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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.
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Sony’s new ‘Multifunctional Light’ lets you yell at your family from the ceiling

For a light fixture, Sony's latest offering for the home sure does a lot. That's probably why the Japanese company has decided to call it the "Multifunctional Light."
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Apple could make a play for Time Warner to jumpstart TV streaming service

It has often been rumored that Apple would like to launch a TV streaming service. Sources familiar with the matter say that Apple could be mulling over a purchase of Time Warner, which could help make that a reality.
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Nest, Amazon Echo, and HomeKit now work with a lot more devices

At CES 2016, Nest, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomeKit all added compatible new devices. Your oven can alert you if you left it on when you leave the house, and you can talk to your fans and blinds.