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Microsoft’s cross-platform gaming push gets real with Killer Instinct for Windows 10

Killer Instinct hits Windows 10 with cross-platform purchases, saves, and multiplayer.

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The Internet of Things is all fun and games until a racist takes over your printer

IoT security wake-up call: A white supremacist hacker sends racist documents to thousands of publicly-exposed connected printers.

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How to watch Netflix with faraway friends

Synchronize Netflix with long-distance friends using these two Chrome extensions.

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Sony: Bringing PlayStation VR to PC isn't out of the question

PC support for PlayStation VR is a “possibility” given the two platforms’ shared components, a Sony exec says.

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Turn a Raspberry Pi into an Echo-like speaker with this recipe from Amazon

Amazon posts detailed instruction on how to rig up a Raspberry Pi with Alexa voice commands.

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Hulu enters virtual reality on Gear VR, no subscription required

Hulu’s virtual reality app for the Samsung Gear VR is a mix of 360-degree content and traditional video in a virtual living room.

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Google’s high-end Nik Collection photo software is now free, and probably dead

Grab Nik’s Photoshop plug-ins for free, but don’t expect any more updates.

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Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security

What are Alphabet's smart home plans? Depends on whether you’re talking about Nest or Google.

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Apple Pay could help you buy stuff on the web this year

With Apple Pay for the web, typing in credit card details on your phone could soon become unnecessary.

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SteamVR adds a Desktop Overlay for when reality calls

Valve lays the groundwork for the HTC Vive VR with a desktop overlay and customizable backgrounds.

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PlayStation Vue FAQ: Everything to know about Sony’s cable TV alternative

Sony’s PlayStation Vue TV service just got a lot more interesting. Here’s what cord cutters need to know.

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Google may release an iPhone keyboard with built-in search and GIFs

Google’s rumored iPhone keyboard may kick off the mobile keyboard wars.

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Tesla quietly kills its largest Powerwall home battery

Tesla’s 10 kWh Powerwall is no more, and probably won’t be missed thanks to better alternatives.

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Moore's Law stutters: Intel officially puts “tick-tock” CPU release cycle on hiatus

Intel takes a break from “tick-tock” with a new a three-step manufacturing cadence.

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Chromecast owners can use Vizio’s new SmartCast app, but they probably shouldn’t

Vizio’s companion SmartCast app for P-Series TVs shows Chromecast how the remote control is done.