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Vizio to launch a line of high dynamic range HDTVs

Vizio announced earlier this week that it will be among the first TV manufacturers to ship sets that use the Dolby Vision high dynamic range imaging technology that Dolby Labs first showcased at CES--in 2014.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

The first USB-C phone comes from a company that likened Apple to Nazism

After a PR blunder that involved comparing Apple to Nazism, Chinese firm LeTV is announcing something that's actually worth some attention.

BUSINESS ISSUES | COMPONENTS

Samsung cozies up to Apple with new dedicated display team

After years of accusations and litigation, the once-frosty relationship between Apple and Samsung is thawing. The two companies may always be rivals who create competing products, but their business partnership is growing stronger: Samsung is reportedly dedicating 200 employees to creating displays exclusively for Apple.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Exolens for iPhone 6 review: Lens kit widens your iPhone 6's point of view

ExoLens is a lens system built for the iPhone 6, intended to give you more shooting flexibility than the standard iPhone lens. The kit comes with an aluminum bracket that slides over your phone, and a pair of lenses that screw into the bracket.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Lemongrass beats the big boys and puts Seaco's SAP estate in the AWS cloud

Analyst says there is a "definite trend has emerged" whereby small UK consultancies – such as Lemongrass, Smart421 and Cloudreach – have established themselves as key AWS implementation partners "taking on some of the most progressive public cloud projects".

SERVICES

BT re-launches BT Cloud with Chromecast support and other new features

BT has relaunched its BT Cloud storage service with added Google Chomecast support and other new features.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook closely guards its secrets with screws, solder, and glue

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Forget flash sales: The first Ubuntu Phone is now available to buy all the time

When the first Ubuntu phone launched, it was only available via limited-time "flash sales." If you missed them, rejoice! You can now purchase an Ubuntu phone like you would any other product--if you live in the European Union, at least.

INTERNET

SolarCity to give Nest thermostats to 10,000 new customers in California

Smart thermostat maker Nest has plenty of experience helping utilities manage peak demand through its Rush Hour Rewards program, which involves pre-cooling participating homes in anticipation of an energy rush hour and throttling AC usage during such a period. This spares the utility company the high cost associated with bringing additional power plants online while earning the user a sweet reward. Nest now intends to wield similar magic on the generation side of the energy equation.

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.

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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.