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Two Apple acquisitions aim to help improve book, radio recommendations

The company acquired services BookLamp and Swell, both of which focus on analyzing and recommending different kinds of content for readers and listeners.

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Staff Picks: Customize your public radio experience with NPR One

NPR's new iPhone app and Web service, NPR One, lets you build your perfect public radio station from NPR programs and segments.

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Bountiful bags

This week's roundup of new Mac gear includes new options for carrying your MacBook, as well as a way to protect it from spilled milk.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Quacks like a … file

In this week's Mac app roundup, you'll find a duck that likes to move your data around, a phone that doesn't need dusting, and a tower that knows what happened to all your files.

PDF: What it is, when it’s used, how to convert and edit it

PDFs are everywhere, despite being notoriously difficult to edit. Ever wonder why?

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Asana brings its teamwork features to iPhones and iPads

Asana's new iOS app promises most of the functions in its browser-based service, plus extras to make things easy for people on the go.

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Fox, CNBC, others now streaming on Apple TV

Apple's set-top box now gives users live access to programming from two major U.S. networks, as well as a couple of content providers in specific countries.

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Who wouldn't want an incredibly cheap phone? Oh, people who want their phone to actually do things. Right.

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Oyen Digital Shadow Mini review: a $600 1TB portable SSD that's a great deal

The Shadow Mini might cost a lot less than other 1TB portable solid-state drives out there, yet performance is fantastic.

Hot Deals Thursday: Toshiba Core i7 Laptop for just $700, 3TB HDD for only $100, and more

Take a look at LogicBuy's best bargains, including a great deal on a Dell Venue 8 Pro and an iLuv MobiCup speaker for just $20.

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5 unexpectedly useful apps

You probably didn't know you needed a color-coded goal manager or a dedicated email tracker. But once you try these apps, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.

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Apple bumps MacBook Pro processors across the line

The update to the company's professional laptop line brings faster chips to the whole category, and a few more modest changes.

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Using Instagram for iOS on public Wi-Fi poses risk of an account hijack, researcher says

Instagram is moving to full https encryption but isn't there just yet

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Why sapphire iPhone screens could be Apple's next big thing

Rumors have it that the next iPhone will be equipped with a sapphire screen. That's a far cry from the original iPod, in which plastic reigned supreme.

Stanford 'holy grail' battery breakthrough could triple gadget battery life

A lithium anode battery could mean less frequent recharging for electronics.

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