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Videoconferencing quick fixes need a rethink when the pandemic abates

Enterprises accelerated their videoconferencing deployments to fill a sudden void. Ensuring network availability, scalability and security requires long-term thinking.

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How to use the Microsoft News Bar app to get free, quality news

Microsoft's news apps curate free, unlimited news from over 4,500 sources, including trusted news organizations like The New York Times. Here's how to use News Bar (as well as other Microsoft news) apps to get unlimited news, for free....

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Even more great movies cord-cutters can stream for free

Make the most of staying at home by watching some of these great films.

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Quibi review: Quick bites of quality video entertainment designed for an audience on the go

But with so few of us on the go right now, is Quibi still worth the price of admission?

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Skype vs. Zoom: Which is best for working from home?

Videoconferencing apps are essential for staying connected with your team during the shutdown. Here's what you need to know to pick the best for you.

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Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass program lets you lend movie purchases to your friends

The still-in-beta Screen Pass feature lets you share selected movies in your Movies Anywhere digital locker for up to 72 hours.

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The best 30-day streaming TV trials for stay-at-home binge watching

Netflix, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, and more will let you stream their TV shows and movies free for a month.

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AMC Networks offers free 'The Walking Dead' episodes, plus free seasons of IFC and Sundance TV shows

Catch up on the latest season of 'The Walking Dead' for free.

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Skype Meet Now is Microsoft's effort to make Skype calls as easy as possible

Skype has begun promoting Skype Meet Now, an exceedingly simple way to place a video call to one or more people without the need for a subscription or download.

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HBO is making some of its iconic shows free to watch for everyone stuck at home

Series like The Wire, Veep, Ballers and Barry will join additional movies and documentaries from HBO and Warner Bros., all available for free using HBO GO and the HBO Web site.

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Keep the good vibes flowin' with three free months of Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon is offering three months of Music Unlimited for free to new subscribers.

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Best online tax-filing software 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer compared

Online tax-filing programs can help you file your taxes with the IRS, easily and conveniently, and in some cases, for free.

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Spotify Kids beta app finally arrives in U.S., Canada, and France

Available for months in other territories, the family-friendly Spotify Kids music app is making its stateside debut.

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How to test your home Internet speed

Stop waiting on a slow Internet connection and do something about it! Testing your internet connection only takes a few minutes, and it can help you figure out how to address network issues.

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Sling TV serves up 14 days of free Sling Blue service for new subscribers who are stuck at home

Watch CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, AMC, FX, and more for free, no credit card or subscription required.

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Cord cutting: A beginner's guide

How to cut the cord: All the devices, services, and knowledge you need to ditch cable and save money.

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The 12 best movies to stream with your kids while the whole family is stuck at home

These films are aimed at the younger set, but adults will enjoy them just as much—and that goes double when you all enjoy them together.

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YouTube Music now displays song lyrics for selected tracks

Both the iOS and Android versions of the YouTube Music app now display song lyrics, although real-time lyrics aren't supported yet.

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Six unfortunate truths cord-cutting newbies should know

I've encountered a few drawbacks in the year since I cut the cable TV cord.

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YouTube will default to lower-resolution streams in the U.S. to save bandwidth

YouTube is lowering the default resolution of video streamed in the United States in response to the uptick in network traffic due to the coronavirus. You can still dial up a higher-resolution stream, though.

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