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Microsoft Band customers get scrooged even before holidays start

Three days after saying stock of its new Band smart wristband would be replenished throughout the coming holidays, Microsoft changed course.

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Two surprises in Fitbit's new Charge fitness tracker

Fitbit's latest wearable activity tracker, Charge, is a solid product that just might surprise you, but with two more Fitbit wearables due early next year, you might want to put your purchase plans on hold

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Hands-on with HP's Stream 11, the $200 Windows laptop that wants to kill Chromebooks

HP and Microsoft have created a Windows laptop that's as small and cheap as a Chromebook. Is that an accomplishment? Mark Hachman dives in to find out.

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Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro review: Innovative but imperfect

Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro have innovative designs and unusual features but are held back by some unnecessary flaws.

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10 productivity gadgets to add to your holiday shopping list

These gadgets will help the people on your holiday shopping list stay productive on the go, whether it's for business or personal travel.

Playstation 4 or Xbox One? Which should you pick up on Black Friday?

I've spent a year living with both consoles; here's my scorecard for which console is best in a variety of areas.


New trojan aims to steal your password manager's password

If you use a password manager, your master key is all that's standing between cyberthieves and all your logins

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Dirt-cheap laptops might be this year's stocking stuffer

Black Friday and Cyber Monday promise commodity-priced laptops and tablets, while the biggest-ticket items may be in the smallest packages: smartphones.


7 apps for hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving

From party planning and invites to recipes and wine pairings, we’ve got you covered.

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Review: Acer Aspire Switch 10 flips the price tag

If you're looking for a bargain-basement, light-duty Windows 8.1 machine, the Switch 10 is a solid choice

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5 ways to escape password hell

Password management software, smartphone apps and long passphrases can help ease the pain.

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Spliddit: Algorithms to divide the rent, stuff, or credit fairly between people

A new service, Spliddit, handles three specific fair division or "cake cutting" problems: Splitting rent, dividing goods, and sharing credit. It's based on serious mathematics but it still won't help you figure out how much each...


How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has so far stood above the fray. But there's no reason why Apple can't join in the fun.

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World of Warcraft turns ten: 10 unforgettable moments from WoW's first decade

For the Horde!

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Android Lollipop's default encryption devastates storage performance, tests show

Is your new Nexus 6 not as snappy as it should be? The default encryption feature may be to blame.

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Google offers 1TB of Drive for Chromebooks, continuing its storage war with Microsoft

The two tech titans are staging a quiet, intense battle for the low end of the the computer market, trying to lock users into their ecosystems with freebie cloud storage, while users enjoy gobs of capacity.

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The ups and downs of Microsoft Band

Microsoft's Band, launched on Oct. 30, sold out within two weeks and has been hard to come by since then. That's left would-be buyers scratching their heads wondering what Microsoft is thinking?


Getting started with power-line networking

Power-line networking makes use of your electrical lines to give you a de facto wired network. It gives you the range of a wired network without any of the mess or the need to run cable behind the walls.

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