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Manned space travel, from Gagarin to SpaceX

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Stratolaunch is designing a spacecraft to enable space tourism. (Credit: Stratolaunch) The anniversaries this week of the first man in space and the launch of NASA’s first space shuttle missions come at time when

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Why Hollywood loves 3D printing

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This glove, used in ‘Iron Man 2,’ was made using a 3D printer, and is part of a full-body suit used in some of the film’s live-action scenes. (Credit: Objet) If you’ve seen “Iron

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Will Apple’s game plan beat the trustbusters?

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A flag outside a European Apple retail store. (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET) Most companies finding themselves staring at the business end of a government cannon might consider it time to talk compromise. Apple is not

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Japanese users of Google Play get played by malware

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Google Play users who wanted to view this clip got more than they bargained for. (Credit: McAfee) Japanese users of Google’s online clearing house of downloadable entertainment for Android devices are being targeted with

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Sharp begins production of world’s first IGZO LCD panels

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(Credit: Apple) By using IGZO oxide semiconductors, Sharp will be able to produce LCD screens that require lower energy consumption through smaller, thin-film transistors and increased pixel transparency. The technology lends itself well to

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G-RAID with Thunderbolt review: Top performance for a price

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When it comes to Thunderbolt storage devices, generally the more internal drives it has, the faster performance it offers. This is because the Thunderbolt standard offers 10Gbps speed, while the fastest internal drive, be

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Nokia offers software update for Lumia 900 glitch

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(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) In response to recent data connection problems that Nokia Lumia 900 users reported since the device’s launch last week, Nokia has issued a software update sooner than expected. The software for

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Comedy Central brings The Daily Show Headlines to Android

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(Credit: MTV Networks) For the first time, the Daily Show Headlines app comes to Android, bringing content from Comedy Central’s award-winning satirical news program to a swath of additional mobile users. This means that

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review: The anti-Kindle Fire?

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(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) The Kindle Fire. Sure, it’s low-priced and has a built-in Amazon content ecosystem that conveniently delivers movies, music, books, and apps through a simple, if stripped-down, interface, but there are quite

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Don’t let your kids play these three awesome Rockstar games for iOS

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(Credit: CNET) Rockstar Games is known for not pulling any punches with its incredibly popular video games offered on consoles, desktops, and mobile gaming devices. Frequently controversial and in the headlines for all the

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New Asus Transformer Pad 300 tablet coming April 22 for $399

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(Credit: Asus) It looks as though we’ll have another new big-name tablet hitting stores in a little more than a week as a new Asus Transformer Pad 300 has started popping up for preorder

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Spotify says it’s got a ‘special announcement’ on tap

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(Credit: Engadget) The marketing mavens at Spotify aren’t getting much rest. A couple of days after announcing a play button that lets Web site owners integrate songs, albums, or playlists into their sites, Spotify

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Flashback malware removal tool roundup

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The Apple community is tackling the Flashback malware threat for OS X. Despite these efforts, the malware is still out there with the potential to infect unpatched Mac systems or even those that are

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Simulation shows Discovery’s final flight — into D.C. (video)

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If you had been hoping to be able to see the Space Shuttle Discovery make its last flight — albeit on the back of a 747 — next week but can’t be in Washington,

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Sprint revamping old iDEN network for LTE

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Motorola’s Brute i686 runs on the Sprint Nextel iDEN service. (Credit: Motorola) If you follow the wireless industry, you probably know already that cellular spectrum is a dear commodity. The supply shortage is only

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Pew: Smartphones narrow digital divide

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There was a rapid rise in Internet usage in 1990s, but the percentage of people using the Internet has remained at about the same level the last few years. (Credit: Pew Internet Project) Mobile

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Facebook defends CISPA while pledging not to share more data

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One of the anti-SOPA, anti-Protect IP protests last month. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET) The latest Internet oversight bill coming up before Congress — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523) — is only

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Can’t someone please fix online shipping, already?

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As I write this column, I’m on my seventh day of waiting for a Nordstrom package to arrive, and I am fuming. My order was received April 6th, it didn’t ship until three days

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LaCie to demo Thunderbolt with Windows

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Lacie’s The Little Big Disk SSD Thunderbolt external drive will be one of the first Thunderbolt drive to be used with Windows. (Credit: Dong Ngo/CNET) If you’ve been wondering when Thunderbolt is available for

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What’s the future of e-book pricing?

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Who gets to set the price of e-books is at the heart of the government’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers. (Credit: CBS) In case you missed it, the U.S. government recently

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