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IoT consortium Thread Group launches free membership initiative for promising startups

As it welcomes Somfy and Tyco to its board of directors, the Thread Group keeps an eye out for startups that could have an outsized impact on the developing Internet of Things market.

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The next Toshiba TV you buy won't be made by Toshiba

Toshiba says the U.S. TV market just isn't worth it anymore. You'll still see the Toshiba brand on TVs although those sets won't come from the company itself.

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Nickelodeon to join standalone streaming bandwagon

Yet another network de-couples from cable, with a streaming service aimed at mobile devices.

FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25 Mbps; Republicans blow a gasket

The agency's higher speed definition allows it to take new actions to encouarge deployment. But Republicans on the commission went a little nuts.

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Today's Hot Deals: Dell Inspiron 300 for $450, ASUS Celeron Laptop for $199, and more

Before you fly home for Christmas or lock down your holiday plans, why not pick up a sweet new Samsung HDTV for $198, or an Alienware Gaming Console for $499?

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Dish Network adds Netflix support to its Hopper DVR

Dish will offer a Reverse AutoHop for the Super Bowl, showing only the commercials

The day after the big game, subscribers who enjoy the commercials more than the action on the field can skip past all the boring parts.

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Jawbone opens a Marketplace to show that it's more than step counter

The new online store offers smart scales, home automation devices, and even a pet tracker with hooks into Jawbone's own fitness bands.

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Windows 10 FLAC support will extend to phones and small tablets

The lossless audio compression format won't be limited to laptops and desktops, though it's a few months away.

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How to watch the Super Bowl for free: Cut the cable cord!

You don't need a pay-TV subscription to watch Super Bowl XLIX . Our guide shows you how to get the big game onto almost any screen you own.

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Today's Hot Deals: Dell Inspiron Laptop for $550, Asus VivoTab for $150, and more

Take a break from hanging up lights to check out TechBargain's scorching deals, like a FitBit for $90 and a Canon EOS Rebel for only $549

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Sony-Spotify deal kills Music Unlimited and could pre-empt Spotify for Xbox One

A new Playstation Music service will launch this spring for PS3 and PS4 game consoles. Users will be able to pay through their PlayStation Network wallets.

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Misfit moves beyond fitness with home automation and smartphone controls

The $50 fitness band will soon let users control lights, locks, thermostats and more straight from the wrist.

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Androids will greet guests at Japanese smart hotel

The Henn-na Hotel in southern Japan will have face-recognition programs instead of door keys.R

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Statistics suggest Super Bowl 49 has kicked off a boom in 4K TV sales

Consumers aren't letting the fact that the Super Bowl isn't available in 4K stop them from upgrading their TVs.

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This Dropcam alternative promises not to eat your bandwidth

SpotCam's “Sleep Mode” can disable recording during certain times, but switch back on when it detects motion or audio disturbances.