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How to enable the Spartan browser's speedy new Edge engine in Windows 10 today

Microsoft's new browser isn't available just yet, but Windows Insiders can already reap some of the benefits through Internet Explorer.

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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

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Microsoft reneges on Windows 10 upgrades for all current Lumia phones

Contrary to an earlier statement, Microsoft now says some Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will be left behind.

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Microsoft researchers spin up a smart scarf

Prototype wearable would keep your face toasty warm, but could have deeper medical implications as well.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen proposes profoundly stupid 'app neutrality' law

BlackBerry's developer support has sunken so low that the company is now seeking a government bailout.

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Hulu's next original series steals talent away from YouTube

Video Game High School creators RocketJump and Freddie Wong sign on with Hulu for an eight-episode original comedy.

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Windows 10 for phones will act like an extension of your PC

Microsoft gives the first glimpse of its next mobile operating system, including synced notifications, Skype integration and full-featured Office.

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Want a reliable hard drive? Splurge for 4TB, study of 40,000-plus HDDs finds

Cloud backup firm Backblaze finds remarkably low failure rates in 4TB HDDs from Seagate and HGST.

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Mouse Box wants to stuff a full PC into a mouse

Packing the guts of a computer into a mouse seems like a neat idea, even if it's probably going to wind up being vaporware.

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Should you cut the cord? A guide to decide for 2015

Ask yourself these 9 questions before you decide to drop your cable- or satellite-TV subscription.

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FDA wants to regulate some wearables, but Fitbit's fine

Proposed rules call for stricter scrutiny of devices that treat specific medical conditions and involve some risk.

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Success! Hardly anyone uses 'password' as their password anymore

A new study finds that common passwords such as “123456” and “password” are only used about 2.2 percent of the time.

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Here's how much those 'free' Windows licenses actually cost

It's no secret that Microsoft is practically giving Windows 8.1 licenses away to tablet vendors, but now we know exactly how much the company makes.

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Spotify revamps its Windows Phone app, better late than never

Nine months after redesigning its iOS and Android apps, Spotify brings library-style “Your Music” view to Windows Phone.

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Amazon promises dozens of films as original-content war with Netflix heats up

Unlike Netflix, Amazon also plans to release the films to theater chains before Amazon Prime subscribers can get them.