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image A Bukito 3D printer creates the likeness of actor Bruce Willis at the 2014 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (APF photo/Getty Images) A 3D printing trend playing out at the Consumer Electronics Show bodes a future in which shoes, eyeglass frames, toys and more are printed at home as easily as documents.

Music star even made a debut here as creative officer for 3D Systems, predicting that the technology
will do for many basic items what iTunes did to the way people get songs.

He predicted that within a decade, 3D printers will be common in homes and people will print out things like shoes, belts, eyeglasses and accessories i
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image It seems like every other day we read about some far-out, new technology that makes us scratch our heads and say, "What the heck?" In this series, we'll take a look at all types of crazy new gadgets, apps and other technologies -- and the entrepreneurs dreaming them up.

You're at home, in the kitchen, cutting vegetables. But what if the cutting board was connected to the internet and it could show you recipes for delicious meals? Plus calorie information?

What if you sipped your coffee from a "smart" mug that could give you weather updates and let you check into social media?

A child is in a classroom, seeing another ch
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image India on Tuesday successfully tested nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile Prithvi II that has a strike range of 350 kilometers.

Prithvi II, which was launched from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha, is capable of carrying nuclear warheads of 500kg to 1,000kg.

Describing the trial of the sophisticated missile as a complete success, MVKV Prasad, the director of the Integrated Test Range, described the launch as a complete success, adding that it met all the parameters.

The launch and trajectory of the sophisticated missile, which was randomly picked from the production stock, was monitor
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image Software giant, Microsoft Corp is planning to announce the appointment of a new chief executive, according to a source familiar with the board.

Alan Mulally, who has been working as the head of Ford Motors, has said that he is not in the race to become the new chief executive of the software giant.  Mulally's exit comes after the exit of another reported candidate, Qualcomm Inc's Steve Mollenkopf in December.

Microsoft has said that it is planning to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer early this year.  The company has been looking to replace Steve Ballmer since he announced his retirement in August. The Redmond, Washington-based company has
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image Washington, Jan 8 : Chinese smartphone company ZTE is bringing voice-assistant technology to its newest flagship device, the Grand S II.

ZTE unveiled the new Android handset at the International CES show in Las Vegas.

The company will start rolling out the cell phones in its home market China in March or April, but will start selling them in the US later this year.

According to TechHive, the phone will be priced between 327 dollars and 396 dollars without carrier subsidies.

The phone comes with some high-end specs, including a 2.3 Ghz quad-core processor from Qualcomm and support for 4G LTE networks.

It has a 5.5-inch
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image LAS VEGAS -- What if you could carry around a professional film crew with you everywhere you went with your smartphone? Your videos would likely get much better.

While carrying around a full crew in your back pocket isn't possible, mobile app Magisto has created a way to use artificial intelligence to give you the power of a film crew. The company is launching the new feature, appropriately called CamCrew, during this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. On display in Qualcomm's booth at the show, the feature will initially be available within Magisto's mobile app, but will later be incorporated into the built-in camera software on some smartphones.
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image With its eye on sharpening its search functionality, Pinterest has bought VisualGraph, a builder of image recognition and visual search technology.

As a result, VisualGraph's two employees, founder Kevin Jing and colleague David Liu, have joined Pinterest's engineering team.

Pinterest says the purchase will result in deeper understanding of how people use the online scrapbooking site. "The acquisition of VisualGraph will help us build technology to better understand what people are Pinning," Pinterest said in a statement. "By doing so, we hope to make it easier for people to find the things they love."

Terms of the deal
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image Image credit: In an age when we're constantly being distracted, being able to focus is the golden goose.

We may thank technology platforms like Twitter and Facebook for shrinking our attention spans down to nanoseconds, but the executives of those selfsame companies know that to grow their businesses, they need to put a priority on focus.

At the Wisdom 2.0 conference being hosted in San Francisco next month, a group of tech heavyweights will come together with yoga practitioners, mindfulness specialists and even a Benedictine monk to learn how to work and live within the demands of technology more effectively.

Zappos CEO To
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image Internet search firm Yahoo Inc on Friday updated its Sports app with a new feature called Loops, which lets users to create, customize and share their own GIFs from game highlights.

The new feature allows sports fans to easily create GIFs from footage from any of the four leading sports leagues in the United States, the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB.  After creating the GIFs, users can share them right away or later on.

A user first scrub through footage from entire football games from the above-mentioned four sports leagues, and select any point in any entire game to "loop".

After selecting a moment of his/her choice, the user can add tex
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image   Last week, lyrics-annotation site Rap Genius made headlines for a major Google no-no. The startup was accused of sending spammy emails asking bloggers to insert Rap Genius links into their sites in hopes of ranking higher on Google's algorithm for organic search. Once the SEO giant caught wind of the company's shady tactics, it penalized Rap Genius' search rankings, sending its pageviews in a downward spiral.   In a blog post Rap Genius admits, "We effed up." And they did.

The tactics they employed to rank well in Google search results were short-sighted. They pursued large-scale, highly questionable link building, in public. And they
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image Software and entertainment giant Microsoft has clarified that the recent Facebook post that stated Master Chief's return in Halo 5 was made in error.

