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More than a toy: Oculus Rift VR headset becomes a tool for real-life surgery demos

New Oculus demo provides a surgeon's-eye view of a total hip replacement.

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Microsoft makes a Snapchat competitor—for Windows Phone only

WindUp makes friends race to see a message before it's gone.

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Cheaper solid state batteries hint at longer-lasting wearables

An alternative to lithium-ion promises twice the energy storage in watch-friendly shapes and sizes.

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Peq is yet another smart home platform, with possible Best Buy backing

Pronounced "peek," the latest smart hub looks slick and is cheap up-front, but it requires a monthly subscription.

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As PlayStation 4 passes 10 million sales, Sony touts 'virtual couch'

PS4's Stream Play feature will let users remotely grab the controller from their friends.

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HTC spins off a software company for Android apps

The troubled phone maker plans to bring its software to rival devices.

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Activision's Skylanders bridges the gap between tablets and game consoles

The next installment of Activision's $2 billion gaming franchise will launch on tablets with a bundled controller.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse software speeds up GoPro videos without making you hurl

Extreme sports videos can be tough to watch without feeling nauseous. Now, Microsoft has an algorithm for that.

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Classic Facebook "Color Changer" scam makes another comeback

When malware masquerades as a feature enhancement, some users inevitably get duped.

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Windows Phone Store hits 300,000 apps, but still faces some old challenges

Microsoft still faces some old challenges as its phone platform hits a new milestone.

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Amazon says cheaper e-books are better for everyone in latest Hachette war salvo

Amazon argues for price elasticity as messy dispute with Hachette drags on.

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Yelp adds tiny videos to its reviews

Reviewers can add 3- to 12-second videos of local businesses, for when photos alone won't do.

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Windows Phone's Cortana taps Foursquare to suggest nearby places of interest

The virtual assistant can now recommend restaurants, bars and points of interest based on your location.

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T-Mobile slashes family data plan prices, but not for good

The limited-time offer for families of four costs $100 per month with 2.5GB per line.

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Microsoft readies Windows Phone 8.1 update with smart covers and big-screen support

The next version of Windows Phone takes a few more cues from Android.