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HP's luxury smartwatch focuses on fashion, supports both iOS and Android

Don't expect this smartwatch to be an Android Wear device, but if you're concerned about looks HP's watch will be one of your best bets.

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Mysterious Google Barge headed for the scrap heap

After teasing us for months, Google appears to have scrapped its mysterious barge technology showcases.

Netflix, AT&T hammer out interconnection deal to boost streaming video speeds

Netflix is quickly racking up interconnection deals with the major U.S. ISPs in 2014. AT&T is the latest to grab a chair at the Netflix interconnection buffet.

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PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One to 3D Blu-ray movie playback

Not long before Microsoft is expected to release an update to the Xbox One loaded with 3D movie playback, Sony started its 3D playback push on Tuesday.

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Fleksy Android keyboard adds premium themes

Following Swiftkey's recent premium store, Fleksy has done the same.

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Amazon launches 3D printing store with customizable items

If you can't make or design your own 3D printed stuff you can now customize a reseller's designs on Amazon.

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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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Razer bakes WeChat into feature-packed Nabu smartband, teases U.S. launch

You may not care about WeChat integration, but Razer is going to roll out the Nabu smartband soon in the U.S.

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Microsoft announces the low-cost Nokia Lumia 530

With Microsoft in full control of Nokia since late April, the long-expected Lumia 530 budget phone is Microsoft's first official post-acquisition Lumia release.

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New Google Maps ads blend in with their surroundings

Google overhauled advertising for Maps on PCs and mobile by putting them front and center whenever you search for a local business.

on pcworld.com

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HTC's rumored Android Wear smartwatch pops up in HTC promo video

Is that an HTC smartwatch on your desk or are you just messing with me?

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Amazon buyers prefer DRM-free e-books, study claims

The big publishers lock down their e-books to their own detriment, according to a new study.

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Verizon blaming Netflix for slow streaming speeds is an 'attempt at deception' says Internet backbone provider

Verizon says Netflix isn't buying enough bandwidth to deliver its streaming video to Verizon customers. But a major Internet backbone provider says that's just not the case.

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Google offers free Glass test drives in LA, SF, and NYC

You still need an appointment, but anyone in the U.S. is welcome to try out Glass for free in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

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Google adds Bitcoin exchange rates to instant search answers

Want to know how much your stash of Bitcoin is worth? Google it!