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February 25th, 2015
09:07 PM ET

Is it Pebble's Time to shine?

It's hard to talk about the Pebble Time without mentioning the Apple Watch.

Pebble, the pioneers of the smartwatch, unveiled their latest product just before the world's most valuable company is about to enter the market.

But I feel like there's room for both products. FULL POST

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Filed under: Gadgets • General • Technology
February 6th, 2015
07:42 PM ET

Earth Primer's fun lessons

Steve Jobs wanted the iPad to herald a revolution in textbooks.

In his biography of the late Apple co-founder, author Walter Isaacson said Jobs saw textbooks as another market ripe for disruption by releasing digital versions on the iPad.

Digital textbooks usually include dynamic elements, like pictures or video clips. Chaim Gingold has taken that to the next level with "Earth Primer", an app that teaches you about our planet by letting you play with an interactive model of it.

"Earth Primer" allows you to summon rainclouds to send streams of water cutting through mountains to demonstrate how erosion works instead of just telling you. You can also raise the sea level, create glaciers, even move continental plates around - all to explain the inner workings of the Earth.

Watch Gingold tell Kristie why he created the app in the clip above.

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Filed under: Apps • Gadgets • General • Technology
January 30th, 2015
10:54 AM ET

WWII veteran describes horrors of Buchenwald

Rick Carrier was barely out of his teen years when he helped save tens of thousands of lives. If there is anyone fit to be called a hero, it's him – and a very unassuming one at that.

Carrier was the first American to stumble across the Nazi-run Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany on April 10, 1945. It was his twentieth birthday. The next day he returned with reinforcements, and helped liberate Buchenwald.

At 90 years old, the World War II veteran's recollection of the sights, smells and emotions at the very moment he helped liberate the camp are just incredible. 

Listen as he shares his story with Kristie Lu Stout.

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Filed under: General • Human interest
January 29th, 2015
07:09 PM ET

Getting the rest of the world online

For millions of people in developing countries, smartphones represent their chance to experience the Internet for the first time.

But one entrepreneur says the swipes and taps we take for granted on a touchscreen device aren't intuitive for users with no experience.

Watch the video above to see Hassan Baig explain how he's trying to help people use the Internet on mobile devices for the first time.

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Filed under: General • Technology
December 12th, 2014
09:20 PM ET

Game Faces: Cosmo Wright

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of my favorite games ever. I feel like I should know everything about the game, since I've finished the roughly 20-hour main storyline several times over the last 16 years.

I realized how little I knew when I saw Cosmo Wright finish the game in under 20 minutes.
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Filed under: Game Faces • Games • Technology
December 5th, 2014
06:05 AM ET

A mission close to Yao Ming's heart

It’s no secret that Yao Ming is tall, but in person – he’s larger than life.

And it’s not just his height that’s impressive. He has one of the biggest hearts of anyone around.

Between his professional basketball career – to launching his own wine label – Yao Ming’s interests have run the gamut.

But he’ll tell you, working to save endangered animals is especially meaningful to him.

“I feel they have a personality – just like us,” Yao said of the rhinos and elephants he met during a trip to Africa two years ago. “Some are very funny. Some are very shy. They have a good memory too – and know the people who treat them very well.”

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Filed under: China
December 3rd, 2014
01:53 PM ET

20 years of PlayStation

playstationI remember the first Sony PlayStation.

I remember thinking that "PlayStation" was a very silly name.

I remember wondering how Sony could possibly compete with Nintendo and Sega.

I remember looking at the oddly-shaped controller, with weird contoured grips that surprisingly felt good in your hand.

I remember playing Ridge Racer for the first time.

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November 27th, 2014
02:24 PM ET

Ferguson puts focus on U.S. racial divide

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is a reminder of the deep racial division in America.

Protesters in Ferguson and across the United States feel that Michael Brown was singled out by police because of his race.

CNN contributor L.Z. Granderson says there is a lack of trust between minorities and police, as well as a lack of empathy between blacks and whites in the country.

It's a problem he's experienced way too often.

"I've lost count the number of times I've been pulled over by a police officer," he tells me from Ferguson. "The first time that an officer pulled a gun out on me, I was 12 years old. He told me I looked like someone."

"We're talking about a 30 year gap in my life in which I continue to look like someone that police are interested in," Granderson says. "I have never committed a crime. I have never been prosecuted. But I keep feeling I am being persecuted."

Here's Granderson on the racial divide in America and the anger surrounding the Ferguson grand jury decision.

Take a listen. It's worth your time.

November 26th, 2014
02:31 PM ET

Jimmy Lai tells HK protesters to retreat

As Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement stretches into week nine, more barricades are coming down in the district of Mong Kok. So should pro-democracy protesters withdraw or wait it out?

One high-profile supporter is urging student leaders to stand down.

"It's about time we retreat," says Jimmy Lai, a fervent China critic and media mogul. He has been working from his protest camp in Admiralty since the start of the action.

Lai calls the Umbrella Movement a "war" that will extend far beyond the battle of the last two months.

He fears that growing public resentment to the protests, which has caused major traffic disruption throughout the city, will damage the pro-democracy movement.

According to a poll released by the University of Hong Kong last week, 8 out of 10 people surveyed think the demonstrators should leave the streets and go home.

"If we will lose the moral high ground, it will be very difficult for us to come back later," Lai tells me.

Click on to hear Lai's call for the protesters to retreat, regroup and return at a later time.

November 26th, 2014
09:55 AM ET

‘Bean’ me up, Scotty!

2014-09-29 14.42.07A jolt of energy has just hit the International Space Station.

In days that can feel like endless nights, what’s more welcoming than a burst of caffeine?

But with Italy’s first female astronaut now on board, regular old space coffee just won’t do.

Samantha Cristoforetti brought with her the very first zero-gravity espresso machine.

Designed by Italian coffee maker Lavazza and engineering firm Argotec – ISSpresso (International Space Station combined with espresso) can withstand the extreme conditions of space. FULL POST

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