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Oculus Rift preorders get free shipping as customers get restless

A component shortage has slowed the rollout of the long-awaited VR headset, prompting Oculus to extend a goodwill gesture toward its customers.

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Microsoft has some 'surprises' in the works for Live Tiles

The company will have some improvements to Live Tiles to show at next week's Build conference, but it isn't saying what just yet...

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Lowe's, Microsoft team up to help you design your new kitchen

Need help designing your new kitchen? A HoloLens-powered virtual kitchen showroom will arrive at Seattle-area Lowe's stores later this month.

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Facebook celebrates March Madness with a basketball game in its Messenger app

The hidden basketball game lets you practice shooting your free throws. Good luck getting any work done now.

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Skylake-based Dell XPS 13 with Linux arrives in the US

The fifth-generation XPS 13 developer edition ships with a Core i7 processor, up to 16 GB of memory, and Ubuntu Linux.

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Microsoft reverses course, says 'no thanks' to Bitcoin payments

The company's change in policy comes after accepting the cryptocurrency to pay for goods on the Windows Store for over a year.

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Google researchers are going on an epic road trip to get your feedback

Google's user feedback team will visit seven cities across the US to get input from people like you.

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Outmatched by Twitter and Facebook, Meerkat steps away from live streaming

Although it isn't giving specifics on its future, Meerkat hinted at a video-centric social network that's focuses on smaller groups.

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MLB Snapchat Day is on deck for March 11th

Big-league players share photos and videos on Snapchat from the dugouts during Spring Training games this coming Friday.

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Amazon's bringing encryption back to its Fire tablets

The company says it will reintroduce device encryption in a future update to Fire OS after removing it last fall.

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Appeals court rules against Apple in Samsung patent dispute

The US Court of Appeals ruled two Apple patents invalid, saving Samsung from having to pay our $120 million. But this legal drama isn't over yet.

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Modder hacks together a crazy 128GB floppy disk that actually works

The floppy drive might be dead, but that didn't stop onw clever hardware hacker from modifying a floppy drive to read multi-gigabyte SD Cards.

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FCC docs show Raspberry Pi 3 with on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The new wireless-equipped Raspberry Pi 3 could make its debut as soon as next week, according to reports.

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Linux Mint website hacked, ISO downloads replaced with backdoored operating system

If you downloaded Linux Mint on Saturday, February 20th, you may have grabbed a hacked version that includes a backdoor. Here's what you need to know.

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Samsung introduces Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, plus a 360-degree camera

The latest Galaxy smartphones feature improved guts, new cameras, and updated designs. Meanwhile, a new 360-degree camera lets you capture VR scenes that you can view using Samsung's Gear VR headset.