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Amazon Dash Button hack goes beyond mindless consumption

With a few lines of code, Amazon’s magical buy button goes from purchasing fresh diapers to tracking the number of dirty ones.


Misfit brings a Speedo-branded swim tracker to the Apple Store

The $80 Speedo Shine counts laps and syncs to Speedo’s swim tracking app, though it lacks the smart home controls of Misfit’s cheaper activity trackers.

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Sprint fires back at T-Mobile with perpetual iPhone upgrade program

Limited-time deal lets you get an iPhone 6 now for $15 per month, and upgrade to the next iPhone at no extra charge


Simple Matters Ditto review: This minimalist wearable is too simple for its own good

For $40, Ditto clips onto clothing and buzzes when your smartphone rings. It’s clever in theory, but not useful enough in reality.

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AT&T’s new wireless plans: More data, sometimes more dough

Subscribers with 10GB of data can get an extra 5GB at no charge, but other price tiers aren’t as generous.


Hands-on: Google’s iOS app paves the way for smarter searches

Ask for more information when viewing a web page, and Google will speak it back to you. Useful? Not yet, but it’s still impressive.


Apple Pay rival CurrentC could be delayed again as retailers jump ship

The backers of CurrentC want to take the time to “do it right,” but it’s hard to see what else could go wrong at this point.


Hulu says it won't release its new original shows in binge-watch form

While Netflix and Amazon release entire seasons at once, Hulu is sticking with weekly releases for its original programming.


Plex for iOS gets a modern makeover for streaming your media files

The new app adds some free features, plus much-improved offline playback for Plex Pass subscribers.


Pebble Time Steel smartwatch goes up for pre-order as early reviews roll in

$50 isn’t a lot more to pay for a snazzier design and a screen that’s easier to read than the plastic-clad Pebble Time.


Hands-on with Outlook for Apple Watch: Microsoft’s app does smartwatch email right

A solid e-mail app is essential for Apple Watch users. Outlook’s new smartwatch adaptation gets the job done with a priority inbox and helpful shortcuts.


Yelp adds hospital and health care data to help plan your treatment

Alongside user reviews, the site now shows key survey information such as ER wait times and the quietness of guest rooms.


August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set of house keys

The smart door lock app joins a growing roster of connected home controls for Apple’s wearable.


Pebble Time Steel will be missing some metal for a while

Due to production problems with the smartwatch's metal band, users will only get leather bands at first.


Amazon’s crazy Dash Buttons on sale for all Prime members

Now, Prime members can press a physical button to get diapers, razor blades, and bottled water on demand.