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GAMES

Missing pieces: Wasteland 2's release date, how to go hands-on with Civ: Beyond Earth, and more must-know games news

Plus Firaxis hosts its own Civilization-based conference, World of WarCraft gets a discount, and Super Meat Boy Forever.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Microsoft Miracast dongle spotted at FCC ahead of Lumia event

Is Microsoft going after the Chromecast/Apple TV crowd with its own screencasting dongle? Looks like it.

SECURITY

Your living room is vulnerable to cyber attacks

A Kaspersky Labs researcher hacked his own home and found a number of serious security concerns.

SOFTWARE | SECURITY

Three easy ways to separate work and play on the same PC

If you've got strict divisions between your work and play identities online, what's the easiest way to keep the two worlds from colliding?

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Details that count: Apple's obsession with reversible cable connectors

It's been nearly impossible over the last few weeks to avoid hearing that Apple is reportedly working on a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector--that is, a connector that will fit into a USB port no matter which direction you plug it in.

SECURITY

Spammers top spoofing targets are still finance and travel industries

Large US firms make slow progress on SPF, DKIM and DMARC security

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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Pebble smartwatch gets ESPN score-tracking app in time to kickoff the NFL season

New app lets you glance at two games at a time--if you can get it to work

SECURITY

Hold the phone: iMessage spam not all it's cracked up to be

Is Apple's iMessage the new favorite tool of spammers worldwide? A widely-quoted recent article written by Wired's Robert McMillan suggests it is, even going so far as to claim that iMessage "is being taken over by spammers."

SOFTWARE | OPERATING SYSTEMS

Why Microsoft needs to reveal Windows 9 sooner than later: The end of Windows 7

After October, there will be no way to buy a Windows 7 PC and nothing but Live Tiles on the horizon.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

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Google's driverless car will get a steering wheel after all

California DMV says self-driving vehicles must allow humans to take control

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.