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Fire TV Stick 2? Faster 'Amazon AFTS' shows up in benchmarks

A follow-up to Amazon's $40 TV dongle may be on the way, with a faster processor and dedicated graphics.

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LG G4 Beat is a mid-tier phone that doesn't sound terrible

The Beat's camera features look promising, though LG has cut a few corners in the spec department.

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Facebook lets you avoid the algorithm and control your own news feed

Sometimes humans are better than machines are better at figuring out what they want. Who knew?

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Chromecast Ethernet adapter solves spotty Wi-Fi for $15

You still need Wi-Fi to use Chromecast, but this cheap power adapter can help deal with dead zones.

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Pluto.TV is the best cord-cutting app you're not using

The startup is adding more long-form content as it tries to solve the “what's on?” problem. Let's hope it won't lose its identity along the way.

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Google Play Music deleting cached songs on SD cards, but not on purpose

What is it with subscription streaming music services messing with people's stuff lately?

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Plex beefs up its Xbox One app, but still requires a subscription

New features include playlists, music support, SmartGlass controls, and direct MKV playback.

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Microsoft 'restructuring' Windows Phone business, slashes 7,800 jobs

Translation from corporate speak: The Nokia acquisition has been an extremely costly disaster.

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Why Sony vows to stay in the smartphone business: The Internet of Things

Squashing sale rumors, Sony's Hiroki Totoki says the smartphone plays too important of a role in controlling a vast array of connected devices.

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BlackBerry Venice: Android's looking even more likely

An unconfirmed image of BlackBerry’s next smartphone shows a full suite of Google apps.

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Amazon finally releases Cloud Drive mobile apps, but they're bare bones

Users of Amazon’s online storage service can now view all their files on iOS and Android, but there’s still no way to edit or upload.

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With Windows 10 RTM looming, Microsoft posts version comparison

Microsoft may be on the cusp of handing a finished version of Windows 10 to PC makers, just a few weeks ahead of the operating system’s official launch.

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Sony's new whole-home speakers combine Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

Can't decide on the best way to send audio from your phone to your sound system? Now you don't have to.

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Hulu revisited: Worthy of love and suspicion in equal measure

The streaming-video site has snapped out of its lethargy with loads of new content, but it might not have cord-cutters’ best interests at heart.

'Cloud tax' jacks up Netflix bills in Chicago

The new charge is separate from sales tax, and could add 9 percent to customers' bills.