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Mamma Mia! Nintendo Releases Mario Kart 8 Trailer

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:15pm
Can nostalgia save Wii U? Nintendo certainly hopes so.On Thursday, Nintendo released the trailer for Mario Kart 8, due out in late May. Sales for the Wii U, which retails for $300, have been disappointing since the console was released in November 2012.
    





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Apps That Train You to Read Faster, One Word at a Time

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:13pm

Imagine being able read a section of the morning paper while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store — all on your smartphone.


    





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Digital Assistant Showdown: Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:13pm
Watch out, Siri. Microsoft just unveiled its own digital personal assistant, Cortana, for Windows 8.1.Yes, Windows Phone users can finally look for restaurants, check the weather and make appointments with an anthropomorphized search engine as well.But which one do you want to carry around with you?
    





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Meet the Billionaire Who Wants to Harvest the Moon

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:56am
As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons.Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.
    





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Maybe Try Julian? Couple Banned from Naming Son 'WikiLeaks'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:36am
MAINZ, Germany - A father has been forbidden from naming his newborn son "WikiLeaks," amid concerns that the moniker could endanger the baby's welfare.
    





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U.S. Secretly Built 'Cuban Twitter' to Stir Unrest, AP Reports

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:15am
The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.
    





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Robotic Kangaroo Hopped Here From the Future

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:02pm
The latest robotic critter from the inventors at automation-technology company Festo is a kangaroo, of all things, and it hops along in much the same way as the animal on which it is based — though, it has to be said, not quite as gracefully.
    





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How Amazon Fire TV Stacks Up Against Roku, Apple in Streaming Wars

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:31pm
The gauntlet has been thrown. On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled Fire TV, a media streaming device meant to compete with Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
    





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How Amazon Fire TV Stacks Up Againts Roku, Apple in Streaming Wars

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:00pm
The gauntlet has been thrown. On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled Fire TV, a media streaming device meant to compete with Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
    





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Meet the Next-Generation USB Cable You'll Be Using Soon

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:14pm
Here's your first look at the USB cable that, in all likelihood, you'll be plugging in thousands of times over the next few years. The organization in charge of the USB standard, used by billions of devices worldwide, has just taken the wraps off the new and much-improved connector.
    





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Microsoft's Vision for a Mobile, Multi-Platform Future Takes Shape

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:58pm
Microsoft finally wants to play nice with everyone — on every device."We are going to innovate with the challenger mindset ...
    





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Amazon Data Centers Flunk Greenpeace Report

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:58pm
Apple, Google and Facebook have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday.
    





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Microsoft to Bring Back Start Menu

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:43pm
It’s back! Wednesday at its Build conference, Microsoft announced that the company is returning the traditional start menu to Windows. The company is also adding the ability to run Windows Store apps in their own Windows.
    





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Microsoft Finally Bringing Back Start Menu

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:57pm
It’s back! Wednesday at its Build conference, Microsoft announced that the company is returning the traditional start menu to Windows. The company is also adding the ability to run Windows Store apps in their own Windows.
    





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Turkey's Latest Enemy of the State: Cats

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:41pm
First they came for Twitter. Then they came for YouTube. Now, the definitive proof that Turkey's government hates the Internet: it's going after cats.
    





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Senator to Tech CEOs: Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:41pm
Tech companies need to stand together and support comprehensive immigration reform, and not just changes to the H-1B program for specialist workers, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin wrote in a letter to prominent technology executives on Tuesday.
    





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Microsoft Offers Windows for Free on Phones and Small Tablets

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:39pm
Microsoft just announced that Windows is now a free operating system for mobile phones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches. What does this mean for you? More and cheaper devices.
    





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Amazon TV Shares Name With Streaming Porn Service

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:39pm
Someone looking for information on Amazon's new Fire TV on the Web might be in for a bit of a shock. The video streaming and gaming set-top box shares a name with a porn site.
    





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New Nokia Lumia Smartphones to Sell for Under $200

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:24pm
Nokia is getting serious about inexpensive smartphones. On Wednesday, the Finnish company, whose handset business is being acquired by Microsoft, unveiled the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635, which will sell for $159 and $189, respectively.The phones will be the first to ship with Windows 8.
    





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Windows 8.1 Update Shows Love to Mouse-and-Keyboard Users

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:21pm
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the next big update to Windows 8.1 is coming in less than a week, bringing changes sure to be appreciated by the mouse-and-keyboard crowd.
    





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