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Sesame's $99 smart lock aims to undercut August, Kwikset, and Yale

Sesame fits over existing deadbolts, installs with nothing but adhesive, and has a funky knock-to-unlock feature.

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Nickelodeon's 'Noggin' streaming service is just for preschoolers

Nick's first subscription streaming video plan has arrived, though it's not the far-reaching service we expected.

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Plex: Hey, it’s not just for pirates anymore

You don’t have to skirt the law to take advantage of Plex. Here's how to use the popular media server software—even as a law-abiding cord cutter.

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Plex for Roku's major update improves navigation and music playback features

The update brings the Roku app in line with Plex’s existing apps for Xbox, Playstation, and Smart TVs. In other words, it’s now much less of an eyesore.

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Skipr promises to whisk you away from TV commercials

Still in development, the upcoming Android TV app and set-top box promises to auto-detect commercials, and show you more pleasant things instead.

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YouTube is launching a new app just for kids

The childproofed version of YouTube will have parental controls, a simpler interface, and no comments.

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Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey 'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC cards

For a $160, Sony's audiophile SDXC card claims to reduce electrical noise. Will anyone buy it?

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How to sideload apps onto Amazon's Fire TV

Installing apps from the Google Play Store can greatly expand your streaming-video catalog. We'll show you the tricks to make it work.

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Ray looks like a phone, but it's actually a “Super Remote”

Yet another startup is trying to simplify the remote control through touchscreens. Someone's bound to get it right eventually!

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NBC starts live streaming on mobile, with the usual restrictions

Want to watch NBC live on your phone or tablet? Only cable subscribers in select markets should bother.

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Comcast's TV Everywhere streaming lineup doubles as cord-cutting options skyrocket

The cable giant's live streaming catalog now tops 70 channels, and more than 30 percent of customers are taking advantage.

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Call it 802.11baaa: Rural broadband experiment could use sheep as Wi-Fi hotspots

Yes, wandering sheep with Wi-Fi collars could form mesh networks, to bring truly organic, free-range Wi-Fi to wide swaths of isolated countryside.

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Mattel's iconic View-Master becomes a VR headset

If you've tried Google Cardboard and are over the age of 30, you've probably noticed some parallels to those old View-Master stereoscopes. Now, Mattel is embracing the comparison.

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Tesla plans a home battery pack to help keep the lights on

Tesla's crusade against fossil fuels could soon hit home with a battery-powered energy pack.

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Sling TV app heads to Amazon's Fire TV with deep device discounts in tow

Commit to three months of Sling TV, and get a free Fire TV Stick or $50 off the Fire TV set-top box.