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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

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Facebook at Work wants to get all up in your business

A version of Facebook for inter-office communication holds promise, but it's still in testing and there's no business model yet.

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AllCast brings easy Chromecast photo beaming to iOS

The free app does a fine job of sending photos to your TV, but there are better options for video.

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Lyft rides Uber's coattails with fare-splitting feature

No more paying back later or picking up the next one: Users can now choose up to five contacts to divvy up the cost of a ride.

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No fitness for Christmas: Jawbone delays UP3 until 2015

Oh snap, you may have to postpone your New Year's resolution to exercise, at least if Jawbone's UP3 fitness band was part of your plans.

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The cord-cutter's guide to free (and legal!) TV streaming

You don't need to pay to watch great TV. The networks are offering more and more of their top shows online, where you can watch them for free on set-top boxes, game consoles, and other devices. We'll show you how.

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Netflix says offline viewing 'is never going to happen'

Netflix says downloads are a 'short term fix' for the bigger problem of Wi-Fi access.

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Microsoft's cross-platform push continues with MSN apps for iOS and Android

The informational apps formerly known as Bing are no longer exclusive to Windows devices.

Iowa's smartphone driver's license is a big step toward all-digital wallets

The state will offer a free driver's license app in 2015, though it may face some hurdles in fully replacing a physical document.

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T-Mobile escalates promotional price wars with cheap unlimited family plans

It's yet another limited-time offer, but it brings the cost of unlimited data to just $180 per month for a family of four.

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Apple joins Code.org's education push with a week of in-store workshops

Apple Stores around the country will hold workshops and events to teach basic programming to youngsters.

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Wickr brings its self-destructing messages to Windows, Mac and Linux

Just like the mobile version, Wickr's new desktop apps sends messages that vanish without a trace. But there's one thing it can't do on the new platforms that's pretty important.

Firefox is headed to iOS, browser restrictions be damned

After years of vowing not to bring Firefox to the iPhone and iPad, Mozilla is changing its tune--and is presumably willing to work with Apple's rules.

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Bluetooth 4.2 supercharges smart homes, blocks privacy-bashing Beacons

Future Bluetooth devices could connect to the Internet through regular home routers, and require opt-in approval for privacy-invading Beacons.

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House of Cards Season 3 will hit on February 27, making it Netflix's biggest original series

As the political thriller's success continues, the company has more reason than ever to produce new original content, some already in the works.