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Intel's drones will draw Disney animations in the sky

Drone shows can be fun to watch, much like fireworks displays. Intel's been flying an army of hundreds of drones that move in a coordinated fashion, creating an effect that looks like a mid-air ballet.

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LinkedIn's CEO really loves Snap's Spectacles

Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, is very impressed with Snap's Spectacles and the way they've been launched through vending machines that appear in locations for a limited time.

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Twitter for Android TV brings streaming to the biggest screen in your house

The social network's foray into football and other programming is behind the push into your living room.

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Report: Backdoor access in the Blu R1 HD and other phones sent data to China

The spyware impacted some prepaid and international models, but Blu says that a software fix has patched the privacy breach.

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Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers, background themes, and emoji suggestions

Google's cross-platform chat app is continues to improve in its bid to lure users from other services.

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Google Earth VR lets you explore our beautiful planet on the HTC Vive

Want to visit Manhattan? Tokyo? The Grand Canyon? With Google Earth VR for the HTX Vive you can (sort of) do it from the comfort of your living room.

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Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for smarter language learning

Google says that it can translate entire sentences at once, which is far more accurate than just tackling one word at a time.

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US lawmakers balk at call for IoT security regulations

The U.S. government needs to pass regulations mandating internet of things security measures before device vulnerabilities start killing people, one security expert told lawmakers.

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Every version of SQL Server 2016 now gets its full feature set

Microsoft packed SQL Server 2016 with new advanced features that are supposed to help it compete with a suite of other database software. But some of the most advanced capabilities in the relational database software were restricted to the most expensive Enterprise edition. That's about to change.

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Google Fiber TV app update makes it easier to find shows you actually want to watch

Not sure what to watch? Google Fiber TV app subscribers can now get recommendations on their best viewing options.

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The next versions of Visual Studio are here on Windows... and Mac

Microsoft's Connect developer conference kicked off Wednesday with some expected news: the next versions of the Visual Studio IDE have arrived on Windows and Mac. (Yep, you read that right.)

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Microsoft's open source love fest continues as it joins Linux Foundation

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been pushing its love of Linux and open source, and now it's joined the Linux Foundation.

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Seagate crams a massive 5TB into a portable hard drive

You probably can't fit it in your pocket, but Seagate's 5TB portable hard drive won't weight down your backpack either.

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Microsoft and Google bury the hatchet in one small way

There's one small glimmer of hope in the relationship between Google and Microsoft: Google has joined the .NET Foundation, to help drive forward the programming language Microsoft created.

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4 great apps for tackling your to-do lists

With scheduling, reminders, and other features, these apps make crossing tasks off a list even more satisfying.