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Kill switch semi-engaged: Android Lollipop gets factory reset password protection

To discourage thievery, users will need to log in before wiping their smartphones

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Fitbit Charge reportedly adds new features and addresses that nasty skin rash problem

Leaked fitness band details show a larger display and optional heart rate monitor

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HBO shoots back at Netflix with plans for standalone streaming video service

HBO's new standalone streaming video service will launch in 2015, but details are scarce.

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Nearly 1 in 4 millennials have cut the cord or never had cable

Instead of paying a huge TV bill, young viewers are doing just fine with Netflix and Amazon

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Omate Lutetia is the rare smartwatch that's just for women

Beaded bands bring a more feminine look to the male-obsessed smartwatch market.

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Anonabox promises a portable, streamlined way to use Tor to hide your online tracks

The $51 (via pre-order on Kickstarter) Anonabox isn't the only Tor box in town, but if it's as easy to use as its company claims, it could help more people take advantage of Tor's encryption and anonymizing features.

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Google Express adds more cities, a monthly service charge, and booze

The search giant gets serious about same-day delivery.

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HTC Desire 816 review: A decent phablet with a cheap data plan

If you can live with the substandard camera, the Desire 816 offers a lot of screen for less money

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Microsoft's latest Android Wear app tries your finger for smartwatch typing

Typing on a small screen: Nightmarish. Writing one letter at a time? Doable, if not especially fast. That's the goal with Microsoft's experimental app.

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Dropbox desktop bug sends some users' files to the trash

One more dispatch from the “don't go all-in on cloud storage” department

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Enough with the non-existent wearables already

What's wrong with wearables? Not enough of them are real products, and many may never be. And if there's one thing a new market doesn't need, it's vaporware.

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81 million people listened to U2's iTunes giveaway

Maybe the iTunes freebie wasn't a disaster after all! Apple says 'Songs of Innocence' was fully-downloaded 26 million times.

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Netflix comes to Linux via Ubuntu and Chrome

Chrome users can just head to Netflix’s site to start streaming.

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Android Wear companion app hints at volume control and other goodies

An upcoming firmware update could bring lots of new capabilities to Google’s smartwatch platform

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Ads are coming to Snapchat

But Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel says they'll only appear in the new Stories feature at first.