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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Apple Watch gets dunked and drilled, but comes out strong in durability tests

The Apple Watch is getting the initiation that inevitably comes to all new gadgets: the torture test.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Report: Apple Watch Sport display outperforms the Watch and Watch Edition

We found the Apple Watch's touchscreen display to be bright and beautiful right off the bat, but how does it really perform? According to a report done by research group DisplayMate, it stacks up nicely--but oddly enough, the Apple Watch Sport's toughened "Ion-X" display performs better than the sapphire crystal found on the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. DisplayMate found that the sapphire display reflects about twice as much ambient light as glass--8.2-percent reflectance compared to the Watch Sport's 4.6 percent--which leads to a washed-out look with reduced contrast and color saturation when looking at the Watch under bright light.

ENTERTAINMENT

ESPN sues Verizon over Custom TV, but skinny bundles seem here to stay

Verizon's attempt to offer smaller, cheaper television bundles could be short-lived if Disney's ESPN has its way.

INTERNET

Instagram puts three filters and emoji hashtags at your disposal

Tired of your go-to Instagram filters? Meet Lark, Reyes, and Juno, Instagram's newest additions to your creative toolbox.

GAMES

4 ways PC gamers think Steam could fix the paid mods debacle

Not everyone wants to tear down Valve's Steam service after its messy venture into paid mods. Last Thursday, Steam announced that modders could charge for their work through Steam Workshop. Conflict immediately erupted: Mods had always been free up to now, and there were ethical and legal questions around paid mods, too.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | SOFTWARE

Future of Life: Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn claims AI development is different this time

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned that uncontrolled development of AI could have serious consequences on humanity.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Roku PSA: Here's how to tell the new Roku 2 and Roku 3 from the old versions

The new Roku 3 and Roku 2 boxes may have the same names and nearly identical designs as their predecessors, but they have some important distinctions. Not surprisingly, this is confusing for shoppers, and it's reportedly allowed at least one Walmart store to stick buyers with the wrong item.

SOFTWARE

Discover finally joins the Apple Pay party this fall

Discover was noticeably absent when Apple Pay launched last fall, but the credit card company is finally on board with mobile payments--or it will be soon.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | MOBILE

Apple Watch: BMW lets drivers control their cars from their wrists

Drivers to monitor battery status, find their cars and set journey routes from their Apple Watch.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | MOBILE

The file manager that Android forgot: How to find photos and other data on your device

Yolanda Ortiz asked how she could create new folders and move photos into them on her Android tablet.

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.