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The Roku interview: Here's how the streaming-box builder is working through its app issues

The company is taking a two-pronged approach to getting higher-quality TV apps onto its platform.

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Google's 4K HDR Chromecast Ultra costs $69, and will launch in November

The new Chromecast quadruples the pixels for double the price.

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Roku has an app problem, but it's working on solutions

Roku's new hardware really needs first-class apps to go with it.

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Roku reboots its entire lineup with five all-new Express, Premiere, and Ultra models

The streaming pioneer is retiring all of its current set-top boxes, but will keep the portable Roku Stick. Its top two new products will deliver 4K video and HDR decoding.

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Pre-roll ads on Amazon and Netflix are a poor solution to a genuine problem

Amazon Video's unskippable pre-roll teaser ads annoy as much as they inform.

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Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices are becoming less selfish

Amazon is solving the biggest problem with the Fire TV, and with streaming boxes in general.

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Why my older Chromebook has a right to live, even if Google says it's over

Chromebooks' five-year end-of-life policy—if it holds up—could put a lot of perfectly good laptops out of commission.

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Odds that Apple brings back the iPhone's headphone jack? History says pretty slim

Apple rarely backtracks once its mind is made up, and the exceptions don't always last.

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Cord cutting is a bigger bargain than ever

Cable TV apologists keep offering the same tired defense against cord cutting. When will they learn?

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Apple pushes new EarPods and AirPods for a future without headphone jacks

Apple removes the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, ships Lightning EarPods and an adapter instead.

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How to control your privacy in Chromebooks vs. Windows 10

Both Chrome OS and Windows 10 help themselves to similar usage data by default, but in different ways.

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Plex Media Server gains a DVR feature, starting with HDHomeRun tuners

Windows Media Center DVR holdouts: Plex wants to be your modern replacement.

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Sunrise Calendar is gone, and Microsoft Outlook can't replace it

Contrary to Microsoft's word, Outlook has not adopted Sunrise's more popular features.

Why your home theater PC still can't stream 4K Ultra HD video

Netflix and Amazon offer 4K UHD streaming, but you can't get it on a PC. A noxious stew of hardware, software, and DRM issues are to blame.

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TV Everywhere apps aren't just for cable subscribers

Cable-authenticated TV apps provide a secret stash of free video (we'll show you how to find them).

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