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Chromecast gets four more TV network apps; here's what it still needs

Google's streaming video dongle has the support of most major streaming services, though it still has a handful of blind spots.

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Amazon Echo update lets you shop without raising a finger

Owners can now bark out orders to buy stuff. And thus, the endgame for Amazon’s cylindrical speaker is revealed.

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Siri checks in: Welcome to Starwood’s hotel room of the future

From robot bellhops to RFID carpet, Starwood is betting big on technology as the future of hospitality.

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Jean Reno’s talent was wasted in the abominable ‘Godzilla’ remake; don’t miss him in ‘The Professional,’ now streaming

And don’t miss our film critic’s other picks of the best movies streaming on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Fandor.

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Axel modular headphones to come with swappable drivers

It’s horses for courses with Axel Audio’s assemble-yourself headphones that let you pick different drivers for different genres.

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Smart Labs heads to Indiegogo with Halo WX, a smarter smoke detector that can also warn of natural disasters

Whereas most smoke alarms only warn of fires, Halo WX can alert you to dangers such as floods, tornadoes, and even nuclear emergencies.

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Apple denies reports that HomeKit is delayed

The dream of controlling HomeKit-certified devices from your iPhone or Apple Watch isn't a reality just yet. But Apple says the first devices are on their way soon.

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ADT hooks up with LG to compete in the budget smart-home space

The home security giant gives a glimpse at its automation ambitions, including a high-end security camera and Nest integration.

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Qualcomm extends AllPlay’s capabilities and announces new partnerships

Though Hitachi is the only big-name win, AllPlay has added several new vendors, Bluetooth, and line-in res-streaming, and now supports stereo speaker pairs.

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Siri, meet Alexa: How Amazon's Echo has made me eager for HomeKit

Apple is slowly laying the groundwork for a smart home that's more than the sum of its connected gadgets.

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Rdio's cheaper music plan combines ad-free radio with a handful of on-demand songs

If you can't decide between Internet radio and on-demand streaming, Rdio's $4 per month plan will give you a bit of both.

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Apple may give social networking another shot with Beats Music reboot

The overhauled Beats Music streaming service is rumored to have a social element for musicians.

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Walmart's testing a $50 Amazon Prime competitor

Walmart reportedly plans to take on Amazon this summer with an invite only trial program that offers unlimited free delivery for a low annual fee.