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Google Chromebook Orders Start June 15

Users will be able to place orders for Google Chrome OS-based laptops starting on June 15. Samsung and Acer each will make Chromebooks, which promise long battery life and cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity.


Microsoft Announces $8.5 Billion Skype Acquisition

Microsoft announced it will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion, and CEO Steve Ballmer told reporters why.

Paper Phone Prototype Uses E-Ink and Flexible Display

At the Computer-Human Interaction conference, a flexible mobile device dubbed the Paper Phone was on display. It uses the e-ink technology found in the Amazon Kindle, and it recognizes 10 unique bends and gestures.


Apple iPad 2 Goes On Sale In China

The iPad 2 has been on sale in the U.S. since March, but for Apple fans in China, the wait ended on Friday morning. At 8 a.m. local time, Apple stores in Beijing and Shanghai opened doors to hundreds that had queued up for Apple's latest tablet.


Computer-Human Interaction Show Offers Peek At the Future

As the Computer Human Interaction conference kicks off this week, 800 presenters and more than 2500 attendees gather in Vancouver to present their ideas and trade findings.


Sony Says Sorry, Intel Goes 3D, and Twitter Sets New Record

On World Tech Update this week: Osama bin Laden's death breaks a Twitter record, Sony execs apologize for the PSN outage, Intel intros a new transistor, and the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone shows up in Europe.


Intel 3D Transistor Promises Faster, More-Efficient Devices

The new "tri-gate transistor" chip technology replaces flat, two-dimensional streams of transistors with a 3D structure. Intel claims the new design improves both chip performance and low-voltage efficiency.


Xbox Kinect SDK Lets You Create Your Own Gesture Controls

With the release of the software development kit for Xbox Kinect, do-it-yourself techies can build all sorts of contraptions based off of the game console's motion sensors.


Sony Apologizes for PlayStation Network Attack and Outage

Ten days after the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services were taken offline, Sony executives apologized on Sunday for the potential loss of personal information on millions of customers.


Green and High-Tech Vehicles Popular at NY Auto Show

At the New York International Auto Show, manufacturers from all over the world gathered to show off their new models and the latest in engine, energy, and telematics technology.


Sony PSN Hack, Phone Tracking, and the Next Wii

In this week's World Tech Update: Sony announces new tablets, the PlayStation Network shuts down, phones are tracking you, and the latest on earthquake cleanup efforts in Japan.

Robots Complete Underwater Tsunami Mission in Japan

A team of American roboticists is wrapping up a mission to Japan, during which they deployed three underwater robots to check for debris and victims following the March 11 tsunami.


See Sony's New Tablets In Action

Sony will make its long-awaited entry into the tablet market later this year with two models based on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The S1 features a 9.4-inch screen, while the S2 is a dual-screen folding device that can fit in a jacket pocket.


World Tech Update, April 21, 2011

On World Tech Update this week, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the iPad, RIM's BlackBerry Playbook goes on sale, robots go where humans can't at the crippled nuclear power plant in Japan, Google lets U,S. users customize maps, and Kohler debuts a tech-filled toilet.


Intel's First Quarter Is Boosted By Enterprise Strength, New Products

McAfee and Infineon Wireless contributed to Intel's first-quarter revenue and profit growth.