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How to customize or silence Chromebook notifications

Tame all those alerts that can slow down your workflow on a Chromebook by learning how this settings menu works.

Microsoft woos developers with SDK for Band fitness tracker

The SDK allows developers to access the caloric data stored in Band, among other functions

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See the World Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2015 finalists

15 classic games nominated to be inducted as first class of Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester.

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Microsoft employees hack up the coolest Surface Pro 3 dock you can't buy

Forget the official Surface Pro 3 docking station. A bunch of Microsoft employees came up with something better as part of a company hackathon.

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Hands-on: 48 hours with the Apple Watch

Enthusiasts rushed to be the first to pre-order the new Apple Watch. Now that it's arrived, was it worth the wait? Our reviewer offers his first impressions.

Apple confirms tattoos can interfere with Apple Watch's heart rate sensor

Reports surfaced this week that the watch wasn't working properly for people with tattoos on their wrists

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, May 1

Oracle shrugs off Salesforce rumors...House OKs plan to stop NSA phone dragnet...why Ford's CEO is wary of Apple and Google

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Valve releases OpenVR SDK to the masses, says there's still time to apply for a free HTC Vive Development unit.

Also both Unreal Engine 4 and Unity have now pledged to support SteamVR

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Apple Pay, activity tracking, and telling time: Using Apple Watch without an iPhone

The Apple Watch pairs with your iPhone over Bluetooth, but when you're out of range, it can still do a few things all on its own.

Grooveshark shuts down after settlement with record companies

The settlement between owners Escape Media and the record companies was made ahead of a jury trial for award of damages

Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR

The apps launch new integrations with the "OK Google" command

Apple, IBM to bring iPads to 5 million Japanese seniors

Japan Post will handle managing the iPads and its employees will be trained on how to use the tablets

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Microsoft's Build conference keynote gives us another look at HoloLens

On stage demo features a future with no screens, but plenty of cute virtual dogs and robots

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What Siri can and can't do on the Apple Watch

Since the Apple Watch doesn't have a keyboard, you can use Siri to dictate text messages and perform other tasks. Just be sure to keep your iPhone handy.

Xiaomi phones still hot in China, but Apple catching up

Samsung's market share in China continues to sag

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Microsoft HoloLens gets real with Windows 10 apps

At Build, Microsoft showed off new demos for its augmented reality headset.

China's a fast-growing gold mine for Apple

The popularity of its phones and an expanding middle class is leading to record sales

Faulty taptic engines reportedly hinder Apple Watch production

Apple is depending on one supplier for all its taptic engines, according to the Wall Street Journal

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