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72% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Deal Alert

Also designed to be water resistant, this highly rated speaker's list price has been slashed 72%, down to just $27.99 on Amazon.

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Google, Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest thermostats

Google and Honeywell have signed a patent cross-license agreement that resolves a long-standing patent dispute over thermostats made by Nest Labs, the home automation startup the Internet giant acquired.

Early warning signs of a DDoS attack

At Interop 2016, Avi Freedman, CEO of Kentik, chats with Network World about why Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are still popular with hackers, why they still work, and some of the signs that an attack may soon commence.

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Buster Keaton and ballot boxes, streaming this week

Celebrate this election season with two movies that revel in the dark side of politics, plus documentaries, martial arts, good ol' fashioned physical comedy, and more.

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30 must-know secrets and shortcuts for your Apple TV

Tips and tricks to getting the most out of Apple's fourth-gen set-top box.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Review

Even with its design quirks, this 15.6-inch notebook is impressive: It packs in a 4K touchscreen display, quad-core CPU, and discrete GPU for just $1,500.

USB-C Explained: Why some devices are 5Gbps and others are 10Gbps

USB-C promises up to 10Gbps data transfer, but the first generation of USB-C devices aren’t as fast as they could be. Here's what to look out for.

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Newer Wi-Fi's faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

So-called gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, is slowly starting to show up in homes, buildings and public hotspots, but it’s not delivering a gigabit to smartphones, according to an analysis by research company OpenSignal.

Windows 10 File History offers a simple backup solution anyone can do

The File History feature lets you set up an external drive to back up your files automatically. You don’t need any extra software, and it’s very customizable.

Why passwords fail end users

At the 2016 Interop show, Network World got a quick demo of Keeper Security's password management and vault app. The company's CEO, Darren Guccione, also explained why most password methods fail end users, and whether biometrics (beyond the fingerprint) will ever catch on as an authentication method.

Methods hackers use to attack DNS

At 2016 Interop, Cloudmark Engineering Director Angela Knox talks with Network World about several different ways that hackers go after DNS as part of other malicious attacks. Knox explains the methods for DNS ID hacking, spoofing, cache poisoning, exfiltration/tunneling, and DNS amplification.

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Netflix isn’t big on virtual reality for the obvious reasons

Netflix: Virtual realty has too few users, and isn’t conducive to binge-watching.

Ethernet's future goes fast and slow

At the 2016 Interop show, David Chalupsky from the Ethernet Alliance chats with Network World about its six new data rates and 2016 Ethernet Roadmap. Chalupsky also explains why the networking standard is not only getting faster, but slower for some particular applications and use cases.

Securifi’s Almond 3 connected-home router is now available for pre-order

This 802.11ac router has a ZigBee radio built in, and you can add support for Bluetooth and/or Z-Wave with USB dongles.

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Netflix loosens up streaming video, letting users choose their cellular speed limit

Netflix’s data controls come shortly after the company admitted that it had been throttling video quality on AT&T and Verizon networks for more than five years. Netflix users can now watch around four hours per gigabyte of cellular data by dialing down video quality.

GE becomes the first appliance manufacturer to offer IFTTT across its entire product line

Dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers join GE's ovens, refrigerators, and GeoSpring water heater in having their own IFTTT channels.

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YouTube Unplugged joins the rush to offer live TV streaming, with projected debut in 2017

Live TV over the Internet is already here, but it's going to get bigger by 2017 judging by the wave of companies working on their own packages including Amazon, Google, and Hulu.

50% off Anker Portable Charger PowerCore - Deal Alert

This charger weighs as little as a can of soup, yet charges the iPhone 6s seven times, the Galaxy S6 five times or the iPad mini 4 twice. Averages 5 out of 5 stars and currently discounted 50% on Amazon.

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Sage by Hughes adds 'Works with Nest' to its connected-home system's vocabulary

The EchoStar-backed security and connected home hub now supports the Nest Cam, the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

Netflix and 4K HDR: Proof that data caps will stifle video innovation

Data caps aren’t about “fairness” if they prevent people from using the TVs they paid for.

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Samsung's over-the-top Family Hub smart fridge is now on sale

Keeping your food cold is so 20th century. Samsung's new fridge streams music and orders groceries for you.

Apple Music debuts June 30 — all the ways you love music, all in one place.

Apple Music may get retuned in June

Apple realizes its streaming music service would be much more successful if it were easier to use.