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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Microsoft enters smartwatch market with $200 Microsoft Band

The smartwatch is designed both for life at and outside of work

SOFTWARE

9 mistakes you're making in Photoshop

Each version of Photoshop comes with new features that let you work smarter instead of harder, but old editing habits are hard to break--especially if you've been using the program for a long time. Here you'll find a roundup of some common editing mistakes and how to avoid them.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

BlackBerry promises a blast from the past with BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry tries to bring back the sort-of glory days, or at least, hold onto its most faithful users

INTERNET

Facebook is betting big on the future and plans to lose money in the process

Another quarterly earnings report, another slam dunk for Facebook. The company made $3.2 billion in the third quarter, up 59 percent year-over-year, and grew to 1.35 billion monthly active users. More than 700 million people check Facebook on their phones every single day. These are impressive numbers. But Facebook is about to toy with the hearts and minds of investors, shareholders, and analysts by spending the next year investing heavily in its passion projects: WhatsApp, Oculus, and Internet.org.

SOFTWARE

Microsoft's new Office 365 search tool is like Minesweeper for Excel spreadsheets

Do you know which Excel spreadsheets could blow up if a local file is changed or deleted? A new Microsoft tool in Office 365 could help.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

You can hang Lenovo's new Windows-based Yoga Tablet 2 on the wall

The story, "You can hang Lenovo's new Windows-based Yoga Tablet 2 on the wall" which posted from PC World (US) earlier has been removed from the wire and their site; it went up ahead of schedule due to an error on embargo time.

INTERNET

Internet TV services would get a massive boost from FCC's proposed rule changes

A proposed rule change would prevent broadcast stations and cable operators from keeping their content locked up.

INTERNET

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Cloth's revamped iOS app lets you peer into strangers' closets

Cher Horowitz wasn't just the loveable main character in the classic comedy Clueless--she was also a tech genius. The blonde Beverly Hills teen figured out that the best way to manage her extensive wardrobe was a computer program that did the heavy lifting of cataloging clothing items and recommending outfits. A few apps have tried to update Cher's virtual closet for the 21st century, but the newly relaunched iOS app Cloth may have just figured it out.

INTERNET

Reddit gets into crowdfunding with new Redditmade site

Got a favorite subreddit you visit every day? Pretty soon you may be able to purchase a t-shirt to show off your subreddit love.

PERIPHERALS | HARDWARE SYSTEMS

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HP's Sprout is a double touchscreen PC that makes the virtual feel far more real

With powerful imaging tech above, and a touch-enabled work surface below, HP's new $1900 computer is extremely, vividly, palpably hands-on.

Expert Opinion

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Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let's say living can be reasonably counted among them) there's a tendency to take the long view--we have some notion of where we've been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.

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Why you should care about CloudKit

If you've lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you've probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple's cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it's great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages.

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With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version of OS X. Now, 14 years later, Apple's once again inviting users to come and check out the Mac's latest and greatest operating system before its impending release.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

At Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced--among a great many other things--HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling such devices in your home as thermostats, furnaces and air conditioners, smart appliances, lights, cameras, garage-door openers, and security systems. Apple will provide a platform that these devices will be asked to conform to. Do so, and you can control them all from your iOS device.

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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Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

After a successful Kickstarter run, Wasteland 2 is almost ready for release

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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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Network Radar: Mac app checks your network health

Apple's own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener's $20 Network Radar (Mac App Store link) is a powerful step up.

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Asana: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

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Contexts: Make your OS X windows more manageable

Contexts 1.4 supplements--and can even replace--OS X's window management tools, and it does so in a way that is legitimately useful, especially if you rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac.

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Keep it Reel: Record, mix, and release a professional recording on your iPad

The iPad has become an incredible tool for musicians who wish to quickly and confidently record and produce live music on their tablet. Recently, I had the opportunity to produce and record a session for Ella Joy Meir, using just my iPad, software, and recording accessories. Last week, I covered when you might want to use an iPad and what you need to get started; now, let's talk about the actual recording and post-production process.