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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.

Review: Acer's C710-2457 Chromebook is a basic, bargain browsing machine

The C710-2457 is inexpensive and could knock around a family room or a kid's backpack with little budgetary trauma, but it's otherwise unremarkable and does little to promote the Chrome-centric lifestyle.

How tech nerds will write the next generation of car apps

In workshops and hackathons across the country, automakers court developers to help innovate on car apps.

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The top tech products of 2013 (so far)

It's all here: New chips, great phones, innovative hardware. And the year's far from over yet.

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.

New Samsung color laser printers have NFC built-in

Samsung announced today two small-office color-laser products that will have near-field communication built-in for printing from mobile devices.

Review: Brother's HL-3170CDW color laser-class printer is inexpensive, but graphics are mediocre

The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.

NFC in a printer? The Brother MFC-J870dw lets you touch and print

Brother's MFC-J870dw looks like any other mid-priced color inkjet multifunction, but it has a hidden, unique feature: near-field connectivity, for touch-and-go printing with NFC-equipped mobile devices.

Microsoft kills TechNet subscription service for IT pros

TechNet was a cheap way for IT pros and others to get access to Microsoft products and support, but it’s being phased out for free services that won’t be quite as sweet.

How to download Windows 8.1 Preview

Ready to try Windows 8.1? Here's what you need to know.

New Norton Mobile Security includes database of 4 million scanned Android apps

The Norton Mobile Insight database scans 10,000 new Android apps daily for security and privacy risks so users can make informed decisions about downloads.

New Windows 8 PCs use touchscreens, hybrid designs and Haswell to capture attention

Vendors are trying to innovate their way out of the PC doldrums. Let's look at the curiosities they've created.

Review: Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One is a cute, capable printer with pricey inks

This compact inkjet multifunction will suffice for light home/student use. The print quality is surprisingly good, but ironically, the pricey inks mean you shouldn't buy this machine unless you don't print much.

New HP PCs include 20-inch all-in-one that lies flat for games

The new all-in-one and desktop lines will offer CPUs from Intel's new fourth-generation Core Haswell line, as well as from AMD.

With motors, batteries, and Glass, women make stuff at Google I/O

A floating Lego raft. A spinning ping-pong ball. Give six women a littleBits kit, and stand back. Inventions from the Women TechMakers events at Google I/O.

HP's latest hybrids sport Nvidia Tegra 4 and 3rd-gen Intel Core CPUs

The new Split x2 and SlateBook x2 could be the faster, more capable hybrids we'd love to see.