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Tablo OTA DVR gets slick new apps, but new hardware gets pushed to May

The streaming DVR device now supports Fire TV and Android TV, and has a much-improved Roku app.

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Netflix starts recommending specific smart TV sets

TVs with the “Netflix Recommended” label promise faster load times and more convenient access to the streaming video service.

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This smart countertop chooses your meals, then tells you how to make them

The Countertop from Orange Chef measures food in Vitamixes and Crock-Pots, and suggests what to eat based on fitness tracking data.

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No 4K streaming support for new Apple TV, report says

4K video remains a chicken-and-egg problem, and Apple is reportedly staying out of it.

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Sling TV’s growing pains: Final Four stream fail, subscriber caps

Those who wanted to see what Sling TV was all about during the NCAA’s Final Four weekend didn’t get the most flattering picture of the new streaming video service.

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App showdown: Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Fire TV vs. Nexus Player

App selection is one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player for your TV. Here's how the major players compare.

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Sling TV subscribers will be able to get HBO as a $15-per-month add-on

There's no need to wait for HBO Now; Sling's streaming video service will reach cord cutters just in time for Game of Thrones.

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This wire-free USB outlet cover is raising a killing on Kickstarter

The SnapPower Charger adds a USB port to any wall outlet with no hand-wiring required.

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Amazon Dash Button lets you insta-buy household goods

For those who find shopping too burdensome, the Dash Button nearly automates the whole process.

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Watch out, Withings: Xiaomi's Smart Scale will cost just $16

The Chinese gadget maker is gunning for the connected fitness market with dirt-cheap smart scale.

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Nest users get a chilly awakening in the UK

File under First World Problems: A glitch related to British Summer Time is causing delays in the morning heating routine for some users.

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Sling TV's newest channels arrive with 'Restricted Content'

Certain shows on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN are effectively blacked out due to content rights issues.

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Amazon Cloud Drive's unlimited storage plans undercut rivals

Amazon Cloud Drive takes the 'bang for your buck' throne, though its services are lacking.

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Killing the cable bundle won't destroy television

The misguided shrieks of cable apologists are growing louder as better alternatives emerge.

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Logitech's Harmony smart home hub adds voice controls through Ubi and Ivee

Logitech continues its quest to control your entire smart home by linking up with a couple of voice-activated computers.