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Does OS X 10.9.4 fix your Mac's Wi-Fi wake from sleep issue?

Some OS X Mavericks users like me have been plagued with a problem sometime since the release of OS X 10.9 last fall: Our Macs won't wake from sleep and reconnect to the local Wi-Fi network. Apple says the problem is fixed in OS X 10.9.4. Has it been fixed for you?

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USB vs. Bluetooth vs. Wi-Fi: The best way to tether to your iPhone or iPad!

Tethering lets you share the data connection from your iPhone or cellular iPad with your Mac, PC, Wi-Fi tablet, and other devices. There are three ways to tether to your iPhone or iPad and they are USB (via Lightning or Dock cable), Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi (personal hotspot). But which one gives you the fastest speed? Which one gives you the most reliable connection? Which one saves you the most battery life? Which is the best way to tether to your iPhone and iPad?

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Fund This: SITU Smart Food Nutrition Scale

Whether you're diabetic, have high blood pressure, another health condition or just want to keep an eye on what you eat, sometimes it's necessary to count calories and keep a careful eye on the food you put in your body. The SITU Smart Food Nutrition Scale, nearing the end of its Kickstarter campaign, promises to help with that by maintaining a Bluetooth pipeline straight to your iPad.

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Did zapping Bluetooth fix your Wi-Fi? Let's figure out why

This past week I brought you a tip about fixing Wi-Fi wake from sleep issues on some Mavericks-equipped Macs. The fix involves deleting a file in your Mac's library folder.

Why it works is still beyond my understanding, but suffice it to say that it's fixed the problem for me, as well as for many of you. Now I'd like to take it to the next step to figure out why the problem is happening.

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Having Wi-Fi problems on your Mac running OS X Mavericks? Here's a fix!

As near as I can tell, somewhere along the way after I upgraded to Mavericks, my Retina MacBook Pro stopped working right. It wouldn't reconnect to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep. I had to manually reconnect it; often I'd have to toggle Wi-Fi off and on again to make it work. Turns out a wonky Bluetooth preference file was the culprit. I'm still not clear on why. Here's how to fix it.

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Fund This: Dash wireless fitness-tracking headphones

A ridiculously impressive project hit Kickstarter last week called Dash. Not only are these earbuds truly wireless, but they also track your fitness with a tiny infrared LED, including motion, heart rate, and body temperature. One headphone talks to the other over Bluetooth, then the second talks to your iPhone over Bluetooth, though the headphones can play audio independently thanks to 4 GB of included storage. A capacitive touch sensor on the outside of each earbud lets you control audio, take calls, and adjust tracking.

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Your iPhone will soon open doors for you at Starwood hotels

Starwood Hotels, which include the W and Aloft brands, will soon allow you to do everything from check-in to opening your room using only your smartphone. The Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) app will house your room key right on your phone, which will then be able to unlock your room by connecting to a special lock via Bluetooth and a twisting motion.

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AiQ Smart Clothing adds biometrics to your workout at #CESlive

AiQ makes "smart clothing" that embeds wearable electrodes paired with sensors. Combined they provide biometric tracking that will help you get the most out of your next workout. Georgia tries out one of AiQ's zipper tops to see how it works.

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Yurbuds at #CESlive: Cut the earbud cord, improve your workout

Yurbuds' new Bluetooth Sport Earphones connect wirelessly to your iPhone and feature medical-grade soft silicone tips that the company guarantees will stay in your ears. 15 mm drivers pound the sound, too. You can buy them now for $169.99. Also check out the Race Case, an iPhone case with a breathable silicone hand strap - so you don't have to worry about dropping your phone while you run.

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SteelSeries offers wireless game controller for iOS 7 devices

Game peripheral maker SteelSeries on Monday announced its Stratus wireless game controller. It's available for pre-order on their web site for $99.99.

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