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Netflix is dropping star ratings for a simple thumbs up or down

Siskel and Ebert would be proud. Netflix is adopting a simple like/dislike format for user ratings and dumping the stars.

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Google Home stops spouting Disney ads after user outcry

Google Home users got a surprise Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend. The ad has since been pulled.

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Siri, Alexa, and robots could change how we talk

Sentient AI and super-smart robots are a long way off, but forgetting how to talk to other humans? That could happen soon.

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Netgear Arlo Pro review: A great home security camera you can use indoors or out

Netgear's truly wire-free IP cam brings welcome flexibility to home monitoring.

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Amazon brings Alexa to its main iOS app to help iPhone users shop and track orders

Siri who? iPhone users can now ask Alexa to track a package or play a Prime video.

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40% off WeMo Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Plug in a Wemo Switch, download the free app, and start controlling your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world, right from your phone.

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31% off Luma 3-Piece Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - Deal Alert

Regardless of your home’s size or shape, Luma's WiFi system fills each room with fast, secure WiFi by customizing a mesh network for your home. Set network rules for your home and all of the devices in it. Keep your children safe by setting content filter ratings and monitor their online time.

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75% off Etekcity 4 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries - Deal Alert

Whether used for camping, trick or treating, or power outages, this lantern will provide up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional LED lighting to see your surroundings.

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Netflix wants to be awesome on phones, with HDR support and mobile-specific video cuts

Netflix will bring HDR content to phones, and it's looking at creating phone-specific cuts of its videos.

Is Snapchat building the iPhone killer?

Snapchat's parent company has hired mobile engineering and design talent away from Apple, HTC, and Google. Could a Snapchat phone be in the works?

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The quest for smooth 60-frames-per-second sports in streaming TV bundles

Looking to watch March Madness without cable? When it comes to live sports streams, not all devices and services are equal.

Experience Stereoscopic 360 degree VR with Laduma at SXSW 2017

IDG.tv gets to test drive advanced VR content from Laduma, a company that's looking to create engaging stereoscopic 3D virtual reality content for a more immersive experience.

Hands on with the new Microsoft Surface Studio at SXSW 2017

IDG.tv's Jimmy Conrad takes the Surface Studio for a test drive to see if it can elevate his already incredibly polished drawing skills.

Inside the Russian hack of Yahoo: How they did it

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the intrusion for two years, but it was only in late 2016 that the full scale of the hack became apparent. On Wednesday, the FBI indicted four people for the attack, two of whom are Russian spies.

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Best Bluetooth speakers

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

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The Google Home app will now help you decide what song you want to hear

A new Listen tab in the Google Home app is dedicated to helping you find the right music to fit your mood.

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Amazon Discounts its Fire Tablet Bundle an Additional $27.98 With This Code - Deal Alert

Through this Saturday, sink the 16GB Fire Tablet bundle's already discounted price to just $59.99 using a special code -- a significant deal considering its typical $107.97 list price.

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How to attach your PC or laptop to any TV

Given a relatively recent PC or laptop, you can connect it to just about any TV with an input.

Nvidia's mighty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cranks PC gaming to 11

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the most powerful graphics card ever.

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Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear headphone review: Good sound, but minor problems abound

The convenience of Lightning doesn't make up for the poorly designed ear tips and only average noise cancellation.