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Best app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time

Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers make paid apps free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store. These apps normally cost money, and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will b......
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Box office hits and misses: ‘The Great Wall’ crumbles while ‘Lego Batman’ reigns

Why it matters to you The most expensive movie ever made in China had a rough debut in the U.S. It wasn’t an entirely wonderful weekend for The Great Wall, director Yimou Zhang’s effects-driven $150 million adventure that featured a mercenary played by Matt Damon fending off hordes of monsters from China’s legendary wall. The most expensive movie ever made in China, the film earned a mere $18 million in its U.S. debut, ......
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Amazon’s smart home consult figured out how to connect a 50-year-old thermostat

Why it matters to you Finding out you just bought a gadget you can't use is annoying, so Amazon wants to offer free consultations before you buy. Having set up countless smart-home products, I have the routine pretty much down. Setting them up usually involves downloading the app, connecting the device to the Wi-Fi, and selecting preferences to make the product more automated so I have to use the app as little as possib......
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Angelenos can borrow a Chevy Bolt EV with the Maven car-sharing service

Why it matters to you GM is combining the future of electric cars with what some argue is the future of car use. General Motors’ Maven “personal mobility” brand is adding the Chevrolet Bolt EV to its fleet. Members in Los Angeles can now borrow the electric car under an expansion of the car-sharing program that launched there in October. Maven is adding 100 Bolt EVs in the Los Angeles area, and expects them to be capabl......
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Eagle attack! France trains bird of prey to take down rogue drones

Why it matters to you The authorities are steadily building up their defenses against irresponsible drone pilots who continue to flout the rules. If you happened to be in charge of taking down rogue drones, what solution would you go for? A shoulder-mounted, projectile-firing bazooka, perhaps? Or maybe an electromagnetic defense shield? Or how about something a little more low-tech, like a highly trained golden eagle? T......
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Get big savings (66%) and sound from tiny Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker

The term “portable” speaker is used rather broadly. It can mean anything from a speaker you can physically move away from an outlet to a speaker you can fit in your hand. If you’re looking for a true portable speaker — as in easy to pick up and take with you — check out this Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker, now just $17 (66 percent off) on Amazon. More: The Best Bluetooth Speaker You Can Buy The Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker......
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Break out the birthday candles, Flickr just became a teenager

Why it matters to you Flickr's 13th birthday offers an opportunity to reflect on the pace of change and growth in the image-sharing space. Flickr has officially entered teen-dom — On February 10, the image-sharing platform celebrated its 13th anniversary. The photo platform says it is “just as full of wonder, snark, and creativity as we’ve ever been.” And now, the platform is home to 13 billion photos — and, as of 2016,......
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What can’t she do? The best ways to use Amazon’s Alexa around the house

Whether you have an Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap, or what we can only imagine will be an increasing list of third-party devices that currently work with Alexa, there are lots of things you can ask the digital voice assistant to do. And while you likely already know she’ll read a couple lines of a Wikipedia entry or spout off a laundry list of facts, we doubt you’re aware of everything she’s capable of. That said, below are some of our favorite way......
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Ramin Djawadi’s live concert tour takes ‘Game of Thrones’ on the road

“Even if you’re not watching the video, you can put the music on, and it takes you there. If the music does that, then I think we’ve done our job.” Music Is Coming. It was a simple statement spelled out on a theater marquee a good number of months ago, but the rabid fanbase or HBO’s top-rated series Game of Thrones knew exactly what it meant: The show was going on the road, quite literally. That is, the music of the show was going to be co......
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