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Are you ready for a really cheap smartphone? (The Next Big Thing, Episode 5)

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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Roku is master of the streaming universe

By the power of YouTube and Amazon’s HBO deal, it’s hard to defeat the Roku streaming box. Also, how to cope with Twitter’s new profile design.

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Bigger-screen iPhone 6 may mean smaller sales at Apple -- for now

Apple fans, already waiting for the next big thing, may have paused on buying an iPhone as they wait for the large-screen iPhone 6, expected in coming months.

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Microsoft unleashes ‘Bing in the Classroom’ ad-free search

The tech giant looks to get an A+ with the roll out of a student-friendly version of its search engine, which has zero ads, privacy controls, and filters that block adult content and ad targeting.

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Oh, Apple. Did you have to?

Apple's Earth Day ad, squarely aimed at Samsung, undercuts Apple's sincerity in dealing with the environment. But some may love seeing a little arrogance back in Apple's ads.

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Lytro Illum shifts the focus on photography

The new Lytro camera lets you refocus after you shoot, Netflix plans to increase its price, and a new kitchen gadget makes it possible brew beer at home from concentrate.

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Apple has a green dig at Samsung in new ad

"There are some ideas we want every company to copy," says Apple, adding a thinly veiled dig at rivals like Samsung to new environmental-themed adverts.

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Apple said to be 'serious' about moving into mobile payments

The tech giant is reportedly looking to hire some senior executives to head its rumored electronic payments business.

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Why the case against Comcast-Time Warner Cable is evaporating

[commentary] Recent developments in Comcast's efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable suggest the deal will go through...eventually.

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Why Nike is pulling the plug on FuelBand

Fitness-tracking wristbands are a hot gadget category, but Nike doesn’t see a future in FuelBand hardware. Also: Microsoft tests a new Office program and Nintendo’s Game Boy celebrates a noteworthy birthday.

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Supreme Court takes up the future of TV

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on a case that could change the way you watch TV. Start-up Aereo is being sued for copyright infringement by major broadcasters, including ABC, NBC, and CBS, CNET's parent company. CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Joan Solsman explain the tech at the heart of the fight and what's at stake for viewers.

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Tim Cook is smooth voiceover on new Apple green ad

Apple decides to plug its environmentalist credentials in new ad, with the mellifluous tones of its CEO describing the company striving to be a better citizen.

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