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Spotify’s new Fresh Finds feature tells you what the cool kids are listening to

Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlists dig through music blogs so you don’t have to.

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Reality check: Acer's massive 4K IPS G-Sync gaming monitor costs more than VR

Acer's $1300 Predator gaming monitor puts the supposedly high price of VR headsets in perspective.

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The first DirectX 12 game is here as Gears of War crash lands on Windows 10 with issues galore

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Windows 10 launch dinged by issues with AMD graphics cards, G-Sync monitors, and Nvidia graphics switching.

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FCC digs into how restrictive cable contracts are preventing streaming TV options

The FCC looks into the cable contracts that prevent TV channels from streaming online.

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Brita’s Wi-Fi water pitcher orders fresh filters on its own

The Brita Infinity water pitcher auto-buys new filters with help from Amazon.

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$3,000 Microsoft HoloLens dev kit opens for preorders, hardware specs revealed

$3,000 Microsoft HoloLens dev kits start shipping March 30, with three hours of battery life and a few pack-in games.

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Amazon experiments with ad-supported TV (even for Prime members)

With 'The Fashion Fund,' Amazon departs from ad-free video whether you have Prime or not.

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How to join the Windows 10 Insider preview program

Want unreleased Windows 10 features? Here’s how to become a Windows 10 Insider, and what you should know beforehand.

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Facebook Live brings video broadcasting to Android users

Facebook Live event streaming: Not just for famous people and iPhone users anymore

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Blu-ray cracking software makers are giving up

AnyDVD maker Slysoft ceases operations, while DVDFab vows not to decrypt 4K Blu-ray discs.

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Skylake NUCs go fanless with this copper-clad mini-PC

Aleutia’s copper-clad Skylake PC looks slick, but the fanless design will cost you.

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No dongle necessary: Chromecast-like features may get built directly into televisions

Google may be working with Vizio and other TV makers on Cast integration, but where does that leave Android TV?

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The FCC wants to blow up the cable box. Here's what its proposal will (and won’t) do

Confused by the FCC’s cable box plan? Here’s what it all means for cable subscribers and cord cutters.

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Dune Case mimics Mac Pro style for build-your-own PCs

Dune Case brings Mac Pro-style cylindrical design to custom Mini-ITX desktops.

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Windows 10 lock screen ads begin with Rise of the Tomb Raider push

Full-screen ads invade the Windows 10 lock screen, but you can turn them off.