Jason KennedyContributor, PCWorld

Jason is a systems administrator living in Seattle. When he's not up to his elbows in a server, he's up to his elbows in the latest electronics or technology news, or trying out languages like Dart and Ruby.

Unwrapped: A first look at Chrome's packaged apps

Offline? Sure. Local? Yes. Chrome packaged apps bring many gifts for users and developers. We explore them via UberConference, an early arrival in the Web Store.

Android Apps Versus iOS Apps

When it comes to mobile apps, the OS you're running them on can make a world of difference. Here are 10 apps that behave differently depending on whether you use them on Android or iOS.

Plan X: DARPA’s Cyberwar

DARPA will hold a conference for security professionals to discuss how to defend U.S. Internet infrastructure from attack.

Tablet Encryption 101

Thinking about encrypting your Apple or Android tablet? The process can be daunting, but here's how to do it.

Want 'Google Now' Now? Here’s How

No Jelly Bean? No problem. Modders over at the XDA-Developers forum figured out how to get Google Now to run on Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Solar Storms: Reseachers See the Sun in a New Light

An international group of researchers hope to better understand how solar storms work, and help keep them from causing widespread damage on Earth.

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NASA’s NuSTAR Conference: Why It Matters

Earlier this week, NASA held a news conference. No big deal, right? But NASA’s decision to livestream the event--as well as field questions from Twitter--made this an important event to pay attention to.

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Liquid Solar Cells: An Innovative Hazard

Researchers at USC develop "liquid" printable solar cells, but some of the materials used can be highly toxic.

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Lazy Solar System Is Lazy, Can't Outrun Cosmic Rays

If killer asteroids, supernovas, and black holes weren't enough, stellar objects have something else to worry about: cosmic rays.

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How Switching to VoIP Can Save You Money

Migrating your business to a Voice-over-IP communications system may save you a big chunk of change in the long run. Here's why (and how) to cut the phone line and go VoIP-only.

Adafruit's New Board Lets You Hack the Raspberry Pi, Make It More Delicious

A new prototyping board for the Raspberry Pi opens up all sorts of doors for hacking this new, tiny Linux-based PC.

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How to Connect Your HDTV and Smartphone With MHL

Do you own an MHL-certified smartphone, tablet, or HDTV? Mobile High-Definition Link technology lets your mobile device play movies, games, and apps in HD on your big screen. Here's how to make an MHL connection in your home theater.

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Life on Mars? We’ve Been Wrong Before

A new research paper suggests that the Viking 2 mission to Mars may have found evidence of life after all. But let's not jump to conclusions here...

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How to Root Your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Rooting an Android smartphone is not for the faint of heart. Follow our simple guide to better understand how to root your Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

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Skeltrack: Tracking the Human Skeleton With Kinect

Skeltrack, an open source skeletal tracking library for Microsoft’s Kinect, builds a model of your “skeleton” that it can follow in real time.

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