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Spark Electron

Spark Electron brings cheap cellular connectivity to the Internet of Things

This low-cost, cellular-connected development board is making a run on Kickstarter; should appeal to DIYers and small developers alike.

Origin Omega home theater PC

Origin Omega brings hardcore gaming credibility to the home theater PC

You can stuff up to three graphics cards inside Origin PC’s purpose-built Omega HTPC.

CSI on Hulu

Hulu inks exclusive agreement to stream CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Streaming deal gives Hulu Plus subscribers access to more than 300 CSI episodes.

pigeon photo frame

The digital picture frame refuses to die (and here’s one that wants to hatch)

Give grandma a Pigeon photo frame, and up to 10 people can send family photos to her via the cloud.

The Hunger Games

Sling TV to add a movies-on-demand package via Epix

While pricing hasn't been announced, adding movies on demand renders Sling TV a direct competitor Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

connected home target

Connected homes can be easy targets for hackers, says cybersecurity firm

Security-as-a-Service provider Synack tested more than a dozen connected-home devices and found that nearly all could be breached without much effort.

Target Ticket

Target pulls the plug on its digital video service less than 18 months after launch

The 'let's build-it-from-the-ground-up' approach just didn’t work for the big retailer.

Buehl Soundglasses

Wear Buhel ‘Soundglasses’ and you’ll hear music and phone calls right through your skull

These high-tech sunglasses combine Bluetooth with bone-conduction technology to replace earbuds and headphones.

paint handy

This anti-gravity paint tool eliminates drips and spills, hits Kickstarter on Friday

You don't plug it in and it doesn't use batteries, but this intriguing invention sounds like every homeowners' dream.

matchstick

Matchstick streaming dongle, scheduled to ship in February, gets pushed to August

That’s the bad news. The good news is that backers of the Firefox OS-powered stick will be upgraded to a quad-core CPU at no additional cost.

Corporate Swine

Record labels reap 45 percent of royalties from streaming services, study finds; artists lucky to pocket 7 percent

The streaming model isn’t benefitting musicians any more than CDs did, despite the miniscule distribution costs.

GE Paragon

GE turns to Indiegogo to finance development of its inexpensive induction cooktop

The kitchen-appliance giant is turning crowd-funders into sous-vide chefs.

Virus Zero

This high-tech air cleaner only sounds like snake oil

Virus Zero uses Super Plasma Ion technology licensed from Samsung to zap contaminants out of the air.

Top Cloud Services for Storing and Streaming Music

Want to bring your music collection with you? Through Amazon Cloud Player, Apple iCloud, or Google Play, you can enjoy tunes almost anywhere.

Top Cloud Services for Sending Large Files

Email attachment limits can be frustrating when you need to give colleagues large documents. We looked at RapidShare, Sendspace, and YouSendIt to determine which file-sending service is best.