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Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Breaking the Surface tension

But will it run MS-DOS? Microsoft, still trying to make a dent in the tablet market, announced its new larger model, the Surface Pro 3, with a 12-inch screen and an Intel chip. “This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” a company official boasted.

Microsoft made a similar prediction about the Zune: “This is the mp3 player that can replace your 8-track deck.”

Total recall: The recalls continue to mount for General Motors. The nation's top automaker yesterday recalled 2.4 million cars and trucks and has recalled a total of 13.6 million vehicles since February.

To speed things along in the future, new purchasers of GM products will be given a free self-addressed, stamped crate to send their car back for repairs.

Don't know much about history: On this day in 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

As a result, the production of nuclear bombs and bikinis increased markedly. Surprisingly, an early nuclear disarmament slogan, “Make Bikinis, Not Bombs,” failed to catch on.

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