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Micro Brings 3D Printing to the Mainstream

The Micro is the latest consumer-targeted 3D printer to generate buzz after flying past its US$50,000 Kickstarter goal this week ...

Cortana Reports for Windows Phone 8.1 Duty

Microsoft on Wednesday introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest refresh to its mobile operating system. The update includes a personal digital assistant named "Cortana," based on the popular AI character in the video game Halo. Cortana is the Windows Phone 8.1 counterpart to Apple's Siri or Google's much less personal Now. ...

Candy Crush Fails to Melt Wall St.’s Heart

Investors didn't share the same excitement for King Digital Entertainment stock as Candy Crush fans do for the mobile game, sending King shares down nearly 16 percent in Wednesday's disappointing first day of trading. It slipped a further couple of percentage points on Thursday ...

Disney Snaps Up Maker to Court Millennials

Disney this week announced it would acquire Maker Studios, a provider of short-form videos, for at least US$500 million -- a number that could go up if Maker meets performance targets ...

Nuzzel Aims to Calm the Chatter

Nuzzel, a service that helps users pick out the most popular items from their social media feeds, launched to the public last week ...

Apple May Throw the Healthbook at You

Apple reportedly is working on a health and fitness tracking app called "Healthbook," which could be a one-stop shop for iOS users interested in using mobile tech to better keep track of their progress toward health goals ...

Yahoo Plugs Yelp Reviews Into Search

Yahoo and Yelp on Wednesday announced a new partnership to display Yelp ratings with Yahoo's search results, a move designed to snag some market share from Yahoo's larger search competitors. ...

Google Doles Out Cash for Apps Referrals

Google on Monday launched a referral program for its office apps. It will hand out $15 referral bonuses to Google Apps customers who convince new users to sign up for the service ...

Democreativity Wants Your Great Gaming Ideas

The Democreativity initiative is calling for gaming ideas from anyone and everyone, with the hope of turning the best of them into hit video games. The initiative is led by Visit Sweden, the Swedish Institute and Business Sweden. ...

Kickstarter Bags a Billion Bucks

Kickstarter announced it hit a new milestone Monday: It has surpassed US$1 billion in pledges to crowdfund projects worldwide ...

eBay Places Heavy Bet on Snapdeal

eBay on Wednesday announced it was leading a US$134 million investment in Snapdeal, which claims to be India's largest e-commerce marketplace ...

Investors Drop $350M on Dropbox

Dropbox reportedly has secured US$350 million in a new round of funding to further its growth ...

Facebook Wins WhatsApp Gold

Facebook on Wednesday announced the acquisition of WhatsApp in a US$19 billion deal geared toward increasing its global connectivity ...

Two’s Company in Global Smartphone OS Market

Google's Android and Apple's iOS led the global smartphone operating system market in 2013, a year in which worldwide shipments surpassed 1 billion units for the first time, according to IDC ...

New Technique Hikes Printed-Cell Survival Rate

Researchers have developed a new technique for printing live cells by drawing inspiration from an ancient Chinese method of woodblock printing ...

Bionic Hand Gives Amputee Touchy-Feely Sensations

An amputee was able to feel sensations in a prosthetic hand temporarily wired to nerves in his upper arm ...

Talking Cars Coming Down the Pike

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday announced it would move forward with a plan that would make car-to-car communication mandatory among light vehicles, a measure that could lead to safer roads ...

The Motorola Shuffle: Lenovo Gets Business, Google Keeps Patents

Less than two years after Google's US$12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was finalized, Google on Wednesday announced that Lenovo would be purchasing Motorola Mobility in a $2.91 billion deal ...

Smartphone Could Hold the Key to Your Room

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is rolling out a program in two of its hotels -- one in New York City's Harlem and one in Cupertino, Calif. -- that will allow customers to try a new lock system. Guests can download a mobile app that will allow them to virtually check in once they've arrived at the hotel. Then they'll be able to open their room door with the tap or wave of their smartphone instead of a plastic key card...

Glyph Mobile Theater Takes Kickstarter by Storm

Avegant's Glyph, the which combines high-quality headphones with a retinal display for an all-in-one audiovisual device, has far surpassed its US$250,000 Kickstarter goal since its Wednesday launch ...

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