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This 3-D scanner-printer is a flop. But the future is promising — Too bad it's a flop. The all-in-one scanner and printer, made by XYZprinting, lets you 3-D print objects without knowing how to design anything. There's no complicated software involved. You can just put an object inside, and a couple hours later, you'll have a plastic replica of that object.

Microsoft says its new Band gizmo can make you a 'better human' — The Microsoft Band will "know you better than you know yourself" and it will "help you be a better human," according to a company blog post. So what exactly does the Microsoft Band do? 1) It monitors your heart rate. 2) It tracks your runs and biking with GPS.

The world is running out of plasma TVs — The last company to make plasma TV screens for U.S. consumers said this week that it would stop production of plasma sets in November. The widely expected announcement by LG has put the final nail in plasma TV's coffin. Samsung said earlier this year that it too would stop making plasma screens by November.

BlackBerry unveils new 'Classic' phone for CrackBerry addicts — The BlackBerry Classic, announced Wednesday, has all the old BlackBerry staples, including a trackpad, navigation keys, and a physical keyboard. But it has an updated look, a bigger screen, and it runs BlackBerry's latest BlackBerry 10 operating system. Essentially, it's a slightly more modern take on the BlackBerry Curve or BlackBerry Bold from several years ago.

Lysol customers want to know: Can it prevent the spread of Ebola? — "We have seen an exponential increase in the number of queries we get from consumers," said Patty O'Hayer, spokeswoman for Lysol's parent company, Reckitt Benckiser. "They want to know if our claim that Lysol kills 99% of all germs applies to Ebola."

This is Verizon's new completely insane Droid — But it's not a gimmicky phone. The Droid Turbo is tricked out in ways you might actually appreciate. Gigantic battery. The Droid Turbo, made by Motorola, has just about the biggest battery ever put into a smartphone.

Microsoft sales soar 25% on huge Office and gadgets demand — Microsoft sales soared 25% in the last three months on the back of cloud, Xbox and, yes, even the Surface tablet and Nokia smartphones. This is a new Microsoft that doesn't need to rely on its operating system to support it.

In Zuckerberg's all-Chinese Q&A, says Facebook has '11 mobile users' — Well, he certainly gets an "A" for effort. He got his point across to the audience, even if his command of the language was fairly basic. But his accent was so bad that he was hard to understand at times. Mandarin is a tonal language, meaning that the pitch you speak in can alter the meaning of a word.

$84 million Microsoft CEO: We pay women equally — The very day that Nadella said women at Microsoft are paid equally for performing the same work as men, the CEO made headlines for his mammoth $84 million pay package. In an interview with USA Today on Monday, Nadella said that Microsoft pays women within a "tight band of 0.5%" variation for roles that are similarly performed by men.

Galaxy Note 4 is not the iPhone 6 Plus — Now that seriously enormous phones are "in," Samsung has given the Note a spit polish and some funky new bells and whistles in an attempt to keep it one step ahead of the competition -- namely, the iPhone 6 Plus. At first glance, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 and Apple's iPhone 6 Plus look pretty much the same.
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Oct 29, 2014

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Oct 24, 2014

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