Ed OswaldFreelance contributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Smithsonian channel on Roku

Roku gets 4K content from Smithsonian; Encore, CW also sign up

The set-top box is currently the only to support 4K video from Smithsonian’s latest streaming channel, coming a month after the release of the 4K-capable Roku 4.

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Locksmart padlock

The traditional padlock gets the “smart” treatment

Dog & Bone’s new LockSmart padlock uses Bluetooth technology to eliminate the worry of lost keys and forgotten combinations.

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New Lowes Iris smart home system

Lowe's announces Iris 2.0, marking a long-term commitment to its connected-home platform

An entirely redesigned platform debuts Monday with lower price points, better mobile capabilities, and deep tie-ins to Lowe's' core businesses.

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Sony PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue service finds a home on Amazon Fire TV

Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are supported, with Chromecast coming soon.

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Tech companies pitch in to help in Sandy’s wake

In the wake of Sandy, technology companies are going all out when it comes to relief efforts. From text-message donations to cooperation in providing services to customers, recovery is under way.

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Comcast offers free Wi-Fi in the wake of Sandy

Residents in eight states and Washington, DC most affected by Hurricane Sandy will be able to log-in to Comcast’s Wi-Fi network for free through November 7.

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Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy early Sunday morning.

Online tools to use to track Hurricane Sandy's power

Here's where to go to find up-to-the-minute information as Hurricane Sandy clobbers the United States.

Windows 8 users: Google wants you back

The search giant launches a special website to help you “get your Google back” while using Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Amazon Web Services outage takes out popular websites again

Issues at an Amazon Web Service datacenter in Northern Virginia had webmasters at Reddit, Flipboard and Airbnb dealing with unhappy customers on Monday.

Isis mobile payment system for Android finally launches

After months of delays, the tap-to-pay mobile payment system owned by AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon Wireless goes live in Austin and Salt Lake City.

Kim Dotcom's Twitter image

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom returns with “Mega” file-sharing service

Megaupload may be dead, but its founder Kim Dotcom is about to launch a whole new file-sharing site with new protections for its users.

The Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to escape authorities

The popular search engine used to find torrents, or small information files that allow the downloading of content from the BitTorrent peer-to-peer system.

Foursquare tiptoes into local search

The popular check-in service opens up its local search offering to the public through its website.

Starbucks adopts Square wireless wallet

Starbucks coffee shops will use Square's mobile payment system in its own app starting this fall, and is also updating its iOS app with location alerts.

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Facebook private messages trigger 'likes' without telling

A new Facebook feature lifts links from your private messages and adds anonymous "likes" to those sites without alerting you.