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Beyond fingerprints: FBI enlists biometrics to solve crimes

Palm prints, iris images, and mug shots are joining fingerprints in the FBI's database, which now relies on many biometric elements in investigations.


Predictive Analytics Might Not have Predicted the Aurora Shooter

Could aggressive data mining by law enforcement prevent heinous crimes, such as the recent mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, by catching killers before they can act?


Mobile Apps Are Handy in a Vacation Crisis

My family vacation in Florida last week was heaven, but the travel was hell.


Why e-Textbooks Could Cost Students

Will Apple's recent attempt to break into the textbook market, and other rapidly evolving e-book distribution models, help to moderate soaring textbook prices? From what I've seen so far, it could do just the opposite.


3D Printing: A Technology Awaits its iPad Moment

3D printers are still very much a niche market. What would it take for the technology to break into the mainstream?


3D Printers: Almost Mainstream

Richard Smith needed to build a wall-climbing robot for a customer -- so he printed one.


TurboTax Online: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

I had to file an amended 2009 return but Intuit recently dropped the data files for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 tax years from its site.

Google Health: First Failure of 2012

At the stroke of midnight on New Year's day, Google Health, the personal health record data aggregation service for consumers, will shut down for good.

Netflix's Price Spike Not So Perilous...Yet

Despite the increase, Netflix is still cheap. But this could be the start down a slippery slope for the company.


Apple Sets a Bad Example

What works for Apple won't work for other companies.


Display Tech To Watch This Year: E-paper Stretches Its Wings

Color e-paper screens are coming soon, with video support and even flexible displays on the horizon.

Display Tech To Watch This Year: OLED's Future Looks Bright

The thin, bright, energy-efficient displays may outclass LCD and plasma TVs -- if manufacturers can scale up.

Why iPads Will Beat E-Readers

As the market moves from paper to a primarily electronic medium, a new generation of authors will rethink what it means to write a book, and come up with ways to take advantage of the iPad's capabilities.


Display Tech to Watch This Year: Haptics Create A Buzz

Haptic feedback could redefine the touch-screen experience, mimicking movement, textures and more.

iPad App Glitches Are a Fact of Life

Despite Apple's best efforts to control the user experience through its app store monopoly and rigid approval processes, glitches have been an ongoing fact of life.