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Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket III review: This rugged Bluetooth speaker isn't just water resistant, it's fully submersible

With just enough top-end sparkle to keep things clear, the MIni Lifejacket III is the best-sounding waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've heard.

SOFTWARE

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96% off Complete Mobile App Developer Course Bundle - Deal Alert

Learn Everything You Need to Turn Your App Idea into a Real, Working Product with 10 Courses (77.5+ Hours) of Premium Content. For a limited time just $49 with this rather dramatic 96% off deal.

HARDWARE

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Google quietly kills its Nexus Player as Chromecast overshadows Android TV

Google is far from finished with its attempt to invade the living room, but the Nexus Player's time as part of that strategy is done.

SOFTWARE

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Steam's most popular game just added support for Vulkan, DirectX 12's more open rival

Valve is big on Vulkan and now the company is bringing the new graphics API to its massively popular Dota 2.

HARDWARE

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Energous nabs FCC certification for true wireless charging, though you'll have to wait for it

The initial technology will compete directly with AirFuel, with "real" wireless charging a couple years down the road.

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Nuheara IQbuds hands-on preview: These smart Bluetooth ear buds are about more than music

The IQbuds promise to make it easier to hear in challenging environments; blocking out noise and enhancing speech. We listened to a prototype and predict they'll deliver.

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5 travel backpacks designed to carry your MacBook

It's the start of summer travel season, and you don't have to leave your laptop behind.

SOFTWARE

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Cola Messenger review: Bubbles put the fizz back in SMS text messaging

Makes texting more productive with interactive “bubbles” to help schedule get-togethers, make to-do lists, vote on quick polls, and more.

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.