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Vexed in the City

This CNET special report examines the tech controversy gripping San Francisco.

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Uber reaches 4x surge pricing as Sydney faces hostage lockdown

As a major hostage operation plays out in the centre of Sydney, Uber briefly reached record surge pricing for rides in the CBD, before changing tack and offering free rides for passengers trying to leave the city.

By December 14, 2014

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The real-life Minas Tirith from 'Lord of the Rings': A tour of Mont Saint-Michel

For over 1,000 years, Mont Saint-Michel has stood the test of time, sieges, sacks, and more. Its iconic positioning, on a tiny island just off the French coast, has given inspiration to movie makers, designers for games like Assassin's Creed, and artists of all kinds. Here's a full photo tour of this island village, castle, and abbey.

By June 27, 2014

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Wink wink: Bill Nye uses emojis to explain evolution

Just how good are emojis at communicating complex ideas? Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the theory of evolution with a series of the digital symbols. Smiley face.

By December 12, 2014

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Amazon tests delivery by bike in New York City

The e-commerce giant may have found a way to get you your order within one hour.

By December 8, 2014

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NASA wants to build a floating city above the clouds of Venus

Venus exploration has been deemed off-limits due to its inhospitable climate -- but NASA believes Cloud City may be the answer.

By December 21, 2014

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Tomorrow Daily 103: Man's bionic arms make history, NASA proposes cloud cities on Venus and more

A team at NASA is proposing that sending astronauts to Venus' upper atmosphere may be more efficient (and somewhat safer) than sending them to Mars. Did we mention airships and cloud cities were mentioned in this proposal? It's science fiction that could someday become science fact.

By December 18, 2014

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Get a Nextbook 10.1-inch Windows hybrid for $179

It's a tablet. It's a laptop. It's arguably the best mobile-computing deal of the year. Plus: three bonus deals!

By December 12, 2014

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Uber rolls into Portland, Ore., despite city regulations

A Portland transportation official says the ride-sharing service is operating illegally in the city and warns that drivers could face fines or even jail time.

By December 6, 2014

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Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards and more

We're all for a fleet of robotic security guards, but we're not so sure about giving them weapons (like tasers) to deploy on people. When someone gets tasered for accidentally littering, that's gonna be a real problem. How do you reason with a robot guard?

By November 26, 2014

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Aural pleasures: Dynaudio Focus 160 bookshelf speakers

A perfect, small-room, absolutely audiophile speaker.

By December 12, 2014