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Attempting a minimalist living room with Shield Android TV and HDHomeRun

Streaming games and over-the-air channels from another room can help slim down your media center, but they also introduce some new points of failure.

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Lycos emerges from obscurity with a fitness band and smart ring

The dot-com era search brand is touting a curious new hardware venture, but the point of it all remains a bit murky.

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Jawbone returns to the Apple Store, while straying further from its own hardware

Huawei will be the first dedicated fitness tracker to support Jawbone's app and coaching features.

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Don't blame Apple for Pebble Time's iOS app review holdup

Apple may not be entirely to blame for the delay, and Pebble gets some great publicity from it. The only losers are Pebble's most loyal backers.

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Showtime's $11 per month streaming service gets Apple as an early partner

The new standalone service launches on July 12, and includes full access to Showtime's back catalog.

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Intel's tiny Compute Stick PC could pack a bigger punch this winter

A leaked product roadmap indicates double the RAM, double the storage, and a boost to Core M processors.

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GameFly brings game streaming to Amazon Fire TV, taking on Nvidia and Sony

The mail-order video game rental service's expansion to streaming seems long overdue, but the market's still young and unproven.

Leaked Microsoft WiFi service could bring expanded hotspot coverage, Office 365 tie-ins

A new website indicates a spin-off from Skype Wi-Fi, unifying multiple providers' hotspots around a single login.

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Blocks Wearables' nifty modular smartwatch looks less like vaporware now

With more realistic design goals, a new prototype, and Android-based software, Blocks' smartwatch could become a real product after all.

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SanDisk's new 128GB flash drive is the size of a penny

The SanDisk Ultra Fit claims the crown for smallest 128 GB USB 3.0 drive, while also doubling the capacity of its standard thumb drives.

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Crazy Nintendo rumor says next console will be Android-based

With developer support waning, Nintendo's NX platform will reportedly woo developers with more flexibility on how to release their games.

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Android TV’s second act: More apps, better hardware, and new features

Google-powered TV boxes have been a tough sell next to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV, but that’s starting to change.

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Google's researchers just stole I/O with smart pants, a password killer, and the most secure SD card ever

After a fairly straightforward keynote, Google’s advanced research division shows off wrist-worn radar, touch-sensitive fabric, and a new plan to kill passwords.

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Google Photos' algorithm makes the manual sorting of images a quaint pastime

Who has time to organize digital photos? Google shows a better way, provided you can live with some compression.

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Nvidia Shield hands-on: The first high-end Android TV box ships today, rife with features

Shield is much pricier than your average set-top box, but aims to justify its $200 price tag with 4K streaming and a bunch of gaming options.