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YouTube disappearing from 50 Sony Bravia sets highlights why smart TVs suck

Smart TVs look like a great idea, but they have a serious downside as demonstrated by Sony's recent announcement.

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Intel's low-cost 'Apollo Lake' Celeron and Pentium processors quietly debut

The next generation of Celeron and Pentium processors are coming to budget laptops and desktops soon.


How to have the Windows XP-style Quick Launch bar in Windows 10

There's no shame in liking the classics. Here's how to bring XP's Quick Launch bar to Windows 10.

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Microsoft fixes Windows 10's Anniversary Update freezing

Anyone experiencing the freeze issue in Windows 10 can now upgrade to the Anniversary Update—but you might lose your webcam.

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Google search for Android now finds info hidden inside apps

Google is making it easier to find content inside your phone with a new feature in the Google app called In Apps.


Acer's new Spin laptops double as tablets and start at $250

Acer's new Spin laptops can be used as a Windows laptop or a Windows tablet.

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How to use Windows 10's Battery Saver mode

Battery Saver in Windows 10 is a handy feature for anyone who prefers to keep their power cords at home.

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Google quietly discontinues the Chromebook Pixel 2 without replacing it

The Chromebook Pixel 2's reign is over, and it's not clear what will replace it.


Laptop speed boost: Blazing-fast SSDs are expected to overtake hard drives by 2018

A report by market research firm DRAMeXchange says that by 2018 half of all notebooks sold could be rocking SSDs instead of hard drives.

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Google bakes Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google is finally adding a built-in option to Cast open tabs to your Chromecast-enabled television. The extension will still work, but it's no longer needed.

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Cutting-edge quantum dot tech hits PCs in Samsung's curved FreeSync monitors

Samsung is rolling out its first quantum dot PC monitors during IFA Berlin this week including a 34-inch beauty with 100Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support.


Now you can play Solitaire and more in Google search

Now you can play Solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and flip a coin directly inside Google search

Common hardware causes Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashes, again

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is having problems accepting USB connections from Amazon Kindle e-readers.

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How to stop OneNote from inserting web source links automatically

OneNote has this annoying habit of automatically pasting source links into your notes. Here's how to stop that.


HP's new privacy protecting laptop screen thwarts would-be spies

HP's new SureView feature is supposed to make it easier to keep your private information private while in public.