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Expo Notes: What's a washing machine doing at Macworld/iWorld?

I'd seen a lot of strange booths on the Macworld/iWorld show floor, but the LED-backlit washing machine was a new one.

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Microsoft announces Office for iPad, extending productivity to all iOS devices

Microsoft has officially ported its Office suite to the iPad, challenging Apple on its home turf.

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Hot Deals Thursday: score awesome savings on a Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Ultrabook, Dell Inspiron 3000 desktop, and more

LogicBuy scours the web to bring you the sweetest deals on the hottest electronics and accessories. Today's featured deal: $350 off the powerful Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Ultrabook with Core i7 processor.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Here comes the sun

This week's roundup includes a cool new way of looking at the sun. Plus, there are apps for seeking real estate, organizing your life, and fighting in the Game of Thrones universe.

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Expo Notes: Western Digital reveals new Thunderbolt-powered My Passport Pro

WD's latest portable drive has two drive mechanisms configured as a RAID 1 or 0 and a built-in Thunderbolt cable.

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BusyMac launches all-new Mac contact-manager

BusyContacts aims to replace Apple's built-in Contacts app with a solution that offers extensive syncing and search capabilities, improved relationship management, and integration with social networks.

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Social discovery engine Tappd is 'Apps with Friends'

Endorse your favorite apps so your friends know how smart you are, and find out what they're using too.

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Why the iPhone 6 should take a cue from the new HTC One

To stand out in a sea of 5-inch phones, HTC polished its signature look instead of redesigning from scratch—just like Apple.

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Twitter adds photo-sharing features as Instagram nips at the network's heels

The social network now lets you tag photos and tweet multiple images without using up your 140 precious characters.

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What to look for at Macworld/iWorld 2014

The annual expo for Mac and iOS fans starts on Thursday. Here are a few events and exhibits you don't want to miss.

How Apple created the iPhone

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Software engineer Greg Christie tells the WSJ how a "shockingly small" team, pushed hard by Steve Jobs, designed the first generation of Apple's smartphone

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The Week in Mac Apps: A notebook in the cloud

A certain tech giant's cloud note-taking software makes its appearance in this week's Mac app roundup, which also brings you a bit of music, some weather news, and a way to finally wade through that massive collection of photos.

Reading List: This is NPR, iTunes refunds, App Store searches

You can now stream NPR 24 hours a day on iTunes Radio. Elsewhere, Apple is offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases, and trying out new App Store search tools.

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Free to USB

This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes several devices that aim to take advantage of the power of USB 3.0, along with backpacks, sleeves, and other ways to protect your Apple computer.

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Your next Apple TV could come from Comcast

That's what the the Wall Street Journal says. But there are plenty of potential hurdles in the way of Apple and the nation's biggest cable provider joining forces.