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Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones

The nearly 200-year-old writing system may be meeting its match. Smartphones and screen-reading software are making Braille less and less necessary. Today, the National Federation for the Blind predicts that only one in 10 blind people can actually read it.
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China Confiscates iPads Over Trademark Argument

Chinese authorities pulled Apple iPads from shelves, because Proview Technology says it registered the name first, and while it reached an agreement with Apple in 2010, the company says it still holds the rights to use the name in mainland China.
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Apps For Apnea? New Gadgets Promise To Improve Sleep

For some people, getting a good night's sleep seems like an impossibility. A new batch of gadgets and apps tries to help troubled sleepers learn how to get their best rest.
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Project Funded Online Hits $1 Million Milestone

An engineer set out to raise $75,000 through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to build and sell iPhone docks. It was an ambitious goal, but he made it — and then some. Supporters gave more than $1 million — the first time a project on Kickstarter had raised that much.
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A Real Estate Deal That Spans The Earth

For sale: 160 acres of rolling hills in California perfect for a vineyard, cattle ranch or communication with outer space. The Jamesburg Earth Station and its 10-story satellite dish once relayed broadcasts of historical events like the Apollo 11 moon landing. Now it's on the market.
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Angel Investors And Startups Mingle In Milwaukee

In this post-recession era, angel investor groups have stepped in to finance startup companies that banks and venture capitalists deem too risky. Twenty of those groups are in Wisconsin, including one that meets at a Milwaukee social club where local money is finding its way to local startups.
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Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

According to Rolling Stone magazine, sales of vinyl albums continue to grow, setting a new record in 2010. Does vinyl reproduce sound better, or is it just a trend? Two audio experts join guest host John Dankosky to talk about the science of audio, and how perceptions can shape the sound experience.

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