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Meerkat integrates address books, befriends Facebook after Twitter snub

The live streaming video app starts reducing its Twitter dependency after losing access to the network's social graph.

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Microsoft employees hack up the coolest Surface Pro 3 dock you can't buy

Forget the official Surface Pro 3 docking station. A bunch of Microsoft employees came up with something better as part of a company hackathon.

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Apple admits that tattoos can confuse Apple Watch sensors

Apple's support documents now warn that certain tattoos can cause problems with with heart rate readings.

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Tesla Powerwall is a big rechargeable home battery with benefits

The $3000-and-up battery pack can cut down energy costs or take you off the grid completely.

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Microsoft relents a little after Windows 10 phone design backlash

After users freak out over sweeping design changes, Outlook Mail and Calendar will bring buttons back to the bottom of the screen.

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Free Windows 10 IoT preview released for Raspberry Pi 2, Arduino partnership revealed

Microsoft releases new software aimed at controlling robots, smart homes, and other small hardware projects. But it's far from a full-blown version of Windows.

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Plex cleans up its music act with much-improved catalog management

You might know Plex primarily as a way to stream videos from your computer to other devices, but a new update aims to make the software just as useful for streaming your music collection.

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How Microsoft plans to coax you into using more apps in Windows 10

Microsoft woos app developers with the promise of new promotional opportunities.

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Microsoft HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

At the 2015 Build conference, Microsoft tries to prove that its mixed reality headset is more than just a neat gimmick.

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'Project Spartan' no more: Microsoft's new browser is called Edge

Microsoft gives a real name to its new web browser and shows off extension support.

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Microsoft wants Windows 10 on one billion devices in three years

At Build, Microsoft asks developers to give the Windows Store another shot.

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Hook promises to make smart homes out of dumb power switches for less than $100

By moving remote-controlled outlet and light bulb switches onto a local Wi-Fi network, Hook promises to enable a smart home for under $100.

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These leaked Windows 10 notification sounds hint at a soothing OS experience

Instead of jolting you into action, Windows 10's notifications seem eager to put your mind at ease.

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The LG Watch Urbane is out, with a $350 price that tops the charts for Android Wear

As the new model arrives, LG drops the price of its G Watch R and discontinues the original G Watch.

ESPN sues Verizon over Custom TV, but skinny bundles seem here to stay

Verizon hopes skinny bundles will lure back cord-cutters, but ESPN doesn't want to be an extra-cost option.