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Hackerspaces used to turn ideas into reality

MESA: Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with…

Chinese antitrust regulator targets Microsoft’s browser, media player – Microsoft cooperates with investigation

BEIJING: Microsoft Corp’s internet browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese antitrust probe, raising the prospect of China revisiting the software bundling issue at the heart of…

World’s largest mobile app competition returns to ME

KUWAIT: Applied Innovation Institute, Ooredoo and Pearson have announced that the Arab Mobile App Challenge (AMAC) will take place again in 2014, following the success of last year’s pilot competition.…

Get ready for thermal selfie

NEW YORK: Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the “thermie,” or as I like to call it, the “hottie.” That’s when you take a picture of the heat emanating…

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste – E-waste generated last year enough to fill 100 Empire State Buildings

MACHAKOS: In an industrial area outside Kenya’s capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling,…

Make it picture perfect! Free apps for photo editing on the move

1. VSCO Cam (iPhone, Android): VSCO (pronounced visco) Cam started out as a paid app but went free last year. It is one of the best photo editing apps on…

New Corvette feature keeps an eye on valets

DETROIT: Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the…

Green power blooms – Japan unveils ‘hydrangea solar cell’

TOKYO: A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good. In a…

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air – Investigators report death of one ‘streamer’ every two minutes

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, California: Workers at a stateof- the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays – “streamers,”…

Look, no hands! Test driving a Google car – Speeding actually safer than going the speed limit at times

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California: The car stopped at stop signs. It glided around curves. It didn’t lurch or jolt. The most remarkable thing about the drive was that it was utterly…

Foursquare vamps up

NEW YORK: A loyal Foursquare user since 2010, I was annoyed to learn that my favorite “check-in” app was reinventing itself. The service has split into two and got rid…

Apple’s tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

SAN FRANCISCO:  Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley’s economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.…

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