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Although the explosive success of Google's Android operating system over the last couple years means that it's No. 1 in nearly every market, the battle for the global smartphone market is far from finished.
It may cost a million bucks or more to 3-D print yourself a real metal handgun, but if all you need is a specialty washer or custom gear, a prototype device made by Michigan Technological University may let you do so for a fraction of the cost. Want one?
Nobody wants an Instagram feed clogged with photos of people's pets, let alone snapshots taken by actual cats and dogs. But it turns out clipping a camera to your furry friend's collar might not be a terrible idea after all.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has acquired social media search and analytics startup Topsy, an unusual purchase for a hardware-focused company that has made few forays into social networking.
Black Friday weekend sales may have been down a disappointing 2.9 percent this year, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation — but Black Friday shopping fights were booming, at least on social media.
Apple could be Christmas shopping's big winner, with consumer surveys and an analysis of tweets showing massive interest in iPads and iPhones.
Will spotting Amazon's fleet of "Prime Air" drones soon be "as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today"? That's what Amazon is saying, after CEO Jeff Bezos explained Sunday that the company would, in the future, deliver packages by quadcopter.
To the left, Kim Kardashian. Beyoncé has dethroned the ubiquitous reality TV diva as Bing's most searched person in America.Kardashian dropped down to second place, followed by singers Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna.
To virtually no one’s surprise, a lot of folks took pictures of their Thanksgiving meal before eating it.Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service, said it saw record usage on Thursday, which also happened to be the first full day of Hanukkah.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs.
A surge in Chinese demand underlies bitcoin's astronomical rise over the past few months—the alternative digital currency topped $1,200 early Friday—underscoring the nation's interest in digital currencies as alternative investments.
Cyber Monday (or as professionalHashtagologists™ like myself call it, #CyberMonday) is when civilized people choose to stay in their pajamas all day, drinking hot chocolate and knocking out most of their holiday shopping!
As holiday deal-hunters pack the stores on Black Friday, a new breed of tech-savvy shopper will be at home, anonymously buying gifts with bitcoin.
If last year is any indication, this Thursday will bring several million Thanksgiving-themed photos to everyone's favorite food photography service, Instagram.
Willis Ware, a former Rand Corp. engineer who helped build early computers in the 1940s and '50s and predicted the importance of PCs long before they became ubiquitous, has died. He was 93.
A recent study found that e-books aren't the favored medium of the younger generation — at least not yet. 62 percent said they preferred paper books, for all the reasons you might expect.Voxburner's research, conducted on 16-24-year-olds in the U.K.
NEW YORK — Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps.Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier.
Apple, Google and Samsung won't be the only ones profiting from their tablet and smartphone sales this holiday season.With these devices poised to be top selling gifts, there's sure to be a subsequent explosion in the number of apps downloaded for the mobile hardware, experts say.