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Why your Internet service provider wants to nix all-you-can-eat data buffets

As the industry moves toward 'metered' broadband plans, hard-core users will feel the hurt.

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You now need an Apple ID to book a Genius Bar appointment

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Over at TechCrunch, Matthew Panzarino notes that Apple is now requiring all customers to associate an Apple ID with a Genius Bar appointment. This may keep Chinese scalpers at bay, but it also gives the Genius helping you more information about your device history, including past appointments and service requests.

The worst deals in tech: Are you being fleeced by these 7 overpriced products?

That shiny new tech toy might appear irresistible—until you realize its mark-up is obscene.

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Beware of Apple Store phishing email

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A message is reportedly making the rounds purporting to offer a $200 Apple Store gift card. Don't believe it.

How the iPhone has changed the way we shop

Shopping is not on Marco Tabini's list of favorite activities—but Apple's technologies are turning what is often a chore into an almost pleasant experience.

Getting the best Amazon deal

If there's an item on Amazon that you'd dearly love, but you don't love its price, Chris Breen shows you ways to monitor Amazon for the best price.

Introducing TechHive's Digital Entertainment Superguide

Interested in cutting the cord on your television and exploring what the digital media landscape has to offer you? Make the move with our Digital Entertainment Superguide, hand-crafted for you by the TechHive editors for just $3.99.

How we tested the nation's networks

Our approach to testing wireless service has always been to closely replicate how people use wireless service in the real world, and then measure how well it really works. That’s why we do the testing ourselves.

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Advice from an Apple tech: When your Mac gets too toasty

What are the long-term effects of overheating on a Mac? Beyond warmer temperatures and additional noise from the fan working overtime to cool its operating environment, you can expect to see slower performance.

Dealing with data caps

Have you found that your ISP-imposed data cap is running short by the end of the month? Chris Breen has a few tips for reducing data usage.

A crowd of Chinese people wait outside an Apple Store in Beijing to buy an iPhone 4.

Apple apologizes to China over warranty policies

Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized to Chinese consumers over concerns about its warranty policies after government-run media attacked the company for its customer service.

Advice from an Apple Tech: Three common Mac fixes

While working in tech repair, Chris Barylick helped dozens and dozens of people. Here's his advice on the most common problems people had with their Macs.

Slideshow: 11 fun facts about Apple

We ventured deep into the jungle primeval of Apple's shareholder proxies to bring you a slice of company trivia -- from the absence of a knight to the shocking truth of just how cool it is being an Apple board member.

Inside the shadowy underground of 'anything, anywhere' cloud-based printing

Cloud-connected printers are everywhere, but how hard is it to collect your paperwork? We went to a private school and Twitter's corporate office to find out.

iOS apps for resellers

Let your mobile device help you make money through online (or offline) reselling.