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How to give your iPhone more oomph
Created: 03/06/2014iPhones are pretty powerful tools already, but with a few simple tips and tricks, you can get the most out of these pocket-size devices. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports in this Tech Minute.
Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep materials
Created: 03/06/2014The College Board announces a revamped SAT and a partnership with Khan Academy. CNET's Sumi Das talks to founder Sal Khan about how the online learning site hopes to improve college opportunities for students, and its work with the White House.
Unlock your hotel room door with your cell phone
Created: 03/05/2014Lose your hotel key card? Did it accidentally get demagnetized? Well, there's a new, high-tech way to get into your room: mobile keys that let guests unlock their doors with their cell phones. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
Apps to help adjust to daylight saving
Created: 03/04/2014This Sunday morning, our clocks spring forward one hour to mark the beginning of daylight saving time. While it might be nice for some to have more light at the end of the day, it can be tough for bodies to adjust to darker mornings. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on some ways technology can help ease the transition.
The power of sound
Created: 02/28/2014New Dolby technology called Atmos essentially puts the audience in a bubble of sound. CNET's Kara Tsuboi sits down with Stuart Bowling, Dolby's director of market development to hear how this new system was used to create the Oscar-nominated soundtracks in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Gravity."
The sounds of Smaug and others from the 'Hobbit'
Created: 02/28/2014Go behind the scenes of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with Christopher Boyes, the Oscar-nominated sound mixer on the film. Hear how he collaborated with filmmaker Peter Jackson and how he used Dolby Atmos sound technology to create a more menacing Smaug.
Cell phone photos to help when you forget
Created: 02/27/2014Your smartphone's camera should do more than just snap shots of family and friends. Put it to work as a powerful tool to help you remember all sorts of useful information. CNET's Kara Tsuboi explains in this Tech Minute.
Google Maps shows polar bears in their natural habitat (Video)
Created: 02/26/2014The Google Maps team collect 360-degree Street View imagery from Churchill, Manitoba, home of one of the world's largest polar bear populations. In a video provided by Google, you can see the specially designed Tundra Buggy as it comes across the bears.
Dolby Atmos sound tech puts you in Smaug's lair
Created: 02/26/2014Dolby Atmos is used in the Oscar-nominated films "Gravity" and "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug." CNET's Kara Tsuboi goes behind the scenes at Dolby Labs with Academy Award-winning sound mixer Christopher Boyes.
Text while abroad with these apps
Created: 02/25/2014Last week, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion. Not familiar with the mobile-messaging app? CNET's Kara Tsuboi brings you up to date on WhatsApp, which boasts 450 million users around the world, and other apps for free texting in this Tech Minute.
Samsung's smartwatch sequel: The Gear 2
Created: 02/24/2014At MWC in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung announces its second-generation Gear 2 smartwatch. The new device features the company's home-brewed Tizen OS, an integrated heart rate monitor, and water- and dust-resistant tech.
Work out with these private coach and fitness apps
Created: 02/20/2014If you're struggling to stick to your New Year's resolution workouts, a coach or trainer might be exactly what you need to stay motivated. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi offers some techie tips to keep you working toward your fitness goals.
Tech to help you survive an avalanche
Created: 02/19/2014From air bags to mobile apps to the newest distress beacons, CNET's Sumi Das shows you the tech you should and shouldn't depend on if you decide to explore the backcountry.
Shop with your camera phone
Created: 02/18/2014In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi explains how a couple of companies are harnessing the power of your phone's camera to make shopping even simpler.