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How to create text shortcuts in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

On Tuesday Apple announced it was releasing OS X Mavericks for free to all Mac users. This update, while a new OS version, isn't heavy on features, with most of the changes being performance-related, but it does offer a few gems.<p>One of those gems is the ability to sync your iOS text shortcuts with …

Operating Systems

Steelie magnetically mounts smartphones in cars - Roadshow

Starting at $35<p>@way4ne<p>4:37 PM PDT<p><b>The Steelie smartphone mount holds your phone against any flat surface on the dashboard.</b> Josh Miller/CNET<p>Smartphone mounts in cars tend to follow a uniform style, a suction cup attached to a clamp or cradle with a mounting arm. But the Steelie mounting kit comes out …

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks review: No reason to forgo this free update - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Mac OS X Mavericks</b> brings new apps, streamlines familiar features, and improves power efficiency and battery life for laptop users.<p><b>The Bad</b> Older features like Gatekeeper and Launchpad could have used some renovations, but were left untouched in Mavericks.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> As it's a free …

Operating Systems

Internet begins its move beyond .com, .net, and .edu

Think .biz and .mobi are a little weird to see at the end of an Internet address? You ain't seen nothing yet.<p>Because on Wednesday, the first 4 of a planned 1,400 new Net-address suffixes -- called generic top-level domains, or GTLDs -- were built into the fabric of the Internet. The first four new …

ICANN

Home of tomorrow: Flying robots, 3D-printed food, 'living' air filters

The CNET Appliances team gets to test all sorts of household items with advanced functionality, but it sure is fun to imagine what smart home appliances might look like in the more distant future. That's why I like the Electrolux Design Lab competition. This annual event allows design students from …

Home Appliances

The 20 Most Amazing PCs Ever Made

The personal computer has been a popular household tool for several decades. I’ve been building my own for nearly as long, but aside from being powerful devices for all-manner of tasks, the ability to customize a PC to your personal needs is something that fascinates millions of people the world …

What's the Deal With Creatine?

Creatine has been wildly popular since the 1990s. It's touted as a shortcut to gaining lean muscle mass, and packed into everything from supplement …

How to add more storage to an iPhone or iPad

Apple's iDevices famously -- make that infamously -- rely on fixed storage. If you need more space, well, too bad.<p>Or maybe not. There are a few tricks you can try, starting with this weird one that seems to magically free up some otherwise unavailable space -- anywhere from a few hundred megabytes …

Gear & Gadgets

We Are Working Less And Sleeping Less Due To The Internet

We are working less and sleeping less, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.<p>According to the study conducted by Scott Wallsten of the Technology PolicyInstitute, we spend sixteen fewer seconds working for every minute we spend online. Similarly, we spend seven fewer …

Pinterest Raises Massive $225 Million Series E, Valuing The Firm At $3.8 Billion

According to sources at AllThingsD (which TechCrunch now confirms) Pinterest has closed on a significant new round of financing: $225 million in new funding, with Fidelity Investments in the lead. TechCrunch sources are now confirming the full AllThingsD report. The funding values Pinterest at $3.8 …