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Don't know what to watch on Netflix? Let the OttoPlay Chrome extension decide

OttoPlay offers a traditional channel surfing experience, but for Netflix and YouTube videos.

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Tesla Powerwall is a big rechargeable home battery with benefits

The $3000-and-up battery pack can cut down energy costs or take you off the grid completely.

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Free Windows 10 IoT preview released for Raspberry Pi 2, Arduino partnership revealed

Microsoft releases new software aimed at controlling robots, smart homes, and other small hardware projects. But it's far from a full-blown version of Windows.

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Plex cleans up its music act with much-improved catalog management

You might know Plex primarily as a way to stream videos from your computer to other devices, but a new update aims to make the software just as useful for streaming your music collection.

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Hook promises to make smart homes out of dumb power switches for less than $100

By moving remote-controlled outlet and light bulb switches onto a local Wi-Fi network, Hook promises to enable a smart home for under $100.

ESPN sues Verizon over Custom TV, but skinny bundles seem here to stay

Verizon hopes skinny bundles will lure back cord-cutters, but ESPN doesn't want to be an extra-cost option.

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Roku PSA: Here’s how to tell the new Roku 2 and Roku 3 from the old versions

They have the same names and nearly identical designs, but there's one sure way to make sure you get the right version.

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Comcast's $45 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition is officially dead

Too many regulators had too many problems with making the largest cable provider even larger.

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Verizon's 'Custom TV' skinny bundles: More flexibility, same old gotchas

Verizon tries to win over cord cutters by breaking up its channel bundles, but watch out for the fine print.

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Xbox One is getting Miracast support, lots of other goodies

Users will finally have a way to mirror their phone and tablet screens on the console.

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SiliconDust is building a cheap TiVo alternative, based on its HDHomeRun product line

Upcoming DVR software promises to record and stream TV shows to networked devices for $30 per year.

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Wink smart hubs knocked offline, require fix after borked security update

The downside of smart homes has become painfully clear to some Wink owners, whose systems got knocked offline over the weekend.

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Sling TV channel guide: All the programming, and all the restrictions, all in one chart

Dish's streaming video service may be cheaper than a bloated cable bundle, but it can still be just as confusing.

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LG's whole-home speakers are among the first with Google Cast audio support

Music Flow speakers will let users play music from any Chromecast-supported app.

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Vizio knocks 4K TV prices down to $600

Just seven months after cracking the $1000 barrier, Vizio's 4K TV sets are getting even cheaper.