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Convergence delayed: Unity 8 won’t be the default desktop in Ubuntu 16.10

Canonical's plans for a single platform that works across smartphones and desktops will not reach fruition in Ubuntu 16.10, which will continue to run the traditional Unity 7 desktop by default.

Netflix and 4K HDR: Proof that data caps will stifle video innovation

Data caps aren’t about “fairness” if they prevent people from using the TVs they paid for.

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Origin PC Chronos review: Fast things come in small, loud packages

Origin PC's custom micro-tower crams high-performance hardware into an impressively small amount of space.

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How Intel knocked itself out of the smartphone chip market

Intel's Atom smartphone chip cancellations pull the curtain back on an ugly past in which the company shot itself in the foot with bad timing and ill-advised executive decisions.

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Samsung's over-the-top Family Hub smart fridge is now on sale

Keeping your food cold is so 20th century. Samsung's new fridge streams music and orders groceries for you.

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Google Slides makes it easier to talk back to presenters

Google is trying to save presentation audiences from having to sit through long rambling questions with a new feature it added to its Slides software on Wednesday.

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Improved smart burst feature begins rollout to Google Photos

The new interface is more akin to video editing with additional tools for tweaking the animation sequence.

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Sharepoint's going mobile with a new app this year

Microsoft SharePoint is getting a number of updates over the coming year, to benefit the more than 200,000 companies using it today. OneDrive is getting updated as well, with a new UWP app.

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Steam updates user reviews to better reflect recent updates

The long arm of the Internet gets a bit more nimble as Steam introduces a section for recent reviews and a new 30-day aggregate score.

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How to fill out and sign digital documents on Android

You can sign your life away right on your phone with these finger- and stylus-friendly apps.

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Hulu confirms plans to stream live TV and dabble in documentaries

Hulu’s answer to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue is coming in 2017

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Google turns on HTTPS for all Blogspot blogs

All blogs hosted on Google's blogspot.com domain can now be accessed over an encrypted HTTPS connection.

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May the Fourth be with you: 4 Star Wars tech tributes you can actually use

These 4 May fourth tech tributes will add a little extra fun to Star Wars Day.

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Google dreams of injecting electronics into eyeballs

Google’s crazy intra-ocular device patent promises assisted vision and augmented reality.

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5 secure habits for privacy-obsessed PC users

Are you getting a little sloppy with your security? Time to shape up. Practice these five habits to protect your data at home, in the office and out in the world.