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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.

EFF’s new Do Not Track standard seeks to stop sneaky data collection

The new Do Not Track standard proposed by the EFF and other Internet companies won’t do much for users right now, but it’s a step toward clearer rules for tracking cookies and ad brokers.

Amazon cracks down on sharing Amazon Prime benefits outside the home

Household sharing is now limited to two adults, who must now provide access to each other’s credit card details.

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AT&T starts bundling mobile service with DirecTV mere weeks after takeover

Because this is TV we’re talking about, new subscribers get a way better deal than loyal customers.

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Comcast-owned NBC stations say 'no' to Sling TV ads

Sling's mockery of “Old TV” might have hit too close to home for the cable-TV giant.

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Windows 10 Mobile may not reach as many phones as Microsoft hoped

The free upgrade will require Microsoft's Lumia Denim update, which more than a third of U.S. Windows Phones don't have.

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Sharp TVs won't be made by Sharp anymore

The Sharp TV brand isn't going away, but the company is shutting down its manufacturing plant and licensing the name to Hisense.

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Microsoft's Groove Music hits Android, the web, and Sonos

Xbox Music is almost gone for good, and its replacement is looking a lot better.

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Satechi's $23 'Cortana button' brings the digital assistant to your car or countertop

The Bluetooth-connected button can call up Microsoft's virtual assistant with minimal effort and will be available in late August.