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Philips Hue bulb can now perform a video game light show with the Xbox One

With the Xbox One platformer Chariot, Philips Hue bulbs change color and brightness in sync with the on-screen action.

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Eddystone beacons let Google pinpoint exactly where you stand

Just like Apple's iBeacon technology, Google's Bluetooth-based tracking opens up new uses that just aren't possible with GPS and Wi-Fi.

T-Mobile's latest family data plans are a downright bargain

The latest promotion from T-Mobile undercuts Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint by a wide margin.

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The best Pebble fitness app just got better for Android users

Misfit's step counter and sleep tracking can now sync with Android phones, though support for the Pebble Time's color screen is still missing.

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Android Wear may get interactive watch faces for even faster info

Google's smartwatch software could undergo even more interface changes, with greater emphasis on customization.

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How to disable Flash Player: Why now's a better time than ever

Recent security exploits illustrate how Flash has outstayed its welcome, even on desktop web browsers.

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Amazon Fling is the Fire TV's answer to Chromecast

Users will be able to send video and music to the TV from existing phone and tablet apps--assuming developers get on board.

Synaptics touts more secure fingerprint readers, in time for Windows 10 and Android M

“Match-in-Sensor” technology keeps fingerprint data away from the operating system, helping to cut off malware attacks.

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Fire TV Stick 2? Faster 'Amazon AFTS' shows up in benchmarks

A follow-up to Amazon's $40 TV dongle may be on the way, with a faster processor and dedicated graphics.

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LG G4 Beat is a mid-tier phone that doesn't sound terrible

The Beat's camera features look promising, though LG has cut a few corners in the spec department.

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Facebook lets you avoid the algorithm and control your own news feed

Sometimes humans are better than machines are better at figuring out what they want. Who knew?

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Chromecast Ethernet adapter solves spotty Wi-Fi for $15

You still need Wi-Fi to use Chromecast, but this cheap power adapter can help deal with dead zones.

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Pluto.TV is the best cord-cutting app you're not using

The startup is adding more long-form content as it tries to solve the “what's on?” problem. Let's hope it won't lose its identity along the way.

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Google Play Music deleting cached songs on SD cards, but not on purpose

What is it with subscription streaming music services messing with people's stuff lately?

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Plex beefs up its Xbox One app, but still requires a subscription

New features include playlists, music support, SmartGlass controls, and direct MKV playback.