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DirecTV won't show 'The Interview,' other video services refuse to comment

pcworld.com — DirecTV, the biggest satellite TV operator in the U.S., says it won't be offering "The Interview" to its customers. The movie was pulled from theatrical release last week by Sony Pictures after threats that followed a massive hack and the release of sensitive and embarrassing corporate documents.

Snapchat cracks down on Windows Phone imitator apps

pcworld.com — Snapchat doesn't offer a Windows Phone app, and the popular messaging platform doesn't want third parties building Windows Phone apps for its service either. At least for the time being. Over the weekend, a number of imitation Snapchat apps on the Windows Phone Store disappeared-apparently at Snapchat's request.

Here's a wearable for couch potatoes: KipstR pauses or records TV for snoozers

pcworld.com — Virgin Media has teamed up with two teenagers to create a wearable that even Homer Simpson would love. Called KipstR, the 3D-printed wristband can tell your DVR to pause or record what you're watching if you happen to fall asleep in front of the TV.
Dec 22, 2014

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Chromebooks rising, SteamOS stalling, Linux's civil war: The World Beyond Windows' 10 biggest stories of the year

pcworld.com — This wasn't the pined-for year of the Linux desktop, but 2014 was still huge for the anything-but-Windows PC universe. Chrome OS made massive strides in 2014, and so did more traditional Linux distributions. SteamOS remained in hibernation after a launch delay, but it's getting ready for a big 2015.
Dec 22, 2014

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Microsoft’s close call, 2014: The 10 wins and 9 fails of a company racing to transform itself

pcworld.com — Microsoft barely made it through 2014 on the positive side, as the company absorbed Nokia's phones and Mojang's Minecraft, introduced Cortana, and put out fires in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Relive the saga with us here.
Dec 22, 2014

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Sony looking for ways to distribute 'The Interview' online

pcworld.com — Sony Pictures says it hasn't bowed to threats to pull "The Interview" and audiences will get a chance to see it-it's just not sure how at present.

Boeing, BlackBerry working on a smartphone that would 'self-destruct'

pcworld.com — It seems like something out of an old episode of Mission Impossible or Inspector Gadget-an ultra-secure phone that self destructs. But such a phone might be close to reality, courtesy of Boeing and BlackBerry. According to Reuters (via Recode), Boeing and BlackBerry are currently jointly developing a super-secure smartphone geared toward governments and other groups or individuals who require high security standards.

What we know about North Korea's cyberarmy

pcworld.com — The attack on Sony Pictures has put North Korea's cyberwarfare program in the spotlight. Like most of the internal workings of the country, not much is known but snippets of information have come out over the years, often through defectors and intelligence leaks.

Judge questions evidence on whether NSA spying is too broad

pcworld.com — A federal judge on Friday questioned the strength of a key lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's Internet surveillance program known as "upstream" data collection. Judge Jeffrey White heard oral arguments by attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the suit, and the government, during a hearing in a federal district court in Oakland, California.

Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about this

pcworld.com — North Korea or not? There's still a lot we don't know about the attack on Sony Pictures and those behind it. After two weeks of investigations, anonymous government officials told some reporters and politicians on Wednesday that North Korea was behind the attacks. But on Thursday, U.S.