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Ubuntu's $70 computing stick could fit nicely behind your TV

Want a $70 Ubuntu stick computer for your TV? Chinese manufacturer Mele has you covered. It's underpowered, sure, but could prove useful to some users. It's amazing how cheap and small a PC can be these days.
Computing

Before you resort to MS Paint or piracy, give these free image-editing tools a shot

Unleash you inner graphic designer with these free and effective downloadable photo-editing apps. Plus, we highlight a few web-based alternatives.
Photography

EU’s antitrust charges against Google followed by similar claim by Getty Images

Getty Images has filed a complaint with the European Union's antitrust committee against Google -- citing that Image Search promotes piracy and stifles competition. Getty says Google's use of high-res images from its site affects its…
Computing

Kaspersky battles back against CryptXXX ransomware

The Russian software firm Kaspersky has updated its RannohDecrypter tool, adding functionality that allows it to combat efforts to extort users via the potent CryptXXX ransomware.
Computing

Latest Windows 10 build improves Cortana, command prompt and battery life

Microsoft continues to prepare for its rollout of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update by releasing Build 14332 of the OS just days after members of the Insider program received Build 14328.
Computing

Acer Predator Z1 priced to allow all of us to have big, curved displays

Forget spending $600 on an Oculus Rift, or $800 on an HTC Vive -- that's what Acer wants you to decide at least. It has priced its new lineup of curved displays, at various sizes and resolutions, at around that price mark.
Computing

Asus' Zenbook UX501 is the budget alternative to Apple's MacBook Pro, but is it better?

This head-to-head fight pits the venerable 15-inch MacBook Pro against the Zenbook UX501, a similarly-equipped, all-metal laptop from Asus. If you're on the fence, be sure to check out this in-depth comparison.
Mobile

Apple sees first year-over-year revenue decline in 13 years on falling iPhone, Mac sales

Apple may have posted some disappointing earnings in the second quarter of 2016, but it's not all bad news -- services, like the App Store, have hit its highest revenue ever at $6 billion, 20 percent up from last year.
Computing

Intel wants USB Type-C to replace your headphone jack

USB replaced all sorts of dedicated ports in the 90s. Could USB type-C eventually replace the audio port? Intel thinks so, and is working on a standard. The change could make headphones digital.
Computing

HTC’s $100 million accelerator program geared toward virtual reality startups

In an attempt to cut down on time spent securing money from investors, HTC's new Vive X accelerator program could prove lucrative for enthusiastic developers in the budding Virtual Reality market.
Virtual Reality

iFixit finds a lot of Valve components under the HTC Vive’s hood

Gamers may still be waiting for the Vive to arrive, but iFixit has already torn its headset open, and found that Valve had had even more influence on the design than previously suspected.
Computing

Politics apparently tying up broadband access in Western Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts has a fiber-optic broadband network, but politics is keeping the critical last mile from being built. Will things ever clear up, or will the stalling continue?