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  Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

Tech-savvy gadgets that cover all your safety bases

Posted By: Erika Santoro

From burglars to harmful UV rays, a multitude of tech-savvy gadgets are aimed at keeping people safe in more ways than one, according to one tech expert.

Canary, a home security device that works with a mobile app, tracks motion, temperature, air quality, vibration, sound and activity, said Jesse Draper, CEO of the Valley Girl Show.

That item, for $199, will send an alert to the user's mobile phone when it detects unusual movement.

Although the Canary is cheaper than most home security gadgets, it will still have to compete against them, including the new Archos smart camera, Draper said.

Draper also noted the Zoombak GPS Locator, a multiuse device to help track the user's children or pet.

That device, for about $80, can be put in a car, on a pet's collar or in a child's pocket. Users can set personalized safety zones through the mobile app and can have their mobile devices alert them via text message or email when the Zoombak leaves or enters a safety zone.

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  Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

Yelp forced to choose between users and customers

Posted By: Althea Chang

A case headed to the Virginia Supreme Court could bring still more scrutiny to review site Yelp, which has been trying to protect the anonymity of its users despite subpoenas for the names of reviewers who have punished businesses listed on the site.

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  Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

All eyes on Microsoft as it announces updates

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

Executives laid out some upcoming changes at the annual Microsoft Build conference. The company announced an update to Windows 8.1 as well as Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows Phone 8.1 has a new "Siri-like" assistant named Cortana, powered by Bing. Cortana gets to know you better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you're interested in something.

"If that creeps you out, you can go into this little notebook that they have and you can decide what features and what information Cortana knows about you," said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief at Laptop Mag.

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  Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

Amazon streaming device—Game changer?

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

The streaming device market may be crowded but it doesn't look like it will stop Amazon from announcing a new tool on Wednesday.

Amazon is expected to announce a device that can compete against products such as Google's Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku. It will allow users get video to their TVs from Amazon's own video library, as well as from services like Netflix and Hulu.

CNBC's technology reporter Cadie Thompson broke it down on today's Tech Yeah!

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  Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

Apple & Samsung battle in court (again)

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

It's more legal drama for Apple and Samsung as the two companies battled it out in court Monday. Apple is accusing Samsung, once again for stealing smartphone designs and features.

It's not the first time the fierce rivals took their troubles to the courthouse. Two years ago, a jury ruled in Apple's favor awarding the company about $900 million based on patent violations.

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  Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

Gamers unhappy with Facebook's Oculus deal

Posted By: Althea Chang

Facebook's $2 billion deal to buy virtual reality gaming gear maker Oculus may be a smart bet for the social network, but some gamers and investors alike don't seem too happy with the move.

That's at least partly because Facebook hasn't had much luck with hardware, and it's still unclear what kind of changes Facebook could make to Oculus' Rift virtual reality headset, according to Sherri Smith, senior staff writer at Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide.

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  Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

New HTC One could steal share from Apple, Samsung

Posted By: Althea Chang

An updated version of the HTC One smartphone, unveiled Tuesday, could be alluring enough to attract iPhone users, according to one tech expert.

"The phone is truly beautiful," said said CNET Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine of the new HTC One M8. "That was true the last one, and it's even more true of this second model."

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  Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

Apple and Comcast aim to update TV watching

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

Apple is in the works to modernize the way we watch TV. The tech giant is reportedly working with Comcast to provide a streaming service that would use an Apple set-top box.

According to reports, Apple and Comcast hope a collaboration will relieve some of the frustration related to congestion on the Web and buffering issues, which user's may experience while streaming Web video.

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  Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

SanDisk boosts storage tech offerings

Posted By: Erika Santoro

It's no surprise that SanDisk, which already has a good reputation in storage tech, is aiming to take it up a notch with its new Clip Sport MP3 player, 128 GB microSD card and Ultra Dual USB Drive.

The Clip Sport is a small MP3 player with a built-in clip that is designed to connect to the user's clothing. It has a 1.44-inch color LCD screen and can support multiple-file formats including MP3, WAV and WMA, according to the company.

That item, which goes for about $69.99 depending on storage capacity, is available with 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage and has an integrated FM tuner so that a user can listen to their favorite radio station while they workout.

Although, SanDisk's Clip Sport is aimed at athletes and gym rats, it will always have to compete with the Apple iPod.

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  Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

Gamer's meet virtual reality: Sony's Morpheus

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

It's about to get really real for gamers. Earlier this week, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset that will give users a new level of immersion in the games.

The Morpheus headgear, which goes with the PlayStation 4 game console, supports a camera that has sensors built in so as the player's head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates along with it.

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