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NETWORKING | TELECOMMUNICATION

Telstra trials 1000 public Wi-Fi sites for free in November

Australians will be able to surf the Internet at no cost on Telstra's public Wi-Fi network when trials commence in November.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

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HP thinks its $200 Stream notebook is the future of Windows computing

The 7-inch Stream tablet will be even cheaper: Just $100.

COMPONENTS

Gird your wallet: Apple reportedly has a Retina iMac ready to launch

Apple clearly wants to bankrupt you, if rumors of a 27-inch Retina iMac scheduled to launch with OS X Yosemite this year are true.

INTERNET

Microsoft wants you to help predict the future

Microsoft has begun crowdsourcing its prediction abilities with the Microsoft Prediction Lab, a sort of online betting parlor for everything from political races to the U.S. military presence overseas.

SOFTWARE

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Full-blown Photoshop is coming to Chromebooks

Adobe and Google launch a beta program for streaming software

INTERNET

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5 reasons why Ello isn't the second coming of Facebook

Ello is the name on everyone's lips--at least this week. Led by drag queens who are fed up with Facebook, the new social network is fielding 31,000 requests an hour, and not just because Twitter users are offering up invites. People on Facebook are talking about Ello. That's how you know it's legit.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Pebble fends off Android Wear with $50 Best Buy discount

If you're looking to impulse-buy a smartwatch, now's the time.

SECURITY

How Facebook's new ad platform lets brands track you around the web

Atlas lets advertisers target you on third-party sites and apps using your Facebook info.

BUSINESS ISSUES | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Carphone Warehouse will refund Phones 4U iPhone 6 pre-orders: Comes to the rescue in 'unfair' situation

Carphone Warehouse has decided to come to the rescue for anyone hit by iPhone 6 pre-orders with Phones 4U

Expert Opinion

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Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let's say living can be reasonably counted among them) there's a tendency to take the long view--we have some notion of where we've been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.

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Why you should care about CloudKit

If you've lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you've probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple's cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it's great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages.

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With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version of OS X. Now, 14 years later, Apple's once again inviting users to come and check out the Mac's latest and greatest operating system before its impending release.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

At Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced--among a great many other things--HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling such devices in your home as thermostats, furnaces and air conditioners, smart appliances, lights, cameras, garage-door openers, and security systems. Apple will provide a platform that these devices will be asked to conform to. Do so, and you can control them all from your iOS device.

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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Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

After a successful Kickstarter run, Wasteland 2 is almost ready for release

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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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Network Radar: Mac app checks your network health

Apple's own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener's $20 Network Radar (Mac App Store link) is a powerful step up.

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Asana: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

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Contexts: Make your OS X windows more manageable

Contexts 1.4 supplements--and can even replace--OS X's window management tools, and it does so in a way that is legitimately useful, especially if you rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac.

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Keep it Reel: Record, mix, and release a professional recording on your iPad

The iPad has become an incredible tool for musicians who wish to quickly and confidently record and produce live music on their tablet. Recently, I had the opportunity to produce and record a session for Ella Joy Meir, using just my iPad, software, and recording accessories. Last week, I covered when you might want to use an iPad and what you need to get started; now, let's talk about the actual recording and post-production process.