Warming up to the future with Nest thermostat

Google's self-adjusting Nest thermostat provides an intriguing example of what is fast coming down the road in the 'Internet of Things.'
 
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Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is a decent device with a few neat features, but its design is pedestrian, many of its new features don’t work well and its interface is cluttered and confusing.  
 
 
REVIEWS & TIPS
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Review: Amazon Fire TV has promise, but needs better game options

The system is off to a promising start, but its lack of original games and clear options is a drawback so far. 
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Record Store Day: Vinyl is making a comeback

Meanwhile, the Oakland Museum of California opens an exhibit devoted to vinyl records on April 19. 
SPOTLIGHT
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Rocket Man: The otherworldly ambitions of Elon Musk

With SpaceX, the advanced rocket company he founded outside of Los Angeles in 2002, billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes to employ recyclable rockets to save humanity from itself, blasting astronauts into outer space to one day build settlements on Mars. 
As technology users, there are things we can do to help the enviornoment -- even very little things, when multiplied by millions of people, can have a big impact.
 
 
Upgrade your Mac Pro to newer OS X version; install latest system for Picasa  
 
 
 
Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

Pistachios are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as "green gold" -- by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Full Story
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.