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Wearable tech will keep failing -- until we can't live without it

Revealed at the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco: the "dirty little secret" of activity trackers and smartwatches is that they're still not worth it.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft will 'reinvent productivity'

Microsoft's CEO gives employees new marching orders: the focus is productivity and platforms, not devices and services.

Cell phone unlocking bill moves forward in Senate

Senate Judiciary Committee votes to repeal cell phone unlocking ban, which could set the stage for allowing consumers to take any mobile device to any wireless carrier.

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