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How to manage cellular data usage on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 8

An excerpt from the new ebook "A Practical Guide to Networking and Security in iOS 8."

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10 cool tablets from MWC 2015

A top 10 tablet tour from the tech types in Barcelona.

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Golden smartwatches, brain-like chips, and flagship phones: Mobile World Congress' hot new gear

From surprise VR headsets to gorgeous flagship phones, this years Mobile World Congress was brimming with announcements. Here's a cheat sheet to all the new gear.

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, March 5

China defends surveillance plan... Apple's plans for larger iPads put off... IBM buys AlchemyAPI... and more tech news

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Nvidia's newest Shield device is a set-top box that streams games from the cloud

It's powered by the new Tegra X1 chip and is Ultra-HD ready.

Apple postpones production of larger-display iPads

The company has delayed at it mulls over the features for the product, according to one account

Microsoft opens up Xbox One to app developers

The move is part of a broader push to make applications run across all devices in the Microsoft universe

Against the odds, Canonical and Jolla trot out iOS, Android alternatives

The smartphone OSes have something different, in a good way, to offer

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Do Chromebooks matter anymore?

Chromebooks used to dominate Amazon's laptop best-seller list, and get breathless reviews with each new one released. That's no longer true. Do Chromebooks really matter anymore?

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Backyard ice bar gets cooler with 3D printing

We upped the tech quotient of our backyard ice bar with coasters made from 3D-printed forms.

Valve announces Steam Link, a dirt cheap device that lets you stream content from your PC to your TV

This is exactly the device I've been hoping for. It does one thing: acts as a client for Steam's In-Home streaming.

Momentum grows around Microsoft's Windows 10 for phones

Smartphone makers and chip companies announce support for Microsoft's Windows 10 handset OS

Budget smartphones shine at Mobile World Congress

These days they have HD screens or better and octa-core processors

Project Morpheus

Sony shows off updated Project Morpheus VR visor, says it'll launch in the first half of 2016

The new iteration is close to what consumers will get and features an OLED screen and a fast 120Hz refresh rate.

Sony updates Morpheus PS4 headset with bigger, faster screen

With the release set for 2016, the prototype has a 5.7-inch OLED display and supports 120 frames-per-second output

Uber buys deCarta to improve mapping and arrival estimates

Uber is acquiring deCarta to improve the mapping technology in its app

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IKEA will let you charge your smartphone with your furniture

Hate charging cables? IKEA's got a nifty solution

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How wireless power and wireless charging works

How will your phone, your lights, and even your electric car someday be powered without a wire? Here’s a primer on how wireless power works.

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