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Experimental networking tech beams data across the room with light

Oxford University researchers develop a way to transmit data across a room at 100-gigabit speeds using a beam of light. The Flash would be impressed.

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Asus Zenbook UX305 is here, and it won't break the bank

Starting at $699, the UX305's price tag is well below that of some of its biggest competitors.

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Microsoft unlocks restricted features for free OneNote 2013 users

If you use the freebie edition of OneNote, you can now password-protect portions of your notebooks, record audio and video, and more.

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Google sends Helpouts out into the sunset

The company will end its paid ask-an-expert service this April as part of its yearly "spring cleaning."

Mozilla's Shumway project works to run Flash without Flash Player

Developer builds of Firefox can now run limited kinds of Flash content, even if you don't have the Flash plug-in installed.

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Corning aims to go beyond Gorilla Glass with Project Phire

Corning's next-generation glass will better withstand scratches, according to company officials.

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You can now get a sales pitch over Google Hangouts

Have a question as you browse hardware on Google Play? You can now start a video chat with a product expert and get answers.

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Uber will add panic button to its app in India

The new Panic button will let riders quickly summon the police if they're in distress.

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How to unlock your Android device with your face

Let your face be your password! Would that be your passface? Faceword?

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The Pirate Bay comes back from the dead after two-month outage

The infamous torrent site returns after being offline for two months.

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Amazon Echo update lets you control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify with your voice

A new software update for Amazon's virtual assistant device lets you use spoken commands to control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify playback.

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HTC is running behind schedule with its M7 and M8 Lollipop update

HTC will miss its goal of releasing a Lollipop update to US consumers within 90 days of receiving the OS from Google.

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Good luck scoring any points in Android's 'Flappy Droid' easter egg

Android Lollipop contains a hidden Flappy Bird clone. Here's how to find it and destroy your productivity.

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Walmart's $25 Vudu Spark streaming stick is now available to the masses

Walmart's $25 streaming stick undercuts the competition's prices by a good margin.

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California DMV changes course, reverses registration policy change for rideshare drivers

California ditches a newly instated policy that required rideshare drivers to register their cars as commercial vehicles.