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TV sales in U.S. shrink nearly 10 percent

Consumers seem to have little interest in buying new TVs after upgrading to high-definition models in the last decade.

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Apple patents solar-powered MacBook

A case made of switchable smart glass could appear both translucent and opaque.

Toyota signs wireless charging deal with WiTricity

A Prius that can be charged wirelessly is in the works, thanks to an IP deal between the car maker and WiTricity, which makes wireless charging systems.

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3D-printed guns can explode, injure users, tests show

Federal firearms agents testing all-plastic guns made by 3D printers say the weapons can explode in users' hands.

Google begins work on six more solar power plants

Google plans to build solar power plants in California and Arizona that are expected to be operational by early 2014 and will generate enough clean electricity to power more than 17,000 U.S. homes.

Flexible batteries designed from carbon nanotubes

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has created flexible batteries out of nanotube structures that could someday power flexible displays, tablet computers, or TVs that literally fold up.

Drivers accept self-driving cars if they cut insurance rates

Consumers would allow a computer to drive their car if doing so would cut their insurance rates by 80 percent, according to a survey by CarInsurance.com.

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Goggles interact with floating keyboards and virtual displays

A Taiwan-based research institute announced a set of glasses that project a virtual heads-up display that offers users fingertip control.

Self-driving cars could save lives, costs, study reports

If just 10 percent of all vehicles in the U.S. were computer-operated, the number of accidents would drop by 211,000 and as many as 1100 lives would be saved, according to a new study.

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Juicing electric cars though manhole covers among new wireless charging experiments

Automakers and municipal governments are testing new technologies that would make it possible to offer wireless charging stations embedded in the pavement or even in manhole covers -- thus removing the power cords from electric vehicles.

Google's self-driving car draws more trust than auto-makers

A study released recently by KPMG shows that consumers trust tech companies more than auto companies for purchasing a self-driving car.

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Chip advance could boost thumb drive speed by 50%

Silicon Motion announced it is sending samples of a new USB 3.0 controller chip that will boost performance in flash drives by up to 50%.

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3D printer program generates a custom toothbrush

A new toothbrush tailored to your mouth through 3D imaging can automatically clean teeth in seconds by just biting and grinding on it.

3D printing in the kitchen gives new meaning to fast food

3D printing comes to the kitchen, as developers experiment with printing meals to please palates and combat food waste.

Ossia shows wireless charger Cota using standard spectrum

Startup Ossia is developing wireless charging technology called Cota that's based on the same unlicensed spectrum that powers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and other wireless standards, and can charge devices from as far as 10 feet and eventually 30 feet.