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Techradar's first tech loves

Our first tech loves It’s Valentine’s Day, and we at techradar felt it only right to reflect on the technology that we first fell in love with. These are the pieces of tech that took our breath away, that we cherished, spent hours of our lives with and still hold …

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How to Make Nest’s Thermostat Your Smart-Home Hub

The Nest Learning Thermostat does what a thermostat is supposed to do, turning your heat and AC on and off when you need it. And because it’s a learning thermostat, it does so without manual programming. This beautifully designed object has enough built-in smarts to plausibly save money in your …

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Vape Pens and E-Cigs Are Blowing Up. Like, Literally

Some people hail vaping as a safer alternative to cigarettes, arguing that there’s no tobacco smoke, so it’s got to be safer. It remains to be seen if that’s true, and there is some evidence that the stuff inside vapes and e-cigs is toxic. But beyond that, there’s the fact these …

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What You Need to Know About Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline

Today, Twitter rolled out arguably the most fundamental change it has ever made: a major tweak to the timeline. If you already use Twitter, you probably knew this was coming—#RIPTwitter and the Super Bowl were about the only things people talked about on the network this weekend. If you don’t already use …

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Review: Fairphone 2

You know how things usually happen: You look away for one second, or get distracted, send your phone hurling to the floor, and watch it smash. If this has happened to you, then you also know the temptation of using non-official replacement parts to cut the damage to a fraction of …

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Review: DrinkMate Carbonator

Early last year, an editor asked me to review and rank home carbonators—those countertop machines that turn chilly water into lovely seltzer. Research quickly revealed an industry in chaos. Some brands were plagued with deservedly horrible reviews or simply didn’t sell. One, with a tendency to explode, was recalled. SodaStream made …

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Asics Buys Runkeeper in Another Shoe and Software Team-Up

Following in the heel-strikes of fellow fitness software companies like MyFitnessPal and Runtastic, Runkeeper has jogged into the arms of Asics, a shoe and apparel company in search of software to call its own. In a Medium post (of course!) to announce the news, Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs tidily sums …

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Don’t Hit the Slopes Without These Essential Apps

Don’t hit the slopes unprepared: In addition to all your snow gear, there are a few apps that will make your skiing or boarding trip that much better. Find the freshest powder, navigate your way out of that blinding white, or find your friends on the mountain—with just a little …

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