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PERIPHERALS

Take the hassle out of scanning documents

Scanners are slowly going the way of fax machines. Phone and tablet photo quality and software algorithms continue to improve and the devices don't take up precious desk space like a flatbed scanner does.

SOFTWARE

5 Evernote apps that help you save, remember, and organize data more easily

One of the best things about Evernote is its ability to couple with a variety of other apps and services to expand its reach. By tapping into these tools, you can more easily bring articles, notes, contacts, and other information into your favorite workspace. Here are five to get you started.

INTERNET

Hook promises to make smart homes out of dumb power switches for less than $100

By moving remote-controlled outlet and light bulb switches onto a local Wi-Fi network, Hook promises to enable a smart home for under $100.

SOFTWARE

This is neat: You can stack and tile browser tabs in the Vivaldi beta browser for power users

Vivaldi Technologies released the third technical preview of Vivaldi, the browser for power users, on Wednesday with a bunch of new features. The browser is still missing the promised mail client, but it now has a novel way to handle multiple tabs, and the note-taking feature has improved.

SOFTWARE

Lark puts food-logging on your wrist with new Apple Watch app

If Siri sent you encouraging messages about your activity and sleep patterns, she would look a lot like Lark, a conversational wellness coaching app for iOS. Now the app is tackling food-tracking with Tuesday's update for iOS and its launch on Apple Watch.

SOFTWARE

These leaked Windows 10 notification sounds hint at a soothing OS experience

Instead of jolting you into action, Windows 10's notifications seem eager to put your mind at ease.

INTERNET

Leaked Microsoft Build notes reveal plans for Outlook.com third-party apps

We expect some surprises from Microsoft during the Build 2015 developer conference that starts Wednesday. One has already slipped out: It appears the company plans to bring third-party apps to Outlook.com under the Apps for Outlook program.

GAMES

Steam kills off controversial paid mods feature for Skyrim

I'll give Valve some credit here: When its community is mad, it listens. Following four days of upheaval, Valve decided late Monday to pull the plug on its controversial paid mods feature for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, though there's always a chance we'll see it return in a different (more refined) form later on.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | GAMES

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Reviewed: Alienware's Amplifier turbo-boosts a laptop with Titan X graphics

Alienware's Graphics Amplifier has been described as the Holy Grail of mobile gaming. I think that's going too far. The Holy Grail of laptop gaming would be the ability to upgrade your laptop graphics like a desktop, using off-the-shelf parts.

SOFTWARE

Microsoft's time to shine: The 5 biggest developments we expect from Build 2015

Microsoft, it's time. For the past year the company's promised that Windows 10 would finally turn the tide in the company's favor. The chance to prove that starts Wednesday, as Microsoft's Build developer's conference opens in San Francisco.

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.