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Can 'Gundam' fans build a six-story walking robot?

A 18-meter giant Gundam could blow minds by 2019. If they can get it to work, that is.

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Electric impulses make this device a true touchscreen

The Hamsa Touch project converts images from a screen into electrical impulses, helping users with impaired vision feel what's on a screen.

Gesture-sensing keyboard bridges gap between touch, traditional inputs

Microsoft Research has developed a prototype keyboard that understands basic gestures.

Inkjet printer builds custom circuit boards

Printing a circuit board on your home inkjet printer and creating basic electronics is what Microsoft Research hopes will be the future for hobbyists and makers.

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Google's Project Tango phone understands its environment like humans do

By essentially sticking Kinect in a phone, Google aims to give our mobile devices a "human-scale understanding of space and motion."

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Global smartphone sales passed one billion in 2013

Smartphones priced at less than $150 helped fuel record year, analysts at IDC say.

Most cybercrime comes from a few core groups, report says

Reports on under-reported Russian activity

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How 3D printing could revolutionize manufacturing

Lawrence Livermore National Lab scientists are exploring the use of 3D printing in manufacturing, including creating new raw materials.

Tech spending forecast to jump worldwide in 2014

Gartner analysts expect worldwide tech spending to total $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.1 percent increase from 2013 spending of $3.7 trillion.

Windows 8 gains as XP wanes

Windows 8 adoption increased in December to claim almost 12 percent of all Windows systems, while users finally start to abandon Windows XP, Net Applications reports.

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Apple, Samsung forecast to still rule tablets in 2014

Tablets will make up 50 percent of the PC market next year, according to a new report.

Boost your IQ: Boot up a game

Video games are good teachers. Even first-person shooters might teach skills you need for work.