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After almost three years, the Dot smartwatch is ready to hit the market.

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Over-the-air 4K broadcasts are coming, but you might want to hold off at getting a new UHD set just yet. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to open discussions on the deployment of a next-generation broadcast-TV standard that should offer picture quality up to 4K Ultra High Definition and better antenna reception than today’s over-the-air digital signals. Like 2009’s transition to digital TV signals, this upgrade’s primary sales pitch is about a better picture — not just high definition, but the Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K resolution that today remains largely confined to streaming-video services and Blu-ray discs.

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Easter eggs are not dead!!

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Clair-S claims to help you get the rest you need. It’s an all-in-one device that sits neatly on your nightstand to make bedtime healthier and more convenient. Its air purifier boasts better performance than a HEPA filter to keep you breathing easy as you rest. It’s also a sound machine to promote tranquility and deeper sleep. You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker and an alarm clock, and even wake up to customized messages via the included app. The Clair team is seeking funding through an Indiegogo campaign, where you can reserve your Clair-S for as little as $119. ...

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It seems like for every feel-good story or picture of a puppy playing with a kitten, there are 1,000 trolls rummaging through the depths of their minds to post the most vile comments they can imagine. A kind of high-powered startup inside Google’s parent company Alphabet, Jigsaw focuses on how technology can defend international human rights. Available Thursday, Feb. 23, Perspective is the result of Jigsaw’s Conversation AI project and uses Google’s machine learning technologies to provide online publishers with a tool that can automatically rank comments in their forums and comments sections based on the likelihood that they will cause someone to leave a conversation.

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Silicon Valley is an industry whose foundation was built, byte by byte, with youthful innovation.

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Google might have huge name recognition, but even it has trouble installing fiber optic internet lines. You can’t get Republicans and Democrats to agree about much these days, especially when it comes to telecom policy. The last three heads of the Federal Communications Commission — Obama’s picks, Julius Genachowski and Tom Wheeler, and President Trump’s chair Ajit Pai — all said as much.

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A few weeks back, I reviewed handheld stabilizers for your phone or your GoPro. They make a huge difference in the quality of your videos—because let’s face it: Jerky looks amateur.

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This Lego-like toy uses sensors and actuators that bring kids’ creations to life.

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The toys on display at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, though, are way cooler than anything we had as kids. Held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, New York Toy Fair showcases the year’s biggest toy trends. Mattel (MAT) easily had one of the largest booths at Toy Fair 2017.

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‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ is a gorgeous game with a familiar gameplay style and addictive story. Indeed, Sony and developer Guerilla Games couldn’t have fared much better in the run-up to the release of the Sony (SNE) PS4 exclusive, “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” A darling at trade shows like E3 and Gamescom, ”Horizon’s” dirt-meets-metal, futuristic take on prehistory managed to capture the imagination of even stodgy gamers. This is an open-world epic that borrows from the past in the best ways possible: a smidgen of “Shadow of Mordor,” a dash of “Far Cry,” a teaspoon of “Assassin’s Creed,” a shot of “Tomb Raider,” maybe a whiff of “The Witcher,” all jammed together and wrapped in a setting literally centuries ahead of the rote sci-fi hooey most games foist off as a plot.

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Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone is going to be a huge product for the tech company. In other words, Apple is going to have to overdeliver on its next-generation iPhone. The phone needs to bring new features, an updated look and, above all, offer even iPhone 7 owners a reason to upgrade to the new phone.

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Over the past few days, the four big US wireless carriers have made two things clear: They’re easily spooked, and competition works. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 17, a cascading series of rate cuts and service-plan liberalizations have seen the price of unlimited data plans tumble from a high of infinity to, at worst, $100. The pricing battle started when Verizon (VZ) made a surprise announcement saying the company would start selling unlimited data plans for $80 for a single line without the kind of video streaming and hotspot limits T-Mobile (TMUS) imposed on its $70 unlimited plan.

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The Analogue Nt mini lets you play your old Nintendo games, but for a steep price. Nintendo (NTDOY, NTDOF) might be looking to the future with its upcoming Switch console, but its fans can’t get enough of the company’s past. Case in point: the NES Classic Edition, a $60 plug-and-play unit that quickly became the holiday’s must-have gaming toy.

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This might sound a little odd, but my favorite gadget of this young year is a laptop power adapter.

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This one’s for you, Photoshop fans.

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A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape — and even record the exact weather conditions when different species ...

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Researchers have detected organic compounds on the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Organic compounds are the building blocks of life on Earth, and the discovery could mean "that primitive life could have developed on Ceres," Michael Küppers, a planetary scientist with the European Space Agency, writes in a commentary piece published today in Science. The organic compounds were detected by the Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer on the Dawn spacecraft, which was launched by NASA in 2007 and has been orbiting Ceres since 2015.

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These high-tech eSight 3 glasses are helping legally blind people see. The visor-like headset uses high-speed, high-definition cameras to capture what the user is looking at.The device uses algorithms to enhance the video feed, and displays the video through eSight 3’s OLED screens in front of the users’ eyes.

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August announced today that its smart lock can now be locked and unlocked through Alexa-enabled devices. No, instead, August wants us to remember that this feature might work best for people who are too busy chopping onions to answer the door for their visitors. Now, obviously, there’s a risk involved with anyone being able to tell Alexa to unlock a door, so to avoid that, each lock requires a user-created voice PIN to issue a command.

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The most powerful posture for a modern media figure is to play the martyr. Just after noon today, PewDiePie, the biggest star on YouTube, released a video in which he half-heartedly apologized for his use of Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic language, blamed the media for unfairly targeting him, and teared up as he thanked his fans for their support. The media is unpopular, and demonizing them can rally supporters, but playing the victim can be an equally effective tactic.

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If you thought the Nintendo Switch leak we shared earlier today was big, just wait until you see this. On Thursday afternoon, a member of the NeoGAF forum claimed that he had received his Switch early, and posted a photo of the system to prove it . As you'd expect, the rest of the forum immediately lit up, telling him to share details about where he got it and asking him to post a video of it in action. He followed through on the second request, slapping together a 3-minute video with him booting the Switch up, connecting to Wi-Fi, setting up the Joy-Con controllers,  and navigating through a few menus: There are plenty of interesting (albeit small) reveals throughout the video. For example, we now know that only 25.9GB of the console's internal storage will actually be usable. In other words, you're going to need an SD card if you plan on buying a Switch, so you might as well check out our guide for Switch SD cards . Unfortunately, our leaker didn't get his hands on any games, so we'll have to live with video of the user interface for now. Thankfully, our own Nintendo Switch should be arriving very soon, and we'll have a full review of the console, some launch games and more coverage in the coming days and weeks.

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Since its inception, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has been hampered by setback after setback, and it looks like even more delays are on the horizon for the fledgling initiative. The program — which tasks US private companies with building spacecraft that can transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station — was originally supposed to get off the ground in 2017.

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Facebook used to repeat its mission statement so often that most tech reporters could recite it from memory: “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” And it’s still the mission you see when you visit the company’s Facebook page. Over 5,800 words, Zuckerberg mentions “social infrastructure” 14 times — without ever quite describing what it is.

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AT&T Inc said on Thursday it would make its unlimited data plan available to all wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, days after rival Verizon Communications Inc announced an unlimited option. Previously, AT&T's plan, which includes unlimited data, talk and text for $100 a month for a single line, only applied to its DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers. On Sunday, Verizon said it would offer an unlimited plan for the first time in more than five years.

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