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Startup hopes energy harvested from the air will power smart homes and wearables

A new technology called Freevolt converts the babble of radio waves into electrical power that can run wireless sensors and other devices.

By September 30, 2015


Sharp debuts mosquito-catching air purifier

The Japanese appliance maker hopes to help tackle two major problems Southeast Asians are struggling against -- polluted air and mosquitoes.

By October 1, 2015


Google redesigns Chromecast for speed and power

The tech giant rolls out its revamped video-streaming device, along with a host of features to make the gadget smarter, faster and more powerful.

By September 29, 2015


Main Star Wars movies to focus on Skywalker family

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reveals that the main Star Wars Saga movies will center around the Skywalker family, as opposed to the spinoffs that will be about new characters.

By October 2, 2015


'Star Wars' director's studio designed this new Team Fortress 2 game mode

Get the first details on Pass Time, a new mode designed by JJ Abrams' Bad Robot studio.

By August 18, 2015


Google wants to make your living room devices smarter

The marquee items at a Google press event this week may be its new Nexus smartphones, but the company's Chromecast devices are more telling of where Google wants to go. The goal: living room domination.

By September 27, 2015


Apple's iOS 9 rushes toward 11% adoption rate, researcher says

Launched Wednesday, the new software appears to be on one of every nine iOS devices, according to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel. How does that compare with the uptake of iOS 8?

By September 17, 2015


Complete guide to iOS 9

Apple's iOS 9 is here for your iPhone and iPad. CNET explains how to get, what it does and how to use it.

By September 16, 2015


That hush-hush Air Force space plane just headed back into orbit

The X-37B -- undertaking its fourth mission -- shared its rocket ride back to space with an experimental LightSail spacecraft provided by the Bill Nye-backed Planetary Society.

By May 20, 2015


New 'Force Awakens' trailer shows a powerful First Order

There's a new international TV spot out for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," and it gives us a glimpse of just how powerful the dark side has become.

By August 11, 2015