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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.

Verizon's Custom TV skinny bundles fatten up as it makes nice with ESPN

Verizon Custom TV skinny bundles get stuffed with more channels, including a package with ESPN.

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MSI has the first PC to sport Intel’s mini-STX motherboard

Want a miniature PC without losing CPU-upgrade privileges? MSI's mini-STX-based Cubi 2 desktop could be for you.

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Mastercard's working on selfie-based security for online payments

Mastercard will soon let you verify your ID with a selfie instead of typing a password.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7's personalized auto-brightness fixes a major mobile headache

Samsung is barely talking about one of the best new features in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

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MLB.TV subscribers: Disable auto-renew to get lower single-team prices

Baseball fans can save big on MLB.TV this year if they only want to watch one team.

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HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift: What your money gets you

The VR system from HTC and Valve comes with greater sticker shock, but also includes more stuff.

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Sony’s new concepts include a creepy miniature camera and a high-tech projector

Sony’s Xperia Eye, Projector, and Agent could fuel your sci-fi fantasies (or nightmares).

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Roku 4 vs. Amazon Fire TV reviews: Which box is best for 4K streaming?

Finding the right Ultra HD streamer means choosing between content and convenience.

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Roku 4 review: The best Roku player, but not for the money

The Roku 4 is a just minor improvement over cheaper models, with or without a 4K TV.

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Amazon Fire TV review: The 4K box to beat (for Prime subscribers, at least)

The 4K Fire TV is better than ever at delivering Prime video, but don't bother upgrading from the original.

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Sling TV adds ABC in “Broadcast Extra” package, affiliates be damned

Sling TV gets its first broadcast channels with ABC and Univision, though the service is not available everywhere.

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Facebook Messenger ads might behave like voluntary text spam

Chatting with businesses on Facebook Messenger could open you up to message-based ads.

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Smartwatches out-shipped Swiss watches last quarter

The Swiss watch sales decline keeps a steady pace as smartwatch shipments break ahead.

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FCC vote could end the set-top box monopoly

The FCC wants to open up pay TV programming to any media streamer.