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The 10 best PC games of 2014

From puzzlers to old-school RPGs and a whole lot more, these titles were the cream of the PC gaming crop in 2014.

Smappee

Weird name, cool tool: Smappee monitors and reports energy consumption for each of your home's appliances

Manufacturer says its $249 smart energy monitor will pay for itself within one year.

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How to track Santa's Christmas Eve journey from any device

Keep tabs on Santa's Christmas Eve trek around the globe with these websites, apps, and more.

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iRobot's latest Roomba robot is designed for hackers

iRobot announces the Create 2 which enthusiasts can either program themselves or use as a foundation for additional hardware.

Google's Gmail appears to have been blocked by China at IP level

Dyn Research said Gmail was being blocked at the IP level when served from Hong Kong

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North Korea blames U.S. for Internet blackouts, calls Obama 'monkey'

Just hours after Kim Jung-un's government issues combative statement, country again drops off the Internet.

'The Interview' already Sony Pictures' top online film ever

Since its Internet release, the controversial comedy has generated $15M in sales and rentals

Sony: PlayStation Network is back online now, really

The company had suggested the online gaming service would be fully restored on Saturday, but that forecast proved to be too optimistic

Reports: North Korea's Internet access, mobile networks down

The communist country blasted the U.S. and President Obama over its online outages and the movie "The Interview"

PlayStation Network recovering after outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the outages suffered by Sony's gaming network and by Microsoft's Xbox Live

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The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac

Just unwrapped a shiny new Mac? Seek out these essentials first, and thank us later.

Hackers target Tor as PlayStation disruption continues

Following Tor's warning of a possible attack, Lizard Squad says it has taken aim at the anonymous network

Connected, self-driving cars in the front seat at CES

The headsof Ford and Mercedes-Benz are among the keynote speakers

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If the iPhone 6 is too big for you, just wait: An 'iPhone mini' may be coming in 2015

Rumors swirl of a new 4-inch iPhone to succeed the iPhone 5s, a potential savior for small-handed and one-handed users.

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Stanford launches 100-year study of artificial intelligence

What will intelligent machines mean for society and the economy in 30, 50 or even 100 years from now? That's the question that Stanford University scientists are hoping to take on with a new project, the One Hundred Year Study on...

The Grinch

Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network downed by (supposed) DDOS attacks

It's Christmas, and the group known as Lizard Squad just discovered its heart is three sizes too small.

MIT unifies Web development in a single, speedy new language

Ur/Web bundles the Web development stack into a compiled programming language

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Boeing, BlackBerry working on a smartphone that would 'self-destruct'

It seems like something out of an old episode of Mission Impossible or Inspector Gadget—an ultra-secure phone that self destructs. But such a phone might be close to reality, courtesy of Boeing and BlackBerry.

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