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How a Hulu skinny bundle could succeed (and where it could falter)

Hulu plans a competitor to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, but is its ownership a blessing or a curse?

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VRidge streams PC VR games to smartphone headsets, and might make you hurl

This smartphone VR app promises to replace an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive if you’ve got the stomach for it.

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Apps that put Amazon Alexa on your phone aren’t as good as they could be

Lexi and Roger can turn your phone into an Amazon Echo, but with limitations.

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Amazon's new YouTube rival shoves cash at video creators

Amazon Video Direct woos creators away from YouTube with a whole bunch of ways to make money.

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Apple HomeKit may get an official controller app in iOS 10

Apple could make HomeKit more convenient and less confusing with its own control app.

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Spotify takes a page from MTV with original video series

Spotify’s video push includes 12 TV-style video series with musical themes.

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Google tests black links in search results, and people freak out

Users respond loudly to Google’s testing of black search result links. The black links are bolder than blue, but complaints indicate it's harder to tell where you’ve been.

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Asus PCs running Windows 7 slam into boot failure after recommended patch

Whoops! Asus turns on Secure Boot for PCs that don’t support it, causing chaos.

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Mohu's ReLeaf broadcast antenna is made from crushed cable boxes

Mohu’s ReLeaf antenna is partially made from crushed up cable boxes, but the cord-cutting pride will cost you.

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Lyft and GM will put self-driving taxis on the road within a year

The self-driving taxi revolution could soon be at hand as Lyft and GM prepare to test driverless cars on public roads.

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Skin tracking is the latest zany attempt to solve smartwatch control

SkinTrack uses your arm as a touchpad for wearable displays.

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Netflix isn’t big on virtual reality for the obvious reasons

Netflix: Virtual realty has too few users, and isn’t conducive to binge-watching.

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Netflix loosens up streaming video, letting users choose their cellular speed limit

Netflix’s data controls come shortly after the company admitted that it had been throttling video quality on AT&T and Verizon networks for more than five years. Netflix users can now watch around four hours per gigabyte of cellular data by dialing down video quality.

Netflix and 4K HDR: Proof that data caps will stifle video innovation

Data caps aren’t about “fairness” if they prevent people from using the TVs they paid for.

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Hulu confirms plans to stream live TV and dabble in documentaries

Hulu’s answer to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue is coming in 2017