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Top Stories of the WeekRoomba 770: It Might Be Time to Sell Your Vacuum, Grandpa

Vacuums are old. Roombas are old. So who cares about a Roomba? When the latter can finally kick the former to the tech trash pile, we care. The dream of having a robot (effectively!) be my personal maid is alive. More »

Top Stories of the WeekThe LAPD's Teched Out Cruiser

The LAPD's got a new ride, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The car has a 355 hp and 384 foot-pounds of torque engine. But this isn't just some Ford Crown Vic LEE with a fancy new body kit; this cruiser is packed with cutting-edge technology. More »

Top Stories of the WeekThe Knock-Down, Drag-Out Fight Over the Next Generation of Batteries

Patent Trolls have been around nearly as long as patent infringement itself. Bottled Lightning by Seth Fletcher takes a look at one scientific-disagreement-turned-nasty fight over the batteries that power our cordless tools and someday, potentially, our cars. More »

Top Stories of the WeekGoogle Wallet: How Google's Going to Eat Your Real Wallet

"Your phone will be your wallet." That's what Google's promising with Google Wallet and Google Offers, which'll combine payments and deals in one neat package. And it's a pretty compelling little vision of the future of paying for stuff. More »

Top Stories of the WeekThis Is North Korea's Computer for the People

When you think of North Korea, you probably picture images of extreme poverty and a country still in a technological Dark Age. But now North Korea is making three models of state-controlled PCs for its citizens, according to a report from the country's state-run TV channel. That's the office model, above. More »

Top Stories of the WeekSpace Archeologists Discover a Thousand Egyptian Tombs Hidden in Tanis

Dr Sarah Parcak thinks that "excavating a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist" but that Indiana Jones is "old school". Well, she must know. After all, she has discovered two pyramids and 1000 tombs. From space. More »

Top Stories of the WeekSamsung Infuse Review: Oh Finally, a Phone for Giants

A list of people who might need a phone that sprawls as far and wide as the Infuse: Godzilla, Shaq, the Nathan's hot dog contest winner who isn't the Japanese guy, people who'd giggle every time they say, "My phone is bigger than yours." More »

Top Stories of the WeekEvery Phone Should Have Windows Phone's Beautifully Brainy Search

Windows Phone Mango's here, and it's a particularly juicy piece of fruit. But aside from the new features (both cool and catchup), one stands out: search. Windows Phones will rattle off information like a friend, not a cyborg. More »

Top Stories of the WeekNook Simple Touch Reader Impressions: Your Hands Will Love It

The Nook Simple Touch Reader can rest comfortably in your hand for hours on end. It's noticeably lighter than the Kindle, and the contoured back coupled with the rubberized matte finish gives you a good grip. More hands-on impressions ahead: More »

Top Stories of the WeekLegendary Skater Tony Hawk (And Many Others) Joins Rapture Bomb Armageddon

So, the world didn't end. Sort of anticlimactic, no? But the apocalyptic letdown didn't stop you guys from pulling off some fantastic rapture bombs. We've got another batch of our favorite bombs-plus super grindmaster Tony Hawk rapturing himself. More »