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YouTube comments require Google+ account, Google faces uproar

If you want to continue commenting on YouTube,

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If you want to continue commenting on YouTube, you’re going to need a Google+ account.

Google’s overhaul of YouTube’s comment system, first announced in September, is complete and offers better sorting options than before. In the past, the thumbs up/down feature drove comments toward the top of any given thread with little, if any, moderation from YouTube.

The new system incorporates...

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Xbox One tops PlayStation 4 in next generation console war

The Xbox One may not be as powerful

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the highly anticipated next-generation gaming consoles, are finally on their way; Sony's entry even launches sales at midnight Thursday. If you know an avid gamer or even an interested amateur, one of these consoles could very well be on your shopping list this holiday season. Though similar in some aspects, the PS4 and Xbox One offer different gaming experiences -- knowing...

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Samsung, Sony smartwatch failures don’t spell doom for wearable tech

A man tries a Samsung Galaxy Gear, right,

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Smartwatches have the tech world buzzing. These latest smart devices are worn on your wrist like any other watch, but they tell you more than just the date and time -- smartwatches can connect to the Internet and take pictures just like our smartphones. Tech companies have given us a glimpse of what the future of mobile computing could look like.

If the wristwatch isn't where you expected...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts released just days before Playstation, XBox's next generation

A screenshot shows play in Activision's Call of

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Activision released its latest iteration of Call of Duty Tuesday -- Call of Duty: Ghosts -- a frenzy-inducing event in the gaming world. The title is the franchise's 10th, and the first new one since Black Ops II launched last November and sold 7.5 million copies (to the tune of $500 million) on opening day in the  United States alone. It marked the fourth consecutive year a Call of Duty game...

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Final Fantasy XIV Realm Reborn: 10 reasons you should be playing

Final Fantasy fans have been waiting a long

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Final Fantasy fans have been waiting a long time for developer Square Enix to make up for the debacle of a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) experience that was Final Fantasy XII. To say the latest crack at an MMO is an enormous improvement would be an understatement. If you’re into MMOs and not playing this already, you should be. We’ve been racking up the hours on this game and it’s fantastic....

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