Caitlin McGarryStaff Writer, Macworld

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Get the party started with Kube, a $3000 speaker that keeps your booze cold

Need a powerful outdoor stereo that's also a drink cooler? Kube is an over-the-top solution that's super cool and super expensive.

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Lie back, relax, and get to work with Altwork, a crazy configurable desk

This workstation set-up will make you feel like a spaceship commander. In a good way.

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Obama on encryption: 'It's fetishizing our phones above every other value'

At South by Southwest Interactive, President Obama warned that taking an "absolutist stance" on privacy vs. encryption isn't the right answer.

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Apple Support arrives on Twitter to solve all your problems

Before you make a Genius Bar appointment, try asking @AppleSupport for help.

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Meet Hound, a hands-free virtual assistant that's smarter and faster than Siri

This app isn't as convenient as OS-level voice-activated assistants, but it turns up results lightning fast.

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Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2 Record Equipped review: Crazy long name, super smart shoes

These $150 Bluetooth sneakers track your workouts without a phone nearby.

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Review: TomTom sabotages Spark’s fantastic fitness watch features with bad design

This $250 activity tracker has GPS, on-board music storage, and heart rate monitoring, but it's too clunky and difficult to use for daily wear.

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Apple's legal strategy: Software is free speech, and Congress should decide

Is code protected by the First Amendment? Apple will argue that it does.

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Hot Band is a wacky watch strap that makes your analog timepiece smart

The Hot Band brings notifications and audio to the watch you already own.

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Tidal's Kanye West exclusive is good for Tidal and for music pirates

Tidal is at the top of the app charts, but West's album is being torrented at a furious pace.

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Uber has to refund those so-called Safe Ride fees

You could get a little money back because Uber's driver background checks aren't really "industry leading."

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Switch from Facebook's iOS app to Facebook on Safari to save battery life

For some reason, Facebook's iPhone app is still a huge drain on your battery.

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Apple relaxing its iPhone trade-in rules to accept phones with cracked screens

Cupertino is also planning to roll out screen protector installation machines at Apple Stores to keep your iPhone display pristine.

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Why your Facebook News Feed is filled with Friends Day videos

Facebook has declared its 12th birthday "Friends Day." It's a good excuse to look at old photos.

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Fitbit slims down with fashionable new Alta fitness tracker

The $130 fitness band puts a stylish spin on activity-tracking.