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Samsung sees 2016 profit jump despite Note 7 debacle

Samsung Electronics said its profit rose almost 20 percent in 2016 despite nearly flat sales and the costly recall of the Note 7 smartphone.

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Microsoft expands FastTrack migration service

Microsoft is expanding the free services it offers to help enterprise customers adopt its products. The company announced Monday that its FastTrack services now encompass Dynamics 365, Windows 10 and Microsoft Teams.

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Yahoo pushes back timing of Verizon deal after breaches

Verizon’s planned acquisition of Yahoo will take longer than expected and won’t close until this year’s second quarter, the internet company said on Monday.

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Microsoft's first Creators Update features for Xbox One Insiders focus on Home, Guide, Copilot

Microsoft said Monday that members of its Insider Program for Xbox One will start seeing the first Creators Update features, including UI improvements that add updated Home screens, Guide, and audio options.

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Google wants to bring smart tools to Raspberry Pi-like boards

Google is interested in bringing "smart tools" to board computers like Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel's Edison.

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Instant Tethering lets you easily share your connection with nearby Android devices

Google is rolling out a new feature called Instant Tethering that lets Pixel and Nexus users instantly share their cellular connection with tablets.

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China plugs its 'Great Firewall,' going after unauthorized VPN access from local ISPs

China is patching a hole in its online censorship apparatus. The country’s regulators are going after unauthorized internet connections, including tools known as VPNs (virtual private networks) that can bypass China’s efforts to control the web.

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Google revamps Voice with long overdue makeover, new features

After years without any meaningful changes, Google has finally upgraded its Voice apps across all platforms and promises it will release regular updates going forward.

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Reports: Apple, Foxconn considering a $7 billion manufacturing plant in the U.S.

Foxconn’s chairman says Apple may decide to build a display factory in the States.

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Samsung pushes back Galaxy S8 release, promises a 'very innovative' Note 8

Samsung confirms that it won't be revealing the next Galaxy phone at Mobile World Congress this year, says the Note 8 is in development.

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All new Chromebooks will get Android app support

Android apps are coming to all Chromebooks released in 2017 or later, Google says.

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Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

The music-streaming service will make exclusive content available to the mobile phone service’s customers.

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Samsung details 8-point battery safety check for all new devices

Samsung will run batteries through extensive testing to check durability, charging, build quality, and leakage before shipping new smartphones.

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The Asus Tinker Board is a powerful Raspberry Pi rival that plays 4K video

The Asus Tinker Board offers a solid mini-HTPC alternative to the Raspberry Pi, especially if you have a 4K TV.

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Hugo Barra quits Chinese phone maker Xiaomi to return to Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra is returning to Silicon Valley, just over three years after he left Google to help turn Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi into a global company.