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The Computer Guys And Gal

Facebook is venturing into virtual reality with its $2 billion purchase of start-up Oculus -- to the dismay of some who supported the young company through Kickstarter. Microsoft is crossing the line into Apple territory with its new Office for iPad. And techies prove to be some of the best April Fool's Day pranksters around. The Computer Guys and Gal are here to explain.

Apps Of The Month

Garden Tracker lets you plan your spring garden by choosing garden plots from a grid that you design. From there, track your plants' growth progress and enter details such as days to harvest, days since watered and days since last fertilized.

To help your spring cleaning, Rumgr acts as a virtual garage sale. It browses the garages of people in your area without you having to wander around in a car.

Is spring break on your mind? Field Tripper identifies interesting sites that are within walking distance.

Because you can’t have big data with mundane data collection, Salesforce lets you import, export and delete an unlimited amount of data.

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Google Maps Pokémon Challenge

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Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

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New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.

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