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Microsoft: Office will be free for devices under 10 inches

Microsoft drew a line in the sand on Tuesday, as its Office 365 chief said that editing and viewing documents on small-screen devices would continue to be free--likely killing off the idea of a small-screen Surface Pro mini, incidentally.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

Apple's iPhone manufacturer to develop cars to rival Tesla

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn, in partnership with internet giant Tencent, hopes to thrive where Tesla is failing.

SECURITY | INTERNET

FTC wants to keep closer watch on the Internet of Things

As technology plays a bigger role in running our homes, connecting our cars, and handling our finances, the Federal Trade Commission wants to keep a closer watch on the privacy and security implications.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

Argos launches online 3D printed jewellery range

Argos is partnering with 3D printing expert Digital Forming on the project. The R&D project has also been supported by Innovate UK, a government-backed technology agency.

GAMES

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Geralt's growing beard will demand your grooming attention in The Witcher 3

The Witcher series is known for pushing graphics, but this time CD Projekt Red is focusing on a topic near and dear to my heart face: Beards. According to a preview conducted by German magazine GameStar (and confirmed by Eurogamer), The Witcher 3's Geralt grows facial hair over time--after a few days you'll have to head to a barber if you want to keep that manly mane looking trim.

SECURITY

iSmartAlarm is now armed with a dedicated IFTTT channel

iSmartAlarm burst onto the smart-home scene with a rip-roaringly successful Indiegogo campaign two years ago, exceeding its funding goal many times over. Although none of that buzz was attendant upon the launch of its IFTTT (IF This Then That) channel last week, make no mistake it is an important milestone for a product that was beginning to look out of its depth against smarter, better-connected competitors.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Amazon Fire TV gets a major update with support for hotel Wi-Fi, USB storage, and more

Amazon is bringing a hefty update to its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media streamers, including a way to watch video on hotel Wi-Fi networks.

INTERNET

Twitter partners with Foursquare to add precise locations to tweets

Twitter is about to catch up to Facebook circa 2011. The self-styled information network recently announced it will partner with Foursquare to let you tag your tweets with specific locations. Until now, including your location in a tweet only added the general area you were in, such as a city or rural county.

INTERNET

Vessel is a slick new streaming service with a focus on Internet stars

A new streaming service called Vessel is trying to take on YouTube, but without the clutter of user-generated videos.

COMPONENTS

Acer's $500 AMD FreeSync monitor drastically undercuts Nvidia G-Sync pricing

In the months leading up to the launch of monitors compatible with AMD's FreeSync technology, everyone speculated that the Radeon graphics-card-friendly displays would severely undercut comparable Nvidia G-Sync monitors on price. It's easy to see why: While Nvidia's technology eliminates stuttering and screen tearing with the help of a proprietary hardware module inside the display itself, AMD's simply relies on the optional DisplayPort 1.2a Adaptive Sync spec--no fancy-pants extra hardware required.

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.