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Inside Google's master plan for faster, sharper streaming video

Google is working on a new technology called VP10 that will allow it to squeeze higher-quality video over broadband and mobile networks. And thanks to patent issues with a rival standard, it has a chance to catch on.

By August 28, 2015

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Google, HTC vets turn to consumers to fund a cloud-based smartphone

Startup Nextbit launches its first smartphone as a Kickstarter project. Early commitments will nab the device, named "Robin," for $299.

By September 1, 2015

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What's coming and going on Netflix for September 2015

Lots of TV shows are arriving on Netflix, including the fifth season of "The Walking Dead." Find out what else is being added and which titles are disappearing soon.

By August 31, 2015

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HTC First

Facebook fanatics -- and, weirdly, Android purists -- looking for a functional Android phone will enjoy the HTC First. Everyone else can move along.

By April 9, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating April 9, 2013
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First Alert Onelink Wi-Fi Thermostat

First Alert might be an old household brand but its new smart thermostat sounds like it's straight from the future.

By January 4, 2015

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Windows 10 scores 5% slice of desktop market

A month into its official debut, Microsoft's new system software is ahead of Windows 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite in desktop traffic, according to Web tracker NetMarketShare.

By September 1, 2015

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Galaxy S6 vs. S6 Edge vs. Edge+ vs. Note 5: Which new Samsung smartphone should you buy?

Four superphones with four similar styles and specs. We'll help break down the pros, cons, and how much extra you pay to upgrade from the S6 to the S6 Edge to the Note 5 to the Edge+. Whew!

By August 28, 2015

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No connection? No Amazon device? Prime Video says no problem

Amazon Prime Video, a Netflix competitor from the retailing giant, will let you download shows and movies to watch offline on nearly any smartphone.

By September 1, 2015

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Adobe Flash's newest enemy: Google

Starting Tuesday, Google's Chrome browser won't automatically play ads that use Flash -- another blow for the long-criticized animation software.

By August 31, 2015

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The perfect password? You've put your finger on it

From CNET Magazine: Fingerprint readers, which are more convenient and more secure than passcodes, could finally do away with the weakest link in almost any security system.

By August 31, 2015