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Quirky tries making the smart home less scary with cheap, unbundled devices

A slew of new sensors, controllers and triggers play nicely together, and don't require a huge up-front investment.

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6 killer video-streaming apps for low-effort TV watching

On-demand services like Netflix are great when you know what you want, but sometimes it's easier to turn on the TV and tune out.

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Moto 360 app lets users build their own watch faces

An upgrade to Motorola's Connect app lets Moto 360 users choose their own dials, tick marks and background images. The company's working hard to help its watch stand out amid mounting competition.

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Asus ZenWatch will cost $199 when it launches at Best Buy November 9

The retro-styled Android Wear timepiece will be one of the lower-priced models available--and, based on what we've seen so far, a classier competitor to the Samsung Gear Live.

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LG's G Watch R lands on Google Play atop the Android Wear heap

Android Wear's king of the hill goes on sale for $299, but don't rule out the Moto 360 just yet.

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CBS brings a round-the-clock streaming news network to cord cutters

Ditched cable and missing your fix of CNN, MSNBC or Fox News? CBS wants to offer the next-best thing.

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Chromecast vs. Nexus Player: Google's new streaming puck isn't worth the upgrade yet

Google's new TV box combines the convenience of screen beaming with a proper remote control and on-screen menus. It’s not yet fully-baked, but cord cutters should keep an eye on it.

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The Apple Pay effect: Google Wallet use is skyrocketing

Apple Pay isn't just making payments easier for iPhone users; it's giving a boost to Google's own mobile payments service.

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SoundCloud's premium subscription music service will launch in 2015

With a major label deal in hand and advertising in full swing, SoundCloud gives a timeframe for its premium, ad-free service.

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OnBeep Onyx is a tiny, wearable walkie-talkie for your phone

This $99 wearable takes a page from Star Trek to offer eyes-free group communication over any distance.

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Jawbone stays screenless with new UP Move and UP3 fitness trackers

Who's afraid of more advanced smartwatches? Not Jawbone, apparently, as its new trackers stick with simplicity and long battery life over full-blown displays.

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No Fire Phone required: Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited photo backups

Amazon is making it even harder to pass up its Prime membership, by offering subscribers the same unlimited photo storage it once reserved for those who bought the Fire Phone.

Report: Jawbone will fight back at Fitbit with new fitness trackers

New models may include a $50 clip-on tracker and a $180 band with more sensors than the existing Jawbone UP.

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Google Calendar gets smarter with automatic events, iPhone version coming

Calendar and Gmail become closer companions in the latest update, which also includes a new schedule view and and auto-complete.

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Nexus Player review: Google’s third attempt at TV is a fine first draft

Google finally gets the TV box right with the Nexus Player, but it needs a lot of help from developers to reach its full potential.