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

As new iPhone arrives, buyers have more pricing options

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

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

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Brand new iPhone dropped on live TV

By Shari L. Gross, Special to the 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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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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