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Vexed in the city: Starved for tech talent, yet nobody to hire?

As the H-1B debate marches on, the tech industry faces an odd contradiction: a skills shortage along with an applicant surplus.

SoundCloud amps up ways for artists to get paid. The price? Ads

The "YouTube for audio" is the latest streaming-music site to tout new ways artists can commercialize. Of course, for its 175 million monthly listeners, that means commercials.

Microsoft's IE team pines for faster updates -- and respect

Internet Explorer is still saddled with a reputation for being slow and behind the technology curve. Its developers clearly want to change that.

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UPS Store hacked, possibly compromising user data
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Microsoft may let you play Xbox One games for free for 24 hours

A new test program reportedly dubbed "Free Play Day with Gold" would unlock certain Xbox One titles for a limited time.

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Shipments of notebooks hit 41.5 million in the second quarter, a gain of only 1 percent, but not too shabby after seven straight quarters of declines, says NPD.

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The new mobile game, Star Wars Commander, is Disney's latest effort with the sci-fi franchise.

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Cristiano Amon, co-president of Qualcomm's chips segment, said in an interview that the rapid adoption of 4G LTE technology should benefit the company's growth in China.

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iPhone 5C drops to 97 cents at Walmart

The mega-retailer appears to be making way for the rumored iPhone 6 by getting rid of old stock at cut-rate prices.

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Players of the pixelated building block game have taken its virtual simulation tools to an unprecedented level: building functioning hard drives that can read and write data.

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So why isn't there more app store competition?

If you want to download an app on your phone, you'll most likely head to a marketplace owned by Apple or Google. It'll be tough for any wireless carrier to establish an alternative.

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The Wink Hub strives for a smarter home

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Leggage: Haul a laptop and massage your feet at the same time

It's time for lazy laptop cases to step up and do more. The Leggage protects your computer and soothes your feet.

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This budget All-in-One desktop from Acer will tackle work and a bit of play without breaking the bank.

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T-Mobile entices subscribers to recruit friends from rival carriers

The carrier is offering current customers -- and the people they bring over from the competition -- a year of unlimited LTE data for free.

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How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 8

Apple is set to release the latest version of its mobile operating system in the coming weeks. Here's how you can ensure that your device will be ready to receive the update.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a no-show on Wii U

The first-person shooter won't be available for the Wii U but is headed to the Xbox One and PS4, says the game's developer.

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Verykool Spark review: A forgettable dual-SIM phone

The sleek Verykool Spark has two SIM card slots, but is plagued by a poor camera.

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