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5 free Wi-Fi tools that help maximize your home network

Wi-Fi is wonderful, and even more so when you use these free tools.

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Apple Music: a desktop user's perspective

If you're not an iOS user, there's not a lot to differentiate Apple Music from other streaming services.

Xiaomi faces challenge to reach sales goal, amid slowing smartphone growth

Xiaomi sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015

Xbox One, PS4 sales in China could be disappointing

Niko Partners expects sales of the consoles to be less than 550,000 units in 2015

Despite Apple Watch, Fitbit is still in the race

Fitbit's fitness trackers may have outsold the Apple Watch in May, according to a research firm

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Getting started with Apple Music: 12 things to do first

For those about to rock, we present our Apple Music day 1 guide.

'Cloud tax' jacks up Netflix bills in Chicago

The new charge is separate from sales tax, and could add 9 percent to customers' bills.

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How to secure your home like a pro: 20-plus expert tips and strategies for DIYers

We picked the brains of home-security professionals to learn which devices and tactics deliver the most bang for the buck.

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One tap to action: Launch common tasks with these Android widgets and shortcuts

Go directly into specific tasks like setting a reminder, texting a family member, or identifying the name of a song.

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These 3 Android, iOS apps simplify and speed up social sharing

The Suggestions, Buffer and Klout apps are all designed to help you find unique and relevant stories to share with your social followers. For the most part they deliver, but each has its own set of drawbacks and limitations.

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5 reasons Spotify is better than Apple Music

Apple Music may be getting all the hype, but Spotify is still the better music-streaming service. Here are five reasons Spotify beats Apple Music

Hands-on with Parrot's new MiniDrones: Ready for land, air and sea (sort of)

The new MiniDrones are triple-action toys with wow factor—but only if the weather conditions are right.

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Parrot MiniDrones are equipped to hover, race and float on water

A new generation of drones is smaller and more affordable, but has serious drawbacks.

Sony launches crowdfunding site, e-paper remote control

First Flight is a platform designed to take in-house ideas from the planning stage to initial sales

Xiaomi break outs of Asia, introduces phones to Brazil

Xiaomi is tapping Foxconn to build its phones in a local factory to reduce costs

Watch as we follow one of Google's new self-driving cars

The vehicles represent a big technical leap forward.

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Watch as we follow Google's new self-driving car

The new cars are on public streets around Google's headquarters in Mountain View, and we caught up with them.

Why isn't anyone talking about the botched Apple Music launch?

Apple Music launched earlier today for folks using an iOS device. Other platforms, like Mac and Windows users, didn't get the required iTunes updates to use the service.

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