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Skype for Business arrives on Windows Phone, but lacking a key feature for Office 365

Although Microsoft has now brought Skype for Business to Windows Phone, its own business customers--those who subscribe to Office 365--may be disappointed to learn that one key feature hasn't yet been implemented: conversation syncing.

COMPONENTS | SOFTWARE

How to use Nvidia Optimus to switch active GPUs and save power on Linux laptops

Many modern laptops include both Nvidia graphics hardware and integrated Intel GPUs. Those laptops use a technology called Nvidia Optimus to intelligently switch between the two. Intel's CPU-integrated graphics power the desktop for lower power usage, while Nvidia's more capable GeForce graphics kick into gear when you need them.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Bosch rounds up technologists to create standard mini-computers to boost driverless cars

Bosch has gathered a team of technologists to develop "more powerful computers" for autonomous driving.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Landmark BBC micro:bit to be handed out to one million UK pupils from today

Some thirty years after it launched the the first microcomputer, BBC unveiled a new pocket-sized codeable computer that will be given to one million school kids, this morning.

INTERNET

Showtime debuts a la carte streaming for $11 on Apple TV and iOS

Apple TV owners, today you can subscribe to Showtime, no cable subscription required.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Ecobee becomes the first HomeKit thermostat

Connected thermostats are an easy way to make your home a little smarter, and a new HomeKit-supported version of Ecobee aims to make things even easier.

INTERNET

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ZyXel NWA1123-AC Wireless Access Point review: Made for business, but great for the home, too

As you can probably tell by its name, ZyXel's NWA1123-AC Wireless AP is designed more for small business users than for consumers, but people with larger homes that even the strongest Wi-Fi router can't cover will want to take a long look at this wireless access point (AP). It's packed with features, and it delivers very good performance.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Expect your local Apple Store's accessory selection to get smaller

Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover--literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Expect your local Apple Store's accessory selection to get smaller

Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover--literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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BBC reveals Micro:bit, a programmable PC that fits in your pocket

The BBC is getting into the hardware hacking craze with its second device aimed at school age children in the last 34 years. The British broadcaster recently unveiled the Micro:bit, a mini-programmable computer meant to teach children how to code and develop hardware projects.

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.