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5 free streaming-TV apps (and why you’re probably not using them)

Free video services abound on devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV, but it's still too hard to find the good stuff.

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5 reasons to cut the cord that aren’t about saving money

Why cable TV may not be worthwhile, whether you can afford it or not.

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No, Netflix isn’t saving you from 160 hours of ads per year

A widely-circulated report suggests Netflix could cut six days of commercial viewing out of your life ever year, but the real effect is more subtle.


Pebble is quietly becoming a much better smartwatch

Pebble smartwatches get detailed fitness tracking and new ways to send text messages.


Firefox Test Pilot lets you try cutting-edge features without breaking your browser

Mozilla’s Test Pilot Firefox add-on brings experimental features to the browser’s stable version.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.