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Apple iPad Air

AT&T won't match T-Mobile's free data on the iPad Air, at least for now

AT&T, the country’s second-largest cellular carrier, said it will offer a $100 discount to customers who sign a two-year contract for tablet data service.

Blackberry sees 10 million BBM downloads in 24 hours

Blackberry says its new app that opens up the proprietary BBM messaging platform to Android and Apple users was downloaded 10 million times in just over its first 24 hours of availability.

Transit strike boosts ride-sharing apps in San Francisco

If there's any U.S. city whose citizens are likely to use technology to alleviate a transit strike, San Francisco is it. On Monday, ride-sharing and car-hailing services, many fueled by smartphone apps, reported increased use after a strike halted America's fifth-largest light rail system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Sharp bringing high-def IGZO screens to smartphones

Sharp says it will start production of high-def smartphone screens this year.

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Report: Lenovo considers acquisition of BlackBerry

The Wall Street Journal said Thursday that the Chinese electronics company had signed a non-disclosure agreement with BlackBerry that allows it to examine the Canadian company’s financial accounts.

Nuroast roaster

Nuroast is a crowd-sourced home coffee roaster

A lot of people are particular about how they prepare their coffee, so it's a confident company that suggests to them they're doing it wrong. But Nuroast is sure there's a better way to get a great-tasting cup of coffee and demonstrated its prototype home roasting system at the Demo conference on Wednesday.

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Apple Healthbook

Seratis targets doctor's pagers with health app

When Divya Dhar became a doctor four years ago, she received a somewhat archaic handout from her hospital: a pager.

Pointdrive insight screen

Pointdrive eyes smarter, more polished marketing emails

Marketers are always looking for a way to stand out, especially when it comes to email, and Chicago-based Pointdrive thinks it has the answer.

Skully

Skully fits heads-up display into motorcycle helmet

Ask a hundred entrepreneurs where they draw inspiration and you'll probably get a hundred different answers, but few are likely to be as unusual as that of Marcus Weller. The CEO of Skully Helmets came up with his idea for a high-tech motorcycle helmet after smashing into a car on a street in Barcelona.

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Startup wants to give you a better night's sleep

Gadgets surround us throughout our waking hours, and now they're coming to our sleep.

Twitter doubled revenue, saw deeper losses in Q3

Twitter, which is preparing for an imminent IPO, submitted an updated S1 filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that contained financial results for the first nine months of its current financial year.

Twitter picks New York Stock Exchange for IPO

The initial public offering, which is likely to be one of the hottest of the year, will see the company list its shares under the ticker symbol TWTR.

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Delft University wins World Solar Challenge car race

A team from Delft University in the The Netherlands won the World Solar Challenge, a biennial cross-Australia race that puts solar cars up against harsh driving conditions.

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Mountain View installing hotspots to bolster Google's unreliable free Wi-Fi

Mountain View is installing new Wi-Fi hotspots in parts of the city to supplement the poorly performing network operated by Google.

Stella solar car

Four-seater solar car hits 120 kph in cross-Australia race

Cars powered only by the sun are racing in the World Solar Challenge in the Australian desert, and a vehicle built by the Eindhoven University of Technology hit speeds of 120 kilometers per hour on Tuesday.