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5 apps that ease your commute

Steer clear of traffic snarls, overcrowded trains, and more with these tools.


Technology patent trolls snubbed in Congress

Microsoft, the Consumer Electronics Association, and the Software Alliance back new legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would do away with anonymous patents.

Groupon to launch POS app for iPad? Here are 5 alternatives

A new iPad app for taking credit cards on an iPad surfaced briefly in the iTunes store today. Here’s what it’s up against when it resurfaces.


'Google Play Games' leaks ahead of I/O signaling new social features

An APK teardown reveals matchmaking, in-game chat, achievements, leaderboards, invitations, and more

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Microsoft douses comparisons of Windows 8 to 'New Coke'

As pundits draw parallels to Coca-Cola's disastrous introduction of a new soda formula 30 years ago, Microsoft says they're all wet.

Shattered Glass: Google's computerized eyewear panned by some users

Google Glass has had high expectations since Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed the gizmo off last summer during the Google i/o developer’s conference.

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3D-printable gun specs to be available next week, provider says

University of Texas law student Cody Wilson printed the 16-piece prototype using a Stratasys Dimension SST printer and ABS plastic.

CBS affiliates see Twitter accounts hijacked; Password security in focus

The episodes add to a long list of media outlets and big companies that have been compromised in recent months.

YouTube videos play up the crude to appeal to youths

Already credited with the most viral video on YouTube ever, Psy this weekend posted to the video-sharing platform the sequel to "Gangnam Style," which has registered more than 1.5 billion views.

Facebook Home panned by some early users

The social networking behemoth released the offering Friday, but users so far are giving it significantly more one-star ratings on Google Play than five-star ratings.

5 tips for running a successful crowdfunding campaign

More entrepreneurs are raising money via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, but it doesn't mean you're guaranteed a home run.

Torment kills it on Kickstarter as top-funded game ever

InXile raised more than $4.1 million on Kickstarter to complete development of Torment: Tides of Numenera, a science fiction role-playing game, and setting a record for game financing on the crowdfunding site.

Hands off the smartphone map, California court tells drivers

Picking on mapping programs when it comes to distracted driving is bizarre, considering you don't hear of people getting tickets for using a paper map while driving.

Google may plant Fiber in tech-friendly Texas capital

Dell, Samsung and Intel already have offices in Austin, and soon Google may offer its super fast broadband Internet service there.

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Google Glass: Who gets to explore it first, and why

A Stanford student charts the details about which Twitter users won Google Glass competition and the pitches that got them into the circle of earliest users.