News

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Sage by Hughes adds 'Works with Nest' to its connected-home system's vocabulary

The TV-based security and automation system adds support for the Nest Cam, the Nest Learning Thermostat, and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm.

INTERNET

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YouTube Unplugged joins the rush to offer live TV streaming, with projected debut in 2017

The wave of companies working on their own packages includes Amazon, Google, and Hulu.

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GE becomes the first appliance manufacturer to offer IFTTT across its entire product line

Dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers join GE's ovens, refrigerators, and GeoSpring water heater in having their own IFTTT channels.

ENTERTAINMENT

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Netflix loosens up streaming video, letting users choose their cellular speed limit

Smartphone users can now watch around four hours per gigabyte by dialing down video quality.

SOFTWARE

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Windows 10 adoption hits 300 million as Microsoft warns the free upgrade will end soon

If you haven't upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 by July 29, expect to pay more than $100 to do so later.

MOBILE

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App Store search is failing more than usual with wonky search results

Apple is working on a fix for the issue, which is affecting all users.

NETWORKING

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Securifi’s Almond 3 connected-home router is now available for pre-order

This 802.11ac router has a ZigBee radio built in, and you can add support for Bluetooth and/or Z-Wave with USB dongles.

INTERNET

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Craig Wright backpedals, refusing to prove he's Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto

Satoshi claimant says he can't handle the pressure to provide further proof? Yeah, Wright.

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Netflix isn’t big on virtual reality for the obvious reasons

Virtual realty has too few users, and isn’t conducive to binge-watching.

HARDWARE

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PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam fight, laptop showdown, and a Burning Man for the 1 percent

Flo refs a phone-cam fight, Gordon taunts fanboys, and we all discuss a fully catered desert tech-fest for elites.

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.