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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

iPhone 6s rumors: Force Touch, selfie camera, thicker and in pink?

The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.

GAMES

Microsoft to unlock old Gears of War games via new remake

Move over, Halo: Microsoft is making another major Xbox franchise available for a free download.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | SOFTWARE

Report: Apple testing its own mobile service plan in the U.S. and Europe

It's been almost a decade since Apple first filed a patent to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), but Cupertino's plan is reportedly still underway.

GAMES

How to watch The International, Valve's gigantic $18 million Dota 2 tourney

The biggest e-sports tournament of the year is underway this week in Seattle--The International Dota 2 Championships (or just The International for short). Starting at 10AM Pacific on Monday, Seattle's Key Arena will be full of furious click-click-clicking noises, all in pursuit of an insane eighteen million dollar prize pool.

SOFTWARE

Amazon cracks down on sharing Amazon Prime benefits outside the home

The free ride is over for anyone mooching Amazon Prime from friends or extended family, as a new policy restricts how subscribers can share their benefits.

GAMES

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Steam gamers already use Windows 10 more than all Linux distros combined

The final version of Windows 10 hasn't even been available for a week yet, and it's already more popular with gamers than any individual OS X operating system version--and all Linux operating systems combined.

SOFTWARE

Apple may add voicemail transcription to Siri's abilities

With iOS 9, Apple is working to make Siri a more intuitive, powerful personal assistant. But a new feature not ready for the next major mobile upgrade's September debut is voicemail transcription, which Cupertino is reportedly readying to roll out next year.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set of house keys

An Apple Watch can already control your connected light bulbs and thermostat, and now it can let you through the front door as well.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | MOBILE | PERIPHERALS | GAMES

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Missed Fallout 4's collectors edition? Now you can 3D print your own real-life Pip-Boy

If you missed your chance to get a real life Fallout 4 Pip-Boy, it's not too late to get one--if you have access to a 3D printer.

SOFTWARE

AT&T starts bundling mobile service with DirecTV mere weeks after takeover

Now that AT&T owns DirecTV, it's bundling mobile broadband and satellite TV together at a discount.

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.