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The 404 1,491: Where we QR in peace (podcast)

Why you should avoid buying a fake thumb extension to access your giant phablet, the 3-wheeled Segway nobody was waiting for, QR codes on gravestones, and does video game music increase workday productivity?

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On today's episode, we'll count the days until you'll never have to sign a credit card receipt again. We'll also recount a story of a mailing glitch that shows exactly how much banks know about your life, and discuss the merits of the "Agree It" app that lets you borrow real money from your friends on Facebook.

Ep. 1422: Where we quit the pick-up tip

On today's episode, we'll count the days until you'll never have to sign a credit card receipt again. We'll also recount a story of a mailing glitch that shows exactly how much banks know about your life, and discuss the merits of the Agree It app that lets you borrow real money from your Facebook friends.

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The best of British startups are vying for a place in the Smart UK Project, the winners of which will be shown off at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. We took a look at some of the entrants.

First up is the 5-Tiles keyboard, that has -- you guessed it -- five tiles. It relies heavily on gestures, maximizing screen space, making it well-suited for small-screen devices like smartwatches.

Smart pacifier among best of British startups (pictures)

A Bluetooth pacifier and a smartphone keyboard with five buttons are among the best British tech being shown off at this year's MWC.

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Creative ways to personalize any tech gift

Check out these eight ways to customize almost any gadget gift.

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<p><b>Olympus OM-D E-M1</b></p><p>
One of the fastest, most feature-laden cameras you can buy for less than $1,500, you really need to spend some quality time going through all the settings before using the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/olympus-om-d-e/4505-6501_7-35827484.html">Olympus OM-D E-M1</a>.
<a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/olympus-om-d-e/4505-6501_7-35827484.html">Read the review</a>.</p>

Olympus OM-D E-M1: With great power comes great responsibility

An excellent prosumer mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that requires a read through the manual before you use it.

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Failed tech fads

The sure-thing tech trend predictions that flopped big time.

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Bridget recounts her pilgrimage to ye olde NY Renaissance Faire, Samsung shoots for the stars with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a Swedish kiosk that prints magazines on the spot!

Ep. 1336: Where we have wizards in our watches

Bridget recounts her pilgrimage to ye olde NY Renaissance Faire, Samsung shoots for the stars with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and a Swedish kiosk that prints magazines on the spot!

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<p>Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo attract boatloads of offbeat money-raising projects. Some are outright jokes, some are truly bizarre, and some get successfully funded even though they seemed doomed to fail. 
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It's been decades since people could swim in New York's rivers. But that could change with the successful funding of <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57593124-1/would-you-swim-in-new-yorks-east-river-try-this-floating-pool/" >Plus Pool</a>, a swimming pool floating on the East River. 
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Offering stunning cityscape views, the cruciform pool would have a filtration system in its walls to clean thousands of gallons of river water per day. A second <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-tile-by-tile" >Kickstarter campaign</a> to realize this unique leisure facility netted more than $270,000 in July. If prototype tests go well, New Yorkers could be river swimming in summer 2016. </p>

10 super-wacky crowdfunding ideas (pictures)

From floating pools to slimy superfood harvesters and improbable orbital launch devices, here are some of our favorite wacky crowdfunding concepts.

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Microsoft throws in the towel on Tag

The software giant gives up on its alternative to the QR code, LinkedIn gets schooled with University Pages, and Barnes & Noble pushes new video apps.

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The software giant gives up on its alternative to the QR code, LinkedIn gets schooled with University Pages, and Barnes & Noble pushes new video apps.

Microsoft throws in the towel on Tag

The software giant gives up on its alternative to the QR code, LinkedIn gets schooled with University Pages, and Barnes & Noble pushes new video apps.

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Google Glass patch fixes vulnerability through QR Code

Lookout Security discovered a method by which hackers could take control over Google Glass by creating a malicious QR Code.

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The QR code on a Smart Diaper (pictured) can send information that parents and doctors can track through a smartphone.

"Smart Diaper" with QR code may track tots' urinary health

New disposable diapers making a run on Indiegogo test a baby's pee to track urinary tract infections, dehydration, or kidney woes.

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