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  • Opinion: Sonos beta-testing an all-wireless solution for ditching the Bridge

    Sonos is pretty much the gold standard of multi-room wireless audio. Sure, the company's systems can fall on the pricey side, but the experience of using one is worth the cost--everybody we know who has one absolutely loves it.

  • Opinion: Twitter app downloads could put users at risk

    Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download apps from their Twitter feed without thinking.

  • Opinion: Nest working with utility companies is neither new nor evil

    There seems to be some hysteria in the air over a report on how Nest is working with utility companies to curb energy consumption. Some reports have even suggested that Nest is selling data to utility companies as a way of generating sustained profits.

  • Opinion: How to start receiving personalized alerts on Bing

    Microsoft recently rolled out a new feature for Bing designed to make the search engine more personal by delivering useful updates to the Bing homepage based on your interests. You can get updates for news, weather, and traffic so you'll know what to expect on your commute as well as what Mother Nature has in store for the day.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Monument Valley

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

  • Opinion: Amazon's Fire TV voice search to improve this summer

    When we reviewed Amazon's new Fire TV set-top box, we dinged it a bit since its marquee voice-search feature doesn't support all the streaming services present on the box. It primarily points users to Amazon's own content, of course, while also providing some results for music videos on Vevo, and some (but not all) of the content on Hulu Plus. Voice search doesn't surface anything on Netflix, which really limits its usefulness.

  • Opinion: Lesson learned: Facebook's new friend-finding feature is optional

    Facebook is giving the whole location-based friend-finding thing another shot. Almost two years after launching a Find Friends Nearby feature before quickly pulling it, the network is rolling out Nearby Friends. The difference? Way more control over privacy.

  • Opinion: PlayStation 4 update adds video editor, strips HDCP

    Budding YouTube personalities will love the latest update to Sony's PlayStation 4 system software. But even if you just like uploading the occasional video, Update 1.70 will be a big one.

  • Opinion: Use Slice to monitor your shipments and track expenses

    My preferred method of shopping is online, and I know I'm not alone here. The ease of browsing, clicking a few buttons, and then having your purchase just magically show up at your doorstep a few days later is so much simpler than dealing with the crowds at your local chain retailer. But one problem I often have is that I lose track of what I purchased and when it's supposed to show up... which then leads to oh-so-fun mystery boxes and digging through my email archive. What's in this Ticketmaster envelope? What did I order from Amazon, again? How long did that Etsy seller from Japan say the shipment would take?

  • Opinion: Google Glass one-day sale ends in a sell-out (and proof that people like white frames?)

    Well, that didn't take long.

  • Opinion: Microsoft takes fight to Google's home turf with Office Online Apps

    Microsoft has adopted a new strategy for its Office productivity tools. Rather than holding Office hostage on Windows devices in an effort to attract customers, it will try and make the suite the default productivity choice no matter what platform or device people are using--including Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

  • Opinion: Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

    On April 8, Microsoft blessed us with an update to Windows 8.1 that made the touchy-feely OS more palatable to PC users.

  • Opinion: Airbnb's latest crisis: Homes used as brothels

    Airbnb is becoming more like a hotel chain every day, and like a hotel chain, has to deal with serious issues. Lately, those issues have included prostitution.

  • Opinion: Look at this: The first 4K laptop, Toshiba's Satellite P55t, coming soon

    Open your pocketbooks, 4K fans, Toshiba's first Ultra HD laptop is headed your way next Tuesday. The Tokyo-based electronics maker just announced that the Toshiba Satellite P55t will hit U.S. store shelves on April 22, starting at $1,500 for the base model.

  • Opinion: Here's your rumored Amazon phone, 3D interface and all, now in allegedly leaked photos

    The wily Amazon phone: It's the smartphone rumor that won't quit, and now more circumstantial evidence of its eventual release has surfaced in the wild. On Tuesday, BGR posted what it describes as photos of an Amazon prototype device, along with some spec and feature details shared by "multiple trusted sources."

  • Opinion: HondaLink Navigation app gives you GPS for less

    Her voice sounded like Queen Amidala from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, or maybe HAL's twin sister from 2001: A Space Odyssey. She had an illustrious accent, perfect diction, and just a hint of vulnerability. "Continue to follow the road for the next six miles," she cooed, in a way that seemed less like a command and more like gentle encouragement.

  • Opinion: Yahoo's making sitcoms? Here are 6 sure-fire comedy pitches

    Forget about TV networks like NBC and CBS. Binge-watching original programming on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu? Yesterday's news. No, when it comes to seeking out entertainment, the forward-thinking TV viewer living on the bleeding edge of technology will fire up their web browser and surf over to Yahoo and its smorgasbord of original programming.

  • Opinion: I'm OK, you're... 8K? 8K broadcasts coming in 2020

    "I dunno, that 4K TV just doesn't have enough pixels," said no one ever. But that isn't stopping the march of progress--8K resolution is coming. Just not for a little while, and with plenty of technical hurdles to clear along the way.

  • Opinion: Why you don't need to encrypt your backup

    Richard O'Hara backs up regularly to an external hard drive, but that leaves him worried. "How can I make the data on the external drive secure in case it's lost or stolen?"

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives: Everything you need to know

    Today's the big day for Samsung's latest flagship phone. The Galaxy S5 is available now in 125 countries.

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