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Weekly Rewind: Goodbye to Bowie, Braille Kindles, smart guns, and more

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech…
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The Amazon Echo will now narrate your books for you with Alexa

Bedtime stories were once the domain of loving mothers, but now, a different female voice will be reading aloud to you. Amazon's Alexa can now narrate Kindle books by way of the Echo -- simply say, "Alex, read [insert Kindle title here]."
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: BlipCast headphones, an alarm clock rug, and more

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
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Everything you need to know about buying a washer and dryer

Buying a washer and dryer can be a daunting task. They're big, expensive appliances that you want to last for decades, not years. This guide will help you make sense of settings, features, and more laundry-centric issues.
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Weekend Workshop: Build a fire-spewing Rubens’ Tube music visualizer for under $150

Like music? Like fire? Then you'll definitely want to build a Rubens' Tube, which turns a line of flames into an on-demand music visualizer using just basic principles of sound.
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Haier buys GE Appliances for $5.4 billion

GE has been trying to sell off its appliance division, and it struck a deal with China's Haier for $5.4 billion. The former will remain headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Even rectal thermometers can connect to your smartphone now

While you might have connected a Bluetooth speaker, smartwatch or Bluetooth game controller to your phone, we're pretty confident that you've never taken your temperature and had it transmitted straight to your phone before.
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A software bug caused Nest users to wake up to drained batteries, chilly homes

An bug in a December software update left Nest thermostats with drained batteries in early January. The connected thermostats required a manual fix, a problem for those who use it to heat vacation homes.