surface promo by giving Windows Phone owners a free 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage for the next year. The bonus capacity stacks on top of whatever is already present, …

Hulu Plus passes 5 million subscribers, plans to double its original content

New Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins chimed in this week with the video streaming site's yearly recap, and pointed out a few big numbers as evidence it's headed in the right direction. In 2013 Hulu will top $1 billion in revenue and 5 million paying customers for its Hulu Plus service, which compares to $695 …

BlackBerry's latest casualty: Two unreleased phones

2013 continues to be a downer year for the company formerly known as Research In Motion. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has just uncovered a tidbit in BlackBerry's latest earnings report that states <i>two unreleased phones</i> had to be cancelled due to poor sales of its existing handsets. Apparently code-named …

HP's new tablets may be its way back into the smartphone world

HP has long vowed that it would revive its smartphone efforts, and it may be near that comeback -- just not with the fanfare that some were hoping for. <i>The Information</i> claims that the company is weeks away from releasing a slew of phone-capable 6- and 7-inch Android tablets that would target …

Nokia pulls Here Maps from the App Store, blames iOS 7

In the wake of Maps-gate, Nokia was one of several outfits that rushed to Apple's aid with a navigation app of its very own. A year later, however, and that same offering has been yanked from the App Store before it could send a note to its neighbors. When we asked, Nokia responded with the below …

Why people still use inefficient incandescent light bulbs

In 2014, you can say goodbye to the standard incandescent light bulb.<p>Starting Jan. 1, the United States will no longer manufacture or import incandescent bulbs – although stores can still sell what they have in stock. The phaseout is a result of federal rules to switch to more energy-efficient …

The week in Tech: 5 must-know things

This week in Tech we looked back at the biggest stories of 2013, from gadget reviews to company mergers and more. Here's what you need to know about the week in Tech:<p><b>1) Best of 2013: Talking Your Tech highlights</b><p>USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talked to more than 50 celebrities from music, TV, film, …

Pentagon seeks to build a disappearing battery

The Pentagon will pay a Silicon Valley-based research institute $4.7 million to develop a silicon/air battery capable of powering electronic devices and becoming "unobservable to the human eye" when activated, according to contract documents released this week.<p>SRI International received the …

Grizzlies an issue as Endangered Species Act turns 40

The first species to be pronounced fully recovered under the Endangered Species Act was the brown pelican, in 2009.<p>Forty years ago Saturday President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act, credited with saving hundreds of U.S. species from extinction, including the bald eagle, the American …

Talking Tech: Consumers sound off on tech in 2013

VENICE BEACH, Calif. — We always hear what tech execs think of their products and how consumers will respond to them, but we rarely hear the voice of the most important person here — the buyer.<p>With that in mind we hit the streets in 2013 to get the consumer take on new devices, trends and apps — …

Show Us Your Car: Our three favorite videos of 2013

After almost a year, our Show Us Your Car videos have come to number in the dozens -- and it's been a wonderful adventure.<p>We've roamed car shows ferreting out interesting owners and fascinating cars to hear about how they came together. Some of those owners are serious collectors while others are …

The starfish are dying, and no one knows why

Something is killing starfish up and down the West Coast and no one knows what.<p>A mysterious illness that first appeared in June in Washington state has now spread from Sitka, Alaska, to San Diego. Starfish first waste away and then "turn into goo," divers say. Whatever is causing it can spread with …

Test Drive: The best cars from 2013

We drive a lot of cars as part of the job, and the most common question is, "What's your favorite?" Or the similar, "What's the best thing you've driven lately?"<p>Here are some of my picks from the past year's Test Drive miles.<p><b>Most fun: Jaguar F-Type V-8.</b><p>Undiluted joy — right up until you lose your …

Krauthammer: Obama 'supine' on Iran

President Obama is “simply not serious” about nuclear negotiations with Iran and “the Iranians know it,” Charles Krauthammer said Friday following Tehran’s announcement of a new generation of equipment to enrich uranium.<p>“The only surprising thing here is that the Iranians are so confident about how …

Top Dem presses Obama on Iran sanctions after centrifuge surprise

President Obama faced mounting bipartisan pressure on Friday to drop his resistance to an Iran sanctions bill after Tehran announced a new generation of equipment to enrich uranium -- a move the Israelis claimed was further proof the regime seeks nuclear weapons.<p>One of the president's top …

Saudis lament, 'we have been stabbed in the back by Obama'

Arabs don’t trust Obama either.<p>As 2013 ends, President Obama has lost credibility with many people who trusted him at the start of the year. Thanks to the Healthcare.gov debacle, polls find support for the president among women and independents has dropped to the lowest ebb of his presidency. …

Python strangles man to death at Bali luxury hotel

A python strangled a security guard near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Friday, and then escaped into nearby bushes following the deadly attack, police and a hotel employee who witnessed the incident said.<p>The incident happened around 3 a.m. as the 15-foot-long python was …