Want to protect your gadget? Use a USB condom

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Planning on plugging into a stranger’s computer to charge your phone? You might want to use protection.

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Plugged In: Half of Americans can’t go a day without phone, study says

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What’s just as important as deodorant, nearly as critical as the toothbrush, and far more crucial than coffee? Our smartphones, apparently.

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'Groundbreaking' step forward: Scientists debut mind-controlled bionic leg

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An affordable version of the futuristic motorized prosthesis could be available to more than 1 million amputees within three to five years.

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How the smartphone killed the three-day weekend

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and pulling out the outdoor furniture.

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Obama signs executive order for better protection from cyber attacks

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks that are a growing concern to the economy and national security.

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Your Instagram feed gets a website — finally

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The popular Instagram photo-sharing app has a new website where users can log in and see their feeds and recent photos — previously only possible from within the app.

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Unlocking cellphones becomes illegal Saturday

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The clock to unlock a new mobile phone is running out.

In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes on Jan. 26.

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Family of Aaron Swartz: Government officials partly to blame for his death

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In the 24 hours since Aaron Swartz, a prodigy programmer turned Internet folk hero, hanged himself in his New York apartment, his family and a close friend and mentor have not only expressed devastation – they have been angry.

EXCLUSIVE: Apple CEO Tim Cook says an existing Mac line will be made in USA

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In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague. Cook’s announcement may or may not confirm recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”

Thousands sign online petition against high-tech Christmas tree

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Instead of a traditional pine tree, a high-tech light installation vaguely shaped like a Christmas tree stands in the the city center of Brussels.  And the 82-foot sculpture is causing quite a stir, with thousands of signatures appearing on an online petition against it.

Happy 20th bday, txt messaging :)

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We’re all thumbs today, as text messaging turns 20. Thumbs up, as texting has become a great way to reach people without calling; thumbs down to those who text message and drive.

Gamers don costumes to take their icons to the street

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Every year, video game enthusiasts of all sorts converge in Seattle to attend the Penny Arcade Expo. Among the crowd are a special type in costume. These cosplayers, a portmanteau of costume and play, walk the convention floor as onlookers gawk and photograph their elaborate attire. But there are times, collected here in PhotoBlog, when cosplayers pause from strutting the exhibition hall and return to every-day life.