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Starbucks to bring wireless charging stations to Silicon Valley cafes

Starbucks is now offering more than caffeine to recharge your battery. Now your smartphone battery can get a boost, too, at new wireless charging stations. The coffee retail giant will add wireless charging stations to about select stores in the Silicon Read More →

Apple sued by U.S. workers for unpaid wages

While Apple suppliers are again coming under fire for poor working conditions overseas, Apple itself is the target of a new lawsuit from its employees in the U.S. In a class-action lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco federal Read More →

Quoted: The end of the home PC era?

“In my humble opinion, the PC as we have known it is in a continuous decline and being relegated to a utility device for businesses." -- Hector Ruiz, the former CEO of Sunnyvale-based Advanced Micro Devices, giving the New Read More →

Off topic: Beer map, superhero costs, ‘Game of Thrones’ brands, Albuquerque mashup

Looking for a brewery near you? Try this handy beer map. Turns out there's a reason why so many superheroes are billionaire playboys: It ain't cheap. "Game of Thrones" meets modern-day corporate branding. And Read More →

RelayRides eyes the airport rental market

RelayRides is one of several start-ups that make it possible for travelers to rent every day cars.  Among the cars listed as available in San Francisco: Julia's Volkswagen Jetta for $10 an hour, or $70 a day.   Now RelayRides is Read More →

Tech Files preview: Google Chromecast

I thought I'd offer a little taste of my upcoming Tech Files review of the Google Chromecast digital media adapter. Read More →

BMW unveils its electric i3; Tesla shares close at $134.62

BWM officially introduced its all-new BMW i3 electric car Monday. The vehicle will go on sale in the United States in the second quarter of 2014 with a base price of $41,350, or $45,200 for the version with the reserve Read More →

Bots gobble up restaurant reservations

When restaurants began using online reservation systems a few years ago, the prospect of securing a table at a popular Bay Area eatery become a bit easier. Using OpenTable, Urbanspoon or SeatMe , diners could see available time slots and Read More →

Google engineer honored by NSA, an agency he’s not so sure about

Google software engineer Joseph Bonneau was honored with an award last week for a scientific paper he wrote on cybersecurity that used an analysis of almost 70 million Internet users’ passwords to explore some of the reasons why most passwords Read More →

Stanford students bet that dads, daughters can make dynamic DIY duo

DIY, LED and D-A-D? Add daughters to the mix, and you've got DesignDuo. It's a do-it-yourself kit that aims to get 11-to-13-year-old girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by having them design and create things with their dads. DesignDuo Read More →
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