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Netflix’s new excuse for no offline playback is even lamer than the last one

Netflix thinks you're too confused to deal with offline playback.


IFTTT’s DO Button for Android Wear puts a command center on your wrist

IFTTT's Do app for Android Wear brings more smart home controls to your wrist.


Sling TV is coming to Chromecast this year

Sling TV could support Chromecast and Apple TV before too long.

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21.5-inch iMac could get its Retina 4K upgrade in November

At 4K resolution, Apple’s smaller all-in-one would match the 27-inch 5K iMac in pixel density.


How Watchup became the Wii U’s sixth streaming-video app

In the Wii U’s paltry video app lineup, Watchup’s approach to streaming the news fills a specific role.


Steam Big Picture overhaul helps you deal with your massive backlog

With the first Steam Machine consoles coming soon, Valve is preparing a new version of its TV-friendly Big Picture mode.


Samsung’s SleepSense sleep tracker taps home appliances to help you doze off

SleepSense joins a growing number of on-bed sleep trackers, though its connection to Samsung TVs and appliances could be its standout feature.


Hulu without ads arrives for $12 per month (or more with Apple billing)

For $4 more per month, subscribers can get the same lineup of streaming shows, but mostly without commercial interruption.


Popcorn Time users sued again, this time for streaming 2015’s Survivor

Yet another shakedown looms for a small number of 'Netflix for pirates' users. Consider this another warning to proceed with caution.


Windows 10 usage off to a fast start, Edge not so much

Microsoft’s new operating system has a stronger launch than Windows 7, but Edge usage is trending in the wrong direction.


Amazon Prime adds offline video for iOS and Android, while Netflix makes excuses

Amazon solves a major problem for streaming video services, while Netflix makes excuses.


LG SmartThinQ sensor makes old appliances Internet-aware

LG makes a sensor for dumb appliances, and it's not as silly as it seems.


Razer is almost ready to sell its intriguing Nabu fitness band

The Nabu’s combination of health tracking and on-screen notifications remains unique among fitness bands. Can Razer finally ship the darned thing?

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New update makes Amazon Echo more family-friendly

Amazon Echo update adds support for multiple accounts, BART departure times for San Francisco residents.


Sling TV apologizes after botching another big streaming event

More fixes are coming after Fear the Walking Dead failed to stream for some users, but Sling warns of “further issues” until a solution is in place.