10 must-see videos of the week

Best tech gifts for Mother's Day, The Fix takes on gaming, and are you ready for a really cheap smartphone?

We're rounding up the best of the week in CNET video to take you into the weekend.

Mother's Day is just around the corner (don't say we didn't warn you!) and we've got some great gift recommendations for the special tech-loving mother in your life.

The Next Big Thing, hosted by Brian Cooley, finally returns from its extended hiatus (Good news: we'll be airing brand new episodes each month from here on!) with an episode that takes a look at the future of cell phone pricing, the next frontier of wearable tech, and gives you a taste of how new technology is changing the face of home security.

We've also got the rest of your weekly favorites: The Fix takes a deep look at gaming in three distinct forms; Adventures in Tech delves into the weird world of speech recognition and explains why Siri's job is so hard, and how it could improve; and Googlicious speculates on what Google might be unveiling at their I/O in June.

1. Top 5: Tech gifts for mom

Mom deserves more than a card. This year, give her some tech.

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2. Next Big Thing: Are you ready for a really cheap smartphone?

The next big thing in smartphones may just be a small price, home security gets interesting for the first time, and wearables go way beyond fitness.

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3. Adventures in Tech: Why Apple can't get Siri right

Why is Siri's job so hard, and how can Siri be improved? Adventures in Tech delves into the weird world of speech recognition.

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4. The Fix: Get your game on

In this episode, we've got tips to bring back your old favorite vintage games on your new big screen TV; we show you how to optimize gaming on your PC; and we turn your smartphone into a mobile gaming console.

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5. XCAR: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: Pure Anger

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a car that removes the smooth, silky Aston Martin veneer and shows it true self -- an angry, shouty driving machine.

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6. Apple Byte: Reports say Siri is coming to Apple TV

Evidence points to the next Apple TV working with Siri, the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 gets delayed and Apple's latest earnings beat expectations.

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7. Cracking Open: Samsung Galaxy S5

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Galaxy S5 and explains how Samsung made the phone easier to repair by making it harder to open.

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8. How To: Get the most out of the Samsung GS5's camera

Samsung has thrown plenty of new camera features into its marquee handset, the Galaxy S5. Though they may not all be obvious to find, they're definitely worth exploring. Lynn La walks you through some simple ways to add that little extra oomph to your photos with these basic features.

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9. Googlicious: Nexus 8 at Google I/O 2014?

Rumors point to HTC and Google working together on the Nexus 8. Design will be the focus for Google I/O and HTC wants to own the selfie market.

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10. Underwater robots helping find missing WWII planes, airmen

Since 1993, members of the BentProp Project have hunted the seas of Palau for American planes shot down in by the Japanese during World War II. Now they have new high-tech oceanographic tools to help in the search.

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