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Pint-Sized Gadgets: When Smaller Is Better

It's not every day you hear scores of men arguing over whose is the smallest. But in the modern world of mobile computing, it's a conversation that's becoming increasingly common. The nature of today's business environment means needing to stay connected wherever you are. From ultraslim notebooks to...

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Messenger Finds Blue Goo on Mercury

The results are in, and NASA's latest fly-by of Mercury is shedding new light on the solar system's smallest planet. The Messenger space probe zipped around Mercury early in October, examining parts of the planet never before explored. The latest mission is the second of three passes Messenger will ...

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Weird Science: Peeling Scotch Tape Produces X-Rays

Here's a fun fact for your cubicle-side coffee chat: That Scotch tape on your desk is good for more than just sticking together pages of a TPS report. Turns out it can also generate X-rays. Scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles have found that plain old office tape can create eno...

Android Market Gears Up for Battle

Google's Android Market is seeing some changes in the final hours before the phone's debut. Many of the apps that had been added to the storefront disappeared this week, and a handful of big-name offerings popped up in their places. Imeem, Shazam and MySpace are among the services with applications ...

Android: The Good, the Bad and That Pesky Kill Switch

Google's first Android phone has finally made its way into long-waiting hands. The T-Mobile G1 device, expected to be in stores within the coming week, is drawing mixed reviews from early users. The closest thing to a sweeping overview might be that it is a powerful device with a few flaws but plent...

OpenOffice 3 Debuts to Server-Crashing Demand

The third full OpenOffice suite is out in the wild and attracting plenty of attention. OpenOffice.org 3.0 was released Monday -- and already, demand has been high enough to overwhelm the download servers and cause them to crash. The software suite, designed as an open source alternative to Microsoft...

Better Late Than Never, Yahoo Debuts Zimbra-Powered Calendar

Yahoo has unveiled a new dynamic calendar service powered by open source developer Zimbra. Yahoo Calendar offers standard Web 2.0 information-sharing options along with an updated drag-and-drop interface and a handful of unique options. The program is available in beta to Yahoo users as of Wednesday...

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Scientists Win Physics Nobel for Particle Theory Advances

An American physicist from Chicago is celebrating a Nobel Prize win for an advanced physics concept he helped formulate more than four decades ago. Yoichiro Nambu, an 87-year-old scientist with the University of Chicago, was one of three recipients of the highly esteemed honor, announced Tuesday. Th...

Facebook’s Other Founder Goes Off to Found Some More

One of Facebook's two cofounders is jumping ship to start his own Internet company. Dustin Moskovitz announced he'll leave the social networking site in about a month. He and colleague Justin Rosenstein, a Facebook engineering manager who previously worked at Google, will launch a new enterprise sof...

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NASA Craft to Make Second, Closer Swing Past Mercury

NASA is poised to take a closer-than-ever look at the closest planet to the sun. The space agency's Messenger spacecraft will zoom over Mercury's surface in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, coming within 124 miles of the rocky ground. The move marks NASA's second scan of the surface in its fi...

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SpaceX Private Rocket Blazes Post-Shuttle Trail

A man who made his name by founding PayPal has now made history by launching a small, low-cost rocket into space. Elon Musk, who heads up space exploration company SpaceX, successfully sent a Falcon 1 rocket into orbit over the weekend. It marked the company's fourth attempt and first success in lau...

TiVo Makes the PC Its Second Home

TiVo is teaming up with Nero to bring a new video recording solution to the PC. The companies announced Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC on Monday. The product will offer TiVo functions from a computer, without the need for a set-top box. The system will be marketed toward both existing TiVo users and families...

Who Wants to Buy an Android?

After years of development, Google's first Android-powered phone is finally here -- well, almost. T-Mobile is expected to unveil the HTC Dream at a closed media event Sept. 23, with the device rumored to hit store shelves by mid-October. The question, then, is whether the Dream -- and the Android co...

IMDb Adds Some Show to Its Tell

A site known for its information on entertainment is now offering up thousands of movies and TV shows for free streaming. The Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, launched a massive streaming service this week. The Amazon-owned operation has 6,000 full-length programs already available with plans for m...

VMware Sails Into Uncharted Waters With Datacenter OS

VMware is working to move past its internal shakeups with the revelation of a new operating system for virtual server and storage management. The Virtual Datacenter Operating System, announced Monday at the start of the company's VMworld annual conference in Las Vegas, will offer an all-around solut...

Yahoo Lays Out Blueprint for Mobile Ubiquity

Yahoo is trying to carve out its niche in the mobile market with a newly expanded platform for mobile application developers. The company's Blueprint platform will now allow for the creation of standalone apps for any Java, Windows Mobile or Symbian device, executives revealed at a wireless industry...

Hawking Bets Against Collider Finding Elusive Higgs Particle

They've said it before, and they'll say it again: A powerful atom smasher set to fire up Wednesday will not destroy the universe. Scientists with knowledge of the machine -- dubbed the "Large Hadron Collider," or LHC -- are growing weary of the hype. The LHC, a giant apparatus 330 feet below the gro...

Real Offers Legal but Limited DVD-Ripping Software

DVD duplication is going mainstream with the introduction of RealNetworks' new RealDVD system. The software -- set to go on sale for about $30 at Real.com and Amazon.com by the end of September -- lets you legally make digital copies of any disc, including all its artwork and extras. There are, howe...

Heads Up: Chrome’s Omnibox May Record What You Type

Google's newly released Chrome browser is facing a backlash over its data collection and privacy practices. The company has already revised its end user license agreement following widespread concerns. Now, new worries are being raised about the browser's all-purpose Omnibox and how closely Google m...

IBM Hones New Blade Server to Repel DoS Attacks

IBM is increasing its arsenal against hackers with a new beefed-up blade server. The IBM BladeCenter PN41, announced this week, combines Deep Packet Inspection technology from CloudShield with IBM's other protection platforms to create a powerhouse against attacks. The system is designed specificall...

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