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Modai concept phone wants to be your friend

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(Credit: Julius Tarng) Today’s smartphones are already pretty smart, but New York-based designer Julius Tarng thinks they can be smarter. Imagining a mobile device that’s more human than machine, Tarng came up with a

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Asus announces Transformer Prime ICS date, addresses GPS and bootloader issues

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Asus The Transformer Prime will play games. (Credit: Eric Franklin/CNET) When Asus unveiled its Honeycomb-powered Transformer Prime tablet last November, it stated that Ice Cream Sandwich would be on the tablet by year’s end.

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New Samsung audio docks support both iPhone and Galaxy S

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The Samsung DA-E750 is the first audio dock to support both the Galaxy S family and the iPhone (Credit: Samsung) Samsung will unveil a new line of AirPlay audio docks at CES that are

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What IE6′s slow death says about us

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A cake at the Hacker News Seattle Meet-up, where Microsoft announced IE dropping below 1 percent in the U.S. (Credit: The Windows Blog) Usage of Internet Explorer 6 has dropped below 1 percent. Microsoft

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Hands on with the HP Envy 15 (winter 2011)

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(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET) One of the few reliable high-end Windows laptop lines, HP’s Envy series has always impressed with its sharp design, high-end components, and (aside from the too-expensive very first models) reasonable prices.

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Would you wear a TV?

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The TV vest originally evolved from the video coat, as seen here. (Credit: David Forbes) David Forbes is a man with a fashionable vision. After completing a working video coat with a mega assortment

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Google’s acquisition of IBM patents may aid its Oracle case

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A latecomer to the patent acquisition game, Google continues to accumulate intellectual property rights, picking up more than 200 patents and patents pending from IBM. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web

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With WWDC sellout expected, unofficial ticket notifier arrives

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Workers set up Moscone ahead of last year’s WWDC. (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET) If you were a developer who missed out on nabbing tickets to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference last year, there’s a new

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Twitterize Yourself makes visual sense of big data

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@dr138 is a trailblazing bore on Twitter (Credit: Visual.ly) A tool from Visual.ly that analyzes and visualizes users through Twitter posts demonstrates one way make easy-to-understand visualizations of big data. One example of the

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Samsung’s HW-E550 sound bar ‘morphs’ into vertical speakers

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Samsung’s HW-E550 can be used as a sound bar or split in two to transform into a 2.1-speaker system. (Credit: Samsung) Typically, sound bars are horizontal speakers that are designed to be placed below

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Rumor Has It, Ep. 14: Let’s give Kodak an Internet hug (podcast)

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Selflessness is a virtue, Kodak. We may not be able to keep you in business, but we appreciate you. (Credit: Some eCards) We’re baaaa-aaack! And slap-happy after the break, so you may want to

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AT&T to pay TiVo $215M to settle patent lawsuit

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ATT has agreed to pay TiVo at least $215 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit involving the digital video recorder pioneer. Under the settlement, ATT will pay TiVo more than that minimum amount,

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Sortable: Product selection for spec-heads

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Sortable helps you sort through the morass of confusing product specs. (Credit: Screenshot by Rafe Needleman/CNET) Can’t decide which TV, camera, or car to buy? Advice from friends too unreliable? Advice from expert reviewers

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Make waves with this DIY lamp

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(Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET) Move over Clapper. There’s a new way to control your lights, and it’s way cooler (not to mention quieter). The Luminch One is an interactive lamp that you

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Google demotes Chrome in search results over pay-for-post promo

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Google punishes Chrome in its search results in response to a promo campaign on blog sites that seemed to encourage low-quality content. (Click to enlarge) Google has demoted its Chrome home page in results

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Vizio teases TV during Rose Bowl

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Front and profile views of the unannounced Vizio TV. (Credit: Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET) Flat-screen TV maker Vizio loves to use the Rose Bowl as a vehicle to tease its upcoming products. After an

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Apple’s iOS grabs 52 percent of mobile browser users

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NetApplications’ data for the mobile market in December. (Credit: NetApplications) Despite a drop in December, Apple’s iOS remained the top platform for mobile browsing, according to the latest stats from NetApplications. Throughout December, iOS

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BlackBerry PlayBook price now $299 for all models

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RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is now more affordable. (Credit: Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET) Research In Motion has pulled another trick out of its bag in the hopes of kick-starting BlackBerry PlayBook sales. The company has

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LightSquared taps new merger-focused financial chief

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LightSquared today appointed Marc Montagner, a veteran of major telecommunications deals, to the role of chief financial officer. Montagner’s appointment may signal LightSquared’s willingness to strike a deal or partnership. One of Montagner’s prior

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Awwwk-ward: Google Chrome pay-for-post promo misfires

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A Google effort to promote its Chrome browser misfired with the appearance of some blog posts that fly in the face of Google’s own attempts to discourage low-quality Web content. The campaign, spotted yesterday

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