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Sony-Spotify deal kills Music Unlimited and could pre-empt Spotify for Xbox One

A new Playstation Music service will launch this spring for PS3 and PS4 game consoles. Users will be able to pay through their PlayStation Network wallets.

FCC warns against Wi-Fi hotspot blocking and hints at further crackdowns

After shutting down Marriott's attempt to block personal hotspot use, the FCC says it's looking into more violations elsewhere.

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Misfit moves beyond fitness with home automation and smartphone controls

The $50 fitness band will soon let users control lights, locks, thermostats and more straight from the wrist.

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This Dropcam alternative promises not to eat your bandwidth

SpotCam's “Sleep Mode” can disable recording during certain times, but switch back on when it detects motion or audio disturbances.

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Razer starts shipping the Nabu X, a stylish fitness band for cheap

The $50 fitness band counts steps, tracks sleep and provides basic notification alerts, without the watch-like appearance of similarly-priced trackers.

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Windows 10 phones and tiny tablets won't get the desktop

Existing tablets will get full desktop functionality, but new devices under 8-inches will be more like Windows Phone.

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T-Mobile brings back the subsidy (sort of) with Score discount program

For an extra $5 per month, subscribers can lock in discounts on future phones--while locking themselves in to a contract of sorts.

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How to enable the Spartan browser's speedy new Edge engine in Windows 10 today

Microsoft's new browser isn't available just yet, but Windows Insiders can already reap some of the benefits through Internet Explorer.

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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

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Microsoft reneges on Windows 10 upgrades for all current Lumia phones

Contrary to an earlier statement, Microsoft now says some Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will be left behind.

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Microsoft researchers spin up a smart scarf

Prototype wearable would keep your face toasty warm, but could have deeper medical implications as well.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen proposes profoundly stupid 'app neutrality' law

BlackBerry's developer support has sunken so low that the company is now seeking a government bailout.

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Hulu's next original series steals talent away from YouTube

Video Game High School creators RocketJump and Freddie Wong sign on with Hulu for an eight-episode original comedy.

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Windows 10 for phones will act like an extension of your PC

Microsoft gives the first glimpse of its next mobile operating system, including synced notifications, Skype integration and full-featured Office.

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Want a reliable hard drive? Splurge for 4TB, study of 40,000-plus HDDs finds

Cloud backup firm Backblaze finds remarkably low failure rates in 4TB HDDs from Seagate and HGST.