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Three easy ways to get the weather on your desktop

Checking the weather is easy in Windows 8.1 thanks to the live tiles, but for desktop-only types there are also several ways to have weather at-a-glance.

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Sprint's new $100, 20GB per month family plan: All the caveats and comparisons you need to know

Sprint is late to the game, but now it also has a $100 shared data bundle that you can share between family members. But unlike the 10GB typically offered by its rivals, Sprint is offering 20GB.

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HP Stream revealed: Microsoft's Chromebook killer is a Chromebook clone

German-language site Mobile Geeks recently uncovered specs on the HP Stream 14. It looks nice, but can it run Windows well enough?

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How Verizon's new $60 single line smartphone plan stacks up to the competition

Forget about shared data plans. If you've got a smartphone and a Wi-Fi only tablet, Verizon has a new offering that may better suit your needs.

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Full Moto 360 details leaked by premature Best Buy listing

Was that a Moto 360 price tag we just saw or is Best Buy messing with us? You be the judge.

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Not sure you want to buy a Chromebook this fall? Try out Chrome OS in Windows first

Chromebooks are still a drop in the bucket of PC sales overall, but there's no denying they are growing in popularity. If you're not sure you want to buy in just yet, Google offers a way to test drive Chrome OS in Windows 8.1.

How a portable travel router can put TOR web-surfing security in your pocket

Introduced at Def Con 22, a project called PORTAL aims to make it much easier to keep your Internet traffic private via the TOR network.

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Ebay may begin accepting Bitcoin payments via its Braintree platform

Braintree, part of eBay's PayPal unit, may soon add Bitcoin to its accepted forms of payment.

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Hands-on: OneNote Online's collaboration tools improve, but there's still no messaging

Now you can see when others are working on the same notebook, and co-author edits show up faster. But you can't message fellow collaborators, which is a noticeable drawback.

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Samsung's Gear VR headset a strong contender for IFA Berlin appearance

A new report, along with a leaked image, backs up previous rumors that Samsung's Gear VR will make its initial debut during IFA Berlin in September.

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Microsoft goes big on Kinect-less Xbox One bundles for the fall

Microsoft has three new bundles coming for Xbox fans around the world and the biggest common feature between them is they all lack a Kinect motion camera.

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How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool

When you delete a file in Windows, you're just removing the pointer. The data is still there. Here's how to make sure that data is gone, baby, gone.

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Upcoming Xbox One updates include TV streaming to mobile devices

Ahead of Gamescom 2014, Microsoft tipped some big home entertainment improvements that are coming to the Xbox One.

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Microsoft teases Lumia smartphone announcements for September 4

It looks like Microsoft is getting ready to release more Lumia phones, including the long-rumored "selfie" phone.

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These 3 Chrome extensions make encryption easier for everyone

Want to use encryption tools, but you find most too hard to use? Check out these Chrome-based tools aiming to take the difficulty out of protecting your data online.