Philip MichaelsEditor, TechHive

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Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.

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Oscar Mayer promises bacon alarm clock, world loses its mind

The Web is abuzz with talk of an iPhone accessory that emits the aroma of bacon. But don't count your bacon strips before they're sizzled -- you probably aren't going to get your hands on one.

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Confirmed: Funny Or Die lied to you about the viability of hoverboards

That viral video about Back to the Future-style hover boards that was obviously a stunt? Turns out it was obviously a stunt.

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Biff Tannen's Revenge: You will never, ever get a hoverboard

One website promises hoverboards straight out of Back to the Future. Another site recreates the Irix/Macintosh system from Jurassic Park. One of these web parodies is enjoyable. It is not the hoverboard.

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Roku slims down the set-top box with its new Streaming Stick

The $50 Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into an HDMI port on your TV, bringing the full Roku experience of access to 1,200 streaming channels without all those cables.


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Google's latest search feature lets you know what's cooking

Type "Show me the menu for" in front of the name of a restaurant, and your Google search results will now let you know what's for dinner.

RealNetworks says its video-sharing service is ready for a worldwide stage

After launching in the U.S. and Canada five months ago, RealPlayer Cloud rolls out to the rest of the world Monday.



With Netflix deal, Comcast hangs 'Kick Me' sign on net neutrality

Now that Netflix is paying Comcast for sped-up streaming of its service, that tiered Internet that net neutrality advocates had warned us about appears to have arrived.

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Problem with your golf game? Get a coach on the line stat

MobiCoach combines an iOS app, a sensor, and your mobile device to transmit video of your golf swing to a coach for real-time feedback and instruction.


Change that Kickstarter password -- crowdfunding website gets hit by hackers

Kickstarter alerted people with accounts on the site that hackers were able to access information like user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. But it says no credit card data was touched.

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Use apps to turn your Twitter feed into a spoiler-free zone

Are the people in your social media sphere yammering on about House of Cards or the Winter Olympics before you've had a chance to watch? We've looked at some apps that can silence them until you can get to a TV.

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Clockwise Podcast 24: It's gonna be plagiarism

The imagined merger of Mac and iOS, Internet plagiarism, of Flappy Birds and Beatles, and Nokia's Normandy. Plus, 'N Sync and extra Olympic sports!

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Apple logo welcome at Olympics after all?

Both Samsung and the IOC say athletes haven't been asked to cover up their iPhones during Olympic ceremonies in Sochi. And if you can't trust those guys...

Why California's kill-switch mandate might save your phone

You may not live in California, but should that state's legislature pass a bill mandating kill-switch technology for smartphones and tablets, the implications will be felt far beyond the borders of the Golden State.

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Sony turns the page on ebooks in North America

It's not just Vaio that's getting the heave-ho from Sony; the electronics giant is also abandoning its e-reader business in North America, letting Kobo pick up the slack.