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2013 in Video: The year's biggest tech stories

Politics and technology collided this year, while the post PC era had some new entrants, as IDG News Service rounds up the most memorable stories of 2013

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2013 in Video: Microsoft's year in review

Take a look back at an eventful year for Microsoft in this video report.

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Robotic limbs blasting off to NASA's space bot

The robot aboard the International Space station is going to get new robotic apendages specially designed for zero gravity.

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Here's why Amazon drones may never land at your door

Amazon's distribution network limits the company's deliveries to just a tiny fraction of the country

Handheld scanner makes it easy to print your own 3D bust

3D printing is all the rage this holiday season. One company wants to make it easier to recreate objects using a 3D scanner.

'LiFi' uses LEDs for blazing fast data transfer

Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers which use radio signals, this system relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly.

Microsoft shows off its Beijing research center

To celebrate 15 years in Beijing, the research division showed off a number of projects, including a Kinect sensor that can translate sign language.

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MIT's 'Kinect of the future' looks through walls with X-ray like vision

Using simple radio signals, MIT researchers can pinpoint someone's location--through a wall--with incredible accuracy.

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Toyota expands electric vehicle sharing program

Toyota added a new concept electric vehicle to its Hamo car sharing project, which lets users rent electric cars by the minute.

on techhive.com

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Pioneer's new heads-up displays hope to curb distracted driving

Pioneer updated its line of HUDs (heads-up displays), and it hopes the in-car gadgets will help keep drivers' eyes on the road instead of on a GPS device or other electronics.

on techhive.com

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Learn to build a PC in under two minutes

Building a computer is a great way to get a custom configuration, save some money and have fun. In a how-to video, we'll show you how to build one in less than two minutes.

Make room for big tablets, all-in-ones at IFA show

Panasonic and Acer believe bigger is better when it comes to tablets and all-in-ones. This video report from the IFA consumer electronics show looks at Panasonic's 20-inch 4K tablet and Acer's 24-inch all-in-one.

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IFA security stops man accused of stealing from trade show

With millions of dollars of gadgets on display, the temptation to steal from some of the world's largest electronics trade show can prove too strong for some.

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3Doodler gadget makes handheld 3D modeling possible

The 3Doodler, a sort of handheld 3D modeler, extrudes heated plastic that can be shapped into a variety of objects

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NASA mission to capture near-Earth asteroid for study

The mission is in the early planning stages, but NASA has put out an animation of an ambitious project that includes capturing a near-Earth asteroid and sending astronauts into space to study it.