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Microsoft and Asus could team up on new HoloLens augmented reality hardware

Windows Holographic will likely open to more hardware makers after the $3,000 developer version ships next year.

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Leaked Windows 10 preview begs users not to switch to Chrome or Firefox

“Give Microsoft Edge a shot,” Microsoft says, but the bigger problem is getting users to stick with it.

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Valve takes a pledge: No ads on Steam

Valve is trying to create long-term relationships with Steam users, and ads could have a negative impact while also costing money to implement. “It would be a bad business decision, let alone just dumb,” Valve's Erik Johnson said.

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Pebble Time expands voice controls with third-party app support

Pebble's new voice API paves the way for more powerful smartwatch apps.

Lenovo takes a stand against Microsoft Surface as other OEMs begrudgingly sell it

The strained relationship between Microsoft and PC makers is getting harder to hide.

JetBlue adds free Wi-Fi, says it can handle streaming video

JetBlue is making some bold claims about its new in-flight Wi-Fi service.

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DRM for JPEG? Standards group could make it happen

Locking up image files might help protect privacy, but would have serious side effects on fair use.

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Windows 10 upgrades reportedly appearing as mandatory for some users

Microsoft may be pushing Windows 10 upgrades harder than ever, with users reportedly having trouble opting out.

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Cord cutters will be disappointed with the New Xbox Experience

The New Xbox Experience has interesting ideas for video viewing, but doesn’t get the basics right.

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The Swatch smartwatch is more disappointing than anyone could have imagined

After months of slinging insults at Apple, Swatch’s big invention is a dumbwatch with an NFC chip.

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Uber gets serious about delivering packages

UberRush launches in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, with deliveries starting at $5.

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Blocks modular smartwatch lets you strap on new features over time

Users can add battery life, GPS, heart rate tracking, and more through swappable wrist clasps.

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Here’s how Windows 10 Mobile updates will work

Microsoft will deliver Windows 10 Mobile updates itself, but with help from wireless carriers.

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Acer’s curved Predator X34 G-Sync monitor is finally ready for your eyeballs

Acer's first curved G-Sync monitor combats tearing, but the Predator X34 doesn't come cheap.

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GeForce Now review: Nvidia's 'Netflix for PC games' is impressive, but impractical

Nvidia’s server-based GeForce Now game service performs surprisingly well with the proper setup, but there are still too many reasons to stay away.