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Does Google listen in on your life? Should it?

A widely held myth says Google eavesdrops on your life to improve search results. It doesn't, but should it?

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Cortana for iOS, Android now features quick access to common actions

Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant is getting a facelift on iOS and Android aimed at making it more useful for users, and also bringing a bit of brightness to what's currently a rather dour interface.

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This week in games: Battlefield 1 gets a Grenade Crossbow and someone builds an Atari 2600 in Minecraft

Plus Sean Bean finds out he died in the Civilization VI trailer, Fallout gets the pinball treatment, and Rare shows off Sea of Thieves. This is gaming news for December 5 through 9.

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T-Mobile's Digits looks to expand your phone number to all of your devices

The carrier launches a new program that lets you use a single number across all of your devices, and multiple numbers on one device.

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Obama orders review of election hacks as Trump doubts Russia's role

President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of the cyberattacks that allegedly tried to disrupt this year's election, as his successor Donald Trump casts doubt over Russia's possible involvement.

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Severe AirDroid vulnerability exposes users, patch incoming

Sand Studio says the update fixes a serious security issue in the latest release that exposed personal information to attackers.

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$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Microsoft deals

Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals" contain some hidden gems, including $1,000 off selected PCs, discounts on Groove Music and Xbox Live Gold, as well as sweet stocking stuffers. Today's deal: a $49 tablet. Skip it! We have a better offer.

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Samsung to brick remaining Galaxy Note7s through software update

Battery charging to be severed starting Dec. 19, but Verizon doesn't want to release the update.

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US mulls rules for airlines that plan in-flight Wi-Fi voice calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering making it mandatory for airlines to inform passengers before purchasing tickets if they will allow voice calls using mobile wireless devices on board their aircraft, thus hoping to placate customers who could object to having co-passengers talking away on their phones in an enclosed space.

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More Samsung foldable phone rumors: The first one may arrive in 2017

A new report claims that two Samsung bendable phones may be on the way, including one that can still be used while closed.

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Super Mario Run's always-on Internet requirement could ruin the fun for many gamers

Super Mario Run—Nintendo's first mobile game—will require an always-on Internet connection to play, a requirement more common to console and AAA titles.

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Hulu finally makes subscriber accounts easier to share with multi-user profiles

Now you can keep the viewing tastes separate of up to six family members on Hulu.

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Three tips for dealing with an unruly desktop

A cluttered Windows desktop hampers productivity. Here's how to whip your desktop into shape.

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Five to Try: Bully brings schoolyard antics, and Trusted Contacts keeps you safely connected

Load up your Android phone with these hot new Play Store releases.

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Best webcam: Upgrade your video calls with higher resolutions and better features

With smartphones, tablets, and laptops all sporting built-in webcams these days, a dedicated one might seem unnecessary. But picking up our top choice will bring you unmatched clarity and low-light performance when chatting with your nearest and dearest—or a job interview panel.