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Steve Ballmer's wackiest, craziest, downright funniest moments at Microsoft

When Steve Ballmer retires from Microsoft, the tech world is going to lose a whole lot of funny.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months

It's the end of an insanely profitable era as Microsoft moves into a mobile-tinged future.

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How Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu are slowly turning your PC into a smartphone

All the desktop operating systems are integrating mobile features, but they're using very different methods.

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Google retires the classic Gmail composition interface: How to make the new one more usable

The Gmail composition interface you've used for years is officially gone, but fear not! You don't have to stare at a small box in the corner forever.

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How to use IFTTT to automate your online life

The quietly powerful If This, Then That fetches and carries Web content from one service to another so you don't have to. Learn how it works and check out some of its best 'recipes.'

Second-screen apps get a primary role at E3

Who needs a TV? A plethora of games on the E3 floor are leaning on complimentary mobile apps to spread the fun beyond the big screen.

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6 killer Mac features we'd love to see in Windows PCs

Even if you'd never lay a finger on a Mac, you have to admit these Apple-made features would rock on a Windows PC.

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Amazon rolls out in-app purchase option for PC, Mac, and Web games

Amazon eschews Android exclusivity to offer its in-app purchase API for use in traditional computer games. One-click broadsword orders, here we come.

Pinterest drives more than window shopping

We all know that Pinterest generates a ton of referral traffic, but a new survey suggests that Pinterest motivates users to shop--far more so than Facebook does.

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