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Columbia House is the latest victim of optical media’s irrelevance

The mail-order CD and DVD service files for bankruptcy. Sign up now and get its assets for just a penny!

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Hulu says it won't release its new original shows in binge-watch form

While Netflix and Amazon release entire seasons at once, Hulu is sticking with weekly releases for its original programming.

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No joke: Microsoft is teaching comedy to computers

Using a computer algorithm, The New Yorker’s cartoon contest editors weaned out thousands of unfunny submissions.

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Minecraft 2 isn’t happening “for the foreseeable future”

Mojang would rather focus on continuous updates and cross-platform features--kind of like its corporate overlords at Microsoft.

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Pebble Time Steel smartwatch goes up for pre-order as early reviews roll in

$50 isn’t a lot more to pay for a snazzier design and a screen that’s easier to read than the plastic-clad Pebble Time.

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Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray should arrive in time for the holidays

The 4K resolution video format will finally meet optical media for those with little bandwidth to spare.

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How to replace Windows Media Center’s DVR features in Windows 10

Windows Media Center was the best over-the-air DVR solution for PC before Microsoft removed it in Windows 10. Now, users must make the best of other options.

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Hands-on with Outlook for Apple Watch: Microsoft’s app does smartwatch email right

A solid e-mail app is essential for Apple Watch users. Outlook’s new smartwatch adaptation gets the job done with a priority inbox and helpful shortcuts.

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Samsung sticks a fork in Boxee after ambitious remote control project went south

Once a beloved maker of connected TV software, Samsung’s Boxee employees were reportedly building futuristic tablet controls for smart TVs. But in the end, they ran into familiar problems.

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Design panel praises Microsoft's Windows 10 Start menu, snubs Apple

The Industrial Designers Society of America praises the new start menu for combining a 'familiar and learned legacy' with 'modern capabilities.'

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Yelp adds hospital and health care data to help plan your treatment

Alongside user reviews, the site now shows key survey information such as ER wait times and the quietness of guest rooms.

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MLB Advanced Media’s NHL deal could pave the way for streaming sports bundles

Major League Baseball’s tech unit acquires the digital and TV rights for many NHL games, in a big step toward building a streaming video empire.

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Samsung Pay heads to smart TVs for fewer payment hassles

In which Samsung treats the ability to store your credit card details as a significant achievement.

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Windows 10 will fix the Xbox One’s disastrous UI this November

With Windows 10 as the backbone, Microsoft’s game console should get much faster and easier to use.

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Xbox One is getting over-the-air DVR, with caveats

Users will need to bring their own hard drives, and the existing Xbox TV tuner can’t watch and record shows at the same time.