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Sweeping Steam 'Discovery update' makes it easier to find games you actually ...

"A smarter storefront, personalized just for you." That's the tagline for Valve's new "Steam Discovery" update, which is the first major overhaul to the PC games storefront since the addition of Big Picture Mode back in 2012.

Steam Discovery is about...well, discovery. Ever since Steam Greenlight turned the once meticulously curated storefront into a morass of I-don't-even-know-what-the-heck-this-is-since-it-barely-even-works, it's been harder and harder to separate out what's worth playing. Plus with over 3,700 games on Steam, there's quite a back catalog waiting for you to delve into.

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10 Android features that still make it better than iOS 8

Your friends may still be waiting in line to buy a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but while they're out there braving the unpredictable weather, you're inside your cozy house customizing the heck out of your Android device.That's the beauty of being an Android user: you can tweak the interface, change up the icons on individual apps, and plop widgets wherever you see fit. Can your iPhone-loving friend do that?

Apple's new iOS 8 may have blatantly appropriated some of Android's marquee features?like the Notifications panel and support for third-party keyboards?but it still misses some of what Android users love about the mobile operating system. YourApple-using friends may try to rub your nose in their shiny new version of iOS on their shiny new iPhone, so here are ten features that Android has that you can retort with. (And of course, don't forget to remind them that Android L is coming soon, and that will have even more features to boast about.)

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The best apps for freelancers

The whole freelance, be-your-own-boss thing sounds liberating?until you realize you?re also your own business manager. You need to track your time and expenses. You need to make sure you get paid. Luckily, there are several apps that can make the business end of freelancing a whole lot easier.

Invoice by Wave lets you email invoices directly from your phone.

Invoice by Wave

Wave Accounting is a full-featured accounting solution for independent contractors and very small businesses that doesn?t cost a cent. And neither does its iOS app, Invoice by Wave, which lets you create professional-looking invoices from your mobile device.

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EU tells Google to make more concessions or face charges in antitrust dispute

Google has to improve its settlement terms in an antitrust investigation over its search practices or face charges, following opposition from some quarters to the deal, the European Commission?s competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Tuesday.

Some of the twenty formal complainants ?have given fresh evidence and solid arguments against several aspects of the latest proposals put forward by Google,? Almunia, who is vice president of the commission responsible for competition policy, said in a speech of which the transcript was posted on the European Union website

The information has been communicated to Google earlier this month. ?We now need to see if Google can address these issues and allay our concerns,? he said.

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Lyft acquires ride-sharing startup Hitch

Car-sharing service Lyft has acquired Hitch, a startup in the mobile app-enabled car-pooling business, to integrate the service with its own shared rides business that it set up last month.

?Similar to Lyft, Hitch has always believed the shared rides experience is inherently social, and we?re excited that they?re joining the team to accelerate this movement together,? Lyft wrote in a blog post Monday.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hitch co-founders Snir Kodesh and Noam Szpiro will join the Lyft team as the company expands personal transit to more cities across the U.S. Hitch offers its service in San Francisco.

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AT&T shanghais cord-cutters with $40 deal that has plenty of strings attached

As more so-called cord-cutters turn their backs on TV services, providers like AT&T U-verse are doing everything in their power to lure them back, even bundling services like HBO Go and Amazon Prime.

Yes, for $40 per month, AT&T will give you U-verse broadband, basic cable, a year?s worth of HBO Go on-demand movies, and even a year?s worth of Amazon Prime?with all the Amazon on-demand movies, Kindle lending, and free two-day shipping that entails.

All AT&T is asking from you is to please,please,PLEASE be a customer?and to pay a little more when a year?s out. And to be locked into a year?s contract with anearly termination fee of up to $180. And bunches of other little charges that AT&T hopes you won?t think about until you?re on the phone with a helpful salesperson.

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iPhone 6 Plus Display is the best there is (well, almost)

Samsung?s recent Galaxy Note 4apparently edged outthe recent Apple iPhone 6 Plus in terms of display quality, even though the analyst reviewing it basically called Apple?s displays the best he?s seen to date.

In a report released Monday, DisplayMate?s Raymond Soneira?who does nothing more than test smartphone displays, by the way?called the iPhone 6 Plus displaythe ?best performing smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested,? Soneira wrote. ?The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch,? he added.

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Sorry, Netflix and Hulu: YouTube is the top spot to watch TV online

YouTube is the most popular source for online TV, with Netflix coming in second and Hulu third. That?s the conclusion of a 2,400-person survey conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, one of broadcast television?s most respected consulting firms. The survey was conducted in June 2014, with the results being released to CNET on Monday.

