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The daughter of a mechanical engineer, Melissa grew up playing with machine parts and still loves getting into the nuts and bolts of how things work. She is never happier than when she is on a factory tour.

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This is not a toy: $250 Samsung Chromebook 2 has Intel CPU, fanless design, aluminum reinforcement

Chromebooks are moving beyond basic browsing. Samsung's $250, aluminum-reinforced Chromebook 2 is designed to take a school's worth of rough handling, and it'll appeal to consumers as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cozies up to cars by adding MirrorLink compatibility

With MirrorLink, this device will be able to plug-and-play with compatible cars and apps, making driving with a phone much safer. Android Auto? Same deal, but it’s not here yet (ahem).

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Apple CarPlay goes live in Pioneer NEX and AppRadio systems, giving real people early dibs for once

No mainstream new cars have CarPlay yet (the Ferrari doesn't count), so it's a small, sweet victory that older cars can get it now if they have or install one of these systems.

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HP's bright new Chromebooks include $280 Chromebook 11 and $300 Chromebook 14

HP puts some truly distinctive features into its new generation of Chromebooks. The Chromebook 14 packs a Tegra K1 processor and 250MB of free T-Mobile 4G broadband for the life of the product. The Chromebook 11 sports a Celeron CPU, a slimmer design and more color choices.

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Lenovo N20p Chromebook review: This $329 model stands out for its 300-degree hinge

Take an 11-inch Chromebook, add a touchscreen with a 300-degree hinge, and you suddenly have a model that's versatile and interesting. Too bad it can't be a tablet, though.

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Asus Chromebook C200 review: Long battery life helps this $249 model stand out

Low-cost Chromebooks have fairly little to brag about. The Chromebook C200 is typical in many ways, but its stamina in our tests makes it one of the better choices in this price range.

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Acer's Chromebook 13 runs Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor; prices start at $280

Nvidia’s 32-bit, quad-core chip with a whopping 192 graphics cores will power this 13-inch Chromebook, promising both unprecedented graphics performance and an unusually long battery life of up to 13 hours. An HD-display version will cost $280, and two different Full-HD versions will cost $300 and $380.

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Invasion of the connected cars: Buick leads 30-plus GM cars into the 4G LTE future

It's not a gimmick, it's a game-changer. More than 30 GM cars in the 2015 model year will have 4G LTE. That connectivity will transform the automotive experience for the driver as well as the passengers.

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Meet your second car: How the small, slender, $6800 Elio seeks a bigger audience

But how many shopping bags can you fit in this thing? Not many.

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Drive less, pay less: Metromile pay-per-mile insurance comes to San Francisco

Just plug this dongle into your car's OBD-II port, and you could get cheaper insurance plus useful driving and other data from the app. Metromile's intriguing business model comes to California.

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Call Google, Ford shows wearable car tech any DIY-Maker-Faire geek could do

It's just a silly photo put out by Ford in honor of Embrace Your Geekness, some made-up, so-called holiday. The scary part? Some geek just might try it.

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Google rolls out Android Auto, linking your car, your phone and your digital life

In a demo cockpit at Google I/O, the company demonstrated how your Android phone could provide calendar, contact and road-trip data to improve your daily drive—and make it a lot safer.

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Google I/O 2014: What to expect as Google increases its focus on 'connected' tech

An increased emphasis on wearables, the living room, and even cars will likely define the keynote of Google's annual developer conference.

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Harley’s hawg goes electric with Project LiveWire, a battery-powered motorcycle

The great American motorcycle company steps into the future with a prototype model that could legitimize--and possibly overtake--the fledgling all-electric movement.

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So crazy it just might work: Tesla opens up its patents to promote EV development

Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks the world needs more EVs, so he's letting anyone use his company's technology 'in good faith' to promote that goal.