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Sphero’s BB-8 can be your screening buddy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sphero BB-8 gets a “Watch With Me” mode to react in sync with the film.

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Starz embraces standalone streaming with $9 per month video service

With Starz standalone streaming, yet another premium TV channel breaks free from the cable bundle

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PlayStation 4 brings Remote Play streaming to PC and Mac

PlayStation 4 Remote Play heads to laptops, with more features than the Xbox version.

Microsoft tests $4-per-month Outlook Premium, with custom domains and no ads

Outlook Premium could hit a sweet spot for users who want personalized email addresses without a full-blown Office 365 subscription.

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Windows 10 hits the top of Steam's usage charts

Windows 10 (64-bit) is now the most popular way to play Steam games, thanks to “Recommended” upgrades and DirectX 12

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Extreme Edition inbound: Intel support site leaks Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E info

Broadwell-E—and its rumored 10-core CPU—pops up on Intel’s support website.

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Sony’s pricey Ultra video-streaming service goes live today, but you'll need a new high-end 4K Sony TV to use it

Just spent thousands on a Sony 4K HDR TV? Get ready to pay a premium to enjoy it to the fullest.

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Mozilla co-founder's ad-blocking Brave browser will pay you bitcoin to see safe ads

Brave, a new browser from the co-founder of Mozilla, gets serious about replacing the web’s worst ads.

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Xbox's first universal Windows apps include Hulu, NASCAR, Nickelodeon, and Dailymotion

The promise of porting Windows 10 apps to Xbox already has a few takers including Hulu and Nickelodeon.

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This iPhone SE teardown is pretty much what you’d expect

iPhone SE teardown: Apple’s smaller handset combines 2016 internals with a 2012 touchscreen.

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Amazon triples its Dash Button lineup for your Slim Jim and Red Bull emergencies

Amazon Dash Buttons expand well beyond the basics with on-demand snacks, gum, and even coconut water.

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Here’s how the consumer Oculus Rift got so much lighter and comfier

iFixit’s Oculus Rift teardown reveals special lenses for a lighter, comfier VR headset.

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Cord cutters should hope Vizio’s new smart TVs don't spark a trend

Vizio’s “Tuner-Free" TVs require extra hardware and hassle for antenna users.

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Skype is getting infused with conversational “bots”

Microsoft’s Skype bots promise to arrange appointments, order food, and book hotels, and more.

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The Windows Store gears up for all-out war with Steam

Microsoft promises mod support, overlays, G-Sync, Freesync and more as it pushes the Windows Store and Windows 10 for PC gaming.