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Valve's new SteamOS 'Brewmaster' release moves to Debian 8.1

StreamOS “Brewmaster” brings behind-the-scenes changes as the first Steam Machines get closer to launch.

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Java installer ditches the Ask Toolbar, swaps in Yahoo defaults

Users who install Java will have to uncheck a box to avoid getting Yahoo as their default home page and search engine.

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Amazon takes its Alexa voice assistant to third-party hardware and software

Amazon's Echo connected speaker will get some new powers later this year, while other device makers can add their own Echo-like functions.

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The best Ubuntu phone has the most convoluted purchasing scheme

Meizu's MX4 Ubuntu Edition approaches flagship phone status, but makes buyers jump through hoops to get one.

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Samsung sneakily disables Windows Update on some PCs

The switch supposedly helps maintain driver compatibility, but raises security concerns in the process.

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The surprisingly sneaky rise of a la carte pay TV

TV networks have fiercely resisted selling their services individually; but in doing so, they’ve allowed something better to blossom.

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Amazon turns on HDR video streaming, but only for high-end Samsung TVs

The impressive tech delivers blacker blacks and bursts of beautiful brightness, but Amazon's support is just a baby step towards mass adoption.

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Hulu to sell Showtime's streaming service at a discount

Starting in July, $17 per month gets you a smattering of cable shows and one premium pay TV channel.

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Pebble Time Steel is on track to ship in July, as regular pre-orders go live

No news is good news for Pebble as its second round of smartwatches stay on schedule.

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Lenovo's $130 ideacentre Stick 300 tiny PC is cheaper than the Intel version

Lenovo joins the miniature computing craze with a PC-on-a-stick that's cheap enough for an impulse buy.

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Amazon's voice-controlled Echo is now available for anybody that wants one

After a steady slew of improvements, Amazon removes the invite-only tag from its voice-controlled speaker.

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The 'World's Thinnest Watch' becomes another cautionary Kickstarter tale

After raising more than $1 million in crowdfunding, Central Standard shuts down and leaves backers empty-handed.

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Rdio heads to Amazon Fire TV with both free and premium tiers

Amid tough competition from Spotify and Apple Music, TV support could be Rdio's ace in the hole.

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Intel's free remote app lets you control your PC with your Android phone

The new Remote Keyboard app is designed for Intel's NUC and Compute Stick miniature PCs, but should work with any machine running Windows 7 and higher.

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Roku squashes fears about ads tracking other devices in your home

Roku squashes fears about a new type of streaming video ad sniffing out other devices on your Wi-Fi network.