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  Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

Infectious disease for Facebook?

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

As more and more teenagers get friend requests from their parents and grandparents, it usually sends them running for the hills or at least away from Facebook.

And just like that, they're on to the next cool thing.

Are teens the first to begin what Princeton University's department of mechanical and aerospace engineering describes as a disease model?

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  Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

Intel sells OnCue TV business to Verizon

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

The hardware and software were built, the personalized user interface was ready and deals with content companies were all but signed and just like that, it's over.

Intel confirms it sold its media assets to Verizon. Although reports said the deal was worth up to $200 million, neither company would comment on the price.

Intel's plan for the OnCue platform was to enable users to watch live or recently aired content on-demand in their homes and on mobile devices.

The services will deliver programming through Verizon FiOS network and "over the top" to any device.

The companies confirm 350 Intel workers who helped build the service will be hired by Verizon.

The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2014.

By CNBC's Christina Medici Scolaro.

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  Friday, 17 Jan 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

Three new tech gadgets for a new year

Posted By: Erika Santoro

In 2014, shoppers can expect a variety of new tech gadgets that target consumers of all ages, and even their pet, according to one tech expert.

The PetBit is a small activity tracker that attaches to a pet's collar and records your pet's daily movements. The device wirelessly syncs with a mobile app so that a user can keep track of their pet's activity and in turn use this information to set daily goals.

The gadget, which is waterproof and has a high-resolution display, is priced at $99, and will be available this spring, said Michael Prospero, reviews editor at Laptop Mag.

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  Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

Cyberthieves scramble for information

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

Shopping and working online may be quick and convenient, but it also increases the risk of being a cybercrime victim.

News of the Obamacare website, Starbucks mobile and Target hack attacks have even the most tech-savvy users wondering how safe our personal information actually is.

And it doesn't matter whether the website is on a desktop or a mobile device, the goal of the hacker is basically the same: separating users from their personal information.

Websites accessed via desktops and laptops are the most risky, experts say.

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  Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

Apple to face iPhone sales challenges in China

Posted By: Althea Chang

China Mobile will start selling Apple's iPhones in China on Friday, and while the devices may be pricey, the companies still expect strong demand from the carrier's 760 million customers.

China Mobile acknowledge to CNBC that the iPhone on its plans may bemore expensive than the phones offered by its competitors, and Apple CEO Tim Cook emphasized its focus on the quality of its devices as opposed to the number of customers it reaches, but demand for the Apple brand in China is clear, according to Arik Hesseldahl, senior editor at Re/code.

"For Apple, it's always been about making the best products and not making the most. And so we want people to have an incredible user experience with our products," Cook told CNBC in an interview. "This is what's important for us."

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  Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

Console games face Web and mobile challengers

Posted By: Althea Chang

Video game retailer GameStop forecasts lower-than-expected quarterly earnings on weak sales of games for older consoles, and console game sales could fall even further, according to one tech expert.

GameStop said it expects quarterly earnings of between $1.85 and $1.95 per share while analysts were expecting $2.14 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.

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  Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

How safe are your credit cards?

Recent credit card breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have put the topic of cybersecurity front and center once again.

Though the extent of the current attacks are still being investigated, consumers shouldn't think the worst is over. According to one expert, victims will likely be dealing for a long time with the fallout of having their information stolen.

"We should expect these people to be targeted for spam and phishing campaigns in the near future—perhaps ones masquerading as warnings from Target or other major retailers about the data breach," said Max Eddy, junior software analyst at PCmag.com.

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  Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

High-tech fitness gadgets to start your year

Posted By: Erika Santoro

For people looking to get fit in 2014, there are a few standout tech devices that might be worth buying to help meet those health and fitness goals, according to Trae Bodge, senior editor of retailmenot.com.

The Misfit Shine, which is compatible with iOS devices, aims to be a stylish alternative to the standard tracker band by clipping on to the user's clothing. It is also water-resistant up to 50 meters, notes Bodge.

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  Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

Telecom big shots disrupting the mobile landscape

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

A number of large telecom players are making moves in mobile.

T-Mobile fired a shot across the telecom bow at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, announcing the Breakup Plan, aimed at helping customers of other carriers switch to T-Mobile.

The plan includes T-Mobile's picking up the fees that competitors charge customers who cancel.

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  Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 5:05 PM ET

Ultrahigh-definition TVs steal CES spotlight

Posted By: Althea Chang

Ultrahigh-definition televisions may have grabbed more of participants' attention than curved screens at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, but consumers probably need further persuading to shell out for all those extra pixels.

So-called 4K TVs, which have four times the resolution of other HD TVs, are being displayed by LG, Sony, Samsung and many other manufacturers at the show.

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