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US government OKs sharper satellite images

A long-standing restriction has been lifted to usher in better quality online mapping.

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

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Samsung dominates nascent smartwatch market, way ahead of Pebble

More than 400,000 smartwatches were sold in the six months around the end of the year, according to NPD.

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Groups ask Apple to end toxic chemical use

Used in electronics factories, benzene can cause cancer and n-hexane can cause nerve damage.

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Second Chinese army unit linked to corporate cyber-espionage

Internet postings link a Chinese hacking group to a military unit

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We snuck an unauthorized hands-on with Asus' super-thin Transformer Book T300 Chi

Initial specs suggest that the hybrid device is slimmer than the Macbook Air

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Microsoft: Sub-$200 Windows Phone handsets on the way

New partners could have handsets out by the end of the year, according to Nick Parker, who handles Microsoft's partnerships with device makers.

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There's plenty of wearable competition at Computex, but not much innovation

Plenty of device makers at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week are hoping to stake a claim in the growing market for wearable devices. But the products on display looked like more of the same.

Competition, not innovation, in wearables at Computex

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Smartwatches and fitness trackers are still the market mainstays

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Microsoft shows off new devices, promotes Windows at Computex

Microsoft is battling with Google to get into consumer electronics gadgets

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Sanho's iStick bridges iOS/OS X gap to ease file transfer

The storage device features both USB and Lightning connectors

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Ford bringing in-vehicle tech to more Asian markets

A voice control system for mobile apps will be launched in Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand

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Facebook sues alleged scammer over sex and Jennifer Lopez ads

A Brooklyn man is accused of scamming the social network out of $340,000 in advertising, and Facebook wants him banned for life

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Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

The deal will see the two work toward patent reform, they said

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FCC, CTIA push against stolen phones went nowhere

A draft plan might have made it harder to resell stolen phones, if it had gone into place.