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The Ola smart biometric entry lock eliminates the need to carry your smartphone or memorize a passcode

An undercurrent of frustration has brewed ever since the first key-operated lock was invented some four thousand years ago, erupting to the fore each time a key is forgotten or goes missing and someone is locked out of their own home. Smart locks are one solution to this age-old problem, but many people have issues with their reliance on memorized passcodes or smartphones. Enter Ola, a smart lock that ditches keys altogether, relying instead on recognizing your fingerprint.

SOFTWARE | SECURITY

Samsung sneakily disables Windows Update on some PCs

Samsung has allegedly been disabling Windows Update on some computers, so as not to interfere with its own update tool.

INTERNET

Apple Music wins over indie labels with royalty payment promises

Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple may have sealed the deal on the company's royalty payment reversal, but the independent artists and labels who had also protested Apple Music's royalty-free 3-month trial also factored into Cupertino's decision. Now Apple has convinced two major indie hold-outs to sign on with the streaming service just days before its launch.

COMPONENTS

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The Holy Grail of notebook PCs, external graphics, is coming soon via Oculink

Every time you buy a notebook PC, you have to make a choice: low-cost integrated graphics, or expensive, discrete GPU? With the upcoming PCI Express OCuLink cable, you may not have to--you could dock your notebook into an external graphics card, instead. (Editor's note: That spelling of the brand name is not a typo, but we'll be writing it as "Oculink" for the rest of this article.)

PERIPHERALS

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Meet Twist, the AirPlay light-bulb speaker designed for apartment renters

The connected home sounds like a pie-in-the-sky concept to apartment renters who can't exactly invest in expensive hardware and rewire a place just to pack up and move after a year or two. But there are little ways to bring home automation into your temporary dwelling without huge costs up-front. Take Twist, a new LED light bulb that turns your lamp into a Jambox-style speaker using just AirPlay.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | INTERNET

Amazon turns on HDR video streaming, but only for high-end Samsung TVs

Amazon is taking a teeny step towards supporting high dynamic range video, with a couple HDR shows on some of the most expensive Samsung TVs.

SOFTWARE

Make your own app with these DIY services

Small business owners: Have you ever considered going mobile? That is, making an app for your business, whether it's a restaurant, store, or events company?

INTERNET

Hulu to sell Showtime's streaming service at a discount

Hulu is branching out from ad-supported streaming video with an option to tack on Showtime service at a discount.

GAMES

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More Fallout 4 bundles with real-life Pip Boys going on sale later this week

It turns out all a company needed to do to sell wearables was make one that looked like the Fallout series' iconic Pip Boy 3000. Last week during E3, Bethesda announced the limited edition of Fallout 4 would cost $120 and ship with an "actual Pip Boy." Like, you know, a plastic sleeve thing you can stick your phone into.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Why most of us will miss out on Windows Hello, Windows 10's facial recognition feature

Chances are that Windows Hello, a Windows 10 feature designed to recognize you and wake up your PC, will instead give you a blank stare.

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.