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Hands on with Yamaha's Spotify Connect AV receivers

Spotify's new Connect service was launched this week and audio device makers used the IFA electronics show to launch the first wave of products that tie into it, including the Yamaha RX-A830 audio receiver.

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Hands-on: Ricoh's Theta, a personal 'Street View' camera

Camera enthusiasts can duplicate the Google Street View panoramic effect with Ricoh's Theta, a sleek camera that fits in your pocket.

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How to break the 4K bottleneck and bring super duper ultra HD to homes

There are barriers for sure, but these types of transitions have happened before.

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Hands on with Sony's QX10 lens camera

Sony unveiled a pair of lens cameras -- the higher-end QX100 and the smaller but farther-zooming QX10 -- at this week's IFA show in Berlin. We spend some hands-on time with the QX10.

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Toshiba shows prototype 50-inch 4K TV

A 50-inch TV is still pretty large, but the prototype Toshiba is showing off at the IFA show in Berlin is the smallest 4K set yet seen.

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Spec stand off: Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Sony SmartWatch 2

How does the newly unveiled Galaxy Gear from Samsung compare to Sony's SmartWatch 2? We break down the specs.

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Is this Sony's new waterproof Z1 smartphone?

Details of Sony's new smartphone details of the phone have already leaked across various smartphone blogs, and it appeared to make an appearance at IFA in Berlin.

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Massive Delta IV rocket launches classified satellite

A powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket launched a classified reconnaissance satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Wednesday.

US, others criticize new Vietnamese Internet law

A new Vietnamese Internet law that will put curbs on the types of information that can be exchanged on blogs and social media was criticized on Monday by a 21-nation inter-governmental group.

Microsoft, Motorola trial to resume Monday

Microsoft and Motorola are expected to begin arguments on Monday in the second part of a court case regarding patent licensing fees.

Toshiba takes step toward 3D flash memory chips

This new type of memory chip being developed by Toshiba could provide vastly greater capacity at a lower cost for digital gadgets such as cameras, smartphones and tablets.

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NASA plans to test laser communications link with upcoming lunar mission

An upcoming NASA mission will test a new laser communications system that could one day deliver high-definition 3D video signals from Mars and beyond.

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Xerox releases patch for scanning error issue

Xerox has issued the first software patch intended to fix a problem in some multi-function printers that causes characters to be incorrectly reproduced when scanned.

Data glitch halts NASDAQ trading

All trading on the NASDAQ market was halted on Thursday due to a glitch in a system used to disseminate trading information.

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Facebook eyes making local connections with mesh networks

Facebook has designed a system that would allow individuals and advertisers to make direct connections to those physically nearby that share similar interests or are open to receiving certain advertisements.