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'Fallout' Mobile Game an App Store Hit

A free mobile game spun from blockbuster video game franchise "Fallout" has rocketed to the top of the charts at Apple's online App Store.

Bethesda Softworks on Thursday announced that "Fallout Shelter" became the most downloaded game in 48 countries, and the most downloaded application of any kind in 25 countries, shortly after its release last week.

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Microsoft Makes Word Available on Android Phones

Microsoft on Wednesday followed through on a promise to release versions of its widely used Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software.

The apps, which hit shelves of Google's online Play Store, build on a Microsoft strategy to make its applications accessible from a broad array of devices as services in the Internet cloud.

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Google Data Center to Rise in Former Power Plant

Google on Wednesday announced it will convert a former coal-burning power plant in Alabama into a data center using renewable energy.

It will be the first Google data center built on the site of a former coal-burning power plant.

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'Back to the Future' Hoverboard Comes to Life

The future is here already -- or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly -- with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the "Back To The Future" film franchise.

Toyota's luxury car brand Lexus says it has created a prototype that glides frictionlessly just above the ground with technology similar to that used in so-called maglev trains.

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Google Protects Gmail Users from Sending Regrettable Notes

Google is making it easier to steer clear of the trouble that can be caused by a misdirected or inappropriate email.

An option to cancel the delivery of an email within 30 seconds of hitting the send button is now a standard safeguard in Google's Gmail as part of a settings change made this week.

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Facebook Now Worth More than Wal-Mart on Stock Market

Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market.

The world's biggest online social network knocked the world's largest retailer out of the top 10 list of the highest-valued companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index on Monday and the gap widened on Tuesday.

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Lasers, Magnetism Allow Glimpses of the Human Brain at Work

To the untrained eye, the graph looked like a very volatile day on Wall Street — jagged peaks and valleys in red, blue and green, displayed on a wall. But the story it told was not about economics.

It was a glimpse into the brains of Shaul Yahil and Shaw Bronner, two researchers at a Yale University lab, as they had a little chat.

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Instagram Users in N. Korea Warned Site Put on Blacklist

Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that claim access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and the site blacklisted for harmful content.

Opening the app with mobile devices on the North Korean carrier Koryolink has resulted in a notification in English saying: "Warning! You can't connect to this website because it's in blacklist site." A similar notice in Korean says the site contains harmful content, though that is not mentioned in the English version.

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Benin Smartphone App Brings Museums into Homes

Admiring paintings or photographs by Africa's greatest contemporary artists is a luxury in Benin, where museums are scarce and most people lack money to travel farther afield.

But a new application developed by a foundation based in Cotonou, the largest city in this West African state, is seeking to bring art to the masses by allowing anyone with access to a printer and smartphone or tablet to turn their place into a museum.

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Google Acts to Curb 'Revenge Porn' from Search Results

Google said Friday it was taking steps to remove from search results "revenge porn," or sexually explicit images of people posted without their consent.

The Internet search giant said it would soon put up an online form that will allow victims to make requests to remove these items from Google search queries.

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