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INTERNET

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A cleaner, simpler Google Maps focuses on 'actionable info'

This Google Maps refresh offers a cleaner look, new colors, and areas of interest.

CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY

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Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an Apple TV app

Creative Cloud subscribers can use Lighroom for Apple TV to see their photos on the biggest screen in the house.

SOFTWARE

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Epic CEO: How Microsoft is plotting to cripple Steam and seize control of PC gaming

Tim Sweeney claims Microsoft will intentionally cripple Steam through bugs while pushing the Universal Windows Platform.

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Comcast overhauls its X1 cable-TV platform for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

With metadata galore, and on-demand coverage of star athletes, X1 is a worthwhile upgrade for Olympics addicts.

SOFTWARE

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Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher tools to help you write more good

Hopefully this will take some of the grunt work out of those late-night papers.

HARDWARE

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Next-gen Apple Pencil could work with Mac trackpads and be used as a gaming joystick

Apple has just been granted a patent for a cross-functional Apple Pencil.

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Vizio acquisition by Chinese TV and content powerhouse LeEco could shake up U.S. market

Combined companies will ship 8 million smart TVs annually worldwide.

HARDWARE

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Apple's so-so Q3: $7.8 billion profit, but hardware sales down across the board

iPhone sales continue to slide, despite the strength of iPhone SE demand.

SOFTWARE

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Why hackers love health apps

Most health apps don't have good privacy or security safeguards.

GAMES

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The best Pokémon Go map grabs data directly from the Pokémon Go servers

Get a real-time feed of what Pokémon are spawning in Pokémon Go, and exactly where.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.