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Microsoft turns to robotic security guards to watch for trouble

A robotic security force from robotics company Knightscope helps patrol Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus.

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Lock your phone to a single app with Lollipop’s screen pinning

Lollipop's screen pinning feature can help keep your young kids from wreaking havoc on your phone. And it takes just a few moments to set up.

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How to turn off automatic app updates on Android and install apps manually

Don't want Android to update your apps behind your back? No problem.

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Volvo gives Google Cardboard new life, uses it to preview new cars

Google Cardboard may be just a novelty, but Volvo shows how it could be put to good use.

AT&T kills the 'permacookie,' stops tracking customers' Internet usage (for now)

The mobile carrier says it was testing the tracking technology, but it didn't rule out reintroducing permacookies in the future.

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Google Play Music subscribers will get free access to YouTube Music Key

Users of Google's other music streaming service will be able to use Google's new music streaming service without paying any additional fees.

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Xbox One November System Update brings custom backgrounds, Twitter integration

The latest system update for Xbox One lets you personalize your Home screen and gives you more interactive TV watching.

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Some LG G3 phones will get Android Lollipop this week, while Nexus owners wait

LG's Lollipop will be limited at first, but others should get it 'in the near future.'

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Clear your app caches to clear up Android phone issues

Is an app on the fritz? Fixing the problem may be only a few taps away.

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Gmail 5.0 for Android gets a new look, Exchange support

The new version, hitting phones soon, features the new "Material" interface design that Google is pushing

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Court decision puts Uber on hold in Nevada (for a couple weeks, anyway)

A district court judge in Carson City prevented the popular ridesharing company from operating in the state until at least November 7.

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How to type special characters and Emoji on your Android phone

You can type ü, ñ, ç, and other special characters with ease on your Android phone. Seriously.

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Report: Microsoft is about to jump into the smartwatch fray

Forbes says that Microsoft will introduce its own smartwatch "within weeks."

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Snapchat begins serving up in-app ads

Hey—a company's gotta make money somehow.

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Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations

Kickstarter alleges that the Anonabox project's creator misled contributors, thus breaking the crowdfunding service's rules.