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Star Walk 2 review: iPad app makes the night sky look better than ever

The follow-up to the iPad's flagship stargazing app is even better than the original.

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10 hilarious, brutally devious ways game developers punish pirates

The Sims 4's encroaching pixelization is the latest in a long line of hilarious anti-piracy efforts.

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If Apple wants its wearable to matter to normal people, here's what an iWatch must deliver

Apple's wearable is far from a guaranteed success, but mobile payments, simple UI, and a perfectly compromised hardware design could make the iWatch the first smartwatch everyone loves.

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TiVo goes ginormous, with 24TB of storage and a $5K price tag

The TiVo Mega, capable of recording more than three year's worth of programs, is slated to ship early next year, so start saving now.

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7 dictionary and reference apps that are not just for students

These wiki-tools, thesauruses, and word games make awesome tools for use inside and out of the classroom.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable ink

It's hard to find an inexpensive printers that doesn't ream you with pricey inks, but this model's high-yield cartridges offer an economical option.

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Live coverage: Apple's Sept. 9 event

Jason Snell, Dan Moren, and Serenity Caldwell reporting live from Apple's big fall 2014 product launch.

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The Week in iPad Cases: Melt away

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you a bit of Meso-American folklore, a delicious cover of ice cream, and all the luxury you need to look great everywhere.

Review roundup: All the Mac apps in GemFest 2014

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Today's the last day of our annual GemFest. You can check this handy chart to see the featured apps. Our regular Mac Gems column rotation continues next week.

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Why write rational criticism when you can go nuts?

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Extensions could be the App Store's next gold rush

They may not be as exciting as a new handset or wearable technologies, but extensions could well be iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite's star feature.

How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200

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Mashable's Christina Warren has more or less recreated the iCloud hack from earlier this week on her own account, armed with little more than $200 worth of available tools.

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Sound Blaster X7 preview: Creative Labs aims to make PC audio interesting again

The sound card pioneer launches a whole new family of USB audio devices and headphone amps at IFA.

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