Startup seeks to crowd-fund a cloud-based phone

Google, HTC vets launch a smartphone via Kickstarter. Early commitments start at $299 for the device.

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Google, HTC vets turn to consumers to fund a cloud-based smartphone

Startup Nextbit launches its first smartphone as a Kickstarter project. Early commitments will nab the device, named “Robin,” for $299.

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Tech giants join forces to hasten high-quality online video

The alliance, which includes Microsoft, Google and Netflix, pledges to build next-generation video technology — and offer it for free.

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Windows 10 scores 5% slice of desktop OS market

A month into its official debut, Microsoft’s new OS is ahead of Windows 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite in desktop OS traffic, according to Web tracker NetMarketShare.

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For its 10th birthday, Pandora gives the gift of no ads

To mark a decade of the online radio service next week, Pandora music will play for one full day without commercials.

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Adobe Flash’s newest enemy: Google

Starting Tuesday, Google’s Chrome browser won’t automatically play ads that use Flash — another blow for the long-criticized animation software.

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No connection? No Kindle? Amazon Prime Video says no problem

Amazon Prime Video, a Netflix competitor from the retailing giant, will let you download shows and movies to watch offline on nearly any smartphone.

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Google’s Android Wear smartwatches now work with iPhones

The search giant is hoping to give smartwatches powered by Google-made software a jolt of popularity. How? By opening them up to the Apple faithful.

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