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Xbox 360 update starts cashing out on Microsoft Points

Microsoft announce an end to its Microsoft Points virtual currency last month; it's started making the switch to local currency as part of an Xbox Live update.

The Moto X's innards aren't as interesting as its customizable exterior, teardown shows

In the case of Motorola's unique Moto X, it's what's outside that counts.

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Chromebooks get “immersive mode” and smarter launcher

The new Chrome OS cuts through a lot of the clutter.

MakerBot Digitzer turns real objects to digital models

We've already seen 3D printers, so why not 3D scanners as well? MakerBot's new $1400 Digitizer lets you scan 3D objects, converting them into digital models you can manipulate and then print on your 3D printer.

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Sony teases Yoga-like Windows 8 convertible in advance of IFA trade show

A teaser video from Sony suggests the company is planning a Vaio laptop that folds into a tablet, not unlike Lenovo's well-regarded IdeaPad Yoga.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch could bring further separation from Google

Alleged specs for the reported Galaxy Gear smartwatch have leaked, but the most intriguing component of Samsung's wrist-rider is its app store—which isn't Google Play.

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Barnes & Noble backtracks, decides to keep designing Nook tablets after all

A new CEO for Barnes & Noble has apparently brought new ideas for the struggling Nook tablet business along with him.

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EA brings full refunds to Origin, its PC games store, in an ongoing quest for gamer love

In a virtually unheard of move among digital download services, EA will let you return games you buy via its Origin download service. Take that, Steam!

LinkedIn adds University Pages to help the college-bound

Powered by LinkedIn's 200 million users, the new service returns a treasure trove of data on colleges, so you can see where alumni live and work, among other data.

Don't start selling until you see the whites of their eyes: Google patents "pay-per-gaze" ads

In the future, your eyes could give you away to marketers—and make Google mad cash.

It's game over for Games for Windows Live: Microsoft shutters PC marketplace

Microsoft shutters the marketplace for its PC games distribution service, effectively plunging it into limbo.

Report: Android tablet app availability still trailing iPad

Android tablets are making strides, but they still lag behind the iPad in at least one key area, market research firm Canalys says -- the availability of optimized apps for tablets.

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Twitter tests TV trends in users' timelines

A new “trending” box appears on top of users' main timelines and flows to the bottom of the screen as users scroll down. Clicking on it leads to more information about the show, along with links to relevant Twitter accounts and related tweets.

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