Mark HachmanSenior Editor, TechHive

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Sick of NBC's vapid Olympics coverage? Use a VPN and you can watch the BBC's coverage instead

How to use a VPN to watch the Olympics online via a foreign broadcaster, and avoid the vapid banter of NBC's games coverage.

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Intel responds to the CPU kernel bug, claiming its patches will make PCs 'immune'

Intel acknowledged that a CPU kernel bug, being referred to as a side-channel analysis exploit, has the potential to affect chips from ARM and AMD. Patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities may carry performance penalties of between 0 and 30 percent.

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Microsoft announces Office 2019 for customers who don't want to pay forever for Office 365

Office 2019 will be Microsoft's latest suite of perpetual apps, where users pay once for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more.

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Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect

Google will turn off its Drive app for PCs and Macs, replacing it with two new cloud-storage apps: Backup and Sync for consumers, and Drive File Stream for business.

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Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser makers say

Adobe plans to phase out its venerable Flash Player by 2020, and browser makers will act even faster to get rid of it.

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Mattel and Microsoft reveal Aristotle, a tabletop digital nanny for kids

Mattel shows us how its new "Amazon Echo for kids" interacts with children and other devices around the home.

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Bitdefender’s second Bitdefender Box sniffs your home’s network to detect hackers

Bitdefender’s new Bitdefender Box protects your home devices from being used in DDoS attacks as well as being remotely hacked.

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Thanks to Neonode's AirBar, the MacBook Air has a touchscreen—kind of

Neonode launches a version of its AirBar for the 13-inch MacBook Air, which gives it “touch” capabilities via projected beams of infrared light.

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Facebook Instant Games puts games right smack in the middle of News Feed, Messenger

Facebook has launched Facebook Instant Games, placing social games directly within its News Feed and Messenger app and tacitly discouraging users from turning to other mobile games and third-party chat services.

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The 7 worst tech gifts you absolutely shouldn't buy this holiday

Any site can tell you the best tech gifts to buy. But before you get too creative (or too cheap), read this list to find out what not to buy.

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Microsoft debuts new Office 365 app for bartenders, burger flippers

Microsoft's new Office 365 app helps hourly workers to manage their shift work, which should please the millions of Americans who work as waiters, busboys, retail employees, and more.

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'Fastest smartphone chip ever,' the A10 Fusion, powers Apple's new iPhone 7

Apple's A10 Fusion at the heart of the iPhone 7 is the most powerful chip ever to appear in a smartphone, the company claimed. Apple's new ARM processor allocates low-effort jobs to special low-powered cores, then ramps up the performance when needed. The upshot: better battery life.

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Pokémon Go is coming to Apple Watch to get you outside and on the go

Apple and Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs said Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch, together with a new egg monitor that will spur you to go just a bit further.

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New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em all (or did)

Where can I find Pikachu? More than one Pokémon Go map promises to help you find rare Pokémon—and they need your help. Here's our list of the best Pokémon Go maps, now updated with the latest maps.

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Nuance taps into deep learning to improve Dragon speech recognition by 24 percent

Nuance will ship new Dragon dictation software at the end of August, with improved recognition capabilities and new support for pre-recorded notes.

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