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SOFTWARE | NETWORKING

Tethered Mac? Your wallet will love this data monitoring app

Ever since it was possible to tether a computer to a cell modem, it's also been possible to blow through one's monthly or service-plan limit and either run out of mobile data, be throttled to a trickle, or face expensive overage fees. TripMode is the first easy-to-use OS X utility to help with that problem. It could do more, but for $8 (or $5 in its current sale), it does plenty.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Thunderbolt 2 docks roundup: The easy way to connect to your Mac laptop

The major change since I last did a roundup of Thunderbolt docks is that the latest docks use Thunderbolt 2, which makes them aligned with Apple's Thunderbolt 2 implementation in its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Watch Catch Up TV through the AerialBox T2100 set-top box

A new set-top box from DishTV, called aerialBox T2100, is said to be the first set-top box of its kind to be certified for FreeviewPlus, allowing you to watch Catch Up content from its main interface.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | MOBILE | SOFTWARE

5 ways to extend your smartphone's battery life

Avoid the dreaded 'battery low' message with these simple tips

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Watch Netflix through Fetch TV

For those of you with an older TV who want to get a premium Netflix experience, a good option is a Fetch TV set-top box.

PERIPHERALS | ENTERTAINMENT

SoundScoopz could be an inexpensive audio enhancer for flat-panel TVs

In the flat-panel TV era, manufacturers are innovating at a breakneck pace. We have TVs running on powerful octa-core processors, spitting out millions of pixels, and delivering ridiculously vivid and bright images. At the same time, they are also getting thinner and generally prettier. But if there's one area where they can be said to have regressed, it's the audio department.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Bohmer's building a smarter coffee roaster and brewer

Every coffee aficionado strives to brew the perfect cup of Joe. But if your reach consistently exceeds your grasp, the fault might lie with your equipment and not your lack of barista skills. There are many solutions out there, and Behmor will add to them with its forthcoming Brazen Connected Brew System and 1600 Connected Drum Coffee Roaster, both due out in September.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

The Power Macintosh 7300 proves good design is about function as much as form

These days, Apple's computers--whether they're designed to sit on a desk, rest on your lap, slip into your pocket or be strapped to your wrist--are for the most part sealed boxes. Even if you can crack the cases to get to the chips and circuit boards inside, increasingly you can't then do anything (except perhaps regret whatever course of action led you to tear apart some hitherto functioning hardware), since Apple has started soldering components to the motherboard.

BUSINESS ISSUES

David Gandy and Jo Malone to help Richard Branson spend £1m on UK startups

The three categories that companies can enter include Startup, New Things and Grow.

GAMES | SECURITY

Minecraft used as cover to push Android scareware apps on Google Play

Up to three million users might have downloaded bogus apps, says ESET

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.