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Secret reboots its anonymous sharing app in search of a future — Secret first sprung into life in February 2014 as an app/social space where people could get together and engage in real talk, all while leaving their real names checked at the door. It generated Silicon Valley acquisition rumors. It sparked IRL dinner parties (complete with masks).

This DIY hoverboard combines ingenuity and four leaf blowers — Let's all just be honest here for a moment: Who among us hasn't wanted to strap an array of leaf blowers to our feet in hopes that we could float in mid-air. Oh. No? Well then, at least one person saw the untapped potential of those raucous foliage movers.

What to expect from Sony at CES 2015 — Didn't we just leave Vegas? Tech journalists the world over are probably asking themselves that question right now, and with good reason -- the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show is set to open its many, many doors in sunny Nevada in just a few short weeks.

T-Mobile's Nexus 9 comes with LTE support and a $600 price tag — The Nexus 9 didn't completely knock our socks off, but HTC's inaugural Lollipop tablet just got a little better... if you're willing to pay a premium, anyway. T-Mobile's now selling an LTE-friendly version of the tablet on its enthusiast-only Underground store for $600, or $25 a month for the next two years if smaller, drawn out payments are more your speed.

ASUS ZenWatch review: subtle and stylish, with a few shortcomings — The war for your wrist isn't going to wind down any time soon: We've already seen the industry's biggest players take a stab (in some cases, multiple ones) at perfecting their wearables.

Target can't dodge lawsuits from banks after huge data breach — When Target was, well, targeted by hackers in search of customer payment information late last year, legal backlash from banks was probably one of the last things the company's brass was worried about.

The NSA spent years snooping on the world's wireless carriers — The NSA's got its long, spindly probosces slurping up sweet, sweet information from within governments and businesses the world over, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that wireless carriers are targets, too.

Smartphone makers are banking on less being more — Crafting and selling a smartphone is hard. Crafting and selling a smartphone while legions of titans and upstart ankle biters do the same? Well, that's just infinitely harder. You'd think it would be the newcomers struggling the most as they try to carve out their niche in a too-crowded market, but these days, it's often the big guys, the juggernauts that need the most help finding their footing.

NYPD dispersing body cameras amidst police brutality uproar — New York City's brass hasn't fully committed to tricking out its nearly 35,000 person police force with body cameras yet, but Mayor Bill DiBlasio is eager to give them a shot. That's why the NYPD is testing the waters with a pilot program that'll see select officers from six commands throughout the city go about their daily duties while wearing matchbook-sized cameras on their chests.

Google now lets you prove your humanity with a single click — There's something just a little insulting about having to prove your humanity to some website by pecking out some distorted words, but Google's rolling out a new, less tedious way for web developers to tell if you've got blood or oil pumping through your veins.
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Dec 17, 2014

AT&T exec: "BlackBerry is seen as a very innovative company." Mmhmm. #BlackBerryClassic

Dec 16, 2014

@dicebourbon we should all be favoriting our own tweets, really

Dec 16, 2014

Today I learned @JohnLegere is incredibly passionate about rolling over data for garment designers.

Dec 13, 2014

RT @Philip_Palermo: @chrisvelazco Thanks, now I'm stuck in a rabbit hole of Jackie Chan clips on YouTube.

Dec 09, 2014

@Jor_dan Yeah, my email's been all screwy. for now.

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