Melissa AndersenIDG News Service

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Privacy challenges stand between you and your own private robot

In this video report, we meet NAO, a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market -- if its maker can resolve privacy concerns.

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Know where your mobile data is going? Some apps can tell you

Tools to secure mobile devices for personal and business use debuted at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

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Mobile World Congress wrap-up: 3 big trends from this year's show

Our intrepid team of reporters spent the week in Barcelona at the world's biggest mobile trade show, looking at a slew of mobile devices and services. But what topics were on everyone's mind at Mobile World Congress 2014?


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Let my love open the door: Nymi wristband uses your pulse as a password

This fledgling wearable uses your pulse wave as a unique identifier, so it can unlock doors, accounts and more in a way that no one can decode or steal.

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A Volkswagen Golf TDI can mind-meld with your phone, thanks to MirrorLink

Several major manufacturers now plan to support MirrorLink, a standard for duplicating your phone's display on your car's display, for a more intuitive in-car experience.


Analysis: The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+'s gorgeous display is what makes it special

With its cool design and crisp HD display, this tablet unveiled at Mobile World Congress stands out from the Android crowd and might even cause a few iPad users to stray.

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Intel wants its new mobile chips in your phone, tablet, toaster and more

The company might finally have a decent mobile chip with its 64-bit Merrifield and Moorefield designs, but its competitors have a huge head start.

Filling the cybersecurity job gap

Security experts weigh in on the shortage of cybersecurity workers and what can be done to close the skills gap.

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Hands on: New Gear wearables take your pulse but still miss a beat on design

The heart rate monitors in Samsung's new-gen wearables make them extremely personal, but the devices' chunky designs may not inspire true love.

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Snubbed in U.S., Microsoft pins Windows Phone’s future on emerging markets

"We will grow where we can," said Joe Belfiore, aiming to build market share through cheaper products. Was that a Normandy phone in his hand? He wouldn’t say.

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Windows 8.1 update due in spring with concessions to mouse and keyboard users

Changes to the user interface will make it easier to hold onto your input devices. Microsoft will also loosen the hardware spec to allow for lower-cost gear.

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Video report: Meet Google’s 'Project Tango'

Google has been working over the past year on developing 3D technology for smartphones, but it has the potential to go beyond those devices.

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Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook review: It hits a sweet spot

It's not too small, it's not too pricey, and it lasts a good, long time. This is a Chromebook a lot of people could like.

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Asus Chromebox pushes deeper into PC territory

It's small, it's extremely well-connected, and it's ready to take on PC-like tasks in your home theater or home office.

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HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw review: Great output, but little else

Unless you don't print much, the expensive toner and dumbed-down features on this color laser MFP are going to frustrate you.