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  • Opinion: Amazon offering free Fire TV trials to some Prime members

    If you're curious about Amazon's Fire TV set-top box and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you might want to check your inbox.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Another Case Solved

    I downloaded Another Case Solved on a whim, after seeing an ad in Mikey Shorts. (Both titles were produced by Noodlecake Studios, which partnered with Chillingo for this release. In fact, we've been giving a lot of love to Noodlecake Studios' collection lately--Flappy Golf is another game on our list.) I literally downloaded it because I accidentally clicked on an in-game ad, and because it was free. So you can understand how surprised I am to find that, two months later, I'm still playing Another Case Solved--enthusiastically.

  • Opinion: All-you-can-read kids service Epic adds a thousand new books from HarperCollins

    I was a voracious reader as a kid. If my mom could have waved a magic wand and had an unlimited supply of books appear in our living room for a flat fee of $10 a month, I'm sure she would have jumped at the chance. Thanks to the iPad and a subscription service called Epic, my kid can gorge himself on children's books until the cow jumps over the moon.

  • Opinion: Another China/USA cyberslap fight

    The US-China relationship is oft described as "the most important diplomatic relationship in the world." Whether true or not (Japan and Western Europe haven't vanished), it's important that Beijing and Washington communicate, and, where possible, collaborate."

  • Opinion: Nest Protect gets a recall and a software update

    If you have a Nest Protect smoke detector, you'll want to make sure that its software is up to date. On Tuesday, Nest officially recalled 440,000 Nest Protect smoke detectors, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, because of an issue that could prevent the alarm from sounding right away in case of a fire.

  • Opinion: Would you like VR with your pizza? Chuck E. Cheese to test Oculus Rift at its restaurants

    It has been decades since I set foot inside a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant--eateries promising family fun don't really cater to gentlemen in their early 40s unaccompanied by children. So my memories of the place tend to be frozen-in-amber recollections of skee-ball machines, whack-a-mole games, and audio-animatronic animals singing along to songs about pizza.

  • Opinion: How to create and share custom Style Sets

    Who knew Microsoft Word could give you a power rush? That's what you feel when you create a one-click, customized Style Set that automatically applies font, paragraph, layout, and other setting to any document. It's a great way to create consistency for monthly reports or other routine pieces of content. Once you get the hang of Style Sets, formatting text one paragraph or section at a time will feel as primitive as Sumerians writing cuneiform on wet-clay tablets.

  • Opinion: Decorate like a pro with these 10 interior design apps

    When I moved to Los Angeles last month, I signed a lease without ever seeing the actual apartment. In fact, I didn't see my new place until I arrived on move-in day with a 22-foot rental truck full of boxes and furniture.

  • Opinion: What will consumers gain from AT&T's DirecTV buy?

    It's official: AT&T wants to buy DirecTV in a deal valued at around $48.5 billion. And to help the acquisition's public appeal, the telecommunications giant is offering a number of sweeteners.

  • Opinion: In connected cars, advertising will come along for the ride

    You're steering your car around an unfamiliar city, close to lunchtime, and you're not exactly sure where to eat, let alone where you can park. But your in-car infotainment system springs into action, serving up not only the location of a nearby parking lot but also coupons and offers for restaurants just steps away from where you've left your car.

  • Opinion: Meet Darma, the non-activity tracker you sit on

    Quantified butt. The Internet of chairs. An unactivity tracker. Jokes aside, the Darma cushion might be the smartest thing you ever sit on. Unlike your smartphone, it can't butt-dial anyone, but Darma can dial up stats about how much time you spend in a chair and how good your posture is while you're there.

  • Opinion: Attack of the clones: detect fake antimalware with these tips

    Security researchers have been stressing the dramatic rise in mobile malware for a few years now--which naturally leads to more users downloading and using some sort of mobile antimalware app. But now even malware protection has become a risk: last month the popular Virus Shield Android app was outed as fraud, and this week Kaspersky announced the discovery of a pair of fake apps using its name in the Google and Windows Phone app stores.

  • Opinion: The first one's free: EA tries luring mobile gamers with free currency

    Electronic Arts has become one of the first iOS game publishers to test a new promotional code system for in-app purchases.

  • Opinion: CarPlay for the rest of us: Pioneer demos Apple's interface in its NEX infotainment systems

    I just saw Apple CarPlay in its near-final form. A black minivan pulled up to my office, and black-clad representatives from Pioneer Electronics showed me the highly anticipated, supposedly seamless marriage of iPhone to car, as it will look in the company's NEX infotainment systems.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Flappy Golf

    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: Skylock prevents theft while letting you share your bike

    Having a bike stolen is a terrible feeling, and in the hive of scum and villainy known as the United States, it happens 1.5 million times every year. Being able to share your bike with friends while always knowing right where it is, and getting a push notification if it's been in a crash or someone is messing with your lock--that would be pretty great. That's what Skylock thinks too.

  • Opinion: Windows Cloud: is Windows moving online?

    With the future of Windows focused on mobile, stories have begun to surface about a cloud-powered version of Windows in the works. We look at how that might work, and how it would heighten the battle between Microsoft and Google.

  • Opinion: Flappy Bird will flap again in August, creator says

    The highly-addictive gaming craze that sparked hundreds of clones from unknown app developers and even Sesame Street is making a comeback. Yes, one-tap sensation Flappy Bird is returning to smartphones this August, and its dragging a brand new multi-player mode along with it.

  • Opinion: Keep all of your stuff close at hand with Snupps

    My boyfriend and I have an almost out-of-control collection of Mickey Mouse Vinylmation. (Yes, I'm adult, and we all have our vices... one of mine just happens to be painted Mickey Mouse figurines.) And it's getting to the point where I sometimes forget everything we've amassed so far. Most of the time, that's never a problem--I can just consult my ever-growing bookshelf at home--but when I'm out on the hunt or trading with another collector, I find myself scrambling. Do I have the chaser from this set? Did we take Carl and Ellie out of the box? Which Dapper Dan am I missing?

  • Opinion: It's not all sunshine, as sharing start-ups tackle big issues at industry meet-up

    Bakers who sell home-made sweet potato pies from their homes and struggling city-dwellers who rent out their apartments on Airbnb don't typically have a lot in common--except in some states their money-making enterprises are considered illegal. Yet the "sharing economy" has become the defining buzz phrase that encompasses Airbnb hosts and food co-operatives, grassroots sharing efforts, and new iPhone apps. When you lump a bunch of people under one banner, that's bound to create some friction.



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