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Why Valve's hands-off philosophy stained the Steam Machines' big launch

There was a lot to like at the grand unveiling of the first wave of 14 Steam Machines, but Valve's hands-off approach feels a bit TOO hands-off.

Appeals court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules

Net neutrality is no more.

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Toshiba's Chromebook is the company's first Googley laptop

The Chromebook ranks swell thanks to Toshiba, whose first entry also happens to be the first 13-inch Chromebook.

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25 excellent apps to install on your new Windows tablet

From entertainment offerings to e-reading tools to apps that bask in 'One Microsoft' synergies, these are the apps you should install on your new tablet right now.

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Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

Start off right with solid security tools, productivity software, and other programs that every PC needs.

Microsoft gifts Windows Phone users with 20GB of free SkyDrive storage

Ho ho ho! Microsoft's getting into the holiday spirit—but the gift of SkyDrive has a few strings attached.

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The year's 13 greatest tech comebacks and epic wins

Bitcoin. The Surface Pro 2. GIFs! Against all odds, these unknowns and underdogs became leaders of the pack in 2013.

Judge refuses to dismiss Netgear's router fraud lawsuit against Asus

Netgear says Asus is illegally juicing its routers, and it looks like the accusations will get their day in court.

Valve's gaming-focused SteamOS available to download December 13

The push to bring PC gaming to your living room draws nigh.

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Big storage in a little space: Samsung's 840 EVO is the world's first 1TB mSATA SSD

The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD packs 1TB of storage into hardware a full inch thinner than traditional notebook drives.

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Microsoft's most monumental hits, misses, and moments of 2013

Windows 8.1 and Xbox arrived. Ballmer's leaving, but he bought part of Nokia first. Just another year in the life of a company struggling to stay relevant.

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Rogue flashlight app shines a light on the importance of Android app permissions

An Android flashlight app downloaded more than 50 million times has been sharing your location and phone ID with advertisers, even when you asked it not to.

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HP embeds Leap Motion gesture controller in 11 desktop and all-in-one PCs

Leap Motion's finger-waggling tech is coming stock in a slew of HP desktops. Too bad the Leap Motion idea outshines the implementation.

Google (finally) lets you download your Gmail and Calendar data, here's how

This crucial feature was a long time coming, but now you can ditch the third-party backup tools and arcane workarounds.

Piixl's 'Jetpack' gaming PC straps to the back of your TV

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Jetpack, a customizable SteamOS-compatible gaming PC that you'll never actually have to look at!