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Microsoft will soon explain how Universal Xbox apps work

With Xbox One, Microsoft's Universal apps are about to expand beyond Windows in a major way.

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Facebook Messenger platform push continues with Spotify integration

Sending Spotify songs to Facebook Messenger friends will soon be just a few taps away.

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Epic CEO accuses Microsoft of turning PC gaming into a walled Windows Store garden in weakly argued rant

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says Microsoft wants to monopolize PC gaming, but leaves out the evidence.

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Nest throws its support behind Amazon Echo and reportedly won’t try to compete

Amazon and Nest make nice: Echo and Fire TV users will soon get to set thermostat temperature by voice.

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PlayStation Vue streaming TV gets $10 cheaper as ESPN and Disney channels arrive

Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service gets Disney/ESPN channels and a price drop, but has a tough road ahead.


Echo Dot and Amazon Tap bring Alexa's voice smarts to cheaper hardware

With Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant hits the road and hooks up with external speakers.

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Cord cutting: Bona fide movement, or simple hype?

A Netflix exec knocks cord cutting as “great rhetoric to sell ads and generate readership.” Is he right?


Sling TV’s newest channels aren’t on cable

With Newsy and Flama, Sling TV continues to dip its toes into Internet video.


Samsung’s fancy curved monitors are the first with FreeSync over HDMI

Samsung FreeSync-over-HDMI monitors make AMD’s variable refresh rate tech more accessible.


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.


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.


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.


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.