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<p>This week, CNET checks out the latest update to VLC for iOS. Good news, the "app that plays anything" is still a good video player. We also had some high-rated cameras, a TV, and other good stuff, but let's talk about this. The PowerPot. A cooking pot that generates power and charges your iPad? So you can make ramen and read TV Tropes during a power outage? Or is it so you can go camping and boil water while looking up what just bit you? You can make pasta, find a recipe, and electrocute a burglar at the same time? I'm pretty sure there's a perfect use for this thing...a Potfecta. Let us know if you find it. </p>

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<p>As long as you don't need fast autofocus or great burst shooting, the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/sony-alpha-ilce-7r/4505-6501_7-35829201.html">Sony Alpha ILCE-7R (A7R)</a> is great, compact alternative to entry-level full-frame cameras from Nikon and Canon. <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/sony-alpha-ilce-7r/4505-6501_7-35829201.html">Read the review</a>.</p>

Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

This week, CNET checks out the latest update to VLC for iOS. Good news, "the app that plays anything" is still a good video player. We also had some high-rated cameras, a TV, and other good stuff, but let's talk about this. The Power Practical PowerPot. A cooking pot that generates power and charges your iPad? So you can make ramen and read TV Tropes during a power outage? Or is it so you can go camping and boil water while looking up what just bit you? I'm pretty sure there's a perfect use for this thing...a Potfecta. Let us know if you find it.

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Check-ins are out in the redesigned Foursquare for iOS

Instead of guessing where you should go and what you should do when in a new city, let Foursquare help you Explore to get the most out of your experience.

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Foursquare makes it easy to Explore (pictures)

Foursquare looks great on both iOS and Android after its recent redesign.

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Check-ins are out in the redesigned Foursquare for Android

Share your location and discover new hot spots around town with the official Foursquare mobile app.

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If you don't already have a Foursquare account, you can quickly log in with your Facebook account. As of yet, there's no option to use your Google credentials.

Share and discover new locations with Foursquare (pictures)

The official Foursquare app makes it easy to stay active on the popular social network.

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The social app will always scan location to push alerts, Twitter changes the timeline with a blue line, and Giphy strives to play GIFs on Facebook.

Foursquare's new app forgoes check-ins

The social app will always scan location to push alerts, Twitter changes the timeline with a blue line, and Giphy strives to play GIFs on Facebook.

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<p><b>Alienware 14</b></p><p>
Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new <a href="http://www.cnet.com/laptops/alienware-14-core-i7/4505-3121_7-35826690.html">Alienware 14</a>. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but we've got no complaints about the performance.
<a href="http://www.cnet.com/laptops/alienware-14-core-i7/4505-3121_7-35826690.html">Read the review</a>.</p>

Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

It's that time again, cats and kittens -- we've got another weekly roundup of the stuff CNET's editors dug the most. We've got a car that nicely illustrates the "less is more" concept, a revamped gaming laptop from Alienware and a thin laptop from Vizio, and an assortment of handy apps for all kinds of mobile OSes. Enjoy!

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Never run out of new places to go, thanks to Foursquare

The app helps you find new and interesting local spots so you (ideally) never get bored.

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<p>Foursquare for Windows Phone puts the popular local spots front and center in the app, hoping that you'll check out theses places and check in to them, too. As you use Foursquare, the app will start giving you more personalized recommendations for places to go.</p>

Find the hot spots with Foursquare (pictures)

Foursquare for Windows Phone gives you tons of local suggestions for shops, restaurants, and attractions.

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Bridget Carey starts a week of misfit episodes of The 404. On today's episode, we'll dive into the world of fast food regrets, feed Zuckerberg a spoonful of his own medicine, and discuss the latest tech trend: self-gifting.

Ep. 1,324: Where we get a case of the McMondays

Bridget Carey starts a week of misfit episodes of The 404. On today's episode, we'll dive into the world of fast food regrets, feed Zuckerberg a spoonful of his own medicine, and discuss the latest tech trend: self-gifting.

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Fortune 500 companies give social media a thumbs-up

The world's top bankrollers are increasingly growing their social-media presence -- currently, 77 percent of Fortune 500 companies keep active Twitter accounts and 70 percent have a Facebook page.

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Foursquare lets businesses boost their profiles in search

The check-in social network launches self-serve ads, which let small businesses around the world pay to rank their profiles higher in user search results.

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