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  • NASA and Google Do the Tango

    18 April 2014, 6:16 pm by: Richard Adhikari

    Google's Project Tango smartphone, which is jam-packed with sensors, soon will be used in the International Space Station. NASA will swap out the smartphones it has used on two volleyball-sized free-flying satellites since 2011 with the Tango devices. NASA has…
  • Google This: Yahoo Wants Apple's Search Business

    18 April 2014, 2:53 pm by: Chris Maxcer

    Google has dominated the world of search for years, so much so that "Google" is not only synonymous with searching -- it's a verb, too. Who hasn't told someone to google something? That's awesome mindshare, and its power is translated to billions of dollars of…
  • German Media Mogul Rips Google in Open Letter

    18 April 2014, 1:22 pm by: David Vranicar

    The head of one of Germany's biggest media companies penned an open letter criticizing Google, saying that his company is afraid of Google and its ever-swelling power. The letter, written by Mathias Dopfner, the chief executive of media giant Axel Springer,…
  • Zynga Heads Back to the FarmVille Trough

    18 April 2014, 8:00 am by: Kris Holt

    Zynga is once again plowing the furrow of its greatest success with the launch of FarmVille 2: Country Escape. The latest title from the casual gaming studio is a mobile-focused effort. Zynga has launched the game globally on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.…
  • uGet Gives Great Downloads

    17 April 2014, 8:35 pm by: Jack M. Germain

    The latest version of the uGet Download Manager rekindled my interest in grabbing files without relying on a Web browser. uGet version 1.10.4. was released last month. Written in C, it uses GTK+3 for its user interface, and it is packed full with improvements.…
  • Americans Find Future Tech Both Fascinating and Frightening

    17 April 2014, 4:08 pm by: Richard Adhikari

    The pace of technological change is getting faster, and many Americans are optimistic about the results, although a sizable minority are concerned, Pew Research has found.…
  • Chinese Company Creates 3D-Printed Houses

    17 April 2014, 1:54 pm by: David Vranicar

    Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, a Shanghai-based company, has created 10 3D-printed houses. Each house reportedly cost less than $5,000 and took less than 24 hours to construct. The printer used to create the homes was about 100 feet long, 33…
  • E-Book Self-Publishing: Brave New Words

    17 April 2014, 9:13 am by: Vivian Wagner

    Mark and Lesleyann Coker wrote a novel, Boob Tube, based on her experiences as a soap opera reporter. They found an agent, who shopped it around to traditional publishers to no avail. Rather than give up, however, they decided to start their own e-book…
  • Smartphone Kill Switch Gets Breath of Life

    16 April 2014, 5:44 pm by: Kris Holt

    CTIA and major mobile manufacturers, providers and operating system makers have entered a voluntary agreement to include antitheft measures in smartphones. The security and safety of mobile users is the top priority for the industry, according to CTIA, and the…
  • Google Mounts $100K Project Ara Dev Challenge

    16 April 2014, 3:52 pm by: Richard Adhikari

    Google announced a $100,000 developers' challenge prize on Wednesday, the second day of its Project Ara modular phone developers' conference. The top two runners-up will get all-expenses paid trips for two or three people to the next Ara devcon -- there will…
  • Samsung Strikes Deal With Fellow Apple Patent Foe

    16 April 2014, 12:57 pm by: David Vranicar

    Samsung, longtime patent foe of Apple, will partner with Swiss Federal Railways, another -- unlikely -- Apple patent foe. While the deal itself may not be groundbreaking -- Samsung will supply the state-owned rail company with 30,000 mobile devices -- it is…
  • FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd

    16 April 2014, 9:52 am by: Kris Holt

    The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if…

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