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The fascinating stories of the X-Wing extras who were never stars, but were in 'Star Wars'

A long time ago, in a film studio far, far away, a ragtag alliance of unknown extras donned alien masks to shoot a low-budget sci-fi movie. New documentary "Elstree 1976" tells their stories -- CNET met its director, Jon Spira.

By October 9, 2015


Fire Phone one year later: Why Amazon's smartphone flamed out

The failure of the Fire Phone, which hit the market a year ago on Saturday, offers some lessons on what companies need to do -- and avoid -- when trying to create a successful smartphone.

By July 24, 2015


​Startup lands $100 million to challenge smartphone superpowers Apple and Google

With a Firefox OS offshoot called H5OS, Acadine Technologies hopes to succeed where Microsoft and others have failed. A China-run backer has begun paying the bills.

By July 15, 2015


Firefox OS in flux as Mozilla loses technology chief to startup

Andreas Gal, co-founder of Mozilla's mobile OS project, joins others from the project in a startup to link new devices to the Net. It's part of big changes coming to Firefox OS.

By June 5, 2015


Print my ride! Local Motors builds the world's first 3D-printed car

The Local Motors Strati EV isn't just the world's first 3D-printed car, it'll also be the first car that you can download and print yourself.

By November 5, 2014


Vibrating bike grips deliver 'handy' directions

Just launched on Indiegogo, SmrtGrips guide you to your destination without you needing to fuss with your smartphone.

By January 12, 2015


Dyson invests $1.56 billion in new product categories

The luxury small-appliance company plans to introduce four new product categories over the next four years.

By November 20, 2014


HTC clings to profit as sales continue to drop

Due in large part to cost cuts, the company beats analyst estimates in its third quarter with a net profit of $21 million.

By October 3, 2014


Google's nerd cred not easy to come by: Yahoo kills Web coding project

The Yahoo User Interface software library was helpful but at odds with modern Web programming directions, Yahoo says.

By August 29, 2014


Forget NFC, Toshiba is plotting high-speed TransferJet for smartphones

The company's plans for the wireless transfer technology start with USB adaptors, but the ultimate goal is embedding TransferJet into smartphones.

By August 29, 2014