The numbers: Magid asked 2,400 people to check off a list of websites that they use to watch online TV. Thirty-eight percent checked YouTube, followed by 33 percent for Netflix. Hulu came in at distant third with 17 percent, and Amazon Prime was checked off by 14 percent.

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Report: Dell, HP held merger talks with EMC as PC hardware makers scramble to...

With more and more computing hardware moving into the tablet and smartphone spaces, old giants like Dell, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard are exploring merger talks, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that EMC had called off a year-long round of talk that would have merged the company with Hewlett-Packard, according to the report. Dell also reportedly held limited talks with EMC, possibly about taking over a portion of the business.

Since the talks broke off, there's no indication that the established PC landscape is going to be rewritten anytime soon. Combining EMC and HP would have created a company with a market value of about $130 billion, theJournalreported, combining enterprise storage with HP's PC and printer business.

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Nvidia debunks moon landing conspiracies with new GTX 900-series 'Maxwell' GPUs

Are you one of those people who believes the moon landing was made in a Hollywood basement? You'd better be careful how loudly you say that, lest 84-year-old Buzz Aldrin straight up punch you in your contrarian face.

Especially since Nvidia is now backing him up with science. One of the foremost claims of moon landing conspiracy theorists is that the lighting doesn't match up in several photographs?that there's no way Buzz Aldrin could be clearly seen in the above photograph if he was in the shadow of the Lunar Lander.

Not unless there were supplemental studio lights because it's all a giant hoax, that is.

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Lenovo to cough up $100 refunds, $250 vouchers to settle IdeaPad suit

Lenovo will refund $100 or issue a $250 voucher to owners of the IdeaPad U310 and U410 laptops to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging design defects in the computers.

The U310 and U410 laptops, which shipped in 2012, had defects that caused Wi-Fi to slow down or not work. Complaints about Wi-Fi in the laptops have piled up over the years and flooded the company?s forums.

Notices about the settlement agreement were sent starting this month. Customers can visit the settlement website to sign up and to get more details on the terms.

The class-action settlement was agreed to by Lenovo and plaintiff Garrett Kacsuta and others, and filed Aug. 22 with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division.

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Microsoft Office for students just got easier with self-serve licenses

A year ago, Microsoft launched its Student Advantage Program, giving Office 365 access to students whose schools provided it to their faculty and staff. Now Microsoft hasadded a self-serve option, too.

Previously, the Student Advantage Program forced students to contact their campus IT department, who then had to set up the account and provide access to the students. Now, all the student needs to do is to provide a verified email address from the school, and Microsoft will do all the heavy lifting.

Microsoft also announced a corollary benefit: If a school buys an Office disc-based subscription for their faculty and staff, Microsoft will give the faculty and staff a (presumably one-year) subscription to Office 365 as well. The students will get the same benefit, Microsoft added.

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Delve, Office Graph must transcend Office 365 to be revolutionary

The release of Delve, the first application to use Microsoft?s Office Graph machine learning engine, will be remembered years from now as either the genesis of a revolutionary technology or as a fireworks-style launch that dazzled everyone only for a brief moment.

Whatever the future holds for Delve and the Office Graph, the stakes are sky high for Microsoft, its rivals and its current and prospective customers. So it?s important to pay attention to how Microsoft further develops the technology, how customers adopt it, how competitors respond to it and how enthusiastically?or timidly?partners choose to support it, if at all.

If Microsoft realizes its Office Graph vision?and it may take years to materialize?then the way information workers interact with business software today and the way they find digital information will seem ancient and grossly inefficient. And Microsoft might fly past competitors in the enterprise with a technology that creates a sort of cockpit that automates and simplifies for employees the use of their Microsoft and non-Microsoft software.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha coming to AT&T Sept. 26

Samsung'sGalaxy Alpha,the latest in the company's never-ending avalanche of devices, is coming exclusively to AT&T this Friday.

The carrier announced Monday that you can order the smartphone online or head into one of the AT&T retail stores to pick one up.

The Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1280x720 resolution. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 32GB of storage. The back camera is 12MP, with a front-facing 2.1MP selfie cam.

The phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat and includes the usual suite of Samsung software, such as S Health.

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Microsoft pushes back Xbox One release date in China

Microsoft has pushed back the launch date of the Xbox One in mainland China, saying it needs more time to polish the system before it goes for sale.

The popular gaming console was originally scheduled to launch on Sept. 23. But on Saturday, Microsoft posted an official statement that said the Xbox One would come to the country at a later date.

?To ensure that Chinese gamers can fully enjoy the best gaming and entertainment experiences on the Xbox One, we will likely need some more time for the final preparations,? Microsoft said in the Chinese language statement, adding that progress on the console had been moving along steadily.

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