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Updated 2:12 p.m. today

You asked for it: TechWire made for reading on your mobile device

Now, the coverage you've come to expect online at WRALTechWire.com and in your morning and afternoon email, is delivered in a format designed especially for Android users. Download the app for free today in the Google Play store.

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2:08 p.m. today

Just in time for Black Friday: 4 apps that save you money

Black Friday  Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps. Here are four as reviewed by The Associated Press.

Updated 2:10 p.m. today

Apple's value soars above $700B driven by surging sales

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones    While Apple is the first S&P 500 company to exceed $700 billion in value, Microsoft Corp., if adjustments are made for inflation, had an even greater market cap about 15 years ago. Its $613 billion market cap in 1999 would be worth $874 billion today.

Updated 8:01 a.m. yesterday

'It ain't over 'til it's over' - Use of a funded revocable trust in estate planning

Ward and Smith, P.A.  TechLaw: Funded revocable trusts can simplify and reduce the cost of managing your assets during your life and distributing them after your death.

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Updated 7:59 a.m. yesterday

Keys to smart grid success? Integration, public policy

While technological advances and consumer demands accelerate the pace of innovation in electric power generation, distribution and consumption, it is grid integration and public policies that ultimately will determine how rapidly and well those advances are deployed. So concluded thought leaders at the recent Energy Thought Summit. Cyndy Falgout sums up the conference exclusively for WRAL TechWire.

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7:19 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Even as HP restructures, its future remains unclear

In his analysis of HP's latest earnings report and corporate update, Technology Business Research analyst concludes: HP's short-term results are pressured by strategic reorganization, and the vendor's long-term market positioning remains unclear.

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7:03 a.m. yesterday

How SnapYeti's photo contest promote clients' brands

ExitEvent's new logo In another of a series of profiles featuring the latest "cohort" of emerging companies completing The Startup Factory program, ExitEvent's Laura Baverman looks at SnapYeti.

6:54 a.m. yesterday

HP's latest earnings show continuing turn-around struggle

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.

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3:40 p.m. Tuesday

Grifols' $370M Clayton plant receives FDA approval

Blood therapeutics company Grifols has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell products in the United States that are produced at Grifols' $370 million Clayton manufacturing addition, according to a news report.

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11:25 a.m. Tuesday

Automakers aim to drive away vehicle computer hackers

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road.

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Updated 3:06 p.m. Tuesday

Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones    Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

Updated 11:18 a.m. Tuesday

'Shared economy' challenges Raleigh on regulatory issues

"We haven't kept up with all the technology with the 'shared economy,'" City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin says after Raleigh receives complaint about Airbnb online room sharing service.

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6:15 a.m. Tuesday

Cirrus Pharmaceuticals adds clinical-scale manufacturing

Morrisville-based Cirrus Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical contract development company, is converting about 700 square feet of lab space at its Morrisville site for flexible clinical-scale drug manufacturing.

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6:00 a.m. Tuesday

Unidentified country likely behind spying software

Network security   Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other organizations around the world.

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Updated 7:19 p.m. Monday

Raleigh antenna-maker allowing more cable customers to cut the cord

Mohu Mohu, a Raleigh-based startup that has developed a series of HDTV antennas designed to help people "cut the cord" with cable and enjoy over-the-air TV for free, is now available at Best Buy.

7:05 a.m. Monday

Net neutrality: The Republican view at the FCC

The Broadband Report      The issue of "net neutrality," or Internet regulation as advocated by President Obama continues to divide the FCC. Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat appointed by the President, is trying to find a middle road on Internet oversight after a previous attempt was struck down in the courts. But he has warned that the 'big dogs" - service providers such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable, are likely to sue no matter what the FCC proposes. In a speech last week to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce;s Telecom and Ecommerce Committee, Republican Commissioner Michael O'Reilly spelled out his views.

Updated 7:17 a.m. Monday

Ag giant Syngenta, which has big RTP campus, to cut up to 1,800 jobs

Agrochemical giant Syngenta, which has been aggressively growing its corporate presence in Research Triangle Park, will cut as many as 1,800 jobs, its chief executive officer announced Monday.

Growing corn at Syngenta's new lab Growing corn at Syngenta's new lab

7:00 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock NetApp doubling down on cloud, analytics, convergence

Analysis: NetApp has repositioned its portfolio to take advantage of opportunity by emphasizing its cloud, analytics and converged capabilities. Research Analyst Stephen Belanger takes an in-depth look at the storage technology firm, which has a major presence in RTP.

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6:50 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Now in 43 states, NeoNova continues to grow

NeoNova The cloud-services provider named three new customers on Monday that now expands the Raleigh-based company's reach in 43 states throughout the country.

6:45 a.m. Monday

2014 Gift Guide: Three ways to watch streaming video on TV

Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV. For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one. Content selection varies, but all offer such basics as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. After trying out 10 streaming devices, Associated Press technology writer Anick Jesdanun has three recommendations and an honorable mention.

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