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Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8

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by Devindra Hardawar 2015-07-28 16:30:00

The best thing about Windows 10 is that it's simply Windows, through and through. It's as if Microsoft realized that devaluing the desktop in Windows 8 was akin to sacrilege, and Windows 10 is its penance. At its core, it's a union of the best qualit...

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Intel's 3D memory is 1,000 times faster than modern storage

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by Andrew Tarantola 2015-07-28 14:59:00

Intel and Micron unveiled a novel new kind of non-volatile data storage device during a press conference on Tuesday. The chips, dubbed "3D XPoint" (pronounced "cross-point"), are being touted as the first new class of "mainstream memory" to hit the m...

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German privacy watchdog orders Facebook to stay out of usernames

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by Mona Lalwani 2015-07-28 17:13:00

Facebook's authentic name policy was meant to make the social media platform a safe place where "pretending to be anything or anyone isn't allowed." But, ironically the policy bred harassment instead of curtailing it. Most recently, Facebook blocked ...

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Amazon proposes a delivery drone flight plan

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by Andrew Tarantola 2015-07-28 17:32:00

Following the FAA's recent relaxation of commercial drone flight regulations, Amazon is forging ahead with plans to employ the machines for deliveries. But first, the company has proposed some ground rules to keep the fledgling industry flying safely...

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Pentagon shuts down Joint Chiefs' email network

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by Andrew Tarantola 2015-07-28 19:41:00

The Department of Defense reportedly shut down an unclassified email system on Tuesday after detecting "suspicious activity" over the weekend, according to CNN. The network served General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well...

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T-Mobile will swap your iPhone 6 for the next model at no extra cost

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by Jon Fingas 2015-07-28 11:47:00

If you've ever had to upgrade an iPhone months after launch, you've likely felt some anxiety: you need a new device right now, but you know you'll feel buyer's remorse when the next model shows up in September. T-Mobile thinks it can set your mind at...

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Sorry, Bethesda can't make any more 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boys

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by Daniel Cooper 2015-07-28 12:24:00

The special edition of Fallout 4 comes with a pretty spectacular piece of swag: a real-life Pip-Boy that works with your smartphone. Understandably, the $120 bundle sold out almost as soon as it went on sale, but as much as the game's publisher wante...

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Cult film 'Hawk the Slayer' gets a sequel with help from Rebellion

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by Jessica Conditt 2015-07-28 18:14:00

When Hawk the Slayer came out in 1980, Jason Kingsley became an instant fan. The film features magic swords, elven mindstones, giants, dwarves, sorcerers and a massive battle between pure evil and noble good. Think Dungeons & Dragons in real life, on...

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Netflix schedules loads of new shows, says why 'Lilyhammer' died

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by Jon Fingas 2015-07-28 20:12:00

You won't have to wonder about when Netflix will start streaming much of its its exclusive and original programming -- the company has provided scheduling for seemingly all of it in one shot. To begin with, it's renewing the weird-yet-familiar cartoo...

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Researchers boost solar energy by tapping infrared light

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by Steve Dent 2015-07-28 10:30:00

Our sun blasts out over 50 percent of its energy as "near-infrared" light, but solar cells only harvest visible light. As a result, the best commercial panels only convert about 20 percent of solar energy to electricity. Researchers from UC Riverside...

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