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The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up. Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.

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Virtual reality might be stalled, but E3 2017 proved there's still plenty of life left for the medium.

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Microsoft's new Surface Pro is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop-tablet device with a ton of power and battery life.

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Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.

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The Windows 10 Ribbon is supposed to enhance your efficiency by putting every conceivable command in one place, with nothing hidden. But how efficient is a tool that requires mousing?

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Microsoft is pushing the One X as the world’s most powerful system. Officially slated for release on Nov. 7, the One X faces some stiff competition in Sony’s (SNE) incredibly popular PlayStation 4 and VR-ready PS4 Pro, not to mention the still hard to get Nintendo (NTDOY) Switch. Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X at the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California on June 12.

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Both Canada and Mexico, and a number of other countries, have much faster wireless internet than the U.S.

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E3 2017 will kick off this weekend with a flurry if major announcements that will shape the multibillion dollar gaming industry for years to come.

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These are the issues we hope Apple addresses with macOS High Sierra.

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Sometimes you’ve got Windows open, and you want to have a look at your desktop to find a certain icon. Well, here’s a keyboard trick that lets you minimize all your windows at once, revealing your entire desktop. Just press Windows key+M (think of it as M for “Minimize all”). Boom! They all fly away to your taskbar.

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Let’s be honest: The biggest Mac news from Apple’s developer conference Monday wasn’t about software features—it was about new hardware. All Apple (AAPL) laptops and iMacs will gain Intel’s latest, fastest processor, known as Kaby Lake. It will be called Mac OS High Sierra, and the name suggests exactly what it is: a set of refinements to the current Mac OS, called Sierra.

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Apple jumps into the smart speaker race with HomePod.

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At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple claimed that the new macOS High Sierra will have the fastest desktop browser to date. Safari is said to be 80 percent faster than Chrome, and will have an autoplay blocking feature. For those who are concerned about Internet privacy, High Sierra will have an Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool. Mail also got a few updates, including “Top Hits” in Spotlight, and Split View keeps messages you are replying to on the right side and mail on the left. One of the most promising updates is designed to speed up the file system. ...

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Apple announced new features at the WWDC 2017. Here are the top 10 features to look out for this fall: The Apple Pay Cash Card will let users pay and receive peer-to-peer money transactions in iMessage. Siri will be able to translate in various languages, like English, French, Chinese, German, Spanish and Italian. Siri Male and Female voice get an update to sound more natural. “Intelligence” feature will let Siri make suggestions on what you might find interesting. Users will be able swipe up to get access to the redesigned control center, and use 3D touch to expand the options. ...

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When iOS 11, the new, free iPhone/iPad OS upgrade comes this fall, you won't gain any big-ticket feature. Instead, you'll get lot of tiny nips and tucks that fall into five categories: Nice Tweaks, Storage Help, iPad Exclusives, Playing Catch-Up, Fixing Bad Design.

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We're live blogging all the news from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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How cool is this? You can uninstall a program right from the Start menu in Windows 10. That’s a lot more efficient than the method most people know: burrowing into the Control Panel or the Settings app and fumbling around.

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Who needs flying cars when you have a flying “jet suit”?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be on hand for the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. Apple is known for using WWDC to showcase its newest software updates. Apple should also announce improvements to its watchOS and tvOS systems, and could even roll out its very own Siri speaker to compete with the likes of Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo and Google’s (GOOGL, GOOG) Home.

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Waymo is taking its self-driving tech to an entirely new class of vehicles. The autonomous car company, which famously spun off as an independent entity after years of development as the Google X self-driving car project, was recently spotted running tests on something other than its instantly recognizable fleet of Waymo-branded Chrysler Pacifica minivans: a truck.   A photo recently obtained by BuzzFeed News appears to show a Waymo truck, which company reps confirmed to be genuine. Until the image surfaced, Waymo was only thought to be developing its autonomous driving platform on its cars, Lexus SUVs, and minivans, which have been extensively promoted as it ramps up its efforts with a public self-driving program in Phoenix.      SEE ALSO: Russia's Google rival just jumped into the self-driving car race When reached for comment by Mashable via email, a Waymo rep shared the same statement given to BuzzFeed: Waymo is currently testing just one truck, reportedly a Class 8 Peterbilt, outfitted with the company's self-produced autonomous platform. A company spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the company is currently conducting tests on a private track at its facility in California, and that the truck has also made it out to public streets — with a human operator behind the wheel controlling it manually at all times — to collect the road data essential for the autonomous platform's development. The Waymo rep also confirmed to us that the road testing efforts will be expanded to Arizona later this year. Trucking and autonomy The move to bigger vehicles isn't a shocker for Waymo — the company has made it clear that it's focused on more than just consumer transportation and has its sights on the future of mobility on the whole, through statements made by CEO John Krafcik and aggressive moves outside the direct consumer market, like its deal with Lyft.  Self-driving trucks could transform an entire industry. Autonomous vehicles could increase productivity and efficiency along freight routes, making the job easier for drivers — and they could fill the gap to combat the projected driver shortage facing the industry in the coming years. By using its autonomous platform on trucks, Waymo could play a big part in transforming American highways.  But it's far from the first player to enter the self-driving truck space. There are projects currently in the works from established companies like PACCAR, the manufacturer behind the Peterbilt brand, which is working with Intel, and smaller independent startups like Embark, which is testing its platform on Nevada highways. Perhaps the most notable project is the Uber-owned Otto, which successfully delivered an autonomous freight of beer last year.  Waymo's parent company, Alphabet, is in the midst of a contentious lawsuit with Uber that could stifle or even shutter Uber's own self-driving development efforts. The dispute stems from Otto's founder, Anthony Levandowski, a former Google (and now former Uber) employee accused of stealing company secrets and using them for Otto and then Uber. Meanwhile, the only other company that comes close to matching Google's pedigree, Apple, has reportedly ramped up its own autonomous driving efforts of late, with its own self-driving test car recently spotted on California streets.  WATCH: World travelers will love this suitcase that doubles as a scooter

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You can add Skype to the growing list of services copying features straight from Snapchat. The Microsoft Corp communications service on Thursday announced a major redesign of its mobile app, including a “Highlights” feature that lets customers snap photos and videos that will be temporarily visible to their connections. The feature carries a strong resemblance to Snapchat’s “Stories.” That format has been growing in popularity within social and messaging services and has recently been incorporated into Facebook Inc’s family of apps, most notably by Instagram.

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A Republican member of the House has introduced a comprehensive data privacy bill, but Congress is unlikely to ever pass it.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Ride-hailing giant Uber has reported another multimillion dollar loss even as its revenues grow.

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Facebook (FB.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency. The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.

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Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pas service will give you access to more than 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games for $10 a month.

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