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Apple releases the third public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Beta testers: to the App Store! Apple released an update to the El Capitan public beta today, the third version. If three is your lucky number, we've got instructions on how to sign up for the beta program, and a how-to on filing feedback when you encounter bugs. Once you're enrolled, the new beta version is available in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

SOFTWARE

Windows 10 launches with its fair share of bugs

Microsoft's been candid in claiming that Windows 10 will never be perfect. The company used millions of Windows Insider beta testers to help squash bugs before launch. But as more and more users download, install, and test the new OS, notable issues are coming to light.

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Yahoo Livetext offers texting with video...without sound

The mime community must feel validated today, because Yahoo has released a video texting app aimed right at them. Called Yahoo Livetext, it combines one-to-one texting with live video...without sound.

NETWORKING

TP-Link ships its first HomePlug AV2 with MIMO powerline network adapter

TP-Link has joined the ranks of companies shipping Powerline ethernet adapter kits that comply with the HomePlug AV2 standard with MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) capabilities. Like Netgear's Powerline PL1200-100PAS, TP-Link's TL-PA8030P KIT provides a power-pass-through, so you don't lose the use of whatever power receptacle you plug the adapter into. But unlike any adapter in its class, these TP-Link adapters also provide three gigabit ethernet ports, where most adapters have just one.

SOFTWARE

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Apple Music in iOS 9 gets a much-needed redesign

Remember the good old days when the only thing you could do to a song was play it?

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Amazon's crazy Dash Buttons on sale for all Prime members

Amazon is opening up Dash Button sales to all Prime members, giving them a physical button that instantly replenishes household goods.

SOFTWARE

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Hands-on with Maps in iOS 9: Introducing public transit and more accurate data

Apple's native Maps app currently sits in a folder called Junk on the second page of my home screen, where I banished it as soon as it launched close to three years ago. At the time, I lived in San Francisco, but things haven't changed now that I live in New York, for one huge reason: Maps lacked public transit directions. That's how I get around the city, and while Maps points you to third-party apps like Embark and Google Maps for subway information, I need an all-in-one solution. Google Maps tells me how to get where I'm going by foot, in a car, or on the train, so it's my go-to whenever I leave my apartment.

MOBILE

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Google search tweak helps you avoid long lines at local shops

Google search on mobile has a new feature to help you avoid long lines at your favorite local coffee shop, restaurant, or other hangout. Searching for select local businesses now includes a seven-day graph indicating when that business typically has its peak hours. Google says the new feature is available for "millions of places and businesses around the world."

GAMES

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta is live: The major differences you need to know

Minecraft PC players who've made the upgrade to Windows 10 can now get the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta for free.

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.