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Windows 10's Secure Boot requirement could make installing Linux a big headache

PC vendors may not have to include a Secure Boot toggle with Windows 10, raising a bigger barrier for alternative operating systems.

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Slingbox's desktop player is now lousy with ads

The latest SlingPlayer Desktop update clutters the video interface with banner advertisements.

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Windows 10 upgrades will remain 'non-genuine' for pirates, Microsoft says

Microsoft tries to walk the line between condoning piracy and converting illegitimate users.

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New Apple TV hardware coming this summer, report says

Siri, App Store, and home automation could be centerpieces of Apple's next living room set-top box.

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Score one for net neutrality: Exceptions sought for streaming TV aren't sticking

Sony, HBO, and Showtime reportedly seek special treatment for their online video services, but run into net neutrality rules and business concerns.

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Pebble Time's first “smartstraps” could have modular features, standalone connectivity

Pebble pledges $1 million toward watch bands that will make its next smartwatch more useful.

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Here's the hardware that will power Windows-based robots and connected homes

Microsoft has big plans for spreading Windows beyond phones, tablets, and PCs, and it's just started talking about the hardware options.

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TAG Heuer, Google, and Intel get together to announce a conceptual smartwatch

No design, no features, and no price tag. Just a promise of a luxury Android Wear-based smartwatch by the end of 2015.

Apple TV revisited: 4 reasons to buy it, 4 reasons to skip it

Now that Apple has slashed the price of its streaming set-top box, is worth a second look?

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PlayStation Vue is slicker than cable, but not necessarily cheaper

Sony's new streaming video service starts at $50 per month for 50 channels, and scales up to $70 per month for 85 channels.

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Here's how Windows 10 upgrade paths will work

Upgrading to Windows 10 should be fairly painless if you've been keeping your existing version up to date.

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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for software pirates, too

As the company focuses on cloud services, it may be willing to forgive and forget Windows piracy.

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Chromecast gains the ability to work with regular TV remote controls

The latest firmware update helps cover for Chromecast's lack of a proper remote, but in limited fashion and only with some TVs.

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Sling TV adding A&E, History channels as Xbox One app goes live

The $20 per month streaming video service has nearly doubled its channel lineup since last month's launch.

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McDonald's seeks salvation in apps, mobile payments, wearables and other tech

The food's not changing, but, the burger chain dreams of a better restaurant experience through technology.