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GasWatch

GasWatch propane tank scale alerts your mobile phone when you run low on fuel

This clever gadget safely lets you know how much propane is left, so you don’t get caught with a half-cooked meal.

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neighborhood watch

Neighborhood Watch program to add wireless security cams to its wetware network

Strategically placed battery-powered cameras will provide real-time alerts to designated residents' smartphones.

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Comcast van

Comcast races past Google Fiber with symmetrical 2Gbps Internet service

Atlanta gets dibs on Comcast’s 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service when it rolls out next month

Cinder Sensing Cooker

Cinder Sensing Cooker uses rocket science to prepare smarter meals

This smart precision appliance promises to never overcook or undercook your meats and vegetables.

Spark Electron

Spark Electron brings cheap cellular connectivity to the Internet of Things

This low-cost, cellular-connected development board is making a run on Kickstarter; should appeal to DIYers and small developers alike.

Origin Omega home theater PC

Origin Omega brings hardcore gaming credibility to the home theater PC

You can stuff up to three graphics cards inside Origin PC’s purpose-built Omega HTPC.

CSI on Hulu

Hulu inks exclusive agreement to stream CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Streaming deal gives Hulu Plus subscribers access to more than 300 CSI episodes.

pigeon photo frame

The digital picture frame refuses to die (and here’s one that wants to hatch)

Give grandma a Pigeon photo frame, and up to 10 people can send family photos to her via the cloud.

The Hunger Games

Sling TV to add a movies-on-demand package via Epix

While pricing hasn't been announced, adding movies on demand renders Sling TV a direct competitor Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

connected home target

Connected homes can be easy targets for hackers, says cybersecurity firm

Security-as-a-Service provider Synack tested more than a dozen connected-home devices and found that nearly all could be breached without much effort.

Target Ticket

Target pulls the plug on its digital video service less than 18 months after launch

The 'let's build-it-from-the-ground-up' approach just didn’t work for the big retailer.

Buehl Soundglasses

Wear Buhel ‘Soundglasses’ and you’ll hear music and phone calls right through your skull

These high-tech sunglasses combine Bluetooth with bone-conduction technology to replace earbuds and headphones.

matchstick

Matchstick streaming dongle, scheduled to ship in February, gets pushed to August

That’s the bad news. The good news is that backers of the Firefox OS-powered stick will be upgraded to a quad-core CPU at no additional cost.

Corporate Swine

Record labels reap 45 percent of royalties from streaming services, study finds; artists lucky to pocket 7 percent

The streaming model isn’t benefitting musicians any more than CDs did, despite the miniscule distribution costs.

GE Paragon

GE turns to Indiegogo to finance development of its inexpensive induction cooktop

The kitchen-appliance giant is turning crowd-funders into sous-vide chefs.