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Microsoft to integrate Skype, Office with Cyanogen's version of Android

The integration will go beyond pre-installed apps and well-placed icons.

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Sprint offers home delivery and setup of smartphones, tablets

Faced with a highly competitive market, U.S. wireless operator Sprint is offering to deliver and set up phones, tablets and other connected devices for free at customers' homes and offices.

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Why floors, walls and ceilings are the next interface

After all these years of 'computerization,' something wonderful is about to happen: Our interface to the world of computers will leap off the screen onto the walls, floors, ceilings, tabletops, windows and other surfaces in our homes...

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Not all about Apple Watch; 3 hot smartphones went on sale Friday

Samsung and HTC separately launched sales on Friday of three new smartphones that have garnered positive reviews and, by various accounts, some solid initial customer interest.

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Dell to ship Windows 10 tablet with USB Type-C port

Dell is looking ahead to Windows 10 and planning to release a tablet with the OS and other new technologies in September or October.

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Which smartwatch sucks least? Apple Watch, Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung Gear?

Reviews of Tim's Apple Watch are pouring in, mixing like oil and water. Most reviewers agree that Apple's new shiny timepiece isn't fully perfected...

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A smartphone bloatware iconoclast speaks out

It's my phone and 'I should be able to do whatever I want with it,' says Jesse Nunez, a self-described smartphone purist, who believes he should be able to customize his phone as he pleases.

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With Watch rollout, Apple doesn't want the long lines outside its stores

Apple wants to eliminate the long lines that form outside its retail stores on product launch days.

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Facebook 'riffs' on Snapchat with new group video app

Facebook released a new app for making videos that it thinks can win over the competition by allowing collaboration among friends.

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SmartThings delays its next-gen smart home products

SmartThings, the home automation company that Samsung Electronics acquired last August, has delayed the launch of its new home hub and sensors to the third quarter, as it works to improve performance and stability.

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LG may introduce leather-covered flagship smartphone on April 28

LG Electronics is expected to introduce its next high-end smartphone on April 28 and has hinted that the back of the device will be covered in leather.

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Apple Watch buyers, STEP ASIDE for first class

A computer in nearly every home? Check. An Edition watch in every mansion? Not yet, but Apple is working on it. A recently leaked Apple document supposedly states that desirability of the Edition watch isn't necessarily defined by...

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9 security gadgets for mobile devices

If you use your smartphone or tablet for work, you need to keep your data secure when you're on the go. We look at nine gadgets that try to keep your important data out of the hands of others.

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Amazon debuts bottomless storage plans for photos, data

If you've got gigabytes or more of digital photos and music that are a headache to back up, Amazon wants to interest you in two new storage services designed to ease home backups and archiving.

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At F8 today, virtual reality may be next phase of social networking

Virtual reality is among the topics that Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, is expected to talk about today, the second day of the company's annual F8 developer conference being held in San Francisco.

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Despite its design, One M9 unlikely to rescue HTC

The One M9 may be a knockout, but it's not likely to save HTC. The device looks similar to its predecessor at a time when competitors have multiplied and stepped up their game, making it even harder for the struggling company to make...

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Twitter tests videos that play automatically

Users of the company's iOS apps in the U.S. may start seeing the videos

Imagination floats sub-$100 MIPS tablet running Firefox OS

With Android and iOS dominating the tablet market, Mozilla's Firefox OS hasn't had much of a look in. It's now getting a bit of help from ARM rival Imagination Technologies, which has ported a version of Firefox to a prototype tablet...

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Microsoft to support 8K video resolutions with Windows 10

Microsoft is looking beyond 4K with Windows 10 and bringing 8K support to the operating system, years before TVs, monitors and content for that display resolution become widely available.

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