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Epic’s Tim Sweeney takes another stab at Windows 10's walled garden

Epic head Tim Sweeney returns with a more substantial take on how to keep Windows open.

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4K Roku TVs start shipping, but the screens are small

Best Buy’s Insignia brand is first out the gate with 43-inch and 50-inch Roku 4K smart TVs.

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Zotac's mightiest mini-PC packs a GTX 980 for gaming and virtual reality

Zotac has crammed a GeForce GTX 980 into a “VR-Ready” miniature gaming rig.

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AMD XConnect aims to make external graphics cards for laptops much more reliable

AMD XConnect brings driver-level external GPU support, planting the seeds for supercharged gaming laptops.

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Ad nauseam: Inside streaming video’s repetitive ad problem

Why do Hulu and other streaming video services show the same ads over and over?

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DirecTV sets up the first UltraHD TV channel in the United States, starting with the Masters golf tournament

DirecTV goes 4K on a single channel, as the era of live UltraHD broadcasts begins with a whimper.

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Google Destinations tries to make smartphone travel search less maddening

Google's new smartphone travel search keeps you from juggling a dozen browser tabs.

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ESPN and CBS have more plans to reach cord cutters

ESPN and CBS hint at more standalone streaming options to come.

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How to speed up Windows 10 boot times with Fast Startup

Shave seconds off Windows 10 startup times with this one simple setting.

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Skype is abandoning its smart TV apps

Microsoft discontinues Skype for TV because hardly anyone used it.

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Amazon staffs up for virtual reality video push

Amazon VR job posting: “The future will not be limited to passive 2D experiences.”

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Verizon's 'Supercookie' FCC settlement requires opt-in for some tracking

Verizon's settlement with the FCC required user opt-in for some Supercookie tracking, but users must still opt out for total privacy.

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Internet Archive brings hundreds of classic Apple II games to your web browser

Classic Apple II games and programs hit a milestone at the Internet Archive. Who’s up for some Lode Runner?

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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.