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Oversized curved TVs and more at CES 2014

CNET Update is going to need a bigger living room:

Stay on top of CES 2014 news with this episode of CNET Update:

- Does the world need a 105-inch curved-screen TV? Both LG and Samsung think so, because they'll be showing them off at CES next month.

- Welcome back WebOS. The old Palm operating system is coming to LG smart televisions, and we may see a demo at CES.

- Samsung could be planning to show off a new 10.5-inch tablet soon.

- Speculate on the future of smartphones and what we may see at CES … Read more

Shazam iPhone app identifies music when phone is locked

While song identification software is nothing new, Shazam's new update for iPhone and iPod Touch seems to be stepping up the game.

Dubbed "Auto Shazam," the app's new feature, which debuted on Thursday, is able to continuously recognize popular music and TV around a user even though their phone may be locked. This means if someone is unable to whip out their phone to Shazam a song, the phone will still be able to record it.

"Flip the switch on the Shazam home screen to turn on Auto Shazam, and automatically recognize while you commute … Read more

Apple issues EFI Firmware update for 2013 Mac Pro

Apple has issued an EFI firmware update for the newly released Mac Pro, which addresses some outstanding hardware bugs that have been identified since the release of the machine.

The new Mac Pro, which was announced at WWDC in June of this year, was today made available for purchase through the Apple online store. The system introduces a radical new design twist for Apple's pro Mac systems, ditching the old aluminum chassis that was reminiscent of the initial PowerMac G5, in favor of a new, rounded, and relatively minute form factor that relies on Thunderbolt connectivity for expansion, rather … Read more

Target hack hits 40M accounts

CNET Update follows the bouncing ball:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Watch your credit and bank statements if you shopped at a Target store recently. Hackers stole detailed credit card info for 40 million customers.

- Don't worry too much about the annoyance of in-flight phone chatter. Some airlines are dismissing the idea.

- Windows Phone users can stream between devices with new Xbox video and music apps.

- Google's Search app helps you go caroling. If you're not the sing-along type, there's plenty of free holiday music to stream.

CNET Update delivers the … Read more

Google Glass adds Hangouts, YouTube, iOS support in XE12

Google continued its promise to update Glass on a monthly basis by releasing XE12 on Tuesday. The last update of 2013 is packed full of features Glass Explorers have been requesting, and in some cases begging for, the last few months.

The update includes full support for Hangouts conversations with a single person or a group of contacts. Glass users can now share photos through Hangouts, something that was previously only possible with social networks.

Beyond Hangouts support, the ability to upload videos recorded with Glass directly to YouTube was added. A lock screen, Play Music improvements, and the return … Read more

Facebook feeds now playing video ads

CNET Update is Crushing it:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Watch for new video advertisements popping up in your Facebook feed. The first ad rolling out this week is a trailer for the movie 'Divergent.'

- Donate to non-profits on Facebook with a new button. (And give Facebook your credit card info in the process.)

- Check out Samsung's new Android game controller, the GamePad. If you can't wait, then get something similar now from Moga.

- Play the most downloaded iTunes app of 2013, Candy Crush Saga. And see which other media made Apple's top downloads list. … Read more

Apple delivers OS X Mavericks update with Mail fixes

Apple has released the first update to its OS X Mavericks operating system. The update, which Apple has been working on since before the initial release of Mavericks, offers the usual stability and compatibility fixes for the operating system, and is a recommended update for all who are using OS X.

The update 10.9.1 revolves largely around the use of Apple's Mail program and its integration with services like Gmail, and specifically improves the following features of OS X:

Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings Improves the … Read more

Google adopts Boston Dynamics' animal robots

CNET Update is doing the robot:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Check out the impressive animal-like robots created by Boston Dynamics, now owned by Google.

- Wait and see if Sprint decides to buy T-Mobile. In the meantime, Sprint is expanding it's 4G LTE to more cities. It also has a new wireless technology called Spark, which is faster than LTE.

- Pay for an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet in four installments over nine months.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of … Read more

Amazon's secret Pantry may spice up shopping

CNET Update knows Mother is watching:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Watch for Amazon to launch a new grocery delivery service called Pantry, according to a report from USA Today.

- Monitor your home and family's activities with the Sense Mother, a new gadget coming in Spring 2014.

- Binge watch Netflix shows without guilt, knowing that everyone else does it, too.

- Send emoji with speed, thanks to the Swiftkey app update for Android.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the … Read more

Instagram gets intimate with private photos

CNET Update has no filter:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Send photos privately on Instagram with a new direct messaging feature. Twitter also added the ability to send photos in a direct message. Sending messages with apps instead of SMS is a hot trend right now with a younger crowd, especially with apps like Kik, Line and Snapchat.

- See all images in Gmail by default on the desktop. The feature will roll out to apps next year.

- Prepare for the coming of the first Steam Machines. The console for PC games is releasing 300 units to beta testers. … Read more