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6 reasons to get excited about OS X El Capitan

I'm not feeling a lot of love for OS X El Capitan out there. That might not be surprising, given that it's firmly in the tradition of Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard–new-feature-light, speed-and-stability-focused OS X updates.

GAMES

The King's Quest reboot embraces everything that made old-school adventure games so wonderful

As I was sitting in a dark little cubicle during E3 last week watching a presentation for King's Quest, I started to wonder how much it cost to make. This was no idle speculation--no meaningless mind-wandering. Quite the opposite. I was trying to figure out whether we could officially say the adventure game, that much-maligned genre, was a "Big Deal" again.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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Mikme microphone promises studio quality sound in a tiny package

Capturing good audio isn't easy. But it's essential if you're recording a new track, producing a podcast, or chatting over Skype.

INTERNET

5 reasons to switch to Inbox by Gmail, and 4 reasons not to

You've been away from your desk for an hour--just one hour!--and already, you've got 20 or 30 email messages stacked up in your inbox. It could be nothing more than the usual pile of newsletters, retail promos and updates from company mailing lists--or it could be something big. The only way you'll know is if you stop what you're doing and take a peek.

GAMES

E3 2015: Your survival guide for when the games industry invades Los Angeles

It's time. Time for trailers, for loud dubstep, countless Inception-style bass drops, and "Welcome to the new age" hammered into your ear drums for hours on end. It's time for at least one borderline-tasteless joke made by a corporate stooge, at least three trailers for games that look functionally identical, and Assassin's Creed Whatever-We're-On.

NETWORKING

How MU-MIMO Wi-Fi works

None of the many advancements to Wi-Fi over the past decade compare to the potential of this emerging technology. It's one of the most complex and beneficial enhancements yet, because it enables Wi-Fi routers to do something they never could before: simultaneously send data to multiple devices.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | SOFTWARE

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5 Google product lines that need update announcements at Google I/O

Okay Google, let the air out of that balloon and slow down that self-driving car. Your I/O developers conference starts Thursday, so this is a perfect time to remind you about a few products of yours that still need attention. You know, the more established services that some of us have been using since Day Zero and, frankly, they're still not quite there--or they've gotten worse.

INTERNET

Hands-on with the new Spotify: Still the streaming service to beat

Spotify took the wraps off its new app at a major New York press event last week that featured appearances from D'Angelo, Questlove, DJ Tiësto, and Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Streaming music's dominant player spared no expense to prove that it's the company to beat.

SOFTWARE

10 Apple Watch dating apps to supercharge your love life

Tim Cook called the Apple Watch his company's "most personal device yet," and the smartwatch is already promising to shakeup our notion of finding love on-the-go. Talk about wearing your heart on your wrist.

MOBILE

How third-party running apps stack up to Apple Watch's Workout

Third-party running apps are at a disadvantage on the Apple Watch. They don't have access to the watch's sensors, which means they can't accurately measure the intensity of your workout and calculate how many calories you burned. They also require some initial setup on your iPhone to make sure they're tracking the information you want on your wrist, whereas the watch's native Workout app just, well, works. The nail in the coffin: You can't use them when you leave your phone behind.

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.