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LG puts some curve on its new mid-range phones

LG has announced four new mid-range phones ahead of Mobile World Congress, and they're getting some trickle-down features from LG's more expensive handsets.

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Skipr promises to whisk you away from TV commercials

Still in development, the upcoming Android TV app and set-top box promises to auto-detect commercials, and show you more pleasant things instead.

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Pebble could be counting down to a color smartwatch

New Pebble hardware and software are reportedly on the agenda for next week as the company teases a big announcement.

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YouTube is launching a new app just for kids

The childproofed version of YouTube will have parental controls, a simpler interface, and no comments.

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Apple's auto-industry hires suggest an interest in more than software

A list of auto-focused talent now at Apple includes auto-parts engineers, former Tesla employees, and an expert on new battery technology.

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Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey 'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC cards

For a $160, Sony's audiophile SDXC card claims to reduce electrical noise. Will anyone buy it?

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Ray looks like a phone, but it's actually a “Super Remote”

Yet another startup is trying to simplify the remote control through touchscreens. Someone's bound to get it right eventually!

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NBC starts live streaming on mobile, with the usual restrictions

Want to watch NBC live on your phone or tablet? Only cable subscribers in select markets should bother.

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Comcast's TV Everywhere streaming lineup doubles as cord-cutting options skyrocket

The cable giant's live streaming catalog now tops 70 channels, and more than 30 percent of customers are taking advantage.

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Neptune's watch-powered phone is forward-thinking, but preposterous

The Neptune Duo takes the guts out of your phone phone and puts them inside a smartwatch. But why would you want that?

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Asus hints at Android Wear defection as Windows watch rumors loom

CEO cites battery life as a 'major concern' as it looks beyond Google's platform for future smartwatches.

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Office integrates more cloud storage services, starting with iCloud and Box

Microsoft opens Office to any cloud storage service that wants in, though the execution's half-baked.

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Call it 802.11baaa: Rural broadband experiment could use sheep as Wi-Fi hotspots

Yes, wandering sheep with Wi-Fi collars could form mesh networks, to bring truly organic, free-range Wi-Fi to wide swaths of isolated countryside.

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No hardware? No problem: Apple's Web-based iWork goes free for everyone

Now that anyone can create an iCloud account, the doors to Apple's online iWork suite are wide open.

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Mattel's iconic View-Master becomes a VR headset

If you've tried Google Cardboard and are over the age of 30, you've probably noticed some parallels to those old View-Master stereoscopes. Now, Mattel is embracing the comparison.