Melissa AparicioMultimedia Correspondent, TechHive

Melissa Aparicio is multimedia correspondent for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Spiked with LIDAR sensors, Ford research car tracks objects and creates 3D maps

Ford tricked out its Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle with enough sensors to see more than a driver ever could—so the car can help the human drive better.

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Android, Bluetooth, and your car will all play nicer with new Broadcom software

Broadcom's new software stack promises to smooth over issues with flaky pairing and subpar streaming, and sync better with wearable devices.

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Printer buying guide: How to find the best model for your home or office

The best printers today have mobile apps and wireless connectivity, and inkjets are looking as good as lasers. Learn what to look for here.

HP Chromebook 14 review: It's bigger and better than most other Chromebooks

The 14-inch display alone makes this Chromebook a better deal than most others on the market, but it also offers great connectivity and long battery life.

Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One review: Do-it-all printer offers best photo quality for the price

The ink costs more than it should be for a higher-end printer, but we have no complaints about the output.

Canon Pixma MG7120 review: All this gorgeous printer needs is cheaper ink

Great design and print quality melted our ink-obsessed hearts. A little.

HP Chromebook 11 review: Google gives the low end some much-needed luster

It's white! It comes with cute color accents! ...How the heck do you clean this thing? The latest and most colorful Chromebook, jointly launched by Google and HP, puts a fetching face on a model that's otherwise similar to other low-priced Chromebooks we've tested.

Haswell comes to Chromebooks with Acer's new C720-2800 for just $250

The new Acer C720 Chromebook is thinner, lighter, and only slightly more expensive than the C710, but its main claim to fame is being the first out of the gate with a Haswell processor.

Life on the edge of the electric car ecosystem: A desperate drive from charge to charge

You don't drive an electric car. It drives you, from charging station to charging station, as you plan your trips around maintaining the battery. The early infrastructure has a lot more building to do.

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Webroot upgrades SecureAnywhere suites with phishing protection, support for iOS and Android devices

The cloud's the thing for Webroot's SecureAnywhere suites, which aim to stay nimble by living online and analyzing files on the fly. All suites protect against viruses, malware, and phishing. Two higher-end versions add iOS/Android support and system optimization tools.

This little box adds NFC mobile printing to recent HP LaserJet, Officejet printers

Now that smartphones and tablets are essential equipment for businesses of all sizes, HP is giving part of its huge installed base a chance to keep up with its 1200w Mobile Print Accessory. It plugs into a printer's USB port and enables NFC connections with mobile devices for direct printing.

Broadcom rolls out 802.11ac Wi-Fi for connected cars and waits for the cars to catch up

Communications chipmaker Broadcom announced an 802.11ac/5G chip that will let cars sync better with mobile devices, and stream audio and video from those devices to multiple in-car displays. But don't get too excited: Cars that will use the chip have yet to be announced, and their longer development cycle means it could take a while to see such well-connected cars in dealerships near you.

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Zubie Key review: Car-data collector spells the end of freewheeling road trips

What happens in your car no longer stays in your car. The Zubie Key tracks your driving history and can also alert you to car problems. Its reports are very useful, but devices like this also spell the end of driving as a symbol of freedom or escape.

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McAfee unveils 2014 versions of Antivirus Plus, Internet Security, and Total Protection

The antivirus and security company refreshes its core consumer products with an upgraded anti-malware engine and improved scanning performance.

New offline Chrome Apps offer a near-native desktop experience in your browser

Watch out, traditional software: The new Chrome apps can work offline and store locally, and they cross platforms with ease.