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Nvidia Shield hands-on: The first high-end Android TV box ships today, rife with features

Shield is much pricier than your average set-top box, but aims to justify its $200 price tag with 4K streaming and a bunch of gaming options.

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Google plans to have your home run Android with Project Brillo and Weave

The company's Project Brillo will be based on Android and even let smart appliances recognize your voice.

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Wi-Fi chip maker Broadcom to be acquired in a $37-billion deal

The combined company will develop chipsets for wired and wireless networks

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Android apps can track your Wi-Fi connections to puzzle out your location

A new study warns that Wi-Fi data collected by applications could be used for tracking.

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Six factors for finding a new web hosting provider

Looking for a web host? These key factors will help you narrow down your search.

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TVMC for Kodi makes video piracy uncomfortably easy

This free living room TV software offers vast quantities of movies and TV shows out of the box.

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Lenovo's low-cost Cast media streamer ignores pesky walls

Lenovo claims its new Cast media box can receive streamed content from up to 21.8 yards away—and through two walls.

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People Power adds sensors to its smartphone-based home-monitoring system

The Presence app currently lets you monitor your home using any camera-equipped Android or iOS device. Buyers will soon be able to add security, water, and climate sensors to the mix.

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Notion aims to make home monitoring simple (and cheap)

The same Notion sensor that monitors your front door can also alert you if your home gets too hot, a window gets broken, or your smoke detector goes off.

Bankable Backup and Recovery options for Your iPhone or iPad

Take a look at these useful tools for backing up and restoring your iOS device.

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At Google I/O, Android may push deeper into the home

A new version of the mobile OS is said to target low-power devices with little memory.

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Intel's Braswell NUC PC kit looks ready for living rooms

With sub-$200 prices and optical audio output, Intel's next miniature PC kit could serve as a flexible streaming media box.

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Logitech adds connected-home features to its Harmony Hub product line

Hub compatible remotes can now control Nest and Honeywell thermostats, Lutron and Philips lighting, and much more.

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Meet Mr. Everything: a power bank, Bluetooth speaker, and flashlight all rolled into one

Its builder claims this multi-faceted emergency-preparedness power center can even jumpstart your car battery.

Windows 10 Music Preview app redesign sports a Spotify-like aesthetic

It's late in the game, but Microsoft is still playing around with the visual look to elements of Windows 10 as it tweaks the OS prior to the upcoming launch.