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Design firm wants this round wooden phone to be your family heirloom

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by Mariella Moon 2015-02-28 17:03:00

See that wooden round thing above? That's a smartphone -- a real, working smartphone with a high-res screen and a camera, and not just a concept that will never come to life. Just imagining how to take calls on it without a headset or how to access w...

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Huawei teases its luxury Android Wear watch through awkward videos

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by Jon Fingas 2015-02-28 14:59:00

Huawei apparently just can't wait to show some of the wearable tech it has in store this year. While the company isn't supposed to reveal its Mobile World Congress plans until a press event on March 1st, it has already posted both videos and airport ...

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10 high-tech gadgets that will improve your tennis game

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by Philip Palermo 2015-02-28 13:00:00

The sport of tennis is no stranger to incorporating new technologies -- from the electronic line judges of the early '70s to today's Hawk-Eye system with its multi-camera array. These days, players at all levels have a variety of high-tech tools to h...

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Proposed privacy bill protects industry more than it does people

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by Timothy J. Seppala 2015-02-28 11:04:00

If the return of Frank Underwood stoked a thirst for real drama from the nation's capitol, perhaps the White House's late-Friday news dump of the proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights will whet your whistle. Alongside common-sense things like Cong...

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Walmart vs. Netflix DVD battle snags $12 each for 1.2 million people

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by Richard Lawler 2015-02-28 08:07:00

Ready for a blast from the past? Ten years ago, Walmart's plan to undercut Netflix on DVD-by-mail rental pricing failed, and the retail giant turned that part of its business over to the movie service in exchange for a cut of the revenue, referral bo...

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Recommended Reading: The secrets behind 'Madden's' player ratings

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by Billy Steele 2015-02-28 09:30:00

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. How Madden Ratings are Ma...

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Disney wants to help developers make games more interactive

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by Mariella Moon 2015-02-28 06:14:00

Many RPGs have more than one ending, but even then you still have limited ways to control the story or to interact with the characters. Disney Research, however, wants to make real interactive games -- ones where your actions can affect how it progre...

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Would you prefer a thinner phone or better battery life?

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by Dave Schumaker 2015-02-27 19:57:00

Despite a number of exciting (and novel) announcements related to battery technology, the sad fact is that our smartphones still need to be frequently charged. One thing that hasn't helped in prolonging the lives of our devices is a trend toward ever...

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Chinese internet giants purge 60,000 accounts for inappropriate usernames

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by Mariella Moon 2015-02-28 02:13:00

China will enforce an even tighter control over online names starting on March 1st, and it's already begun nuking any account that doesn't conform to its standards. A handful of powerful internet companies in the country have deleted over 60,000 acco...

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2015

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by The Smashing Editorial 2015-02-28 05:08:49

  We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing…

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