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Tough challenges ahead for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Job No. 1 for the new CEO: Revamp the stagnating microblogging service to make it more inviting for regular folks.

By October 5, 2015


Parrot's MiniDrone Rolling Spider perfect mini-quadcopter for novice flyers

Thanks to very stable flight and easy-to-learn controls, this mobile-device-controlled quad is a blast, but the fun might not last long enough for some.

By August 20, 2014


I flew a drone! Novice pilot doesn't even hurt anyone

Crave writer Rusty Blazenhoff enlisted in drone "flight school" this week and nervously piloted her first flying camera this week. See how it went.

By June 6, 2014


Tech novices set to determine the fate of Apple v. Samsung

Six women and four men -- few of whom have technical backgrounds -- will decide what infringement occurred and how much money is owed in damages.

By March 31, 2014


LittleBits' new kit wants to spark the inventor in anyone

The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, targeted at kids and families, looks to guide novices on their way to becoming master builders.

By October 8, 2015


Get a 13.3-inch Toshiba Chromebook 2 for $189.99

From the Cheapskate: This powerful second-gen Chromebook features a 1080p display, 4GB of RAM and impressive speakers.

By October 5, 2015


Sony Xperia Z4 tablet

For novice Android users with a desire to greatly personalize their experience, the Sony Xperia Z4 is a beautifully constructed tablet with high-end specs that won't disappoint.

By July 12, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating July 12, 2015

Aries BlackBird X10 Quadcopter

The Aries Blackbird X10 has the makings of a good ready-to-fly quadcopter for aerial photos and video at a reasonable price. The performance is just too inconsistent to give it a full recommendation, though, especially for novice pilots.

By August 2, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating August 2, 2015

Run your first 5K

Running a 5 km or 10 km race can be a daunting task for the novice runner. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Sharon Profis recommends a few apps designed to make training for a long race much easier.

By June 24, 2015


'I can spy on people!' Teens fly drones for first time

When teens get a chance to pilot Parrot drones for the first time, they take the ultimate selfies. But does the future of this tech excite or unnerve them?

By June 8, 2015