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Driven by Power Outages and Savings, Towns Look to Microgrid

By George M. Walsh | Feb 10
An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

Bowled Over by High-Tech Toilets

Feb 10
Japan is known for robots, sushi and cherry blossoms. But there's a new attraction.

Chic Sketch: Fashion's Most Forward App

By Jill Gleeson | Feb 9
A new app turns your digital photo into a professional fashion rendering.

Insider Q&A: Competing with Cable's Internet Offerings

By Tali Abel | Feb 9
Chet Kanojia, the founder of startup TV service Aereo, has a new offering that could shake up the cable industry again. His new Internet service, Starry, would compete with cable companies in big cities.

Apple Now Accepting Your Banged-Up iPhone

Feb 9
Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from people wanting to upgrade.

Kik Messenger App Scrutinized Following 13-Year-Old's Death

By Ron Harris | Feb 8
Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man.

Microsoft Wants You Using Windows 10, Like It or Not

By Anick Jesdanun | Feb 8
If you're running an older version of Windows, you might suddenly find Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade already downloaded on your machine. You never requested it, so why are you getting it?

Chinese Using Carpooling Apps to Get Ride Home for Holidays

By Paul Traynor and Didi Tang | Feb 7
The hundreds of millions of Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a relatively new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners to share costs in what is a novel concept for most Chinese.

Something New to Worry About: Connected Toy Security

By Bree Fowler | Feb 4
Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure - not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read it.

Cheers! Internet Welcomes .WINE and .VIN Domain Names

Feb 4
Wineries, vintners, retailers, and wine aficionados have two new homes on the Internet as .WINE and .VIN join the ranks for generic top-level domain names.

Indiana Man Gets 27 Months in International Spam Case

By Joe Mandak | Feb 3
An Indiana man who helped send millions of illegal spam messages to U.S. and international cellphones and computers has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison by a federal judge in Pennsylvania.

Hoaxers Increasingly Going Online to Threaten Schools

By Christine Armario | Feb 3
Hoaxers are using proxy servers, virtual private networks and other high-tech identity-disguising tools to anonymously threaten schools online and trigger a huge police response.

A Cosmetic Surgery Consult - From Your Phone

By Winnie McCroy | Feb 2
A new app allows you to consider plastic surgery and non-invasive options for cosmetic procedures.

Wearable Fitness :: Workout Gadgets

By Joel Martens | Jan 31
Want to be stylish and fit? Check out RAGE Monthly's rundown of all the chic wearable devices that will keep you on track -- and keep you looking good.

Review: Going Offline with Google Maps

By Anick Jesdanun | Jan 31
It wasn't exactly painless; while I mostly got where I needed to go, it sometimes came at the cost of delays that had nothing to do with traffic. But being able to navigate with no cellular connection certainly beat getting lost because I had no signal.

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