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New Chromecast guest mode plays nicely with others' Android devices

You don’t need to give out your Wi-Fi password anymore if a visitor wants to cast the latest hit YouTube video.

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iRobot's latest Roomba robot is designed for hackers

iRobot announces the Create 2 which enthusiasts can either program themselves or use as a foundation for additional hardware.

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Microsoft's giving 100 more insanely great music albums away for free

And once you've claimed the albums you want, you can download them as DRM-free MP3s.

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Spotify's smart new playlist tunes you in to your friends' favorite songs

Spotify just introduced a new playlist that's updated daily and compiled from what your friends are listening to.

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Why you can't get 4K Netflix and Amazon on a PC or Mac (even though they're capable)

It could be a long time before Netflix and Amazon enable 4K streaming to PCs and Macs.

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Netflix sets ambitious goal for original content, aims for 20 new shows a year by 2019

If you love House of Cards, Lilyhammer, or Bojack Horseman on Netflix, good news: More shows like them are on the way.

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Roku and Rdio make beautiful music with remote control, billing integration

Sorry Spotify and Pandora; set-top darling Roku is playing favorites with a different streaming music service.

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Weird name, cool tool: Smappee monitors and reports energy consumption for each of your home's appliances

Manufacturer says its $249 smart energy monitor will pay for itself within one year.

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Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home review: Control everything in your house (eventually)

Handling entertainment gear as well as smart home products from Nest, SmartThings, and more, this is one remote to rule them all...well, once you get it all working, anyway.

YouTube’s app for Apple TV gets major overhaul

YouTube says this update lets you access “the full YouTube experience, right from your Apple TV.” Sounds about right.

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Amazon Instant Video flips the 4K streaming switch, leapfrogs over Netflix

While Netflix hikes prices for 4K video, Amazon starts streaming movies and TV shows to Prime subscribers at no additional cost.

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Today's Hot Deals: Acer HD ChromeBook for $199, Dell Inspiron 15 for $229, and more

The holiday season is in full swing; decorations are going up, wish lists are being written and our bargain hunters are busy finding the hottest deals on tech. Headlining these deals: an Alienware laptop for $1400, Lenovo Bluetooth Speaker for $18, and the Apocalypse Edition of Dead Rising 3 on Xbox One for $40

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Dish delays ad-skipping AutoHop for CBS with no sign of streaming deal

Dish decides that CBS with advertisement is better than no CBS at all, as it agrees to pause AutoHop for seven days after any broadcast.