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Comcast’s Roku and Samsung TV apps will free customers from cable boxes

Comcast readies Roku and Samsung TV apps as it tries to prevent a truly open cable box market.


Catching up with PlayOn, the DVR for streaming video

PlayOn’s streaming-video DVR gets new scheduling and ad-skip features, and its developer hints at bigger plans to come.

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Chrome turns 50 and stands at a crossroads

Google Chrome has done plenty of good for the Web, but its future looks uncertain as it hits version 50.


Lian-Li's wild motorized standing desk doubles as a case for formidable PCs

Lian-Li’s motorized standing desk PC kills the clutter of having a separate desktop.


The laptastic Razer Turret mouse and keyboard is finally ready for couch gaming

The Razer Turret mouse and keyboard makes playing PC games in your living room look a little less nerdy.


The Asus ROG GT51CA has a weird ROG Band wearable that unlocks a hidden hard drive

The Asus ROG GT51CA gaming rig has a new feature: a wearable ROG Band wristband that can unlock a hidden drive partition or activate overclocking. The wearable's other purposes seem limited, though.


Netflix stops insisting it will never support offline videos

Netflix learns to never say never about downloading videos for offline viewing.


Vizio’s latest 4K TVs make eye-popping HDR more affordable

HDR gets cheaper with Vizio’s 2016 M-Series TVs, starting at $850 for a 50-inch set.


This infidelity-sensing mattress is so dumb it has to be a marketing stunt

The Durmet Smarttress uses motion sensors to detect foul play, which is pretty much the worst justification ever for buying a mattress.

Verizon’s long-awaited Internet-infused TV overhaul could happen this year

Verizon’s acquisition of OnCue TV tech from Intel in 2013 could finally bear fruit in 2016.


New crowdfunding campaign wants to bring Amazon's Alexa to smartwatches

The crowdfunded CoWatch aims to put Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant on your wrist.

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PlayStation Vue review: This is the skinny-bundle sweet spot (for now)

PlayStation Vue gives you more than 50 cable channels for $30 per month, but are those prices built to last?


Best cable-TV alternative: Which service should you subscribe to?

Playstation Vue and Sling TV “skinny” streaming-TV bundles try to woo cord cutters.

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Sling TV review: The channel bundle’s future is still under construction

Sling TV brings back the linear video element that other cord-cutting services lack, but could use some polish and a few more features.


Skype for Web goes plugin-free in Microsoft Edge, sort of

Microsoft Edge now supports Skype calls and video chats without plugins, but conditions apply.