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Amazon Dash Button lets you insta-buy household goods

For those who find shopping too burdensome, Amazon is rolling out a Dash Button that nearly automates the whole process.

SOFTWARE

Tidal needs lots of improvements to justify its lofty price tag

I signed up for a trial subscription to Tidal last week, and decided to stay with the service after a few days of streaming to my desktop speakers and to my Sonos system (Spotify on Sonos sucks). I don't consider myself an audiophile--I don't even own a turntable--but I am passionate about audio quality, and Tidal streams in the same format that I use to rip the CDs that I purchase.

IT MANAGEMENT

IT recruits need soft skills just as much as tech expertise to get a job, says Randstad

In an analysis of job advertisements posted on its website, Randstad said soft skills or emotional intelligence, such as being self-aware and having the social skills to interact well and empathise with others, are just as important for employers.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

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Hands on: The $149 Hisense Chromebook succeeds at being incredibly affordable

This Chromebook costs just $149. The Hisense Chromebook, that is, announced Tuesday morning and available immediately via Walmart.com. This model and the Haier Chromebook also announced today set a new standard for affordable computers compared to Windows and Mac PCs.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

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Meet the Asus Chromebook Flip, a $249 Chrome OS tablet with a 360-degree hinge

On Tuesday, Google announced the $249 Asus Chromebook Flip. As the first mainstream Chrome device to offer a 360-degree hinge, the Flip can function as a tablet as well as a laptop. (Lenovo was first to offer a Chrome OS convertible with its ThinkPad Yoga 11e last year, but that model was meant primarily for education, and was chunkier and pricier that most people would like.)

MOBILE

Google's Android Runtime for Chrome to bring native Android apps to Chromebooks

If you begin to see a deluge of pure Android apps suddenly appear in the Chrome Web Store for Chromebooks, there's a reason: Google has gone mainstream with Android Runtime for Chrome (ARC), the company's bid to lure uber-apps like VLC to the Chrome OS platform.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

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New Chromebooks and Chromebit stick start at $100 thanks to lower-power chips

After a steady two-year drizzle of Chromebook releases, Google and its partners are preparing a flood of new hardware to sway consumers away from cheap Windows laptops. Chromebooks from HiSense and Haier go on sale today at $149 each, followed by an Asus convertible in the coming months.

MOBILE | NETWORKING | BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Laundrapp hopes to freshen up the laundry industry after securing £4m investment

Uber disrupted taxis. Airbnb disrupted hotels. Now Laundrapp wants to disrupt laundry.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Asus' new Transformer Book Chi hybrids are more affordable Surface clones

Asus is taking orders for the latest version of its Transformer Book Chi laptops, which can convert into tablet mode with detachable keyboards.

GAMES

First fictional film lands in Valve's Steam store

Want to buy movies through Steam? Yeah, me neither. You can though, and I'll admit I've picked up a few documentaries in my Steam library over the years-- Indie Game: The Movie, for one, and a copy of last year's VR-oriented film Zero Point.

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.