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Swatch CEO needs to stop talking and start shipping

Nick Hayek’s provocations of Apple are looking increasingly sad as Swatch fails to ship or even demonstrate the product it’s been talking about for months.

Torrent trackers freak out over perceived Windows 10 anti-piracy measures

Based on extremely thin evidence, several private torrent trackers believe Microsoft is setting up for a big piracy crackdown in Windows 10.

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20 years later, Windows 10 follows in Windows 95’s footsteps

With Windows 95, Microsoft began the PC’s shift from software platform to communications tool, while introducing several features that persist today.

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Firefox makes extension porting easier as security crackdown looms

New tools should help developers bring their extensions over from Chrome or Opera, but existing extensions may have trouble surviving the shift.

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Amazon Echo adding voice controls for SmartThings devices

With Amazon’s connected speaker, turning on the lights and activating appliances will soon be just a voice command away for SmartThings users.

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Amazon reportedly beats Apple TV in 2014 as streaming video gets serious

Amazon quickly made its mark on the media streamer landscape in 2014, but this year could look a lot different.

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How the Xbox One and Windows 10 come together (and where they fall apart)

Microsoft has realized that it can’t ignore PC gaming anymore, but it still has work to do in building a bridge from the Xbox One.

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HBO Now lands on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

One more connected TV platform down, but more to go for HBO’s standalone streaming video service.

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DirecTV solves its 4K TV compatibility problem with new Genie Mini set-top boxes

Subscribers no longer need a specific Samsung television to watch 4K movies, though there are a few more gotchas involved.

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Popcorn Time users are now getting sued by the movie industry

The makers of The Cobbler are trying to shake down users of the popular movie piracy software--or at least the ones who didn’t mask their activity with a VPN.

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Nvidia GameStream Co-Op pipes PC games to your far-flung friends

Short on buddies with high-end gaming rigs? No problem, as GameStream will let anyone with a half-decent PC take the controls or join in same-screen cooperative play.

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Sideclick is shaping up to be a killer remote control for streaming video

For $30, Sideclick adds TV controls to Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV remotes. Hands-on with a prototype shows plenty of promise.

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Report: Force Touch Stylus could turn iPad Pro into a serious sketching tool

The pressure-sensitive pen would be an optional feature in Apple’s long-rumored larger tablet, now expected to begin production in September or October.

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Amazon Dash Button hack goes beyond mindless consumption

With a few lines of code, Amazon’s magical buy button goes from purchasing fresh diapers to tracking the number of dirty ones.

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Misfit brings a Speedo-branded swim tracker to the Apple Store

The $80 Speedo Shine counts laps and syncs to Speedo’s swim tracking app, though it lacks the smart home controls of Misfit’s cheaper activity trackers.

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