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Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and more: Which music streaming service is right for you?

Like CDs before it, MP3s are becoming obsolete. Today, streaming is king. With a music streaming service, instead of purchasing a track or album, you pay a flat monthly fee to play unlimited tracks that you don’t actually own. The upside is that you don’t have shell out money every …

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Spring cleaning: Should you use a cloud storage service to back up your PC?

I certainly hope you back up your PC more than once a year, but I won’t kid myself — people are not good at keeping backups up-to-date. One of the main reasons for this is convenience, or rather, lack thereof. Backing up your data to an external hard drive is …

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How to make your own emoji

After much demand from the public, Apple finally rolled out multiracial emoji symbols in its latest iOS update (but no redheads — sorry, guys). But there are still times when you can’t find the perfect emoji to express yourself. Instead of waiting for Apple’s next (likely far off) emoji update, …

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Apple watch:How to install them, how to delete them and how they work

Some of them show quick news headlines, some act as remotes for playing streaming music or radio, some are second screens for your iPhone apps, some show basic information like weather reports or sports scores. Think of them as tiny, multi-layered widgets, hopefully helping you use your iPhone or access …

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Turn your streamer remote into a universal remote

Everyone loves their Apple TVs, their Fire TVs, their Roku boxes. But using one inevitably means juggling two remotes: one for the streamer, one for the TV itself. You’d think that in this highly competitive product category, Apple, Amazon or Roku would offer a programmable clicker. Maybe they will someday. …

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An old film canister just fetched $13,000 at auction

What makes a nearly 50-year-old empty film canister worth over $13,000? Being among the first of canister-kind to make a trip to the moon and back, apparently. Last week, a Hasselblad film canister that apparently once held film used on the surface of the moon was auctioned off for $13,434.58 …

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Stephen Hawking says One Direction could be intact in the multiverse

  Stephen Hawking is taking on an unlikely new role as grief counselor to the innumerable tweens devastated by Zayn’s departure from One Direction. During a special live event Saturday evening at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, a hologram of the famed physicist appeared onstage to answer some questions. …

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Microsoft’s top task for Windows 10: Proving it’s worth starting up

  That’s the question the world’s largest software maker, its customers, its developers and its rivals hope to get answered this week when Microsoft kicks off its annual developer conference. Called Build, the three-day event starts April 29 in San Francisco. Microsoft’s objective for Build is pretty straightforward: convincing the …

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Xiaomi’s plan to be No. 1 in India begins with the Mi 4i

NEW DELHI — There’s no denying that Xiaomi’s new Mi 4i looks familiar, with its cute and colorful, rounded plastic frame. But while the Chinese smartphone maker is likely to take flak for its Apple-ish emulations, Xiaomi Global Vice President Hugo Barra says he had this phone in his head …

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Get a $50 iTunes gift card for $40

Quick housekeeping item: Following last week’s Raise gift-card deal (now expired), a few readers mentioned an odd verification process after signing up. Though unusual, this process is explained on the company’s FAQ page. Frankly, I wouldn’t oblige any online store that asked me to supply a photo ID (though Raise …