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In the latest Apple Byte, host Brian Tong covers the week's juiciest news and rumors, including whether or not Iris scanning tech could play key role in Apple's future product lines. Plus: we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac! That's right, the PC that started a revolution and really put Apple on the map was first introduced 30 years ago on January 24, 1984. Were some of you even born yet?
And to get you prepped for the big game next week, our resident How To expert, Sharon Vaknin is offering up some practical tips on how to position your TV so that it hits your home theater's sweet spot. Also: The top five sci-fi TV shows and films that predicted technology that now exists, the hottest cars from the Detroit auto show, and we go hands-on with a thermoelectric generator that charges your gadgets by turning heat into electricity.
1. Apple Byte: Iris scanning tech coming to the next iPhone?
Apple is looking at biometrics to play a key role in its product line, Apple's Fifth Avenue store shatters, and the 30th anniversary of the Mac.
2. How to: Find the perfect spot for your TV
Even if you can see your big-screen set from across the room, that doesn't mean you should sit that far away. Sharon Vaknin shows you how to place your TV in your home theater's sweet spot.
3. CNET on Cars: Checking the tech at America's biggest auto show
We scope the latest automo-tech at the Detroit auto show, see where headlight technology is going next, and explain self-driving cars three ways.
4. Showing off the Power Practical PowerPot V
This thermoelectric generator can charge your gadgets and cook your dinner.
5. XCAR: First Look at the new BMW M3 and M4
We were given some face-time with the all-new BMW M3 and M4. We have a close look, talk specs, and even get to hear its 3.0-litre straight six rev.
6. Top 5: Sci-Fi tech now real
We take a look at some of the futuristic TV shows and movies that predicted the tech we finally saw with our own eyes at CES 2014.
7. Moto G Google Play Edition; Your ticket to ultra-affordable and clean Android KitKat
Starting at $179, the ridiculously cheap Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition is your best way to grab a new and unlocked smartphone running pure Android KitKat.
8. Vibrating fork and a smart scale could help you eat healthier
If you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, you might need a bit of high-tech help right about now. CNET takes a look at a fork that helps you pace your meals, and an app that lets you count calories easily and accurately.
9. The 404 Show, Ep. 1411: Where we need to talk about 'Her'
"Her" by Spike Jonze is a movie that follows a modern man as he falls in love with his operating system. Naturally, we'll need an entire show to review it, and CNET's Ty Pendlebury and Sarah Tew sub in for Jeff to join the conversation. Warning: This episode contains spoilers!
10. Mild-mannered Chevy Malibu sedan features modern, smartphone interface
Although lacking in the way of emotional engagement, the Chevy Malibu drives easily, and it gets the MyLink cabin tech interface, which emulates the style of smartphones.