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Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Western Digital PiDrive Kit Easily Adds 1TB of Storage to Your Raspberry Pi

Western Digital recently made storage simpler when it comes to the Raspberry Pi micro computer. The aptly-named PiDrive Kit allows you to easily pair …

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12 ways to make your iPhone's battery last longer

We use our phones for everything these days, from snapping photos to browsing the web, watching videos, and even making the occasional phone call.<p>All that activity can definitely drain your battery quickly, but luckily there are a few practices that can at the very least help you get the most out …

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5 Facebook tricks you never knew existed

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. Sure, it’s an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends, but it’s also a major time drain and privacy killer.<p>There is more to Facebook than status updates, photos and comments. Here are five little-known Facebook chills and thrills.<p><b>1.</b> …

8 Netflix Tricks You Just Can't Live Without

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game …

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet

Americans love the Internet, with 87% of us active online. We have accounts everywhere, letting us kill time at work on Facebook, check Twitter for …

After years of sleek smartphones, people now want something weird

The most exciting thing about Google’s Project Ara, a modular phone that customers can build and rebuild to their own specifications indefinitely, isn’t that it’s so customizable. What’s really crazy about Ara is that it looks like a clunky toy when compared to smartphones currently on the …

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Samsung Gear Fit review

Pros<p>Attractive curved screen and good looks, lightweight, changeable strap, water and dust proof<p>Cons<p>Leather strap option would have been nice, no …

BitTorrent Sync doubles users in a single month, growing '2 times as fast as Dropbox'

On Nov. 5, BitTorrent Sync, the free “private cloud” solution to syncing files between your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices, hit one million users. Today, the company announced that it has hit two million users.<p>And the company says it’s growing twice as fast as Dropbox.<p>BitTorrent Sync is …

Facebook Aims To Weed Out Piracy By Analyzing Your Personal Data

Facebook has been granted a patent over the use of personal data -such as a user’s location, friends and interests – to identify potential piracy or other unauthorized content.<p>The patent, first unearthed by Torrentfreak, is titled ‘Using social signals to identify unauthorized content on a social …

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

A new Dread Pirate Roberts emerges as Silk Road 2.0 rises from the Internet underground

Silk Road 2.0 just came out, and no, this isn’t the movie. The “dark-web” marketplace has been resurrected after its first version was shut down by the FBI last month.<p>Dread Pirate Roberts tweeted the announcement of the new site saying, “You can never kill the idea of #silkroad.” “This is bigger …

You can now buy a car with Bitcoin in Australia

The good news is that you can now buy a car with Bitcoin. The bad news is that the only ones available are commercial off-road vehicles built in Australia and sold online.<p>The vehicle manufacturer is Tomcar, and the vehicles are sort of a cross between a 1970s dune buggy and something out of Mad …

How to build your own computer

<i>This is the third and final part of CNET's guide to building your own computer. Make sure you have read part one and part two before proceeding.</i><p>Having all these small and expensive parts sitting in front of you may look like a daunting task, but in reality the setup process, while long, is …

My favorites in budget Bluetooth sound

I'm a proud member of the Bluetooth cyborg army. I'm the guy who always seems to be talking to himself in the car next to you at red lights, and I'm the dude at the gym working out to Spotify, podcasts, or Audible with a flashing thing in my ear. Since going wireless for almost all my audio needs, …

Microsoft's new iOS and Android Remote Desktop apps let you control a PC from a phone

Microsoft is providing a new way for iOS and Android users to access their Windows PCs today. A new Remote Desktop app is now available for both operating systems, letting you simply connect to a Windows PC and control it. While a number of third-party solutions have existed previously, including …

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

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