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Spotify offers 3 month Premium subscription for $1 amid looming competition

A limited-time offer gets you three months of premium perks for $0.99, though there is a bunch of fine print attached.

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Intel and SMS Audio pack a heart rate monitor into BioSport earbuds

The SMS Audio BioSport measures heart rate through the ear canal and draws its charge straight from the headphone jack.

Firefox is headed to iOS, browser restrictions be damned

After years of vowing not to bring Firefox to the iPhone and iPad, Mozilla is changing its tune--and is presumably willing to work with Apple's rules.

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Bluetooth 4.2 supercharges smart homes, blocks privacy-bashing Beacons

Future Bluetooth devices could connect to the Internet through regular home routers, and require opt-in approval for privacy-invading Beacons.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick review: A cheap, quick, and dirty path to Prime Instant Video

Amazon's TV dongle delivers easy access to Amazon Prime Video. On the downside, it's saddled with a bloated interface and a number of version 1.0 bugs.

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Indiegogo tests crowdfunding insurance to give backers peace of mind

Getting money back from crowdfunded failures could get a lot easier if Indiegogo goes ahead with optional insurance plans.

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Microsoft Office kills Clip Art, replaces it with Bing

You'd better enjoy Microsoft's cheesy, royalty-free image catalog while you can, as it'll soon give way to the vast spoils of the Internet.

House of Cards Season 3 will hit on February 27, making it Netflix's biggest original series

As the political thriller's success continues, the company has more reason than ever to produce new original content, some already in the works.

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Razer Nabu smartband aims for the sweet spot in a crowded market

Razer's first foray into wearables will launch on December 2, but faces a more challenges than it did during its January announcement.

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Surging Windows 8.1 overtakes Windows XP usage

Microsoft is doing a fine job of burying Windows XP, but Windows 7 proves resilient.

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How to turn a Chromebox into a video-streaming workhorse

A Chrome OS desktop computer can be a powerful tool in a cord cutter's arsenal, serving up the full Web for under $200. But it does take some finagling, and won't be for everyone.

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11 Cyber Monday tech deals that truly save you serious money

We've sifted through the ads and the deals-that-aren't-really-deals to find 11 Cyber Monday tech sales that absolutely, positively don't suck.

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Sony's next smartwatch may have a wrap-around e-paper screen

As Sony struggles, it's reportedly kicking off a 'venture-style' hardware program, starting with a smartwatch that focuses more on fashion than function.

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Audio snobs rejoice: Windows 10 will have system-wide FLAC support

Windows 10 will make it easier for users to enjoy lossless audio, with support for the popular FLAC format across all modern and desktop programs.

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Samsung Gear S review: Bigger and badder, but not in a good way

The Gear S is the first major-brand smartwatch with its own voice, text and data connection. Unfortunately, the software is fundamentally broken.