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9:06 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Gadget Watch: Samsung shows bendable phone screen

Samsung booth at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, NV
Credit Jen Consalvo / Tech Cocktail

LAS VEGAS (AP) - By showing off a phone with a flexible screen, Samsung is hinting at a day when we might fold up our large phone or tablet screens as if they were maps.

The Korean electronics company provided a glimpse of such a device at a keynote speech Wednesday at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas. It's an annual showcase of the latest TVs, computers and other consumer-electronic devices.

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8:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Apple's Schiller: A cheaper iPhone? Um, no

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Yesterday, reports circulated about Apple possibly releasing a less expensive iPhone. Today, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said there's no truth in those reports.
In an interview with a Chinese newspaper, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, says there's no truth in reports that Apple will make a cheaper iPhone. (Credit: James Martin/CNET) LAS VEGAS -- I had always fancied that when CES comes along, Apple's devious PR people sit around and wonder which little rumor to toss out, just to turn the heads of those who gawp here.
Science & Technology
4:43 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Google's Schmidt Urges Internet Openness in North Korea

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BEIJING (AP) -- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Thursday it's up to North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet and connect with the outside world, or risk remaining way behind other countries.

Schmidt was returning from a private trip to North Korea with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that was not sanctioned by the U.S. government and has been criticized for appearing to boost Pyongyang's profile after its widely condemned rocket launch put a satellite into space last month.

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11:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Apple Still Casts a Long Shadow Over CES

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For a company that hasn’t attended CES since 1992, Apple dominates the show.
LAS VEGAS - For a company that hasn't attended CES since 1992, Apple dominates the show. You can't walk more than a dozen feet here at the Las Vegas Convention Center without seeing an iGadget or iAccessory of some kind. Apple's overwhelming presence by proxy is impressive, and underscores the immense place the company occupies in the consumer electronics sector.
Science & Technology
9:49 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Report: Apple may build less expensive iPhone

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is trying to decide whether it makes sense to offer a cheaper iPhone as it tries to boost sales in less-affluent countries and reclaim some of the market share lost to cheaper phones running Google's Android software, according to a published report.

Wednesday's report in The Wall Street Journal speculated that Apple could lower the iPhone's price by equipping the device with an exterior that costs less than the aluminum housing on current models.

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All Tech Considered
5:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Are You Eating Too Fast? Ask Your Fork

A electronic HAPIfork, which can monitor users' eating habits, is on display at a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:19 pm

What's the coolest new gadget at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week? It's too soon to tell. But I have an early favorite for the title of oddest new gadget: the HAPIfork and HAPIspoon. They may sound like characters from a nursery rhyme, but this fork and spoon connect to the Internet and can monitor and record how you eat.

The HAPI utensils measure how long your meals last, how long you pause between each bite and how many mouthfuls of food you consume.

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Science & Technology
3:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

The Year Of The Higgs, And Other Tiny Advances In Science

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the Higgs boson on July 4, the long-sought building block of the universe. This image shows a computer-simulation of data from the collider.
Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 9:44 am

It's a year-end tradition to cobble together a list of the most important advances in science. But, truth be told, many ideas that change the world don't tend to spring from these flashy moments of discovery. Our view of nature — and our technology — often evolve from a sequence of more subtle advances.

Even so, chances are good that this year's list-makers will choose the discovery of the Higgs boson as the most important discovery of 2012.

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Science & Technology
11:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Jesse Feiler - 2013 Tech Predictions

It is the end of a calendar year and that time when the media makes lists. Best of the year, worst of the year and the, ever fun, predictions for the New Year. The 2013 tech predictions are already in and our Jesse Feiler is here to help us handicap the future.

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Science & Technology
6:17 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Science And The Allure Of 'Nothing But'

A car cannot be reduced to an engine, just as a person cannot be reduced to a brain.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:03 pm

Science has yet to produce any robust theory of how neural activity gives rise to thought, feeling, emotion, personality, conscious experience.

Indeed, at the present time, we don't even have a good sketch of what such a brain-based theory would look like.

This not a controversial claim.

And yet it counts as one of the dogmas of our time that, in Francis Crick's words, you are your brain.

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Science & Technology
12:27 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Many Apps For Children Still Raise Privacy Concerns, FTC Says

Who's collecting information about her?
Peggy Turbett The Plain Dealer /Landov

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 8:44 pm

Developers of smartphone and tablet apps aimed at children have done little in the past year to give parents "the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it," the Federal Trade Commission reports.

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