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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.

3 things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

We're finally at a point where dumping your laptop for a more mobile tablet is pretty realistic. Just make sure you choose the tablet that will do everything you need it to.

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Skype wants people to test its ambitious real-time universal translator tool

If you're excited about trying out Skype's new translation feature, sign up now and you might get access before the end of the year.

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Windows 8 just took a big bite out of Windows XP usage

After years on top, Windows XP appears to be slipping away as Windows 8 and 8.1 surge.

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Google 'Copresence' could be a cross-platform AirDrop rival

Google may be getting ready to put its Bump acquisition to good use with Copresence, a service for trading files between devices.

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.

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.

Make Chrome's New Tab page beautiful and more productive with these extensions

Tired of looking at the default new tab page in Chrome? Try these three extensions to spruce up their look.

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Rachio smart sprinkler update reduces water usage, ties into Nest for fire protection

Rachio just released an update to its sprinkler system app that the company says can reduce your outdoor water usage by up to 30 percent.

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Gamers rejoice: YouTube now supports silky-smooth 60fps video uploads

But they only play in Chrome, in our testing.

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You can hang Lenovo's new Windows-based Yoga Tablet 2 on the wall

The Windows-based Yoga Tablet 2 is a lot like its Android counterpart, but it runs proper desktop software.

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Reddit gets into crowdfunding with new Redditmade site

Got a favorite subreddit you visit every day? Pretty soon you may be able to purchase a t-shirt to show off your subreddit love.

Secretive, unblockable Verizon perma-cookies kick up privacy concerns

Verizon is messing with your web traffic sent via its wireless network, and that has security researchers troubled.