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Family-friendly Kindle updates include Family Library sharing, Word Wise definitions

Just ahead of the holiday sales rush, the Kindle's new features promote learning and togetherness. Amazon also expanded the X-ray feature on the e-readers.

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Sprint's 'iPad for Life' plan will loan you an iPad for $20 per month, kind of

A new leasing program lets subscribers get an iPad for a monthly fee and no money down, but don't forget the fine print.

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Relax, Windows Phone 8 Lumia users: You'll all get Windows 10

Microsoft assures Lumia Windows Phone 8 users that they won't be left behind when Windows 10 launches next year, but details are hazy.

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Hachette book preorders return to Amazon as companies come to terms

The publisher and retailer resolve their months-long dispute, which had prompted Amazon to stop taking pre-orders, delay new releases and refuse discounts.

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'Where to Watch' is Hollywood's legal video search site, and it's actually decent

The new site lets you search across streaming services by title, actor or director. While the idea isn't particularly new, the execution stands out despite a few blind spots.

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Ubisoft scrambles to fix Assassin's Creed: Unity's atrocious performance issues

Both PC and console versions hit by bizarre bugs, yet Ubisoft strangely calls out AMD problems in particular.

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Android Wear Lollipop update looks like a big boost to usability

Leaked details point to weather-based watch faces, easier navigation and some useful shortcuts for smartwatch users.

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Microsoft fixes severe 19-year-old Windows bug found in everything since Windows 95

With help from IBM, Microsoft has patched a critical vulnerability that flew under the radar since the launch of Windows 95.

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Quirky tries making the smart home less scary with cheap, unbundled devices

A slew of new sensors, controllers and triggers play nicely together, and don't require a huge up-front investment.

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6 killer video-streaming apps for low-effort TV watching

On-demand services like Netflix are great when you know what you want, but sometimes it's easier to turn on the TV and tune out.

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Tor-based Anonabox router revises troubled history as it resurfaces on Indiegogo

After a suspended Kickstarter campaign, the anonymizing router returns with promises of a fresh design and better security. But the new story doesn't quite add up.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 arrives for $250 with a focus on fitness

Sony's first Android Wear smartwatch isn't as classy as the competition, but it's the only one with full waterproofing and GPS.

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Moto 360 app lets users build their own watch faces

An upgrade to Motorola's Connect app lets Moto 360 users choose their own dials, tick marks and background images. The company's working hard to help its watch stand out amid mounting competition.

Obama backs tough net neutrality rules, says 'no' to Internet slow lanes

Internet service providers shouldn’t speed up websites that pay a toll, according to President Barack Obama. But will the FCC heed his advice to turn ISPs into utilities?

Firefox boosts privacy with history-wiping 'Forget' button, DuckDuckGo search support

Now you can erase recent browsing history easily or even search without being tracked, nice differentiators at a time when Firefox is battling to retain market share.