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Microsoft promotes its Band smartwatch platform with plans to license its technology

A company spokesman said the technology, especially the sensor hardware and algorithms, will be made available to other hardware makers.

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Dell joins the cheap Windows tablet scrum, launches the Venue 8 Pro 3000 series

The new 8-inch tablet costs twice as much as the Toshiba Encore Mini, but it comes with a better screen and double the storage.

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HP and Michael Bastian enter wearables discreetly with a stylish, semi-smart watch

The MB Chronowing trades functionality for looks, and will sell for $350.

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Mike Tyson fights himself, Schwarzenegger plays Assassin's Creed, and other gaming news

Plus James Cameron talks smack about the Oculus RIft, Dennis Dyack returns from the dead, and EA offers Crusader: No Remorse for free.

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Avoid these 3 common small business IT growing pains

Don't let a lax backup strategy or inferior hardware cost you productivity.

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Resident Evil's past and future: Hands-on with an HD remake and Revelations 2

The classic horror franchise is getting not one but two games in the coming months. We go hands on with an HD Resident Evil remake and Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

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Slender, metal Samsung A3 and A5 bring iPhone-like glitz to Android ecosystem

The all-metal bodies whisper "quality." The 5-megapixel front-facing cameras scream "selfie." If Samsung sales were dampened by iPhone anticipation, the A3 and A5 provide an Android alternative to the trendy competition.

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HP's radical new Machine could start computing by 2016

Martin Fink, the head of HP Labs, offered a road map for the company's new Machine computer architecture.

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Recognizing the changing cloud

Using the cloud no longer means building an infrastructure from the ground up.

Facebook says you can be social and secure, acquires .onion address for Tor users

Facebook, anonymous? Hardly, but users may still want Tor's location-hiding security while they use the service. Facebook's .onion address makes that all easier.

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Samsung hints at smartphone overhaul as profits fall; time to embrace pure Google?

The smartphone juggernaut promises “efficiency” as it's squeezed on both the high end and low end of phone sales. But maybe the answer is staring Samsung in the face.

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Swedish hacker finds 'serious' vulnerability in OS X Yosemite

A full disclosure is likely to be published in January.

on macworld.com

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Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Denmark

He will also be expelled from the country upon his release, according to the court.

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Sony's new mobile chief has hands full as handsets struggle

Hiroki Totoki has to revive interest in Xperia smartphones in a crowded market where Sony lags.

Twitter's MoPub ad exchange grabs Verizon tracking cookies, and more may follow

The privacy and security critics were right: Third-parties can and are using Verizon's UIDH strings for their own purposes.