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Cutting the final cord: How wireless power and wireless charging works

In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla captured the imagination of the world with his invention of the Tesla coil, a device that could transmit electricity through the air, no wires required. More than 100 years later, the world has responded by adapting this breakthrough technology... mainly to recharge their electric toothbrushes.

GAMES

Why GDC 2015 will be a glimpse into PC gaming's future

Heart racing. Vision a bit blurry. Head starting to ache prematurely. Stress rising. Palms are sweaty. Knees weak. Arms are heavy. There's vomit on my sweater alread--wait, where were we? Oh yeah, I'm pretty stressed, which must mean GDC is right around the corner.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | MOBILE

5 ways the smartphone is conquering the tablet

After nearly five years of growth, the tablet market has officially stalled. According to research firm IDC, tablet sales fell 3.2% year over year in the 2014 holiday quarter, with even bigger drops coming from market leaders Apple and Samsung.

SOFTWARE

5 Safari plug-ins for a better browsing experience

One thing I hate when I'm browsing the web is being distracted. I hate those blinking, moving ads, auto-play videos, and all the other cruft that websites use to try to get you to click, click, click somewhere, rather than read the article that attracted you in the first place.

SOFTWARE

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First look: Photos for OS X brings easier navigation and more powerful editing

Last June, Apple announced that it would stop development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps and offer a single photo app in their place--Photos for OS X. Today, developers are getting their first glimpse of Photos, as it's bundled with the beta version of OS X 10.10.3.

INTERNET

Not into football? Stream a few movies this weekend: Here are Oscar nominees, winners, and several overlooked gems

Here are picks for the best of what's available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other streaming services this weekend.

ENTERTAINMENT

How virtual reality stole the show at Sundance Film Festival

Forget Kevin Bacon and indie films: The most interesting cinema at the Sundance Film Festival ran on the Oculus Rift.

SOFTWARE

First look: Logic Pro X 10.1 brings it to beatmakers

Tune into just about any Top 40 radio station these days and it becomes evident that a producer has as much (or more) to do with a song's arrangement and presentation as the recording artist. While this has long been the case with hip-hop and electronic tracks, even the music performed by such mainstream artists as Taylor Swift would have far less impact without the ministrations of the behind-the-scenes producer.

SOFTWARE

Work Beyond Mac: Ten 'flows that put Workflow to work

As noted in a previous Work Beyond Mac column, DeskConnect's Workflow is a relatively new app that's a bit like Automator for iOS. I like it, but I'm still figuring out how to put it to best use as a productivity tool. While it's had a spot on my home screen since it was first released, I've used it largely to create animated GIFs and for other "fun" features.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

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Here's everything Toyota will give you if you buy the hydrogen-powered Mirai

How does free fuel sound to you? Toyota's Mirai needs every early adopter it can get, so the company's sweetening the pot.

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.