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Daniel has been writing about smartphones, tablets and apps since 2008, and he enjoys pitting gadgets against each other.

AT&T flips the switch on home automation with Digital Life platform

AT&T has begun taking orders in 15 metro areas across the U.S. for its Digital Life home automation and security product.

Samsung delays launch of Knox Android security software until 'later date'

Samsung's Knox software is expected to give the company's Galaxy phones a seriously business-friendly boost, but it may be facing delays.

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Ads coming soon to your Outlook.com inbox

The clean minimalist Outlook.com will soon start displaying advertisements alongside your inbox and emails.

New Pizza Hut app for Xbox 360 lets your order delivery from the comfort of your couch

Now, diehard gamers have even less reason to put down the Dew and pry themselves up from the couch, thanks to Pizza Hut's new delivery app for the Xbox 360

New Microsoft campaign promotes privacy prowess

After a series of smear ads lambasting Google's data privacy procedures, Microsoft has launched a new campaign highlighting its own privacy features.

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Google One Today app invites a daily dollar donation to charity

Google's charity arm is making it easy to donate daily to worthy causes through a new Android app called One Today.

BlackBerry 10.1 update provides dozens of useful tweaks

Dozens of tweaks and improvements are on the way for the new smartphone in the BlackBerry 10.1 OS update, which is now available for developer testing.

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New Windows 8 Blue leak shows more refinements

A new development version of Windows 8.1, aka Windows Blue, was leaked this week on P2P sites.

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Kobo Aura HD vs. the competition: A backlit e-reader tale of the tape (chart)

Kobo is billing its latest offering as a "premium e-reader." We take this reading tablet to the tape to see how it stacks up against the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook with GlowLight.

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Bing Windows 8 apps updated, boosting RSS functions

Microsoft has updated more members of its Windows 8 apps, notably enhancing Bing News with an RSS feeder to take advantage of Google's abandonment of its Reader.

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Google search results are 5 times safer than Bing's

Researchers at the AV-Test security institute found that Google is better at screening out sites containing malware in its search results.

LG adds PayPal integration to smart TVs

LG is the first manufacturer to add that functionality to its televisions, making the feature available for its 2013 line of smart TVs in the U.S., Canada and U.K. Five other countries will get the feature this month.

Microsoft pushes yet another Surface RT update meant to fix Wi-Fi woes

Microsoft just pushed the third Surface RT update in as many months aiming to correct a limited Wi-Fi connectivity problem. Fingers crossed!

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Android and Apple app store woes should sound alarms for BlackBerry and Microsoft

The app store business is booming, but if BlackBerry and Microsoft continue their trend of paying for meh-level apps, they'll run smack-dab into the quality headaches Apple and Google grapple with now.

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Facebook ramps up paid messaging trials, offers access to celebrity inboxes for a fee

A trial that gives users the option to pay to message strangers has been pushed to 10 percent of all British users, complete with direct access to celebrity inboxes.