1. Best speakers under $1,000
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-13 at 02:36:22

If you're looking at spending up to $1,000 on a pair of stereo speakers, these are the absolute best performers for the money.

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2. Virtual reality’s next level: Seeing your hands
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-13 at 03:53:46

In this roundup, learn about YouTube's GIF maker, Facebook's take on a dislike button, and how the next Oculus Rift can track hand movements. Meanwhile, Bridget Carey learns she can't handle virtual zombies.

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3. Stephen Colbert interviews Smaug from ‘The Hobbit’
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-13 at 06:32:58

Colbert's latest guest hails all the way from Middle-earth. Watch the dreaded dragon riff on other dragons, presidents and Hollywood liberalism.

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4. Networking and storage: Nine most interesting products of 2014
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-13 at 22:30:32

CNET editor Dong Ngo picks a handful of networking and storage products of 2014 he finds most interesting.

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5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ crazy rolling ball droid is a practical effect, not CGI
     Published by Polygon on 2014-12-13 at 06:39:17

The first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been picked apart almost literally frame-by-frame, but there are still a few surprises for fans. Mark Hamill, who is reprising the role of Luke Skywalker in the upcoming film, ...

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6. Nexus 9 with LTE now on sale in the Google Play Store
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-13 at 00:42:43

Just a few hours after T-Mobile began selling the LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet, the device is now available to purchase from the Google Play Store as well.

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8. Apple worked to block ‘100 percent’ of iTunes competitors from iPods
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-13 at 14:21:00

The federal antitrust case Apple's fighting isn't looking any more favorable for the hardware giant since we last reported on it. Former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified on Friday that he'd worked on a project to block "100 percent of non-iTunes...

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9. Sony wants to assist you in unlocking the bootloader of your Xperia smartphone
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-13 at 15:38:51

After simplifying the process for unlocking the bootloader of Xperia smartphones, Sony is now providing clear instructions on how users can do so in a new video posted on its SonyXperiaDev channel.

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10. Leaked Emails Reveal MPAA Plans To Pay Elected Officials To Attack Google
     Published by Tech Dirt on 2014-12-13 at 02:16:29

Okay, it's no secret that the MPAA hates Google. It doesn't take a psychology expert to figure that out. But in the last few days, some of the leaks from the Sony Pictures hack have revealed the depths of that hatred, raising serious questions about how t...

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11. The Big Picture: Galactic collision provides amazing X-ray light show
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-13 at 02:31:00

'Tis the season for holiday light shows, and two galaxies about 130 million light years from Earth got together to put on a display of their own. NGC 2207 and IC 2163, both part of the constellation Canis Major (the Great Dog), got cozy and the "ultr...

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12. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip shows speed isn’t everything
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-13 at 00:33:00

If you're already bored by the annual speed upgrades we're seeing in mobile chips (can you really feel the difference between a Galaxy S4 and S5?), Qualcomm's giving you a few more reasons to consider upgrading. Its octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, whi...

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13. Yup, NASA made an ‘All About That Bass’ parody
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-13 at 01:09:00

Because you know I'm all about that space
'Bout that space, space travel
I'm all about that space, 'bout that space, space travel
I'm all about that space, 'bout that space, space travel
I'm all about that space, 'bout that space, space...

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14. Motorola Droid Turbo or Moto X (2014): Which should you buy?
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-13 at 00:14:24

Motorola's flagship and the latest Droid are cut from the same cloth, but each excel in their own areas Since Motorola took over the job of making all Droid phones for Verizon, it has put customers on the carrier in an interesting position of choosing be...

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15. Lindsay Lohan’s new video game is funny, trashy and surprisingly self-aware
     Published by Polygon on 2014-12-13 at 02:49:28

Actress Lindsay Lohan is the star of a new mobile game, The Price of Fame for Android and iOS, that's both a tongue-in-cheek look at celebrity culture and far less glamorous than another popular celebrity fantasy game, Glu Mobile's megahit Kim...

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16. Nexus 5: Past, present and future
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-13 at 00:49:14

A year on — and with an all-new version of Android — how does Google's 5-inch handset measure up? I've used the Nexus 5 — Google and LG's last Nexus collaboration — on and off for the past year. The phone never quite managed to become my daily dr...

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17. When Shareholders Fight
     Published by The Information on 2014-12-13 at 00:51:33

Back in 2012, five software developers who helped found a company that made technology to monitor health care fraud sued the venture capitalists who had invested in their company. They argued their ownership stakes had been diluted by the VCs, who held pr...

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18. CNET’s Next Big Thing at CES to delve into new realities
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-13 at 05:47:14

CNET's Next Big Thing SuperSession is one of the most popular events at CES. In 2015, we're taking an in-depth look at augmented reality, virtual reality and the amazing futures they will enable.

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19. Think California’s Huge Storm Will End the Drought? Think Again
     Published by Wired on 2014-12-13 at 01:42:17

The storm is expected to dump 2-8 inches of water in the Bay Area, and 2-5 inches in Southern California. But California would need 18-21 more inches of rain over the next six months in order to make up for the drought.
The post Think California’s H...

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