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Picture This: Emojis Are The New Search Term

Love them or hate them, those tiny smileys and symbols called emojis can be put to practical use. The search engine Bing now lets you search with the characters.
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I've Got The Ingredients. What Should I Cook? Ask IBM's Watson

IBM's supercomputer has crushed Jeopardy! Now chefs are using Watson to come up with new kinds of recipes that work around dietary restrictions and other limitations.
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What's More Embarrassing Than That Old Screen Name? Sharing It

Years ago, you spent hours dreaming up the perfect AOL Instant Messenger screen name. Many of you aren't so proud of your now-defunct handles today, but that didn't stop you from sharing them with us.
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Competition Brews In the World Of Mobile Payments

With much fanfare earlier this month Apple launched its mobile wallet — Apple Pay. Now CVS and Rite Aid have disabled Apple Pay from working in their stores.
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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.
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The Red Cross Is Using Text Messaging To Take Down Ebola

Working with the government, the Red Cross sends 2 million texts a month to people in Sierra Leone, reminding them to wash their hands, take their temperature and protect themselves from Ebola.
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Minority Report In Maryland? Hagerstown Implements Predictive Policing

Can police predict crime using algorithms and computer models? Police in Hagerstown, Maryland, are already using the technology, despite criticism from groups like the ACLU.

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With 'Dorothy' App, Clicks Of The Heel Command Your Phone

The new app Dorothy will allow you to control your smartphone with a click of your heels. A small device called Ruby slips into your shoe and communicates with your phone to make it do things like ring or text.
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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

"When I first saw him he had a little bit of eye movement and that was really the only way he could communicate," says Eric Sellers, who helped a patient use a brain-computer interface to communicate.
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Mac Sales Continue To Soar For Apple, But Who's Buying?

Apple just set an all-time record for Mac computer sales. Who is buying and why? NPR's Arun Rath talks to tech culture reporter Omar Gallaga from the Austin American-Statesman.

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