Jared NewmanPCWorld Follow me on Google+

Jared writes for PCWorld and TechHive from his remote outpost in Cincinnati.

Microsoft Band

Microsoft Band and Health get active again with new exercise routines

After a couple of quiet months, improvements to Microsoft's budding fitness platform are underway.

mintboxmini

The MintBox Mini is a silent, quad-core Linux Mint PC that fits in your pocket

The $300 Linux Mint rig will be one fifth the size of its predecessor, yet twice as powerful with a fanless design.

google glass

Google halts Glass Explorer sales, amid leadership changes and lagging development

Google will discontinue the $1,500 Glass Explorer Edition, with no consumer launch in sight.

wi-fi in the sky

Marriott backs off from blocking Wi-Fi hotspots but leaves its FCC petition open

The hotel's attempted ban seemed like a shameless grab for Wi-Fi fees, but the hotel chain maintains it's just concerned about rogue hotspots.

twitchmusic

Twitch adds a music section, free tracks to make up for copyright crackdown

Streamers who want to add some background music can choose from more than 500 songs, with no risk of being muted.

xiaomiboxmini

Xiaomi's Mi Box Mini is a media streamer the size of a phone charger

Admire the $30 streaming video device for its impressive engineering, but don't hold your breath for a U.S. launch.

samsunground

Samsung's first round smartwatch may have an Apple-like twist

Rumored “Orbis” watch could take a page from the Apple Watch with a rotating hardware element.

Scroogled no more: Microsoft's anti-Google campaign slinks away for good

Microsoft's Scroogled Website disappears, marking the end of the Redmond's sleazy ad campaign against one of its biggest competitors.

facebookwork

Facebook at Work wants to get all up in your business

A version of Facebook for inter-office communication holds promise, but it's still in testing and there's no business model yet.

firefoxhello

Firefox Hello eases video chat by emphasizing permalinks over logins

Firefox Hello may never catch up to Skype and Hangouts, but this update makes it much easier to manage regular chat sessions.

wearresponses1

WearResponses adds customizable canned text messages to Android Wear

The free Android Wear app is a simple way to avoid having go text by voice, though it does require some minor tweaking.

allcast

AllCast brings easy Chromecast photo beaming to iOS

The free app does a fine job of sending photos to your TV, but there are better options for video.

cord-cutting, cord cutter

CES wrap-up: Cord-cutting trends and predictions for 2015

For those who've learned to live without a pay TV subscription, 2014 was a banner year. Here's what to expect in 2015.

jawbonelumoid

Not sure about wearables? Lumoid launches a try-before-you-buy program

The new service offers a seven-day trial on Pebble, Jawbone and more, but charges $20 if you don't make a purchase.

amazontransparent

Amazon and Netflix snag Golden Globe awards as web shows ascend

Kevin Spacey wins actor accolades for House of Cards, while Jeffrey Tambor helps Amazon's Transparent take a pair of awards.