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Microsoft: DirectX 12 will increase your graphics performance by an additional 20 percent

'This is like getting free hardware,' said a Microsoft graphics program manager.

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Microsoft opens Xbox One to app devs as part of Windows 10's cross-platform push

The move is part of a broader push to make applications run across all devices in the Microsoft universe.

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Google brings app messaging to its cloud

Google Cloud Pub/Sub messaging service can tie together different components of an enterprise cloud application

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Unity 5's new full-featured Personal Edition is completely, utterly free to use

The new Unity 5 Personal Edition doesn't cost a dime, and developers that make under $100,000 a year won't have to pay royalties, either.

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Meet Vulkan, the powerful, platform-agnostic gaming tech taking aim at DirectX 12

Vulkan, the built-from-scratch OpenGL successor, aims to give game developers far more control over PC hardware, unlocking new levels of performance. Think of it as an open-standard counterpart to Microsoft's Windows-only DirectX 12.

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Firefox OS coming to U.S., developed markets in 2016

Mozilla and telecom carriers see demand for high-end flip phones, so that's where Mozilla is heading.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, February 26

Lenovo's website hack points to DNS weakness ... FTC asked to probe Samsung ... Facebook vet starts server analytics biz ... and more

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Start10 will make Windows 10's Start menu even more like Windows 7

Not satisfied with the new Start menu in Windows 10? Stardock still sees a role for replacements.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, February 25

Hewlett-Packard lowers outlook ... Visa tech may prep Europe for Apple Pay ... Gemalto says encryption keys are safe ... and more tech news

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Fully sandboxed, cross-distro Linux apps are almost here

More than a mere dream, the GNOME-affiliated Sandboxed Applications project is making sandboxed, distro-agnostic software a reality.

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Superfish vulnerability traced to other apps, too

The flawed security technique used by Superfish has been found in other software, which has begun a chain reaction of security vulnerabilities.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, February 20

Spy agencies may have your phone's encryption keys ... Re-engineering 4G for IoT... Hackers are still lurking in U.S. State Dept. network

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Facebook garners big gains from tighter management of open source

Facebook is now contributing more to external open source projects and keeping closer tabs on its own open source efforts