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Microsoft readies Windows Phone 8.1 update with smart covers and big-screen support

The next version of Windows Phone takes a few more cues from Android.

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Gear VR leak shows how Samsung's headset works

Touch pad, back button, camera controls and voice activation shown in new images.

on techhive.com

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Verizon tests a gentler approach to app bloatware, sort of

The LG G3 lets users completely remove (most) pre-loaded software.

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GOG rolls out Linux PC game support ahead of schedule

Classic game distributor releases 50 Linux titles, and promises at least 50 more this fall.

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10 technologies that will transform PCs in 2015 and beyond

The future of PCs will bring new chips, new memory types, and even new cables and chargers. Take a peek at what's coming.

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Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphone

Amazon's first foray into smartphones brings some interesting features to the table, but frequently stumbles over the small stuff.

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Comcast on hellish customer service call: Rep did 'what we trained him' to do

The cable giant says it will review its training and incentive programs after a maddening customer service call goes viral.

Chrome OS warms up to touchscreens with latest updates

Certain Chromebooks get pinch-to-zoom support and a touch-enabled window manager.

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Twitter tweaking Direct Messages for easier use across devices

Private conversations will fully sync across devices -- except for the messages you delete.

on techhive.com

Verizon FiOS getting faster uploads to match download speeds

Now's the perfect time for Verizon to generate some good will.

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Downsizing Microsoft to spin off Nokia's MixRadio music service

As Microsoft downsizes, Nokia looks to drop its Internet radio efforts.

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Kindle Unlimited launches: 600,000 all-you-can-read e-books for $10 per month

Amazon's new subscription e-book plan includes more than 600,000 titles, but no major publishers.

on techhive.com

Slowly, the 'Nokia' brand heads for the door

Microsoft removes Nokia name from some Windows Phone apps, but the company isn't totally letting go just yet.

Chrome's been eating your laptop's battery for years, but Google promises to fix it

A fresh spotlight on an old issue with Chrome for Windows finally gets Google's attention.

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Nokia's 'Cyan' update rolls out Windows Phone 8.1 to all WP8 Lumia handsets

The huge improvements in Windows Phone 8.1 will soon be available without jumping through any hoops.