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Contributing Editor Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

Google Play vs. Amazon vs. iTunes Store: How the Content Stores Stack Up

Amazon offers the greatest number of options for accessing content; iTunes has the largest amount content but lacks streaming options, and Google Play needs to catch up on its licensing deals.

Better Explorer Improves File Management on Windows 7 (and 8 Preview)

Now in Beta 1, Better Explorer shows excellent file management abilities with more stability.

Google Nexus Q Hands-On Review: The Buggy Streaming Story

The Nexus Q has some pretty neat media streaming features, but is way too expensive--and the preview release is just plain buggy.

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Google Nexus Q Media Streamer: First Impressions, Part 1

Google's response to Apple TV and a slew of media streamers is a Magic 8 Ball-sized sphere that you can control only with an Android device.

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Boxee Live TV Tuner Review: Device Adds Over-the-Air to Boxee Lineup

The new Boxee Live TV tuner targets Boxee customers who want to dump cable service--but since most sets can already receive live TV, it's worthwhile only if you want to integrate other Boxee features.

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Western Digital Gets Into the Home Networking Game

Best known for its hard drives, Western Digital today launches a line of Wi-Fi routers designed with streaming media in mind, including one with built-in network storage.

Sony VAIO T13: A Middle-of-the-Road Ultrabook

Sony's take on the Ultrabook is more mainstream than stripped-down, with solid if not stellar performance and a surprisingly reasonable price tag.

Netgear Adds to Its 802.11ac Lineup

Netgear says its first next-gen Wi-Fi router will go on sale next week, with a lower-end version and a USB notebook adapter to follow this summer.

Engagio Creates a Universal Inbox for Social Network Messages

Social network aggregation service adds Chrome Gmail integration and the ability to follow friends' public discussions across multiple services.

Buffalo Claims Victory in Race to Bring 802.11ac Gear to Retail

Buffalo Technology says its first 802.11ac router and media bridge are on sale now, making it the first to market with next-generation gigabit Wi-Fi gear.

New Web Apps & Services for Businesses

Technologies that simplify life for small business owners were on display this past week at Finovate Spring, a tradeshow that showcases all manner of finance-related innovations. Here are a few of the most promising.

CloudOn Adds Android, Google Drive Support for Its Virtual Office Service

Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablet owners can now use CloudOn to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router Review: Strong Monitoring Capabilities but Indifferent Performance

This router lets you monitor and control some network functions from an Internet-connected iOS or Android device.

Corel WordPerfect Office X6 Professional Edition Review: A Suite Filled With Extra Features

In a Microsoft Office-dominated world, Corel's productivity suite offers an alternative with all sorts of extras and Office-format support.

Cisco Revamps Its Small Business Network Gear Offerings

Cisco's latest routers, access points, and other networking products add 802.11n support and an assortment of business-friendly features.