NEWS | NETWORKING

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Sears opens new high-tech home showroom as it goes all-in on connected homes

If you're still looking for proof that the connected home is going mainstream, consider that Sears--one of the nation's oldest and largest retailers--just opened a 4000-square-foot store-within-a-store staffed by personnel trained to demonstrate nearly every component you'd need to build out a smart home.

OPINIONS | SERVICES

Turning off Connect makes Apple Music better

Connect is the part of Apple Music where you'll supposedly enjoy a close, personal relationship with the artists and bands you care about. But just artists, not your friends--unlike Spotify and Rdio, you can't build a list of your friends, see what they're listening to and enjoying, subscribe to each other's handmade playlists, or collaborate on a shared playlist, say, for an upcoming road trip or party.

NEWS | GAMES

Need for Speed puts The Fast and the Furious back into street racing

Neon lights. Spoilers. Ten-second cars. Spinning rims. Tinted windows. Nitrous. Streets that always seem slightly wet. The crowds. The cops.

NEWS | SERVICES

Family Sharing and Apple Music: It's all about the price

Now that Apple Music is out, you can give it a try for three month before you have to start paying for it. If you have a family, you can save some money on membership fees by signing up for a Family Membership. It's $15 per month for up to six family members. A single user membership costs $10 per month, so you can save a lot of dough.

NEWS | SERVICES

What's new in iTunes 12.2

Apple released iTunes 12.2 yesterday, along with updates to iOS and OS X. The marquee feature in the new version of iTunes, as well as iOS 8.4, is Apple Music.

HOW-TOS | SOFTWARE

How to use PPAs to install bleeding-edge software in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Linux users install most of their software directly from a centralized package repository managed by their Linux distribution of choice. This is a convenient, one-stop shop place to get your software--but what if the repository doesn't have the program you need, or you want a newer version? For Ubuntu and Linux Mint users, that's where personal package archives come in.

NEWS | SECURITY

Apple releases tons of security updates for recent flaws and exploits

While the world's focus on Apple today might be on the release of its new streaming music service, the company also pushed out a host of security fixes for exploits, flaws, and--shall we say--politically difficult situations of the last few months. iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 should make users safer, pending testing by outside researchers.

NEWS | SOFTWARE

GarageBand update lets artists publish directly to Apple Music Connect

Apple on Tuesday announced updates to its consumer music author app, GarageBand. One of the new features ties directly to the release of Apple Music: Artists on Apple Music Connect can publish directly to the service from GarageBand.

HOW-TOS | SERVICES

How to stop Apple Music from automatically renewing your membership

Apple gives you three free months to try out Apple Music. After that, you have to pay $10 per month for a single user membership or $15 per month for a family membership. If you like Apple Music, you don't need to do anything after the trial; your credit card on file with your iTunes account will be charged automatically.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.