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Dish Network adds Netflix support to its Hopper DVR

Dish becomes first big US TV provider to offer Netflix through your set-top box

Satellite TV service becomes the first U.S. pay-TV service to offer Netflix via its DVR.

Amazon Fire TV

HBO Go arrives on Amazon’s Fire TV streaming box

Service offerings for Amazon’s set-top box catches up with Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku, but the Amazon Fire TV Stick won't get it until the spring.

Netgear Nighthawk X4

Netgear redeems the Nighthawk X4: Firmware update delivers a significant performance boost

The Nighthawk X4 got faster, but so did the Asus RT-AC87U to retain its top-dog position.

Smappee

Weird name, cool tool: Smappee monitors and reports energy consumption for each of your home's appliances

Manufacturer says its $249 smart energy monitor will pay for itself within one year.

Perfect Bake

Perfect Bake review: A novel and high-tech (but not better) way of baking

Sometimes the old way is the best way.

DTS Play-Fi speakers

DTS takes on Sonos: We go ears-on with three Play-Fi multi-room audio devices

Everybody wants a piece of the market Sonos opened to the masses. DTS’s effort is the most interesting so far.

Samsung HW-H750

Samsung HW-H750 Wireless Audio Soundbar review: Tube amp, shmoobe amp

The technology claims made for this product just don’t pass the smell test.

Skybell 2.0

Knock Knock! Who’s there? It's Skybell Version 2.0!

What could be better than a camera on your front porch? A Wi-Fi camera integrated into your doorbell that alerts you when someone is at your door.

Hiku

Hiku review: This tiny scanner is the ultimate tool for creating grocery-store shopping lists

A good shopping list will save you money at the grocery store by keeping you focused on what you need, so you can avoid impulse buys.

Sound Blaster X7

Sound Blaster X7 review: Audiophile performance without the audiophile price

You name it, the X7 can do it: It's a high-end DAC, headphone amp, USB audio device, digital amplifier, recorder, Bluetooth host, and more.

Roost Smart Battery

Roost Smart Battery blows past its Kickstarter goal

It seems people dig the idea of a battery that can alert you when your smoke alarm goes off (and before it starts chirping).

WeMo Mr. Coffee

Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker review: Can WeMo help brew a better cup o’ Joe?

This drip coffee maker connects to your Wi-Fi network, but it can't interact with other WeMo devices.

Aqaunta water heater controller

The Aquanta smart water-heater controller promises to slash your energy bill

Heating water is the second-most energy-intensive activity inside your home. This box can turn your dumb water heater into a smart appliance.

Samsung Shape M7 speaker

Samsung Shape M7 Wireless Audio Speaker review: A solid multi-room audio system

This isn't a Sonos killer by any means, but Samsung's product line is worth your consideration.

Eclipse TD-M1 wireless speakers

Eclipse TD-M1 review: These $1300 wireless speakers excel as near-field monitors

Who knew Fujitsu made high-end speakers? These egg-shaped models pack the tech, but their performance falls short of the mark in some areas.