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Clever retailers beat high rent with paper-thin stores

By leveraging smartphones and relatively inexpensive advertising space, some retailers are springing up the virtual equivalent of supermarket shelves in subway tunnels. And it’s working.

Apple rumored to refresh iPad hardware and internals next week

An update to the third-generation iPad with added Lightning connector is the latest rumor to come out of Apple's announcement next week. This is after whispers that the iPad would receive an upgrade to the A6 chip currently in the iPhone 5…

These five apps turn your static address book into a feature-full social network

The address book is a smartphone staple, but it's a tired one. Check out these apps that take your boring old contact list and turn it into an engaging, iterating social network.

How not to reinvent the wheel: Five automotive tech flops

Cars have made great technological strides over the past 100 years, but not without a few missteps.

Weekly mobile wrap: Coca Cola phones and how we pay too much for data

Apple can't catch a break these days, and Microsoft is more than happy to take advantage of the void in the spotlight. Meanwhile, mobile device owners have plenty to complain about regardless of brand. Plus the best apps and games of the…

HallowMEME, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Reddit, and rubber sound in this week’s Staff Picks

You want to know all the best in tech from the past week but you don’t want to have to look for it, right? Never fear. We’ve trolled the matrix to find the coolest, weirdest, and most interesting tidbits of the past 7 days. Have at it.
Home Theater

Opinion: 3D is as bad for cinema now as it was 60 years ago

Though critics and consumers have been plenty vocal about their distaste for 3D, both Hollywood and the TV manufacturing industry continue to force it upon us. Why? We take a look at 3D's recent rise in prevalence and why the powers that be…

Words With Friends, Draw Something as real board games can’t end well

Zynga and Hasbro recently linked up to offer gaming apps Words With Friends, FarmVille, CityVille, and Draw Something a board game translation. The only question is, why? Or rather, who wanted this?

Meet the actress behind everyone’s favorite AI, Halo’s Cortana

When Halo 4 debuts on November 6, it reintroduces the world to Master Chief, one of gaming most iconic characters. But alongside Master Chief, every step of the way through his journey has been the faithful AI Cortana. In this exclusive…
Buying Guides

What’s new in Windows 8?

Windows 8 includes a new interface, but that's just the beginning. Find out what's important in Microsoft's latest operating system.

Biggest Apple Store in Asia opens in Beijing

Lots of people turned up for the opening of a new Apple Store in Beijing on Saturday. The three-level premises will be staffed by 300 people and takes the 'biggest Apple Store in Asia' title.

Why Microsoft needs an epic Windows 8 launch

With Windows 8, Microsoft faces the same make-or-break pressure it once persevered through with Windows 95. But the market has changed, and it won’t have the luxury of any post-launch slipups.