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HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Got a new MacBook? USB Target Disk Mode works with the right cable (which Apple doesn't sell)

On Friday, you might have read my and executive editor Susie Ochs's experiences with our out-of-the-box, retail purchased MacBooks. We had a lot of glitches in setup and configuration, many confirmed by other MacBook owners and some by people who had experienced the same problems in setting up new Macs.

GAMES

Classic puzzler Chip's Challenge and an unreleased sequel hitting Steam in May

If you owned a PC in the nineties, chances are at some point you played the excellent puzzler Chip's Challenge--the heartwarming tale of a guy who, for some reason, risks it all to collect ROM chips in a world plagued by locked doors. Chip's Challenge was part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack, a series that also included standout time-wasters like Minesweeper and FreeCell.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

How the Apple Watch heart rate sensor works, according to Apple

If you're curious how the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor works, the company is now happy to explain.

INTERNET

Twitter opens up direct messaging again, despite abuse fears

Twitter regularly experiments with its direct-messaging feature, perhaps because the platform is unsure just how important private chatting is or should be to its efforts. But here we go again: Twitter just turned on a feature that will let anyone send you a message, even if you don't follow them.

MOBILE | NETWORKING

Navigation app Moovit up to 800,000 UK users as it looks to close in on Citymapper and Google Maps

Moovit is in 600 cities around the world and is used by 20 million people. It raised £33 million earlier this year in an effort to help it expand into new geographies, including the UK.

MOBILE

Android Wear adds Wi-Fi, emoji and always-on support as iPhone app chatter persists

Android Wear, perhaps the least fussy and fiddly of all smartwatch platforms, is about to get even easier to use. Google will soon roll out a system update that adds improved support for Android Wear's always-on mode; gestures that make scrolling through notifications easier; and even the ability to scribble emojis directly on your watch screen.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Former Windows Phone designer defends Windows 10's big, controversial changes

It's no coincidence that Windows 10 on smartphones will bear a greater resemblance to Android and iOS, according to a former Windows Phone designer.

GAMES

Blizzard announces Heroes of the Storm release date and open beta

Sick and tired of Dota 2 and League of Legends? Or perhaps just intimidated by those two kings of the MOBA genre? Blizzard announced Monday that its slightly-simpler, nominally-friendlier MOBA Heroes of the Storm is going into open beta on May 19, followed by a full release on June 2.

INTERNET

Wink smart hubs knocked offline, require fix after borked security update

The downside of smart homes has become painfully clear to some Wink owners, whose systems got knocked offline over the weekend.

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.