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This is why Amazon will open physical bookstores

Brick-and-mortar bookstores are a great idea for Amazon. Here's why.

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First look: LifePrint uses AR to bring photos to life

Print GIFs, Vines, and Live Photos and use LifePrint's AR to bring these shots to life.

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11 carry-on bags for today's tech-savvy traveler

No traveling techie should be without a trusted carry-on bag. These 11 unique options can help boost productivity on the road and stabilize some of the typical turbulence associated with modern air travel.

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The FAA has banned drones from 32 miles around the Super Bowl

San Francisco Bay Area residents looking for something to do other than watch the Super Bowl on Sunday can cross "flying my drone" off the list.

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7 inexpensive Surface Pro 4 alternatives

Love the idea of a hybrid but hate the price tag on the Surface Pro 4? Here are seven alternatives that will satisfy your appetite for a tablet hybrid device, without breaking the bank.

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The 3 technologies retailers need to succeed

Retailers looking to grow in a fast-changing industry need to focus on three main technologies. Computerworld's Sharon Gaudin -- just back from the National Retail Federation's Big Show -- and Executive News Editor Ken Mingis have the...

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Mingis on Tech: Mac guy gaga over a Dell; wireless charging for the iPhone

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop impresses Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie with its 4K screen connectivity options. And recent reports indicate that Apple's iPhone might finally get wireless charging this year.

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Mingis on Tech: Mac guy becomes a Dell dude; wireless charging and the iPhone

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop wins kudos from Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. And what about those reports that Apple's iPhone may soon get wireless charging capabilities?

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Apple hit with $626M damages in case filed by patent licensing firm

A jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

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PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the SwiftKey acquisition, and the new Windows phone

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen being investigated in the US for patent infringement

As car automation technologies like navigation and infotainment systems emerge as the next big opportunity for the automotive industry, patent disputes similar to those seen in the smartphone business have not unexpectedly surfaced in...

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US Customs is seizing thousands of hoverboards

In the last few months, US customs officers have seized thousands of counterfeit and potentially dangerous hoverboards

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Thousands of hoverboards seized by US customs

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has seized tens of thousands of hoverboards in the last month in a crack down on a hot holiday gift that's been held responsible for several home fires.

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Glowforge printer cuts and etches patterns into almost any surface

This CO2 laser printer can cut and etch patterns into almost any type of material, from metal to leather to paper.

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Google admits most 'moonshots' lose money

Alphabet declined to reveal exactly how much money it invested in each of its 'moonshots,' but it did say the largest amount of capital expenditure went to Google Fiber in 2015 and that the costs associated with the initiative will...

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This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there's been a number of high-tech solutions. From radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones, but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution...

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Virtual assistants: They're made out of people!

The responses from virtual assistants are far more human than most of us assume. In fact, every response is carefully crafted by a person or a team of people.

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Report: Amazon wants to take on Spotify with a new music streaming service

The music service is in the early stages of development, but it would offer far more music than Amazon's existing Prime Music streaming service, the New York Post reports.

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