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Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of "Modern Family" might soon be over. If you're watching it online.

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NSA approves Samsung Knox devices for government use

The certification may help Samsung establish itself as a serious player in secured devices

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Silicon Valley's next disruption: Reality!

Virtual reality and augmented reality are practically the same thing and will be served up to us in breathtaking and unexpected ways.

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Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested'

Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He's mum, though, on when people can start downloading and listening.

Asus' tablet-smartphone combo comes to the U.S. next week

The Padfone X Mini will first ship on Oct. 23 through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract

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I understand you now! There's a Glass app for the hard of hearing

Georgia Tech scientists have developed an app that creates captions on Google Glass for users who are hard of hearing.

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DoCoMo haptic handles put navigation in your palm

It's not quite the same as thumbing a ride, but a cylindrical gadget that nestles in your palm can get you where you want to go.

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Toshiba shows glasses with embedded display

Toshiba showed a prototype pair of smart glasses at the Ceatec trade show in Japan this week, and while they might not edge Google Glass out of the market, they should be a bit cheaper.

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Sharp's LCD-challenging MEMS display coming in 2015

Sharp is close to commercializing its first product that uses a MEMS display -- a new type of flat-panel display that boasts deeper and richer colors than traditional LCD screens and lower power consumption.

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Tools for creating malicious USB thumb drives released

In a gambit aimed at driving manufacturers to beef up protections for USB flash drive firmware, two security researchers have released a collection of tools that can be used to turn those drives into silent malware installers.

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Cisco, Acer, others join Intel-backed IoT standards group

The Open Interconnect Consortium is the latest IoT body to boast about its progress.

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Panasonic unveils pin-sized battery for wearables

Power-sipping wearable devices could become smaller with a new rechargeable battery from Panasonic.

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New HDMI stick is first Chromecast competitor based on Firefox

A San Jose startup has announced the release of its own streaming dongle, the Matchstick. It features an open developer toolkit and is powered by a faster processor with more memory than Chromecast, the company claims.

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Apple's iPhone will go on sale in China on Oct. 17

Apple's iPhone 6 will go on sale Oct. 17 in mainland China, one of the biggest markets for the company, with high demand expected from iPhone users.

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Driving with Google Glass not a good idea

Think it will be easier and safer to drive using Google Glass to text or make a call instead of your smartphone? Sorry. Think again.

New Lenovo Yoga tablets, PCs due out for holiday season

Lenovo's new Yoga tablets will ship during the holiday season, and Ashton Kutcher has a hand in product development.

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Why the Internet of Things may never happen (Part 2)

The Internet of Things idea of all our stuff seamlessly working together for our benefit is wonderful, but it's never going to happen.

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Forget 'airplane mode,' devices are OK'd for inflight use in Europe

Airline passengers traveling on European airline flights will be able to leave their mobile phones and other gadgets on throughout the entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency said.

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