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Google will block bad ads (even its own) with a filter built into Chrome

Google plans to remove obtrusive and aggressive ads from Chrome with a new ad-blocking feature starting next year.

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Microsoft apologizes after rogue Windows 10 preview builds cause chaos

A buggy internal Insider preview build accidentally made its way to Windows 10 devices and even non-Insider Windows phones.

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Computex's wildly powerful PC hardware: CPU core wars, ultra-thin gaming laptops, and more

After years of catering to svelte notebooks, the new PC hardware at Computex 2017 focused on heavy firepower.

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Skype's major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats

Skype's next major upgrade adds an army of smart bots and services that are eager to supplement your chats with your group of best friends.

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BattleTech's turn-based combat makes miniature mechs feel like true war machines

We go hands on with the BattleTech backer beta and start punching mechs in the face.

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Motorola's Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods

Motorola has launched the Z Play 2, the follow-up to last year's hit modular phone, with a better camera, smaller battery, and higher price tag.

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Samsung's Connect Home smart hub/mesh router mash-up is finally going on sale

Samsung has announced that preorders for its $170 Connect Home smart hub/Wi-Fi mesh router combo will start June 4 for release on July 2.

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All-electric satellites are ushering in zippier in-flight internet access

To speed up in-flight internet access don't stick a rocket on it, but a xenon-ion propulsion system (XIPS).

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Plex DVR now supports live TV and more tuners

Plex DVR exits beta and becomes a serious over-the-air TV solution, though time shifting isn't quite finished yet.

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Hands-on: The Raven Z is a mini-PC with rare talent

The Raven Z mini-PC somehow manages to squeeze discrete graphics into its tiny box. It's a design that's too good to be true.

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Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector

You can preorder Sony's flagship Xperia XZ Premium phone for $800 on June 12, while you'll have to spend $1,700 to be one of the first people on your block to own an Xperia Touch projector.

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Corsair's Concept Zeus mousepad charges your wireless mouse without wires

Your wireless mouse will never go dead again, as Corsair unveils a Concept Zeus mousepad with built-in Qi inductive charging—and a mouse to take advantage of it.

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AMD's Threadripper struts onstage with Radeon RX Vega and a big surprise

When AMD's Threadripper made its first public appearance at Computex in Taipei, the guest starts were two Radeon RX Vega cards.

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Intel's Core i9 and X299 enable crazy RAID configurations for a price

Here's what eight SSDs in RAID 0 looks like on the new Core i9 platform.

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Why Microsoft's ARM-based Windows 10 laptops still have a lot to prove

Asus, HP, and Lenovo plan to bring Windows 10 to devices running on ARM Snapdragon processors. But the future devices have a lot to prove.