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Sony's PlayStation 4 'Shingen' update adds HDR support to every PS4 console

Sony's latest update to the PlayStation 4's system software adds high dynamic range support for older consoles.

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TP-Link's new Wi-Fi light bulbs shun smart bridges for easier, cheaper setup

TP-Link's new light bulbs don't require a smart home bridge to control them, letting you get up and running with just one bulb to start.

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New TiVo Bolt+ is a DVR powerhouse rolling out September 15

The Bolt+ builds on the original Bolt, featuring six tuners and 3TB of onboard storage.

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The FCC wants to replace your cable box with apps

Forget about open standards for cable boxes. The Federal Communications Commission says all we really need are more apps.


Sling TV launches Windows 10 app just in time for NFL kickoff

Sling TV's new Windows 10 app features Live Tiles and Cortana support.

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Amazon Fire TV update takes the headache out of finding what to watch

Amazon is beefing up the voice control capabilities of its set-top box and streaming stick. The new updates are rolling out now.

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YouTube disappearing from 50 Sony Bravia sets highlights why smart TVs suck

Smart TVs look like a great idea, but they have a serious downside as demonstrated by Sony's recent announcement.

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Google bakes Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google is finally adding a built-in option to Cast open tabs to your Chromecast-enabled television. The extension will still work, but it's no longer needed.

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Philips Hue motion sensor makes smart home lighting even more convenient

In October, you can stop turning on the lights like a sucker and just keep walking.

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The Echo's rumored dirt-cheap music streaming service would tighten your ties to Amazon

Amazon's rumored music streaming service is all about hooking in to the rest of the Amazon universe.

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HDHomeRun rekindles the Xbox One's DVR dream

Still want some kind of DVR functionality on the Xbox One? Silicon Dust's DIY solution (and a healthy investment in hardware) can help.


Intel praises killer USB-C audio features in war against traditional headphone jacks

Ditching analog headphones for USB-C audio opens up a world of new features, Intel says.

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Twitter wants an Apple TV app in time for the NFL season

Twitter's vision for its NFL games apparently includes making it easier to watch the games on your television.

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How to use FileBot to organize your Plex video files

FileBot organizes the TV shows and movies saved to your hard drive so they are easier to find on Plex.


Many bluetooth smart locks open easily for attackers

Plain text passwords, bad encryption, and susceptibility to man-in-the-middle attacks are just some of the problems plaguing Bluetooth locks.