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Chromecast at Year 1: Why it's more than just an impulse buy

Q&A: For the first birthday of Google's streaming-media stick, the exec behind the dirt-cheap dongle discusses its backstory, year one, and the path ahead.

Dear piracy apologists, It's not cool to download unreleased films

Commentary: Even in the age of Spotify and Netflix, the movie-going experience remains largely intact. Not because of greed, but because filmmaking has no good alternative.

Meet Intel's SoFIA, the super-cheap smartphone chip

The company is trying to bring the cost of smartphones down to as little as $50.

iPhone 6 screen won't be made of sapphire, analysts claim
Microsoft's Chinese offices allegedly raided over antitrust
Facebook requires standalone Messenger app for mobile chat
​Soon, you too will be able to learn Dothraki

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Apple wins patent for crowd-sourced traffic navigation

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Record your golf swing and then perfect it

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Apple TV adds CNBC, Fox Now

Apple's set-top box continues to add more channels as it works to gain customers against Roku and others.

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PlayStation 4 can now play 3D Blu-ray discs

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Why Android Wear is worth watching

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Get a lifetime subscription to Followup.cc for $25

Normally $48 for just one year, this incredibly handy service adds snooze capabilities to your inbox.

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Smart TV or media streamer?

With most modern TVs chock full o'apps, it's easy to find Netflix when you need a binge. But despite their easy accessibility, are they the best options for your streaming fix?

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Microsoft's Chinese offices allegedly raided over antitrust allegations

Chinese media reports suggest the investigation could focus on Microsoft's "de facto monopoly" in China's OS market.

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