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Amazon announces Fire TV, yet another streaming box — ships today for $99

If you haven't been able to decide yet between the myriad options for streaming boxes, Amazon has yet another new option for you: Fire TV. The new box, announced today, does TV and movies, music, and gaming. And not just from Amazon's own sources — most of the familiar third-party streaming sources that you know and love are included too. The Fire TV box is shipping today for $99.

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Fantastical 2 for iPad review

Thanks to Fantastical 2 for iPad I can now rapidly enter and find appointments and events on all my Apple devices, all the time. Flexibits' hyper-efficient, natural-language parsing calendar app first shipped for the Mac in May of 2011. Fantastical for iPhone landed in November of 2012. Now it's April of 2014, three years post-Mac, a year-and-a-half post-iPhone, and because of Michael Simmons and Kent Sutherland, I can't even use the default iPad calendar as an excuse to avoid time management anymore. I'm now a fully organized person. And yeah, I still love to hate them for that.

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Nest launches in the UK today for £179

Soon after the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in the U.S., demand began to rise in the U.K. for the now Google-owned company to bring the rather expensive product across the Atlantic. And today Nest has officially launched in the UK and is ready for order, with prices starting at £179.

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Spotify launches new dark design in refreshed apps

Today the Spotify team announced a revamped interface, which has begun rolling out across various platforms. The new UI for the social music streaming service will hit iOS, the desktop and web today, with other platforms following suit in the near future. Say hello to the dark side of music with new typography and rounded iconography, giving Spotify something of a facelift.

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Unprofessional 86: The Internet Without Emoji

Unprofessional gives you a glimpse into what the people in technology and entertainment do with the rest of their lives. You know, the parts outside of work. It's funny, it's personal, and most of all, it's immensely human. This is part 2 of my recent appearance on the show where I rejoin Dave and Jaimee to talk about love and relationships and gettin' your heart broken and stuff.

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New and updated apps: Rdio, Paper, Flixster, and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got a music streaming app, a drawing app, an app for finding movies, and more.

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Multipeer, meshed networks, and why risk managers will love them

Apple's gotten a lot of attention recently for iOS 7's multipeer networking frameworks. I covered them briefly in my enterprise and education overview back in September 2013 when iOS 7 first launched but they're worth a closer look. Multipeer networking makes use of Bluetooth, Infrastructure Wi-Fi (like a Wi-Fi Hotspot), and Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi (also called Wi-Fi Direct) to create a peer-to-peer meshed network. Once the network has been established, people on that network can share content including messages (think IM), resources (think documents), or stream content. If you have used AirDrop to share pictures or other content with others, you have already used Multipeer Connectivity without knowing it. This is something risk managers in enterprise are going to love, and here's why!

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Macworld|iWorld 2014 is over: Was it worth attending?

Macworld|iWorld 2014 is fast receding into the rear view mirror. Before it gets too distant I thought I'd gather my thoughts and look back on this year's event. Thirty years on, is Macworld|iWorld an event still worth attending?

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Best App.net apps for iPhone: Riposte, Netbot, and Felix!

Looking for the absolute best iPhone apps in the App Store? You've come to the right place! App.net provides a ton of different services, including the Alpha micro-blogging platform that works just like Twitter but with a larger character limit and a business model that's far more friendly to developers and people in general. All of that has combined to make App.net a nerd-oasis on the internet and on the iPhone. There are lots of different App.net apps on the App Store each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. But which ones are the very best?

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Despite not being at Macworld|iWorld 2014, Microsoft made its presence felt

Apple hasn't participated in CES for years, but its presence looms large over the show almost every year. Sometimes Apple's influence is overt, like the vast numbers of iPhone case makers on display. Other times it's more indirect, like the number of wearables makers at this year's show, all wanting to claim their piece of the market before Apple gets there. Similarly, Microsoft no longer exhibits at Macworld|iWorld, but made its presence felt this year in a very big way thanks to Office for iPad.

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