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Eliminate travel frustrations with these free Android apps

Whatever your itinerary, these resources can save time, money, and maybe even your sanity.

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Chromebooks rising, SteamOS stalling, Linux's civil war: The World Beyond Windows' 10 biggest stories of the year

The anything-but-Windows PC ecosystem is vast, and it saw some tremendous upheaval in 2014—some good, some bad.

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Microsoft’s close call, 2014: The 10 wins and 9 fails of a company racing to transform itself

Microsoft barely made it through 2014 on the positive side, as the company absorbed Nokia's phones and Mojang's Minecraft, introduced Cortana, and put out fires in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Relive the saga with us here.

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10 must-have Chromecast apps for streaming digital movies, video, and music

Disney movies, music videos, and kid-friendly programming can be easily shared right to your television with these apps.

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Helpdesk Skills: Not sounding phony on the phone

Over-scripting customer service calls can turn them into something a support session should never be: robotic. Here's how to keep the humanity in support calls.

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Sony hack was 'cyber vandalism,' not act of war, says Obama

President Obama stops talks of "cyberwar" in its tracks; North Korea denies links to Sony hacks.

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'OK Google' could be coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Goolge experiments with bringing spoken commands and questions to Chromebooks, and Dev Channel users can take it for a spin.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working on a smartphone that would 'self-destruct'

It sounds like something out of old spy movies, but it isn't.

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Today's Hot Deals: Dell Inspiron 300 for $450, ASUS Celeron Laptop for $199, and more

Before you fly home for Christmas or lock down your holiday plans, why not pick up a sweet new Samsung HDTV for $198, or an Alienware Gaming Console for $499?

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North Korea wants joint probe into Sony hack, warns of consequences if not

The country denies FBI allegations that it was responsible for a hack into Sony Pictures

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Microsoft Lumia Denim update goes to older phones first, snubbing flagship Icon

Is this any way to treat Windows Phone faithfuls? Microsoft's eagerly awaited update won't come to the newer, better phones until 2015.

Obama promises response on Sony hack, says pulling movie was mistake

His strong words came hours after the FBI said North Korea was responsible for the attack on Sony.

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This week in games: Minecraft gets the Walking Dead treatment

And soon you'll be able to toss back a few beers with Pac-Man. Really!

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DirecTV Android app adds 13 new live streaming channels

Watch live and on-demand content from Showtime Showcase, QVC, MSNBC and other new channels.

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BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese iPhone factory, but is it all Apple's fault?

There's clearly a problem, but no one company deserves all the blame.