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Abacus Smart Watch 2006

Microsoft and Fossil have made some significant improvements in their next-generation Abacus Smart Watch series, but it's still unclear whether the service's features can attract a broad audience.

By June 11, 2006

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 11, 2006

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'Cosmos' presenter: I worry aliens have already decided we're stupid

Neil DeGrasse Tyson tells MSNBC that it's possible aliens have visited and already concluded that there is no intelligent life on Earth.

By June 1, 2014


How do you make a PSA go viral? You blow up some kids

An extraordinary Australian PSA, intended to encourage kids to stay in school, uses shock tactics perhaps never seen before.

By January 30, 2014


United Airlines' computers crash land again

For at least the third time since June, United Airlines computers are even less effective than Citizens United.

By November 15, 2012


Life's first cells may have evolved in geothermal pools

Team of scientists speculates that the last common ancestor of life on Earth got its start in the planet's natural hot tubs.

By February 16, 2012


Download ZDNet's 50 tech breakthroughs today!

Love technology? Fancy a bit of light reading? Then feast your mince pies on From the Abacus to the iPhone: The 50 Breakthroughs that Sparked the Digital Revolution, the first ebook from ZDNet.

By December 22, 2011


Another pair of tech-unsavvy seniors dazzles YouTube

It's becoming a genre in its own right: Adorable senior couples charming the heck out of a Webcam as they seek to overcome anything-but-obvious software interfaces. Rita and Frank, meet Bruce and Esther.

By September 18, 2011


Who is Epsilon and why does it have my data?

Breach shines light on murky world of e-mail marketing outsourcers and how consumers don't know where their data is ending up.

By April 6, 2011


A revolution at the Computer History Museum

Prior to opening a new exhibit on the emergence of the PC, the Silicon Valley museum gives journalists a preview that included meeting pioneers of the computing revolution.

By January 13, 2011


Computer History Museum gets a reboot (podcast)

Larry speaks with Alex Bochannek, curator of the Computer History Museum, which is launching a new look and feel, as well as a major new exhibit called Revolution.

By January 12, 2011