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Rdio matches Spotify on family pricing as the music streaming battle royale continues

Rdio is dropping the prices of its family plans by $5 to match rival Spotify's recently announced multi-user deals.

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Sony's PlayStation Vue cloud TV service wants to kill your cable box

It will only hit limited markets and devices in 2014, but beginning next year Sony intends to be at the forefront of the cord-cutting revolution in the United States.

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Mozilla's MozVR brings virtual reality to the web

Believe it or not, the Oculus Rift is coming and Mozilla wants the web to be ready for the virtual reality revolution.

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Google Voice finally gets Verizon MMS support

It's been almost a month since Google announced MMS support for Voice on nearly all North American carriers, except Verizon. That changes this week.

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How to automatically delete your cookies every time you close your browser

Firefox's new Forget button is great for infrequent cookie flushing, but if you want to erase cookies on a more frequent basis here's how to do it in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft's Work & Play Bundle collects flagship Office, Xbox, and Skype services in a deeply discounted package

Microsoft is cutting deep into the prices of its subscription services for the holidays with the $199 Work & Play Bundle.

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Raspberry Pi Model A+ rolls out, smaller and cheaper than ever

As promised the Model A+ is here. It will set you back only $20 and is much smaller than the boards that have come before it.

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How to open files in desktop apps from Google Drive on the web

Google's latest 'blend online with offline' trick is automatically opening Google Drive files from the web with your desktop apps.

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A new Chromecast challenger appears: Vudu Spark streaming dongle hits FCC

Another company is getting into the dongle game, or at least it looks that way. This time's it's Walmart with a Vudu-focused HDMI stick.

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Microsoft's first Nokia-less Lumia will be revealed Tuesday

The first smartphone emblazoned with the Microsoft Lumia name will be unveiled next Tuesday, but don't expect a flagship phone.

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Microsoft's bone-conducting headset uses audio to help guide the blind around town

Using standard off-the-shelf tools, Microsoft is working on a new system that could help the blind to better navigate urban surroundings.

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Cable-free Showtime streaming service coming in 2015, says CBS chief

He said it before, and he's saying it again. CBS CEO Les Moonves says to look for a standalone Showtime streaming service in 2015.

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Oculus Rift VR headset launch is waiting for the perfect controller

The Oculus Rift headset is almost ready for primetime, but the virtual reality headset's accompanying controller is holding up the VR revolution.

AT&T Next device payment plan adds 24 month upgrade option

AT&T is expanding its Next program to entice more customers into paying for their devices as opposed to opting for subsidies.

Xbox Music appears poised to release OneDrive-powered music locker service

Free ad-supported streaming may be leaving Xbox Music, but Microsoft may still give non-Music Pass subscribers a reason to use the service.