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With iPad Mini, Apple has big ambitions for tablet sales

Apple is counting on the $249 iPad Mini to draw you into its stores. But it's hoping you end up buying a $499 iPad Air instead.

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It's the first auction of new wireless spectrum in six years. CNET gets you up to speed on how this will affect your wireless service in the future.

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​Why it's harder to choose which iPad works best for you

Apple's tablet lineup has expanded from six configurations to more than 50 in four years. Has the product lineup become too complex?

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Microsoft reportedly ready to launch smartwatch in weeks

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Apple's Beats reaches for profundity as it shows LeBron James losing weight and gaining soul in a new campaign.

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Apple's iPad Air 2 on preorder at Walmart for $489

The retail giant nudges down the price for Apple's two new tablets -- the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 -- while also cutting the cost of the iPad Mini original.

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HBO may price online-only subscription service at $15 a month

HBO's plans to bring its programming to Internet users via a Netflix-style streaming service may cost as much as bundling it with a cable package, according to a report.

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Top-rated reviews of the week

This week CNET's reviews editors found no fewer than three Outstanding products -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet with stylus, a pair of Bowers & Wilkins bookshelf speakers and a "superb" Bonavita coffee maker. Beyond that, a great quadcopter for beginners and an Editors' Choice Award-winning Nikon camera lead a healthy list of winners.

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Virgin Galactic to resume powered test flights

Virgin's commercial passenger space flight venture is soon to begin a new round of test flights for spaceliner SpaceShipTwo.

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Hungarian research suggests that those born in the summer are moodier adults than those born in the winter.

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Physicists have built a tractor beam out of lasers that can both repel and attract objects across distances 100 times farther than previously possible.

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Siri, an autistic boy's best friend

A writer describes how her 13-year-old son seems to talk with Apple's digital assistant more easily than with her. Can technology design virtual humans as we'd wish real ones were?

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​Why it's harder to choose which iPad works best for you

Apple's tablet lineup has expanded from six configurations to more than 50 in four years. Has the product lineup become too complex?

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