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Windows 10's 'Fast' updates will soon move even faster and break more things

Microsoft says it's speeding the pace of Windows 10 preview builds for those on the 'Fast' track, so anyone afraid of bugs may want to slow things down.

New Roku media streamers may be imminent

Now might be a bad time to buy a Roku, as signs of new hardware clear the FCC.

With Apple Watch en route, Apple Stores give Jawbone and Nike Fuelband the boot

Apple keeps whittling down the number of fitness trackers in its retail stores as it makes way for the Apple Watch.

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Even after HBO Now, those cord-cutting naysayers are still getting it all wrong

HBO's standalone streaming service is nearly here. Leave it to the cable apologists to rain on the parade.

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Cord cutting is changing everything, and the head of CBS knows it

As more homes rely solely on broadcast TV and streaming video, networks are starting to admit that the big cable bundle isn't sustainable.

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Nest's next move could involve smart home audio

The Google-owned maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors is hiring an audio engineer for new hardware and software products.

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Labels say 'no' to Apple on cheap streaming music, consider capping Spotify

As artists get skittish about the rise of streaming music, the record industry reconsiders how much its tunes are really worth.

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Apple Watch will fight obsolescence with a replaceable battery

Battery longevity could be a problem for Apple Watch users, but at least there's a replacement plan in the works.

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Sling TV notches 100,000 users in a month

Dish's streaming video service is off to an "encouraging" start, though it's still a tiny sliver of the overall pay TV market.

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Skipr shows off the first Android TV box with cable TV pass-through

Do you miss Google TV's cable and satellite video integration? An upcoming Android TV box could be the first suitable replacement.

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Microsoft Band may get more exposure at Best Buy

Microsoft's first fitness tracker has been tricky to find online, but you might be able to snag one at Best Buy soon.

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Samsung's high-tech doghouse has an automated feeder, tablet TV, and hot tub

With so many companies building smart home for humans, it's about time someone thought of the pets.

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uTorrent quietly installs a cryptocurrency miner on users' computers

The popular BitTorrent client tries to turn a buck through cryptocurrency, but sends users scrambling for alternatives instead.

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Comcast adds Playstation 4 to its HBO Go block list

HBO's standalone service can't come soon enough for Comcast subscribers, who've been denied access to HBO Go on yet another device.

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Acer's 4K Chromebox goes big on RAM, not on price

With a list price of $400, Acer's CXI is the cheapest Chromebox you can get with 8GB of memory.