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ALS patient more independent with tech

Eric Valor has been living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, for nearly a decade, but he says technology, including a brainwave-sensing headset, has let him maintain a high quality of life. CNET's Kara Tsuboi visits him at home to learn how.

By 30 August 2014

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Google's Independence Day Doodle celebrates the underdog

In a cute animated doodle, a young musician is struggling to keep up with a marching band. But struggle is part of America's glory.

By 5 July 2014

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Here's what you can do on the Apple Watch without your iPhone

Apple Watch all alone: what can it do? Not a lot -- it's mainly an iPhone accessory -- but there are some key things that it can handle on its own.

By 18 April 2015

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2K Australia studio closes, VPN use rises and Net Neutrality looms (Girt by CNET Podcast 23)

Australia loses the last of its AAA gaming studios, VPN usage skyrockets in the wake of privacy (and piracy) concerns, Netflix regrets its data-free deals and Samsung launches a new TV range with nary an OLED in sight.

By 17 April 2015

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Google's mobile network could offer free international 'roaming'

Negotiations with Hutchison Whampoa could mean subscribers get free use of mobile phone networks in the UK, Hong Kong, and other countries, according to the UK's Independent.

By 5 April 2015

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Stephen Hawking sings Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Fly through the universe with Stephen Hawking as he croons Monty Python's whimsical take on space. Then, command Hawking's chair in a rousing custom game of Asteroids.

By 14 April 2015

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Apple, Google and Microsoft face tough questions on Australian profits

​Amongst talk of Double Irish Sandwiches and Bermuda tax havens, a Senate inquiry has grilled Apple, Google and Microsoft on where all their Australian profits and revenues end up.

By 10 April 2015

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Messaging app Kik could be up for sale

It doesn't have WhatsApp's numbers, but Kik has proven popular among teens in the US and around the world.

By 10 April 2015

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Apple Watch vs. Android Wear, Pebble and Samsung Gear

The Apple Watch is almost here -- but it's not the only smartwatch on the block. Here's how it stacks up against the major competitors on the market.

By 8 April 2015

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Mandatory Data Retention laws pass Australian Parliament

Telecommunications and internet service providers will now be required to store their customers' metadata for at least two years under laws that passed the Australian parliament with little opposition.

By 26 March 2015