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iPhone Siri voice identity revealed to be Susan Bennett

Siri, the virtual assistant, is displayed on the

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Few things remain private for long in the age of smartphones and Google, but perhaps Apple was on to something in refusing to put a face to the voice iPhone users have come to know and love. When it comes to Siri, maybe ignorance truly is bliss. But CNN stumbled upon the true identity of Siri. (Stop reading here if you'd prefer to keep on imagining the voice as one emanating from a futuristic robot.)...

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Gold iPhone rumored to be in the works for Apple

Apple is said to be adding a gold-colored

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The latest iPhone rumor should please everyone from elegant bejeweled women, to commodities traders to hip-hop star Trinidad James. That's because the color options for the new phone won't be so black-or-white.

Apple is adding a gold-colored option to its next generation of iPhones, according to multiple published reports. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is expected to unveil...

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New iPhone rumored to be unveiled Sept. 10

The iPhone loyalists have about a month to

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Apple loyalists who have held tight to their iPhones even as rival manufacturer release one new gadget after another that takes aim at the tried-and-true favorite won't have to wait much longer to fight back. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is expected to unveil the next version of the iPhone during a Sept. 10 event, according to technology blog All Things D. (http://dthin.gs/1659rRk) Other...

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Disney Planes is entertaining but shallow add-on to film

In Disney Planes, players take control of several

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With a simple flick of the wrist, Dusty Crophopper spins gracefully through the air and soars through a checkpoint, as several other planes race closely behind him. Dusty dodges a giant snowball and speeds ahead of the pack, finishing the race in a burst of confetti as the announcers go crazy in the background. Wii players eager to take to the skies can experience this highflying action for themselves...

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Smart camera buying tips

The Polaroid iM1836 is the brand's first smart

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With summer's arrival you might be thinking about sharing vacation photos. To aid in that process, many camera manufcaturers have begun selling cameras that connect to WiFi and mobile devices. Learn more about these devices here, and check below for tips from camera executives on what to look for as you shop for these new devices.  1) Make sure it has the camera features you want.


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The Last of Us is early contender for best video game of 2013

In "The Last of Us," players guide survivors

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Joel, a ragged survivor in a post-apocalyptic version of Boston, hugs the wall as a horribly mutated human growls and snarls just feet away from him. Carefully, he tosses a brick to distract the creature and sneaks around it, clambering away as the monster’s pained screams fade off into the distance. This is a typical encounter in “The Last of Us,” a game that makes the player feel vulnerable and...

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2013 E3: The most anticipated games

The teaser trailer for XBox One's forthcoming Halo

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The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicked off June 11 in Los Angeles and runs through June 13. The event brings together the biggest names in video game development and offers them a grand stage to unveil their latest, greatest titles.  Click below for our ongoing list of the hottest games displayed during the conference. We'll continue to update it as more games are announced....

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Fuse game review: Fun with friends but short on new ideas

Fuse allows the player to leap instantly between

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After cutting through a ceiling grate, stealth assassin Naya activates her camouflage mode and silently takes out two armed guards before her squad mates burst into the room and the bullets start flying in full force. Squad leader Dalton Brooks activates his Magshield and the team gets behind him as enemy shots ping uselessly against the shimmering green force field. After finding cover, tech-wiz...

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Stony Brook video gaming competition lures tech's present, future to LI

Stony Brook University senior Paul Gifford presents a

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Business leaders searching for seedlings of a technology boom on Long Island, like the one Silicon Valley experienced two decades ago, would have been wise to have stepped into the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University last Friday. There, an impressive roster of successful video game developers with roots on Long Island gathered to see the work of the next wave of computer science enthusiasts....

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Samsung Galaxy Camera gets outfitted with Wi-Fi

Samsung launched a Wi-Fi-enabled version of its Galaxy

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While Facebook unveiled its latest plans to enter the ever-competitive smartphone sector, one of the sector’s existing giants, Samsung, has been spending a lot of time lately on digital cameras. On Thursday, the company launched a Wi-Fi version of its Galaxy Camera. The $449.99 device, set to hit stores later this month, functions on the same Android operating system deployed by Galaxy smartphones,...

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