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  • Opinion: Hands on with LG's webOS Smart+ TVs

    Smart TVs are sometimes anything but. From setting them up to work with all your devices, to juggling remotes to switch between inputs, to the way the smart TV menus pull you entirely out of whatever you were watching, using a smart TV can make you feel kind of dumb.

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

    Well, that didn't take long.

  • 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: Indiegogo CEO responds to backers demanding refunds for scammy Healbe wristband

    The Indiegogo campaign for the scientifically untenable Healbe activity tracker hasn't been shut down, but now a co-founder of the crowd-funding site seems to understand just how badly the wearable is affecting public trust in his platform.

  • Opinion: Wearables sales tripled in a year--and will grow 500 percent by 2018, study says

    Anyone who follows consumer tech news already knows that wearables are all the rage. They're hot. They're heralded as the Next Big Thing in mobile electronics. But are they selling? Research firm IDC says it has answers, reporting Thursday that sales of wearables have more than tripled in one year's time, and will grow about 500 percent in the next four years.

  • Opinion: Google bakes Chromecast-style Sonos support into Play Music

    On Thursday morning, Sonos and Google announced a duet made in streaming music heaven: Deep, intertwined Google Play Music and Sonos home audio equipment integration.

  • Opinion: Turns out most people prefer to watch TV instead of tweet about it

    Twitter and Facebook think they're pretty important to TV viewers and have spent the last year or so fighting for a piece of advertisers' budgets. But it turns out that most people aren't paying attention to social media at all when they tune in to their favorite shows.

  • Opinion: LG's G Watch prototype looks just like every other smartwatch

    As we're eagerly awaiting the arrival of Android Wear, we're also paying close attention to see what device manufacturers come up with for the official launch, expected to happen later this summer.

  • Opinion: Rumor: Samsung is developing a smartwatch with an integrated SIM

    Samsung's mobile portfolio is already crowded with wrist-worn wearables, including the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit. Yet now there's a rumor afloat that it's adding another smartwatch to its arsenal: the Gear Solo.

  • Opinion: Hands on with the Tablo DVR: Over-the-air TV to go

    Anyone looking for an alternative to forking out cash each month to a cable provider has another cord-cutting option at their disposal in the form of Tablo. The DVR not only records over-the-air broadcast television, but also streams live and recorded TV over the Internet for those times when you've left the couch in body, if not in spirit.

  • Opinion: My Sony SmartBand arrived from Amazon! But its required software isn't even public yet

    Well, this is frustrating. I'm now the proud owner of a Sony SmartBand, the activity-tracking wristband that records lifestyle events along with exercise and sleep data. But I can't actually use the device because its essential, mission-critical software isn't yet available on Google Play.

  • Opinion: Wellograph puts a luxury twist on activity-tracking wristbands (or is it a smartwatch?)

    Most wrist-worn activity trackers err toward sporty styling at best and gauche aesthetics at worst. This leaves a wide-open hole in the market for a wellness tracker-cum-smartwatch like the Wellograph. It's available for pre-order Thursday at the dear, dear price of $350, and attempts to bring a bit of civilized grace to wearable-tech fashion.

  • Opinion: DIY tech

    In the past, a technically apt user might decide to build their own customized PC. They'd buy components that suited their usage patterns--motherboard, case, graphics card etc--and put it all together. Some would tweak a Linux distro for maximum customization. Of course this continues today, but when PCs were pricey and less powerful, the desire to maximize compute power for the desktop was stronger.

  • Opinion: Oculus fallout proves nobody understands what Kickstarter truly does: Fund hope

    The whining began mere moments after Facebook announced it was gobbling up Oculus Rift for a whopping $2 billion, enthralled by the Rift's potential for non-gaming applications.

  • Opinion: Sony says 'thanks, but no thanks' to Android Wear

    A lot of developers are excited by the prospect of Android Wear, Google's upcoming platform for wearable devices such as smartwatches. Sony isn't one of them: The electronics giant says it's going to pass on making wearables using the Google offering.

  • Opinion: Google myth-busts the nonsense that 'Glass is ready for prime time'

    Google's smartglasses are far from perfect, but we have to give the company credit for always positioning the current iteration of Glass as a work-in-progress. I would qualify the Glass Explorer program as the ultimate alpha test of any prototype in consumer-tech history--insomuch as Google has recruited thousands of hardware testers, publicly, to help its engineers work out the kinks.

  • Opinion: Layar, the pioneering augmented reality app, is now available for Google Glass

    The year was 2009. The iPhone was still a relatively fresh young face, and a newfangled technology called "augmented reality," or AR, was giving iOS users a few fancy parlor tricks to try out with their smartphones. Layar was the biggest name in mobile AR back then--and now it makes a return on a smartglasses platform that needs some AR mojo.

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