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Nest releases slimmer, smarter version of learning thermostat

The new Nest is 20 percent thinner than the first-generation model and its compatibility has been increased

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Why maps matter to Apple, Google and others

Although Apple's iPhone 5 has been well-received by critics, its iOS 6 software has drawn complaints for the new Maps app, which drops Google's database and uses a patchwork of mapping sources instead. So why did Apple drop Google maps? Lots of reasons.

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TechHive: Kobo preempts Amazon with new tablet, e-readers


Hours before Amazon announces its newest Kindle devices, Kobo has snuck in an e-reader and tablet announcement of its own.


Sezmi's broadcast and Web TV service, now available in 11 U.S. cities, shows promise as an inexpensive alternative to cable or satellite, but some rough edges still need smoothing.

Google is headed for your TV

Google has partnered with Intel and Sony to create Google TV, an ambitious attempt to bake its Android software into TVs, Blu-ray players, and a Google set-top box.

Google's Nexus One: How the revolution died

With the pending closure of Google's Nexus One online store, the Nexus One's online-only business model, meant to disrupt the way phones are typically sold, is a failure, says PCWorld's Jared Newman.

Google Editions: My e-book feature wish list

Google is launching an e-book store this summer, but details are sparse. Here's a wishlist.

Israel bans iPad import, Wi-Fi regulations blamed

Don't count on bringing the iPad on any trips to the Holy Land, as Israel has blocked Apple's tablet from entering the country.

The FCC's broadband plan: Winners and losers

The Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan is meant to benefit all Americans, but not everyone will be happy with the proposal.

3D TVs to be huge in 2010? Fat chance

This is the year that Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, and other television makers throw serious weight behind 3D TV, but their sales projections seem rather generous.

Casio Digital Art Frame turns photos into art

Casio's new 10.2-inch Digital Arts Frame lets users apply the kinds of graphic filters found in Photoshop.

OnStar Mobile app lets you control a Chevy Volt

When the Chevy Volt electric car rolls off production lines later this year, owners will be able to obsess over them even when they're not behind the wheel thanks to a new mobile application.

Delorme, Spot take GPS and texting where phones can't

The DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator is a GPS device that works with a satellite communicator, sending custom text messages from beyond the reach of cell phones.

Want Zune HD games? Prepare to watch ads

Microsoft has released a handful of free games for its new Zune HD, but users will have to watch either a static or video advertisement while the game starts up.

Five ways YouTube can make rentals work

Rumor has it that Google is working on a possible deal with Hollywood studios that would give YouTube a streaming rental store. Here are five ways YouTube could make such a deal work.