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Xbox Entertainment Studios is doomed, original online programming efforts are not

Don't expect the likes of Yahoo and Amazon to follow the lead of Microsoft as it abandons efforts to produce original online shows.

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

This motorcycle helmet's rear-view camera can show you what's gaining on you

Motorcycle riders in San Francisco got their hands on what some are calling the future of motorcycle helmets. The Skully AR-1 helmet has a heads-up display, rear-view camera and connects to your phone via Bluetooth.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Fixing a flat

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features lots of gemstone—both real and printed—and a pouch that lies flat whenever you need to fix a flat.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router review

Netgear's Nighthawk X6 router can operate three independent wireless networks at once, including two on the 5GHz frequency band.

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How to get photos from your digital camera to Instagram in 3 easy steps

The best photos on Instagram weren't taken with a smartphone. Make your account stand out by learning how to get photos from your DSLR or point-and-shoot onto Instagram in no time.

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Lyft to launch in NYC on Friday, for real this time

In New York, Lyft drivers won’t be regular people accepting donations for rides. They’ll be taxi drivers.

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Missing Pieces: First looks at Halo: Nightfall and the reborn Unreal Tournament, plus more must-know games news

Plus: Ubisoft wants you to play Far Cry 4 on Mount Everest, The Last of Us is now a stage musical, and more must-know games news for the week of July 25.

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Gear VR leak shows how Samsung's headset works

Touch pad, back button, camera controls and voice activation shown in new images.

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Verizon tests a gentler approach to app bloatware, sort of

The LG G3 lets users completely remove (most) pre-loaded software.

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Google reportedly seals deal to gobble up Twitch for $1 billion

A YouTube-Twitch marriage could be a match made in heaven - or hell.

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Comixology goes DRM-free on select comics

You won't see the latest Spider-Man or Superman stripped of anti-copying measures, but some independent publishers are going DRM-free.

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Fitness wristbands are officially commodity hardware, lowlighting a bad week for wearables

Xiaomi announces a $13 activity tracker. iTime becomes the new iWatch. Healbe releases dubious lab data. It was a meh-to-lousy 7-day stretch for wearable tech.

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The Binge-Watch List: Ricky Gervais is actually, alarmingly quite sweet in Derek

He may have made his name playing a series of nasty people, but Ricky Gervais gives a sincere -- and Emmy-nominated -- performance on this Netflix series. Monty Ashley streams Derek to see if it's worth your time.

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Why Android Wear is the smartest smartwatch platform yet

Google got a lot of things right with Android Wear, even if the first devices are a little lackluster.

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Invasion of the connected cars: Buick leads 30-plus GM cars into the 4G LTE future

It's not a gimmick, it's a game-changer. More than 30 GM cars in the 2015 model year will have 4G LTE. That connectivity will transform the automotive experience for the driver as well as the passengers.

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You Should Play: Steampunk Tower

You literally defend a tower. A steampunk tower.