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Intel Steers Clear of 'Conflict Minerals'

The Consumer Electronics Show is known for whiz-bang gadgets and the latest tech wizardry. But the world's biggest maker of computer processors — Intel — made a different kind of announcement this year. Its processors are free of so-called "conflict minerals." Intel's supply chain management director, Carolyn Duran, leads the company's conflict minerals program. She tells Audie Cornish how they've done it.
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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.
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Food & Social Media: Beyond Instagramming Dinner

The Internet and social media make it easier than ever for shoppers to ask why a company uses potentially harmful chemicals or how they're sourcing ingredients. We consider the changing communication dynamics between food producers and customers and how they're affecting what we eat.

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Class Trumps Race When It Comes To Internet Access

A new study finds that income and age play a larger role in access to high-speed Internet than race. Among lower-income African-Americans, smartphones are often a way to make up for not having a broadband connection at home. But using a mobile device as a primary means of accessing the Internet has drawbacks.
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In Gaming, A Shift From Enemies To Emotions

Many of these "empathy games" focus on smaller, more personal stories about everyday people. Today's developers grew up with the medium, says one designer. For them, it's "natural to consider that you can have a game about anything."
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CES 2014: Toothbrush? Bed? Car? Put Some Internet On It

The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.
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Google Glass Devotee Knows You're Staring

Wired writer Mat Honan has spent much of the past year wearing Google Glass, the device that brings the Internet, a camera and other high-tech features right to your face — literally. He says the reaction from his family and friends has definitely been mixed.
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Computer Guys And Gal

With the Consumer Electronics Show under way in Las Vegas, the Computer Guys and Gal explore what 2014 will bring, from 4K TV to wearable tech to the potential demise of passwords.

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In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction

Qiu Xiaolong has written eight detective novels based in his hometown of Shanghai. Qiu, who lives in St. Louis, embraces the advantages and problems of writing detective fiction in the Internet era, when Chinese people know so much more dirt about their system and leaders.
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Automakers Join With Google To Offer Android Software

Google and big automakers including Audi, GM, Hyundia and Honda are creating an open automobile alliance. That is, a framework that will allow Google Android software to work with theses cars creating connected mobile experiences.

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