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Amazon's next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen

Amazon's next-gen Echo may be one part high-quality speaker and one part high-quality tablet.

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How to download Windows Store apps with a local account

Microsoft didn't want you to use the Windows Store without signing in with a Microsoft Account. That no longer appears to be the case.

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VLC inches towards VR with support for 360-degree videos

VLC is gearing up for the future of virtual reality and 360-degree videos with a new technical preview.

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How to use Bing Saves to prepare for the holidays

Microsoft recently rolled out Bing Saves, which lets you quickly stash items from shopping, video, and image searches for later.

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Black Friday deals: 10 tech doorbusters worth fighting the crowds

Most Black Friday 'deals' aren't really deals at all. These 10 tech deals truly are.

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Facebook's latest experiment: Helping you find free Wi-Fi hotspots

Facebook may soon help you find the closest public Wi-Fi access point with a new feature in its mobile app.

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Vivaldi browser bakes in Philips Hue smart bulb integration to blend the web with the real world

Vivaldi 1.5 features Philips Hue integration allowing your lights to automatically change color based on what's on your computer display.

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How to stop animated GIFs in Chrome and Firefox

How to use browser extensions to stop animated GIFs in Google Chrome and Firefox.

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RIP AirPort? Apple may abandon wireless routers and Time Capsule

The age of the AirPort line of wireless routers is apparently over as Apple focuses on other projects.

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Microsoft's $300 Windows 10 VR headsets will run on surprisingly modest PCs

Windows 10 VR isn't set to roll out until the Creators Update in spring 2017, but here's what you'll need to make the headsets work.

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Windows 10 preview pushes Command Prompt into the shadows, Paint 3D into the spotlight

Build 14971 says goodbye to the classic paint program and puts PowerShell up front instead of the command prompt.

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Alexa offers steep, exclusive deals in Amazon's first 'voice shopping weekend'

Amazon kicks off holiday shopping with an Alexa-powered, shop-by-voice weekend.

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Apple saves iPhone call history to iCloud, but barely mentions it

As a convenience feature, Apple will sync your call history to iCloud, but the company doesn't make it easy or obvious to shut it off.

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Nvidia tempts GeForce Experience 3.0 users with Gears of War 4 giveaway

Nvidia wants you to download, install, and use GeForce Experience 3.0 for a chance to win a copy of Gears of War 4.

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How to use Skype without an account

Skype has always required an account before you could use it. Microsoft is changing that with a new feature for Skype for Web.