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The best ways to watch 'Star Wars,' a high-tech headband that reads your mind, and the Amazon Fire TV and Roku 3 duke it out.

We don't know about you, but we're still totally buzzing from the Star Wars Episode VII cast reveal earlier this week. The announcement was timed perfectly with one of our favorite unofficial holidays, Star Wars day! So in light of everything, why not make it a movie marathon weekend? We've got the lowdown on the best ways to watch the series in our Top 5 below.

This week we also check out a high-tech headband that reads your mind. You heard that right. The Muse headband contains sensors on the forehead and behind the ears, reading your brainwaves. We're not sure if this is creepy, or totally awesome. We'll let you be the judge.

And lastly, the Amazon Fire TV streaming media box made an impressive debut last month, but does it have the goods to complete with the Roku 3? We pit them head to head in our latest Prizefight battle.

1. Top 5: Best ways to watch 'Star Wars'

Planning a movie marathon to warm up for the new Star Wars? Here are the five best ways to structure the viewing order.

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2. Prizefight: Amazon Fire TV vs. Roku 3

It's a Prizefight punchout between Amazon's first streaming set-top box and the reigning King of the Ring, the Roku 3. Let's get it on!

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3. Headband lets you perform mind control on yourself

It's hard to be productive when stressed, upset, or distracted. The Muse headband, which senses your brain waves, can help you calm your mind to regain focus. CNET's Kara Tsubio shows up how the headband could also help people who have trouble sleeping, people trying to quit smoking, and kids with ADHD.

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4. How To: Clean your laptop, monitor, or HDTV

CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to use basic household items to make your laptop, monitor, or HDTV look like new.

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5. The 404 1,473: Where we put kidding aside with Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman returns to the show with a preview of the upcoming third season of "Comedy Bang Bang," the newest podcasts on the Earwolf Podcast Network, and how he dodged the Secret Service during his interview with President Barack Obama for "Between Two Ferns."

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6. Nod, one wireless ring that aims to control many devices

It's small, it fits on a finger, and it aims to revolutionize universal gesture control for everything in a smart home. It's either that, or it's a killer pointer for executive presentations.

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7. Googlicious: Google's self-driving cars take over city streets

Google shows off their new advancements on the road. "OK, Google" will be getting new functionality, and is the Galaxy S5 Prime coming soon?

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8. Facebook to allow more private log-ins

If you get nervous using your Facebook log-in to sign into apps and websites, two new features will let you limit the personal information you share. CNET.com's Kara Tsuboi explains how they'll work.

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9. CNET on Cars: 2014 Accord Plug-In: Banishing Honda's bungled hybrid past

Honda Accord Plug-In delivers huge MPG but with some odd twists, the inside scoop on the new backup camera law, and Cooley's top 5 cars with a stick.

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10. Get started with DIY security

Today's kits, cameras, and smart devices are more accessible than ever -- even in an apartment or on a budget. Here's how to do-it-yourself.

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    Cheryl Holloway is a producer for CNET video, responsible for the video programming and promotion on CNET.com, connected TV apps, and partner sites and devices. She is a Northern California native currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, who loves the San Jose Sharks, running, and bad TV.

     

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