Samsung confirms smart watch — wrist war with Apple coming

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By Mark Spoonauer Published March 20, 2013 Laptopmag.com As fears mount that the smartphone market has become too saturated, a Samsung executive says the time has come to build a smart watch. If you think Samsung has concocted a wearable device just to counter the rumored Apple iWatch,  the executive VP of Samsung’s mobile business, Lee[…]

Stricter COPPA laws due in July to govern underage kids on Facebook, Tumblr

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By John Brandon Published March 19, 2013 FoxNews.com A new update to the 15-year-old Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act aims to tighten restrictions on gathering and selling data from children. (AP GraphicsBank) By July, Facebook, Google, Tumblr and others will likely be forced to remove photos, audio recordings or other personal identifiers of children — or else[…]

Four for the road: Spring travel gadgets

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By John R. Quain Personal Tech Published March 19, 2013 FoxNews.com Eton 1Pocket Protection Seagate 2Travelin’ Along Ventev 3Keeping Power Up Braven 4Traveling Tunes Next SlidePrevious Slide When you’re traveling, it’s the little things that count. With spring arriving this week (snowstorms notwithstanding), our attention turns to vacation plans and travel. That also means, dead batteries[…]

Ask the Geeks: We answer your tough tech questions

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By Kim Komando Published March 17, 2013 The Kim Komando Show Desktop vs. TabletsQ. I want to buy my mother something so she can video chat with me and her grandkids. Would a tablet or desktop be a better buy? A. It depends on what else she would want to use the gadget for. Skype[…]

5 tech habits every computer user needs to have

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By Kim Komando Published March 16, 2013 The Kim Komando Show AP PHOTO/ANDRES KUDACKI Behavioral experts say that one of the best ways to drop a bad habit is to replace it with a new good habit. If you have a computer that constantly acts up, you probably need to develop a few good tech[…]

Facebook to use Twitter-style hashtags, sources say

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 Published March 15, 2013 The Wall Street Journal Facebook is working on adding Twitter-style hashtags to its service as a way of organizing conversations, sources say. (AP/Paul Sakuma) Facebook is taking its business rivalry with Twitter into the realm of symbols: #Feud. Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag, one of Twitter’s most iconic markers, into[…]

A new rockstar is born: Samsung debuts Galaxy S 4 smartphone

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Published March 14, 2013 FoxNews.com Mar. 14, 2013: The slim and sleek new Samsung Galaxy S IV is seen at its debut in Radio City Music Hall, where the company showed off the phone’s features with a four-part musical number and a full band. (FoxNews.com / Jeremy A. Kaplan) Mar. 14, 2013: A massive crowd attended[…]

SimCity PR nightmare escalates

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By Tero Kuittinen Published March 13, 2013 BGR Electronic Arts has finally created something that has captivated the world with an intoxicating melange of drama, tragedy and sick humor. Too bad all of these elements emerge from EA’s project management, not the game itself. The first stage of the SimCity fiasco stemmed from how EA’s servers[…]

Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Published March 11, 2013 FoxNews.com Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S4 on Thursday in New York City. (YouTube/Samsung) Samsung’s Galaxy S4 won’t be revealed until Thursday but the phone is already getting the buzz typically reserved for an Apple iPhone. The Galaxy S3 was the first Android phone to truly tango with the iPhone; the S4[…]

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Protection from chemical warfare — and coffee stains

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Published on: February 15, 2013

By Allison Barrie War Games Published February 13, 2013 FoxNews.com A new coating developed at the University of Michigan can repel virtually any liquid and could lead to breathable protective wear for soldiers and scientists, as well as stain-proof garments. In this demonstration, it repels coffee. (Joseph Xu, University of Michigan) A high-speed camera captures a droplet[…]

How the Columbia shuttle disaster changed spacecraft safety forever

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Published on: January 31, 2013

By Clara Moskowitz Published January 30, 2013 Space.com Jan. 16, 2003: Space shuttle Columbia launches on mission STS-107. (NASA) During the STS-107 mission, the crew appears to fly toward the camera in a group photo aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. On the bottom row (L to R) are astronauts Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband,[…]

Star Trek ‘tractor beam’ created by scientists

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Published January 27, 2013 SkyNews In “Stak Trek,” Federation starships relied upon tractor beams to hold and tow other vessels. Scientists may not be there yet, but they have managed to tow a small particle using light beams. A team of scientists has created a real-life miniature “tractor beam” – as featured in the Star[…]

Hypersonic ‘spaceliner’ aims to carry passengers in 2050

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By Jeremy Hsu Published January 27, 2013 TechNewsDaily The SpaceLiner, which is being developed by the Institute of Space Systems at the German Aerospace Center, could allow passengers to board in Europe, sit back, and disembark 90 minutes later on the other side of the world, in Australia. (DLR) A hypersonic “SpaceLiner” would whisk up to[…]

Investors shrug at pie in the sky plans to mine asteroids, moon

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By Jeremy A. Kaplan Published January 26, 2013 FoxNews.com The new company Deep Space Industries Inc. plans to tap the many resources asteroids harbor. (Deep Space Industries) Deep Space Industries, Inc., plans to launch a fleet of prospecting spacecraft in 2015 (Copyright Deep Space Industries. All rights reserved.) Next Slide Previous Slide A slew of space entrepreneurs are trying[…]

What holds energy tech back? The infernal battery

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Published January 23, 2013 Associated Press Feb 27, 2002: Lew Urry holds up an original alkaline battery that was marketed in 1958, left, and a current battery in Westlake, Ohio. Urry, 76, who still works for Energizer Holdings Inc., developed the first commercially viable alkaline battery. Its been nearly a quarter of a century since[…]

Still going: Long-lived NASA rover Opportunity commencing tenth year of exploration on Mars

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Published on: January 24, 2013

Published January 21, 2013 Associated Press The late-afternoon shadow cast by the Mars rover Opportunity at Endeavour Crater. The six-wheel rover landed on Mars in January 2004 and is still going strong. (AP Photo/NASA) A color self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity, which is set to drive toward a Martian mountain in mid-February after drilling into[…]

The perfect solar storm? Sun eruptions to peak in 2013

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By Gene J. Koprowski Published January 14, 2013 FoxNews.com     The Sun as You’ve Never Seen It Before Eruptions on the sun’s surface can blast tons of plasma into space — sometimes right at the Earth. Astonishing new pictures from NASA show the giant flares and clouds of ionized gas erupting from the star.   Sunny,[…]

Germans build, successfully test laser weapon

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Published on: January 20, 2013

By Allison Barrie War Games Published January 14, 2013 FoxNews.com A laser weapon from German company Rheinmetall Group. (Rheinmetall Group) A laser weapon from German company Rheinmetall Group. (Rheinmetall Group) A laser weapon from German company Rheinmetall Group. (Rheinmetall Group) Next Slide Previous Slide A German company used a futuristic laser weapon to cut through a half-inch thick steel girder[…]

NASA, Europeans uniting to send space capsule to moon, flights targeted for 2017 and 2021

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Published January 16, 2013 Associated Press Jan. 16, 2013: An artist’s concept of the Orion Service Module. When the Orion spacecraft blasts off atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket in 2017, attached will be the ESA-provided service module the powerhouse that fuels and propels the Orion spacecraft. (NASA) NASA September 24, 2009 CM Rollout and Radiation[…]

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