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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.

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Microsoft Band and Health get active again with new exercise routines

After a couple of quiet months, improvements to Microsoft's budding fitness platform are underway.

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The MintBox Mini is a silent, quad-core Linux Mint PC that fits in your pocket

The $300 Linux Mint rig will be one fifth the size of its predecessor, yet twice as powerful with a fanless design.

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Google halts Glass Explorer sales, amid leadership changes and lagging development

Google will discontinue the $1,500 Glass Explorer Edition, with no consumer launch in sight.

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Marriott backs off from blocking Wi-Fi hotspots but leaves its FCC petition open

The hotel's attempted ban seemed like a shameless grab for Wi-Fi fees, but the hotel chain maintains it's just concerned about rogue hotspots.

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Twitch adds a music section, free tracks to make up for copyright crackdown

Streamers who want to add some background music can choose from more than 500 songs, with no risk of being muted.

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Xiaomi's Mi Box Mini is a media streamer the size of a phone charger

Admire the $30 streaming video device for its impressive engineering, but don't hold your breath for a U.S. launch.

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Samsung's first round smartwatch may have an Apple-like twist

Rumored “Orbis” watch could take a page from the Apple Watch with a rotating hardware element.

Scroogled no more: Microsoft's anti-Google campaign slinks away for good

Microsoft's Scroogled Website disappears, marking the end of the Redmond's sleazy ad campaign against one of its biggest competitors.

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Facebook at Work wants to get all up in your business

A version of Facebook for inter-office communication holds promise, but it's still in testing and there's no business model yet.

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Firefox Hello eases video chat by emphasizing permalinks over logins

Firefox Hello may never catch up to Skype and Hangouts, but this update makes it much easier to manage regular chat sessions.

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WearResponses adds customizable canned text messages to Android Wear

The free Android Wear app is a simple way to avoid having go text by voice, though it does require some minor tweaking.