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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.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

By ANNE FLAHERTY July 17, 2014, 02:35 PM

You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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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Short Circuits: 'Enemy' on video; contacts app; top 10 PlayStation games

June 23, 2014, 02:28 PM

In a dual role in “Enemy,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a glum professor disinterested by his ordinary life who discovers a man who appears to be his double.

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Sound Advice: $40 device can record TV shows to an external hard drive

By DON LINDICH June 20, 2014, 02:16 PM

I was intrigued when I received reader e-mails recommending the Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150PVR. Its low price (under $40 online) and capabilities make it a godsend to home-recording enthusiasts.

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Sloth Week spreads slow and cute on the Internet

By #AlwaysOn June 20, 2014, 11:46 AM

Sloth Week is here! New videos of the slow, cute animals will be posted throughout the week. It's the Internet, so why not?

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Amazon's Fire Phone is made for shopping

By #AlwaysOn June 18, 2014, 03:35 PM

Amazon jumped into the smartphone world today with Fire Phone. Buying from Amazon is easy on the device, which also comes with some nifty tech tricks.

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Duel of the digital assistants: Siri vs. Cortana

By Katie Humphrey June 17, 2014, 09:37 AM

Siri’s got a new frenemy. Her name is Cortana, and she’s bringing plenty of underdog attitude to the battle for the title of best digital personal assistant.

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Kidizen app taps into recycled kids clothes

By Sally McGraw June 12, 2014, 10:31 AM

With its popular app, a Minneapolis company is tapping into the busy world of used kids’ clothes.

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Short Circuits: 'Jack Ryan' on video; Dwellr app; top 10 games

June 10, 2014, 08:41 AM

VideoJack Ryan returnsDirected by Kenneth Branagh in a jumbled blur of dizzying close-ups, revolving camera moves, handheld action sequences and...

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Sound Advice: Buying a new TV? Plan for the future by considering a 4K set

By DON LINDICH June 06, 2014, 01:46 PM

If I were buying a new top-of-the-line TV set, I’d almost certainly buy a 4K set, especially because Panasonic is not making its amazing plasma TVs anymore.

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Sound Advice: Be careful when buying a vintage turntable from an online seller

By DON LINDICH May 23, 2014, 02:43 PM

What do you think of buying a budget turntable new, instead of a vintage turntable from Craigslist or eBay for the same amount or less?

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Experts predict a thriving 'Internet of Things' by 2025

By Katie Humphrey May 21, 2014, 03:33 PM

More connected devices in our lives would provide information about our habits and communities, but would also mean less privacy.

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Weather the storms with smartphone apps

By Katie Humphrey May 19, 2014, 03:45 PM

While an umbrella might by the most useful accessory for our recent weather, a smartphone is also helpful to keep up on whatever Mother Nature decides to throw our way.

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Creating the 'Thrones' video game with less explosions, more narrative

By Laura Parker May 19, 2014, 12:53 PM

A video-game company devoted to complex storytelling tackles “Game of Thrones.”

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Sound Advice: Negatives outweigh benefits of full-frame digital SLR cameras

By DON LINDICH May 16, 2014, 02:41 PM

What do you think of full-frame digital SLRs? Are they worth the extra cost?

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Short Circuits: Classic sitcoms in high-def; nightstand system; top Xbox 360 games

May 05, 2014, 03:37 PM

CBS/Paramount offers the Blu-ray debuts of three classic-TV sitcoms: “The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1,” “I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1” and “The Honeymooners: ‘Classic 39’ Episodes.”

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