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Tim Cook teases Apple Watch launch apps, and its debut in Germany

The world waits with baited breath for more details about the Apple Watch, which should be revealed at a special event in San Francisco next Monday. But Tim Cook is just as anxious as we are to get this party started, and he teased some details in a trip to Germany.

SOFTWARE

Report: Microsoft's Spartan browser due in next Windows 10 preview

Microsoft is expected to release its "Project Spartan" lightweight browser in its next public preview of Windows 10, according to a report.

SOFTWARE | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Microsoft's Greg Sullivan gives 1.5 billion reasons why Windows 10 will change everything

You know that moment in spy thrillers when the hero suddenly realizes the scope of the evil genius's nefarious plan? I had a moment like that at Mobile World Congress, when I sat down to talk with Greg Sullivan, Microsoft's Windows Phone Director of Public Relations. Not that anything he said was evil. He just made me stop short and realize why Windows 10 really could change everything for Microsoft.

SOFTWARE

Get your hands on Photos for OS X with Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta release

If you're dying to get your hands on an early version of Photos for Mac, Apple just released the first public beta of Yosemite 10.10.3.

INTERNET

Sir Terry Leahy: Wifi provides retailers with crucial geolocation data

Sir Terry Leahy explains why he has invested in startup Purple WiFi, which provides users with free wifi and retailers with analytic insights into the profiles and movements of their customers.

GAMES

Blizzard's new WoW Tokens let you play World of Warcraft without a subscription

"When's World of Warcraft going free-to-play?" It's a question I think has been on the mind of every MMO fan for at least a few years now. Well, that dream is still a ways off, considering how the game's latest expansion (Warlords of Draenor) raised subscription rates back up to former highs.

NETWORKING

T-Mobile wants to crash the Wi-Fi party to solve coverage problems

T-Mobile is moving forward with plans to offer LTE over unlicensed Wi-Fi bands, potentially improving coverage in areas where its regular network struggles.

GAMES

Wasteland 2, the best game of 2014, is getting a post-release facelift and better mod tools

With all the tales of Kickstarter projects gone wrong, it's oh-so-refreshing when one of them turns out right. InXile announced recently that post-release support for Wasteland 2 now encompasses a visual overhaul as well, thanks to a move to Unity 5.

GAMES

Epic makes Unreal Engine 4 free to use

GDC hasn't even officially started and already there's huge news for the game development community: Epic's esteemed Unreal Engine is now completely free. Last year it was already surprising when Epic announced a new $19 per month subscription plan, but this is pretty incredible--dabble with the full power of Unreal 4, with 100 percent of the source code, for nothing. Those who were currently subscribed to Unreal will have their most recent month refunded.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Google's new Photos and Streams chief signals changes ahead for Google+

Google+ champion Vic Gundotra left the company almost a year ago, and Google's social network hasn't been the same since. It looks like more big changes are ahead: G+ product VP Bradley Horowitz is stepping up to lead Photos and Streams, a newly created area that curiously makes no mention of Google+.

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.