Xbox Australia had made a post on social-networking site Facebook that revealed the identity of the Xbox One Halo videogame as not only a spin off starring Master Chief. It said the new game was Halo 5 - the next game in widely popular Halo franchise.

But, Microsoft quickly addressed any potential hype by stating that the post was made in error. The company also said that it had no further details to share at the time.

The company said, "This post was made in error, and we will be updating i
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image   Washington, Jan 1 : 2013 ended with a lot of tech talk around Apple's iPhones, Microsoft Surface, battle between PSP 4 and Xbox One, wearable computing and Google Glass, and the ever-alive war of what's better between Android and iOS.

With all the buzz around going mobile the last year, Cnet has revealed a list of top ten app downloads of 2013 for Windows and Mac.

It was found that users downloaded more than 700 million apps in 2013 from Download. com, which mostly included anti-virus and media management apps.

According to Cnet, for Windows fans, the keys were security and utilities, while Mac heads were minding their music and g
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image Washington, Jan 01 : More China-based handset vendors, including ZTE and Huawei, are expected to launch their own brands of wearable smart devices in the first half of 2014 following a huge market demand of these gadget s.

ZTE and Huawei are expected to unveil their own-brand smartwatches at the upcoming CES 2014 trade fair at the earliest, Digitimes reports.

Xiaomi Technology also plans to venture into production of smartwatches, the report added.

The move comes in as Coolpad released its first smartwatch equipped with a 1.2-inch display enabling the browsing of message content, emails, calendar and call reminders through Bluetooth.

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image New York, Jan 1 : The aliens didn't know it was going to pour! But we did.

Hold your breath. For the first time, astronomers have provided weather forecast for an alien planet.

Using Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers from Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago have characterised the atmosphere of a super-earth class planet orbiting another star.

The scrutinised planet - known as GJ1214b - is classified as a super-earth type planet because its mass is intermediate between those of earth and neptune, says a new study.

The team of researchers led by Laura Kreidberg and Jacob Bean detected clear evid
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image Social media. When used right, it can be a huge boost for your business. When used incorrectly, you have a PR disaster on your hands.

From tips on becoming a social media guru and beefing up your LinkedIn network, to common misconceptions entrepreneurs have about connecting with their audience, here are the most popular stories about social media (that you read and then, naturally, shared with others).

10. 10 Questions to Ask When Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page
Want to create a LinkedIn page for your company that generates leads, sales and traffic? Here's some practical advice to get you started.

9. LinkedIn Tips: 10 Ways to Get th
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image   Gadgets industry enjoyed an unprecedented growth in the year 2013, thanks to the launch of hundreds of new gadgets by several tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft.  As the current year is all set to conclude, let's have a look at some of the top most influential gadgets of the year.

Chromecast: It made media & entertainment in the living room a lot easier even for common people.  People can plug a small dongle-sized device into their television set's HDMI port and start streaming their favorite content or local files using a Google Chrome web browser.  It is an acceptable argument that Chromecast is not better than many of its rival
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image   Esteemed security researcher Mikko Hypponen has confirmed that he has canceled a speech at the upcoming RSA Conference USA 2014 as part of his protest against news that the RSA facilitated National Security Agency's (NSA's) controversial surveillance program. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden recently leaked a secret document showing an agreement between cyber security leader RSA and the government agency NSA.  As per the leaked document, the NSA hit a $10 million agreement with RSA for placing a flawed formula within encryption software/BSAFE crypto tool. ADVERTISEMENT The flawed formula in encryption software reportedly provided the NSA with a "back
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image Image credit: The end of the calendar year often means setting personal and professional goals for the coming year. Employee health and engagement firm Keas conducted a survey that found several health "land mines" that challenge workers who are trying to eat more healthfully, reduce stress, and get in shape - 2014 goals that 82 percent of respondents share. That's more than want more money, time or sex in next 12 months.

Respondents want companies to help them in their health and wellness goals, citing cash and prize rewards for participating in corporate health programs (55 percent) and access to on-site gyms and fitness classes (38 percent) as k
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image Numbers don't lie, and businesses with over 1,000 Twitter followers are making more of an impact than they might think. According to data journalist Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media's editor-at-large, Twitter accounts that have 1,000-plus followers are in the 96th percentile of active Twitter users.

How does he figure that? Well, over the course of several weeks this year, Bruner took a deep dive into the "Twitterverse." Using data collected from around 400,000 accounts, he found that the median Twitter account has just one follower. Among active Twitter users -- those Bruner defines as having posted something in the last 30 days -- the median account had 61 fo
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image Internet search giant Yahoo Inc has finally made its award-winning weather app available on the Apple's iOS-based iPad tablet.   Adam Mathes, director of mobile weather products management at Yahoo, said that the new app would offer immediate smart summary of weather information along with photography on the larger screen.   Announcing the availability of the app on the iPad, Mathes said, "We've created a spectacular new design that takes advantage of the larger screen. You'll immediately see a smart summary of weather data along with curated photography."   Scrolling the app make weather forecasts, graphs, and other data pleasantly animate wi
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