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LEGAL

California DMV changes course, reverses registration policy change for rideshare drivers

California ditches a newly instated policy that required rideshare drivers to register their cars as commercial vehicles.

SOFTWARE

Microsoft Cortana on the PC: She's not fully alert in Build 9926 of Windows 10

The version of the digital assistant Cortana in Build 9926 of Windows 10 is disappointing compared to what's installed in Windows Phone

INTERNET | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Walmart's $25 Vudu Spark streaming stick is now available to the masses

Walmart's $25 streaming stick undercuts the competition's prices by a good margin.

SOFTWARE

How to access all the power of Apple's Fonts window, and when to step up to PopChar instead

Whether you're a touch-typist or a hunt-and-pecker, you simply can't access the full power of your fonts with just your keyboard. Even the first Macintosh was designed to encourage font finesse, and today's Macs go even further by providing deep access to the thousands of characters and advanced features in modern fonts--if you know where to look.

SOFTWARE

Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook

New Chromebook developer mode tools enable booting from USB and SSH access.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Generation Y lead digital innovation but are failed by firms

Millennials are a source of entrepreneurial talent that companies are missing out on, according to EY

SOFTWARE

Microsoft's Windows 10 Build 9926 with Cortana is live now

Microsoft has published Build 9926, the version of Windows 10 the company showed off at its event this week.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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Stir's new Kinetic Desk M1 is a smarter desk for a lower (but still high) price

I spend a lot of time--a lot of time--at my desk, probably more than anywhere else, even my bed. We know that sitting in one place for hours and hours is really bad for your health, and the new Kinetic Desk M1 from Stir aims to make your deskbound hours healthier by encouraging you to stand up periodically, and tracking the calories you burn when you do--no wearable required.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Apple doubles Tim Cook's compensation after successful year

Apple is clearly happy with CEO Tim Cook's performance, as his compensation keeps going up and up and up. In 2014, his pay package was valued at $9.22 million, more than double what the company offered him in 2013.

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.