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Aquanta and its smart water-heater controller are back with new promises to slash your energy bill

Like the Nest thermostat, Aquanta’s water-heater controller learns your usage patterns and will heat water only when you need it.

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Spotify's family plan goes toe-to-toe with Apple and Google

Spotify's family plan now offers six premium memberships for $15 per month, equaling those of Apple Music and Google Play Music.

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Headphones buyers guide: Which type delivers the best balance of great sound, isolation, and comfortable fit?

In the ear, over the ear, or on the ear: We examine three headphone types and name the the best for music lovers.

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Linksys WRT routers won't block open-source firmware under new FCC rules

While Linksys takes action over FCC rules, TP-Link and others take the easy route, blocking third-party firmware on their routers.

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Nuheara IQbuds hands-on preview: These smart Bluetooth ear buds are about more than music

The IQbuds promise to make it easier to hear in challenging environments; blocking out unwanted noise. We listened to a prototype and predict they'll deliver.

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SnapPower Guidelight review: Turn your outlet cover into a nightlight, quickly and easily

A cheap and simple improvement would make this product even better.

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Stale beer no more: This app can tell you when your brew's past its prime

There's a good chance your tastebuds would tell you when you're drinking stale beer, but now science has come to the rescue to spare them that pain.

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Sex, lies, and superheros, streaming this week

From Hitchcock to John Hughes to Hou Hsiao-hsien, there are 12 new movies for you to stream online.

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Nvidia's pricey Shield Android TV adds some value with 4K YouTube and Netflix HDR

Software Upgrade 3.2 to Nvidia's Shield Android TV media streamer will add a number of nifty updates for higher-quality video apps and games. However, it remains pricey compared to a traditional streaming device like Roku.

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Android TV will add new apps and devices as it heads toward Android N

Several key entertainment apps, including ESPN, will arrive on Android TV in the coming months, Google said Wednesday.

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Netflix's Fast.com download tester takes its war against slow ISPs directly to the user

Netflix’s war against poor speeds from Internet service providers (ISPs) has a new weapon: The company's Fast.com utility can tell you the download speed between your home and Netflix's servers.

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How to monitor, measure, and manage your broadband consumption

Dealing with a data cap? Tired of getting dinged for busting through it? Learn how to identify the hogs on your network and how to make sure your ISP is delivering everything you’re paying for.

The biggest reveals of Google I/O 2016

Google made clear its plans to take on Amazon's Echo, go big on VR, and make texting both more expressive and less reliant on thought.

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Philips’ 4K UHD Blu-ray player goes on sale in June

Hungry for 4K movies, but don’t have the bandwidth or you’re stuck with a too-low data cap? Consider a disc player, instead.

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Amazon adds new Alexa features to Fire TV

Alexa on Fire TV has gradually improved since it first debuted last September; Tuesday's update adds television controls and app-launching capabilities.

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Google announces Google Home, bringing 'OK Google' to your kitchen

Google launches Google Home, an Amazon Echo competitor and a showcase for its new Google Assistant conversational-language search.