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From a Single Device, to a Brilliant Platform

Why Building a Smarthome is Easier Than You Think

The best smarthome products on the market today redefine what we should expect from everyday household objects. But like any good technology, using them together provides an entirely different level of convenience and intelligence.

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The Best Travel-Ready Tablets

The tablet is here, and it's time to jump on the bandwagon (or upgrade your month-old antiquated one).

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The New Guard of Home Security

Is Scout Alarm the home security solution for the next generation? We spent a few months with it to find out.

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Serial, and Putting Longform Radio Back on the Map

Despite overflowing Twitter feeds, unending notification pings, busier schedules, and a lust for just getting to the point, there’s an opportunity for the podcast to tell stories worth paying attention to.

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Stocking Stuffers: Tech & Gadgets

Gear Patrol's gift guide to the 16 best tech and gadget gifts under $50 available in 2014.

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Is That Half-Off Slingbox Worth It?

Decrypted: An Argument to End Black Friday

It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. That time of wasted money, squandered vacation time, dishonored holidays, and tramplings: Black Friday. This year, ask yourself: Why?

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Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

Master your domain like never before

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like "smart home" and "the internet of things" are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.

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You can't bullshit your health data

Decrypted: Caution in the Age of the Quantified Self

Tracking your health and fitness with the help of smartphone apps and wearables is fun and motivating; auto insurers are now allowing drivers tracking options to prove their safety and save money. But for consumers, there are also troubling implications looming concerning how a person's digital portrait can be used and the security of important data.

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