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  • Updated: September 19, 2014 - 11:16 AM

‘Halo: Nightfall’ trailer promises death, aliens and war

By The Wrap, Star Tribune October 23, 2014, 02:45 PM

Bridge story between “Halo 4” and “Halo 5” will be available exclusively as part of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” on Xbox One.


New 'Skylanders' delights, frustrates

By LOU KESTEN, Star Tribune October 08, 2014, 08:13 AM

If you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders video game, be prepared to spend a couple hundred dollars more on additional toys. "Skylanders Trap Team" doubles down on that strategy.


New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car

By JOAN LOWY, Star Tribune October 08, 2014, 12:08 AM

Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.


Are new iPhones a fashion don't?

By NICK BILTON, Star Tribune October 05, 2014, 09:29 AM

For fashionistas, the new iPhones are creating bulges in all the wrong places.


What happens to your digital life after death? Don't leave it to chance

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune October 05, 2014, 09:29 AM

About #AlwaysOn: A weekly look at all things Internet, from top apps and social media stars to goofy memes and tech breakthroughs.


MSP Airport plans to build state's largest solar power project

By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune October 05, 2014, 09:28 AM

The $25.4 million project, which will be built on two parking ramps in front of the main terminal, is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport’s electricity after its completion in the fall of 2015.


Sound Advice: Movie discs still offer some advantages over streaming

By DON LINDICH, Star Tribune October 05, 2014, 09:25 AM

With the popularity of streaming movies, when do you think buying movie discs will become a thing of the past?


Social network started by Mpls. man aims for elite status with $9k fee

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune September 26, 2014, 02:13 PM

It could be a story from “The Onion”: Join an online country club for the elite, memberships starting at $9,000. Except it’s true.


What exactly is 'the cloud'? Answer's not over your head

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune September 25, 2014, 09:57 AM

The cloud is a pretty vague concept for a lot of people, even if they won’t admit it. Consider it part of the ever-changing technology universe we use daily but don’t really understand. Let’s clear that up.


As new iPhone arrives, buyers have more pricing options

By John Ewoldt, Star Tribune September 19, 2014, 11:54 AM

The new iPhone 6 also introduces many consumers to more contract-free options.


Brand new iPhone dropped on live TV

By Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune September 19, 2014, 11:18 AM

During a live television report, a man opened the iPhone he had just purchased and fumbled it.


What would it take for you to buy a smartwatch?

By #AlwaysOn September 09, 2014, 09:23 PM

Apple Watch is the newest and most glitzy entry into the smartwatch world. But when we already have handheld computers that do an awful lot, does Apple Watch add enough to make you want to drop $349?


Sound advice: Panasonic's latest small camera worth its price

By DON LINDICH August 22, 2014, 02:20 PM

I am looking for a small camera for travel and want the best image quality available. What is your top recommendation, regardless of price?


Picking the right apps for your life

By Katie Humphrey August 07, 2014, 07:51 AM

Is there a science to picking the perfect apps to fit your life? Find out what these savvy smartphone users have to say.


Video games: Solve a killing in 'Murdered: Soul Suspect'

July 31, 2014, 10:23 PM

As “Murdered: Soul Suspect” ($60 for PS3 /4, Xbox 360 /One, PC; rated Mature) begins, detective Ronan O’Connor is thrown out of a window and shot to death in the street.


Sound Advice: 'Enthusiast compact camera' fills void when SLR is too big

By DON LINDICH July 25, 2014, 02:23 PM

An enthusiast compact is a step above a point-and-shoot and a stepping stone to an interchangeable lens camera.


Short Circuits: Lost 'Dune' on video; streamlined antenna, top 10 Xbox 360 games

July 14, 2014, 02:06 PM

VideoThe ‘Dune’ that never wasWith “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” filmmaker Frank Pavich makes an impassioned and relatively convincing case that the film...


Sound Advice: Affordable sound system improves quality of TV audio

By DON LINDICH July 07, 2014, 03:19 PM

Q: I’m interested in your take on the ZVOX SoundBase 320, which you mentioned a few weeks ago.A: The ZVOX...


Short Circuits: 'Bad Words' on video; share audio; brain game; top 10 games

July 07, 2014, 03:09 PM

In “Bad Words,” out Tuesday on home video, lovable everyman Jason Bateman plays a despicable misanthrope. Plus apps, gadgets and video games.


Share daily highs, lows and surprises with app by St. Paul mom

By Katie Humphrey June 25, 2014, 02:36 PM

Parents love to hear about their kids’ lives. Kids, especially teens, don’t always love to share. St. Paul mom Stephanie Ross found a way around those frustrating exchanges with an app based on a dinnertime game.


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