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Charge phone battery in 10 seconds, last 24 hours?

The explosion of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and power tools have at least one thing in common -- they need to be charged. The men credited with developing the lithium-ion battery that powers the devices have been honored in our area.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 04:15am EST

Tags: Rachid Yazami, National Academy of Engineering, lithium-ion batteries, Neal Augenstein

Website finds hotels where smokers can light up

With many hotel chains banning smoking, customers who choose to indulge often find it challenging to book a hotel room where they can light up. A new website, Smoketels.com, only books smoking rooms.

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 04:21am EST

Tags: Shawn Bradley, Smoketels.com, Marriott Hotels, smoking, Neal Augenstein

Beware: Flappy Bird copycat scam apps taking flight

Hackers haven't wasted any time exploiting the departure of the wildly popular Flappy Bird, by introducing malware in apps that mimic the addictive mobile game.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 04:10am EST

Tags: Christopher Budd, Trend Micro, flappy bird, hackers, Scam, Neal Augenstein

National license plate database sparks privacy fears

The Department of Homeland Security is closer to developing a National License Plate Recognition Database, which is raising privacy concerns.

Monday - 02/17/2014, 12:19pm EST

Tags: j.j. green, dhs, ice, License plate readers, Neal Augenstein

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FBI tries shooting down laser strikes with cash

The FBI, FAA and pilots are hoping cash will induce people to report incidents of handheld lasers being pointed at aircraft.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 12:24pm EST

Tags: FBI, FAA, laser pointers, Ron Hosko, Michael Huerta, Lee Moak, Neal Augenstein

Is Internet risk to young people real or hype?

Today is Safer Internet Day. One topic will be distinguishing the differences between risk and harm to young people.

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 07:53am EST

Tags: Larry Magid, Charles Schumer, ConnectSafely.org, Safer Internet Day, Neal Augenstein

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Are you addicted to your phone?

Researchers are trying to determine how much time phone users spend engaged with their devices. And, a new app attempts to quantify why many have a "phone jones."

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:16am EST

Tags: Alexander Markowetz, University of Bonn, addiction, smartphone, Neal Augenstein, Menthal

On Paper, Facebook prettier, more graceful

Facebook's new mobile app, Paper, is a graphically-pleasing alternative to the regular Facebook mobile experience. Will it render the original obsolete?

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:28am EST

Tags: Larry Magid, Facebook, Facebook Paper, iPhone, Neal Augenstein, Flipboard

Should I buy my toddler an iPad?

Young children seem to gravitate to mobile technology. A long-time child educator says kids with devices are learning faster than ever before.

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 04:00am EST

Tags: Patti Wollman Summers, digitod, iPad, toddlers, Neal Augenstein

Before the Internet, how The Beatles went viral in 1964

Long before the phrase "go viral" was coined, The Beatles quickly went from being virtual unknowns in America to sensations. A Beatles historian and record executive explains how it was done.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:11pm EST

Tags: Steve Greenberg, Beatles, Ed Sullivan, viral, Neal Augenstein, How the Beatles went viral in

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