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New Windows 10 Technical Preview build includes notifications, battery saver, data monitor

Build 9860 of Windows 10 adds new notifications capabilities via the Action Center, as well as the ability to sign up for more frequent build updates.

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ESL eSports gives Xbox One some gaming tournament cred with new app

The new ESL app adds Xbox One games to its game competitions, setting the stage for FIFA soccer tournaments alongside PC games like Defense of the Ancients 2.

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At $179, E FUN's Nextbook 10-inch Windows tablet sounds like a steal

While the price is right, it's still unclear what performance the new E FUN Nextbook hybrid Windows tablet will offer, however.

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Windows 10: The votes are pouring in for these 10 features

The people are speaking! Users of the Windows 10 Technical Preview can suggest and vote for desired features. Here are the features getting the most thumbs-up right now.

Google's ambitious broadband plans include testing wireless technology, filing shows

Reuters reports that wireless millimeter-wave technology could be part of Google's broadband future. Don't think of it as high-speed, ubiquitous wireless broadband, but rather a cost-saving measure for its Google Fiber infrastructure.

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Apple's Mac mini finally updated, starting price dropped by $100

Apple refreshes its "most energy efficient desktop computer," the Mac mini.

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Why the Surface Pro 3 has quietly replaced my work PC

The Surface Pro 3 offers all the advantages of a tablet along with all the performance of a solid notebook. Until I can do better, there's no reason to go back.

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Intel earnings show revenue gains in notebooks, Internet of Things

Intel says it shipped more than 100 million microprocessors for the first time. The good news for consumers? Hard-won price battles mean cheaper products for you and me.

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The Skype Qik messaging app follows trends from video chat to spontaneous deletion

Messaging apps are multiplying and mutating rapidly. With Skype Qik, Microsoft's joining the trend, featuring self-destructing video messages that can be shared and reacted to.

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Surface Hub is a stylus configuration app that's more trouble than it's worth

Microsoft's Surface Hub app lets you tweak some basic settings on your Surface stylus, but it's a half-baked app at present.

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Microsoft's Nadella walks back comment on women's pay raises

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella retracted a comment he had made earlier at a tech conference, where he said women shouldn't ask for pay raises as they would be paid back in good karma.

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Microsoft updates Skype for Windows, Mac with new chat interface

Microsoft's Skype app has received a facelift that makes it look more like Windows Phone--which may or not be a good thing. The new app is available as a preview for Windows, and version 7.0 for the Mac.

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Passpoint Wi-Fi system makes it even easier to roam between hotspots

Jumping from one Wi-Fi hotspot to the next will be easier, thanks to an expansion of the Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint program to streamline the formation of new accounts.

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AMD names Lisa Su to replace Rory Read as CEO, continue diversification strategy

Struggling chip maker AMD named chief operating officer Lisa Su as its next chief executive. As CEO, Su will continue the diversification strategy Read put in place, she said.

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OnLive opens wide its 250-game PlayPack vault tomorrow, for free

Cloud gaming service OnLive said Wednesday that it would allow anyone to play the more than 250 games inside its PlayPack vault for free -- but just for 24 hours, as part of a promotion for the "Extra Life" charity.