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Sorry, startups: Selling public parking places is illegal

The City of San Francisco had to send a cease-and-desist letter to an Italian startup that encourages auctioning off public parking places. I mean, really now.

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Amazon looks to take on Samsung, Apple with Fire Phone

The long-anticipated Amazon smartphone is finally here: Jeff Bezos showed off the Fire Phone at an Amazon press event Wednesday.

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Adobe updates Creative Cloud with new apps, new features, and even new hardware

All 14 of the major desktop apps are getting performance updates and new features, plus three new iPad apps and Adobe's first-ever hardware.

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Honeywell's Lyric brings geofencing to smart thermostats

It looks like the Nest, but instead of learning your habits, Lyric just tracks your phone's location.

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Prep Pad review: Achieve a balanced diet with this smart food scale

This connected scale doesn't just weigh your food. It shows you how every ingredient and every meals balances carbs, protein, and fat.

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Apple's HomeKit will bring smart home control to iOS 8

Soon you'll be able to ask Siri to close your garage door, and have your house light up as you approach.

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Apple unveils HealthKit to integrate health and fitness data in iOS 8

Early partners for the new Health app include Nike, the Mayo Clinic, and Epic Systems.

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

Vendors of connected-home hardware would love to get shelf-space in Apple Stores. And they'd be willing to do almost anything Cupertino asked to get it.

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Blumoo review: Control all your home entertainment gear from one app

If it takes you one or two button presses on three separate remotes just to watch a movie, Blumoo is for you.

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All-you-can-read kids service Epic adds a thousand new books from HarperCollins

With 4000 titles, lots of great series, and a new mega publisher on board, the free trial is worth checking out.

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Osmo engages kids with real game pieces and iPad magic

Social, creative, battery-free Osmo gives school-age kids a whole new way to play, and more than just a screen to touch.

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Skylock prevents theft while letting you share your bike

The smartest bike lock on the block pairs with a smartphone app for security, sharing, and even crash detection.

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The 20 best Chromecast apps, and counting

Google's $35 streaming stick is quickly catching up to boxes like Apple TV and Roku as more and more apps add support.

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Netflix plans price hike for new U.S. customers

The company's rosy first-quarter results included a record $1 billion in revenue, but not all the news is good: get ready to pay a little more for your streaming fix.

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