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Lost Explorers: The unrealized vision of Google Glass

When Google unveiled its smart and controversial eyewear three years ago, some early tech adopters tried to do their part by eagerly pushing for Glass acceptance. The world pushed back.

By May 26, 2015

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The smart card: Apple Pay competitor or simple stopgap?

Mobile payments is a crowded industry, but is one card for storing all your credit cards more practical than we think?

By May 25, 2015

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates battle in new National Geographic series

The TV channel is launching a show called "American Genius" that's about bitter rivalries, including the Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss, Colt vs. Wesson and Oppenheimer vs. Heisenberg.

By May 26, 2015

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Apple's Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer

Ive will focus on designing retail stores and the company's new campus, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in a company memo.

By May 25, 2015

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Virtual reality wants to rule video games. Here's who will rule VR

Soon you'll don a high-tech headset as easily as you reach for your controller. Watch for blockbuster launches in the year ahead that pave the way to the brave new virtual world. Facebook and Valve lead the charge.

By May 22, 2015

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'Tomorrowland' in Dolby Cinema: the best picture I've seen in a theater

In the Dolby Cinema presentation of Disney's "Tomorrowland," fiber-optic-fed laser light engines, 4K resolution, HDR contrast and Atmos sound combine to create a breathtaking cinema experience. Tomorrow's theater experience can't come home soon enough.

By May 22, 2015

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What's the best speaker or headphone you ever heard?

Did you ever have one of those moments where the sound and music were in perfect sync?

By May 23, 2015

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LG Display shows off press-on 'wallpaper' TV under 1mm thick

Before you get too excited, it's only a proof-of-concept display. The unveiling is part of a broader announcement to showcase the company's plans for the future, which center on OLED tech.

By May 19, 2015

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How to tell if your wireless carrier is throttling data

Is your unlimited data plan really unlimited? Use an app to find out.

By May 20, 2015

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Google rumored to launch two new Nexus phones this year

But a new Nexus tablet is apparently off the table, an unnamed source tells blog site Android Police.

By May 26, 2015