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Melissa Griffin: Battle Over California Tax Propositions Heats Up

As Election Day nears, commercials on both sides of Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure are looking to inspire voters, and not always in a forthright way. Also, the Munger family gives Brown a big headache.

10/08/2012

A Hyundai Veloster (CNET/CBS)

Tech Watch: Top 5 Inexpensive High-Tech Cars

You don’t have to spend more than the average for a new car that has a nice dose of tech and modern engineering.

10/02/2012

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Tech Watch: iPhone 5 Flaws May Keep New Buyers Away

The iPhone 5 is a great phone, but it’s been awhile since Apple was the only serious choice and this phone doesn’t change that.

09/25/2012

A camera used by Redwood City police to chat online with residents. (CBS/CNET)

Redwood City Police Handle Some Calls Via Video Chat

It’s an “Only in Silicon Valley” story now, but probably not for long. The Redwood City police department is in the middle of a trial of live video chat to take service calls from residents.

09/18/2012

San Quentin execution chamber, death penalty, lethal injection

Sentiment Growing To Repeal Death Penalty, 3-Strikes in California

Two aspects of California’s criminal justice system are on November’s ballot: the death penalty and three strikes law. Historically endorsed by overwhelming margins, public opinion appears to be shifting in favor of repealing both laws.

09/17/2012

The Toys-R-Us Tabeo (Toys-R-Us)

Toys-R-Us Tabeo: Does The World Need Another Kid’s Tablet?

Toys-R-Us’ new Tabeo seems like a long shot to me. In a world where kids already have an appetite for iPads, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire, I’m not sure where something “kid” fits beyond a certain and very young age.

09/11/2012

A man pushes shopping carts outside of a Walmart store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

TechWatch: Walmart Testings Scan As-You-Go Checkout Program

Walmart is testing the next innovation in self-checkout. It’s an iPhone app called Scan & Go. You scan and items as you put them in your cart while walking the aisle, then head to the self-checkout aisle where your list is already waiting to be paid for, meaning you are able to avoid both a checker and the scanning process at the bottleneck that is the checkout area.

09/04/2012

Airplane passengers use laptops in-flight. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Watch: Reconsidering In-Flight Ban On Electronic Devices

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced it will reconsider the current regulations that ban the use of electronic devices during takeoff, landing or sometimes the entire flight.

08/28/2012

Kindle Fire (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

TechWatch: Affordable Back-To-School Tech

You know about the laptops, tablets and smartphones — back to school tech that makes you blanch at the price. Here are 5 solid back-to-school tech buys that are under $100.

08/21/2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during an event announcing him as his running mate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Melissa Griffin: Romney’s VP Pick Ryan Gets Everyone’s Attention

Now that Mitt Romney has announced the Paul Ryan is his vice presidential pick, both parties are salivating. The move appeals to the Republican base who had been less-than-enthusiastic about their presidential choice until now.

08/16/2012

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