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Microsoft fixes severe 19-year-old Windows bug found in everything since Windows 95

With help from IBM, Microsoft has patched a critical vulnerability that flew under the radar since the launch of Windows 95.

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Quirky tries making the smart home less scary with cheap, unbundled devices

A slew of new sensors, controllers and triggers play nicely together, and don't require a huge up-front investment.

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6 killer video-streaming apps for low-effort TV watching

On-demand services like Netflix are great when you know what you want, but sometimes it's easier to turn on the TV and tune out.

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Tor-based Anonabox router revises troubled history as it resurfaces on Indiegogo

After a suspended Kickstarter campaign, the anonymizing router returns with promises of a fresh design and better security. But the new story doesn't quite add up.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 arrives for $250 with a focus on fitness

Sony's first Android Wear smartwatch isn't as classy as the competition, but it's the only one with full waterproofing and GPS.

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Moto 360 app lets users build their own watch faces

An upgrade to Motorola's Connect app lets Moto 360 users choose their own dials, tick marks and background images. The company's working hard to help its watch stand out amid mounting competition.

Obama backs tough net neutrality rules, says 'no' to Internet slow lanes

Internet service providers shouldn’t speed up websites that pay a toll, according to President Barack Obama. But will the FCC heed his advice to turn ISPs into utilities?

Firefox boosts privacy with history-wiping 'Forget' button, DuckDuckGo search support

Now you can erase recent browsing history easily or even search without being tracked, nice differentiators at a time when Firefox is battling to retain market share.

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Asus ZenWatch will cost $199 when it launches at Best Buy November 9

The retro-styled Android Wear timepiece will be one of the lower-priced models available--and, based on what we've seen so far, a classier competitor to the Samsung Gear Live.

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Microsoft offers Office 365 refunds to iPad users after launching free version

If you recently forked over $70 or more to edit Office documents on an iPad, you can now switch to the free version and get a partial refund.

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Ubisoft pulls Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, and The Crew from Steam

Looking to buy Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 or The Crew? You'll have to shop through Uplay, at least for now, as Ubisoft conducts an apparent standoff with Valve.

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LG's G Watch R lands on Google Play atop the Android Wear heap

Android Wear's king of the hill goes on sale for $299, but don't rule out the Moto 360 just yet.

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Office goes free on phones and tablets: What you get, and what you don't

The free version of Office for iOS and Android should be good enough for a lot of people, but power users may still need an Office 365 subscription. Here's what lies behind the paywall.

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CBS brings a round-the-clock streaming news network to cord cutters

Ditched cable and missing your fix of CNN, MSNBC or Fox News? CBS wants to offer the next-best thing.

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Chromecast vs. Nexus Player: Google's new streaming puck isn't worth the upgrade yet

Google's new TV box combines the convenience of screen beaming with a proper remote control and on-screen menus. It’s not yet fully-baked, but cord cutters should keep an eye on it.