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Shape shifters: The 11 most intriguing hybrid PCs

From 7-in-1s to table-size AIOs, they're anything but conventional.

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Microsoft Miracast dongle spotted at FCC ahead of Lumia event

Is Microsoft going after the Chromecast/Apple TV crowd with its own screencasting dongle? Looks like it.

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Three easy ways to separate work and play on the same PC

If you've got strict divisions between your work and play identities online, what's the easiest way to keep the two worlds from colliding? Here are three suggestions.

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Android app ambush: Researchers successfully hack Gmail 9 times out of 10

It sounds like a pretty ominous security exploit, but it sure doesn't look easy to pull off.

on greenbot.com

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New browser extension warns you when articles are paid for by advertisers

Native advertising and sponsored content is a big trend at news sites these days. A new browser extension helps let you know when what you're reading is not editorial content.

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Netflix whips up 3D VR viewing room for Oculus Rift during company hack day

It may not become a real product. But Netflix's hack day Oculus Rift interface is so cool, how could it not?

on techhive.com

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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.

on techhive.com

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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.

on techhive.com

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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.

on techhive.com

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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.