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  • Smart phone technology boosts early warning for extreme weather, quakes

    Researchers are enhancing a dense network of GPS receivers with temperature, air-pressure, and motion sensors common in today's smart phones. The prototype promises precious minutes of advance warning for extreme weather, tsunamis, and earthquakes.

  • Saving Money Outfit your car from dash to trunk: Deals on bike racks, GPS, and more.

    Don't shell out money on accessories for your car. Carlozo finds readers the best deals on bike racks, DVR camcorders, floor mats, and more this week.

  • Cellphone tracking: Police must obtain warrants, N.J. court says

    State courts and legislatures are grappling with the murky legal principles governing police surveillance and privacy. One point of concern: GPS-enabled smart phones can now reveal razor-sharp details about a person’s movements.

  • California court bans use of smart phone maps while driving

    A California court rules that using your smart phone for directions is just as illegal as texting while driving.

  • iPhone 5? The 11 best uses for your old iPhone

    Here are 11 good ideas for an 'obsolete' iPhone:

  • Did CERN's neutrinos break the cosmic speed limit? Faulty wiring could be more likely.

    Last year CERN researchers clocked neutrinos moving faster than light, in an apparent violation of the laws of physics. Now it seems that it was actually a bad measurement caused by a loose fiber optic cable. 

  • Loose cable could explain 'faster-than-light' neutrinos

    Experiments conducted in Europe in September and November appeared to show neutrinos violating Einstein's theory of special relativity. But now scientists suspect it could be a faulty measurement caused by bad connection. 

  • LightSquared unable to use wireless spectrum due to interference with existing GPS devices

    Wireless Internet connections from LightSquared can confuse GPS devices. Now, the FCC says it may revoke LightSquared's permit to eliminate the risk of such interference.

  • Unanimous Supreme Court: Get a warrant before installing GPS tracking device

    The ruling upholds a broad right to be free from unreasonable searches. But it also highlights a struggle within the Supreme Court to balance law enforcement objectives with privacy concerns.

  • The most expensive items on Amazon

    Amazon is known for its bargains, but did you know you can also use the site to fritter away colossal amounts of money? Of course you did. But do you have any idea how much money? We went through each of Amazon's departments looking for the most expensive item, and what we found was surprising. While there were some objects of genuine value, we found many others that were absurdly overpriced, with sellers often charging millions – or even trillions – of dollars for everyday products.  Some of these prices are surely inadvertent. Maybe someone accidentally keyed an inventory code into the price field, or maybe they forgot to convert the currency from rupees. Perhaps others are simply attempts by the retailer to better understand Amazon's search algorithm. And just maybe a few of them are people with dreams of striking it rich. It is, after all, a free country.   Note that this 26-item list was compiled in December 2011, and that Amazon's inventory changes quickly. To see what are currently the most expensive items on Amazon's, simply visit one of Amazon's departments and sort the items by "Price: High to Low." You'll probably want to disable one-click shopping first, just in case.  
    12/21/2011 12:34 pm

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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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