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Google quietly discontinues the Chromebook Pixel 2

The Chromebook Pixel 2's reign is over, and it's not clear what will replace it.

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Sonos speakers to get voice control in 2017, with a big assist from Amazon's Alexa

Sonos is giving its speaker experience a boost with app improvements, deeper Spotify integration, and Alexa's assistance.

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Poisoned Word docs deploy rogue web proxies to hijack your encrypted traffic

A new attack analyzed by malware researchers from Microsoft uses Word documents with malicious code that configures browsers to use a web proxy controlled by attackers.

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LG's enormous new ultrawide displays pack FreeSync, USB-C, Google Cast, and more

LG's trio of huge new ultrawide displays are brimming with features like FreeSync, USB-C, and Google Cast support—though you can't get all the goodies in a single monitor.

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Laptop speed boost: Blazing-fast SSDs are expected to overtake hard drives by 2018

A report by market research firm DRAMeXchange says that by 2018 half of all notebooks sold could be rocking SSDs instead of hard drives.

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How to navigate the new settings menu in Android Nougat

The reworked settings are easier to navigate and include a few useful hidden features.

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Kwikset's second-gen Kevo touch smart lock makes playing well with others a priority

The original Kevo smart lock didn't have cloud connectivity until last year. The new Kevo comes with not only out-of-the-box connectivity, but also plays well with other devices in the smart home ecosystem.

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Intel's Kaby Lake chip is a must-have for 4K video fiends

Intel's Kaby Lake chip brings a modest bump in performance and some amazing video optimizations, as the third chip on the company's aging 14-nm process.

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Microsoft made 'em do it: The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10

Both the latest AMD Zen and Intel Kaby Lake microprocessors won't be officially supported by either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 -- just Windows 10, Microsoft says.

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10 key things to know about Intel's Kaby Lake CPUs

Intel's 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPUs will bring massive power savings when playing 4K video and a double-digit performance increase.

Why your home theater PC still can't stream 4K Ultra HD video

Netflix and Amazon offer 4K UHD streaming, but you can't get it on a PC. A noxious stew of hardware, software, and DRM issues are to blame.

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Google bakes Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google is finally adding a built-in option to Cast open tabs to your Chromecast-enabled television. The extension will still work, but it's no longer needed.

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4 worthy alternatives to Sunrise Calendar

Microsoft is shutting down the popular Sunrise Calendar app on August 31. Here are four of the best substitutes to take its place.

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WhatsApp policy changes prompt FTC complaints from privacy groups

Privacy groups in the U.S. have complained to the Federal Trade Commission that changes last week in WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy break its previous promise that user data collected would not be used or disclosed for marketing purposes.

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Alcatel Idol 4S review: Just a bit too late to the $400 party

The Idol 4S is no slouch, but is no match for the stiff competition at this price point.