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iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

Apple says the first HomeKit devices will be arriving in June, which means you'll need a centralized remote control for managing all of those home gadgets. That will reportedly come in the form of an app built into iOS 9 called, appropriately, Home.

SOFTWARE

New Windows 10 preview build drops with a spit-shine, Edge improvements, and an aversion to Radeon GPUs

A new Windows 10 preview is here in the form of build 10122 for "Fast ring" users, and its release marks a few notable changes from the previous previews Microsoft pushed out. Most notably, we the people voted for its release on Twitter.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Fight on: Boris Johnson set to go head-to-head with Uber exec Jo Bertram

UK politicians are entering into an increasing number of battles with Silicon Valley heavyweights.

SOFTWARE

Spotify turns itself into entertainment 1-stop shop with videos and podcasts

Spotify wants to be your constant companion, as present in your daily life as your phone. The streaming music app on Wednesday rolled out a redesign that includes videos, podcasts, and contextually relevant playlists to accompany you throughout your day. You'll never need to leave Spotify.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | STORAGE

ReVault smartwatch promises wireless, wearable storage on your wrist

Instead of storing your files in the cloud, an upcoming smartwatch wants to put them on your wrist.

ENTERTAINMENT

Xbox One antenna support becomes official with $60 U.S. TV tuner

Microsoft is doing its part to help people cut the cable TV cord with an official Xbox One TV tuner for U.S. broadcast channels.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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The Meizu X4 is the first compelling Ubuntu phone

We've been hearing about Meizu's forthcoming Ubuntu-powered smartphone since early 2014--more than a year ago. Well, all those words just became tangible, and they've coalesced into the first compelling-looking Ubuntu phone.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

How speech recognition technology can transform your working life

Speech recognition has been with us for years, but is generally overlooked by mainstream businesses. However, the smart ones are using it to take the pain out of document writing so they can get on with their jobs.

GAMES

Nvidia offers Witcher 3 for free to Titan X users willing to be GeForce guinea pigs

When you're dropping a cool grand on a graphics card, you're probably not too worried about spending a little extra cash to snag some games to play on it. Perhaps because of that, Nvidia's game-slaying Titan graphics cards haven't traditionally been bundled with freebies. But now, Nvidia's offering owners of the $1000 Titan X--the most powerful single-GPU graphics card in the world--a chance to snag a free copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in exchange for beta testing the GeForce Experience (GFE) software.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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Miito is an energy-saving electric kettle replacement

A Berlin-based startup is enjoying much success in its crowd-funding effort to do away with the electric kettle. Traditional kettles, it says, are wastrels. It wants us to replace them with something more sustainable and convenient; something like its own Miito induction heating system.

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.