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Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

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The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

The developers of the Sa say it's almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella's design replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

The Pew Research Center's first study on online harassment shows it happens to most Internet users. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.

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In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.

Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

The Yarmulke Comes To 3-D Printing

Using math and imagination, a college professor creates a new kind of kippah.

Shopping Online? Beware Of Price Discrimination

October 23, 2014
In this Dec. 21, 2013 file photo, a traveler walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Airfare is up 10.7 percent in the past five years _ after adjusting for inflation _ according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz. (AP)

So-called price discrimination means some companies are charging different people different prices for the same product.

#GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making

October 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

Apollo Astronauts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration At MIT

October 23, 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks at MIT during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is marking its centennial this week, with a symposium examining the past, present and future of aviation and space exploration. Its opening day brought eight Apollo-era astronauts together.

Counting The Minutes: Perceptions Of Time In A Quantified Life

October 22, 2014
Sari Boren: "If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?" (dave/flickr)

If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

October 21, 2014
Amazon's new e reader, the Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews. (Amazon)

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

Phillip Morris May Enter E-Cigarette Market

October 17, 2014
Most e-cigarettes use liquid nicotine, but tobacco giant Phillip Morris will release a smart e-cigarette, that uses heated tobacco. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Phillip Morris has patent approved for an e-cigarette that uses tobacco and can log the user’s smoking habits to incentivize quitting.

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

October 17, 2014
In this before-and-after composite image, (Left) Cars are seen covered in bricks from a falling building facade following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at The Tower of London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. (AP)

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

Creating Safe Drivers? There’s An App For That

October 17, 2014
A cow stands between vehicles passing along National Highway NH-55 in Siliguri in India on April 4, 2014. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

Every year, an estimated 50 million people worldwide get in traffic accidents. A company in Massachusetts created by a pair of MIT professors is trying to change that.

Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch

October 17, 2014
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Ky., center, and Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on "Kentucky Tonight" television broadcast live from KET studios in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP)

The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

New Wearable Device Administers Electric Shocks To Break Bad Habits

October 16, 2014
The new wearable device, Pavlok, administers electric shocks when you give into bad habits, like using the snooze alarm. (Sean McGrath/Flickr)

A new wearable device doesn’t just track your habits but tries to change them with a Pavlovian electric shock.

Tesla Unveils Latest Electric Model, Wall Street Not Impressed

October 14, 2014
Tesla owners take a ride in the new Tesla "D" model electric sedan after Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveiled the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla 'D' model at the Hawthorne Airport October 09, 2014 in Hawthorne, California. ( Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tesla founder Elon Musk recently unveiled an all-electric, all-wheel drive with some “auto-pilot” features.

What’s The Best Way To Design A Work Space?

October 14, 2014
What kind of workspace works best for you? (

Here’s one thing we know about office design: it’s often the result of fads. Cubicles, no cubicles, open design, closed meeting rooms, rotating desk assignments, standing desks, treadmill desks — even no desks.

Could The Tech World Have A Depression Problem?

October 10, 2014
Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in a scene from the television series, "Silicon Valley," in which characters seek venture capital and try to launch a startup called Pied Piper. (HBO, Jaimie Trueblood/AP)

Most depictions of the tech startup world include all-nighters, beating the competition and smooth-talking investors to make their “billion dollar idea” a success. But the less than healthy subtext is — forego sleep, food, family, friends, all for your company.

Washington Post App: Reversing the Paper's Problems?

October 10, 2014
Pictured is the Washington Post building on August 5, 2013. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Post will distribute a new app through Amazon. Will it help solve the paper’s digital and financial woes?

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