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Spotify mobile music is free - with a catch

CNET Update has a message for Santa:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Stream Spotify for free on your phone, but you'll have limited control over what plays.

- Get schooled on Dell's new Chromebook 11 -- not to be confused with the HP Chromebook 11.

- Don't hold your breath waiting for that Facebook News Feed redesign from March. It may never come.

- Send your friends voicemails from Santa. He knows if you've been naughty or nice, but he might not know how to pronounce your name.

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Return of the Start menu rumored for Windows

CNET Update is counting down the days after Christmas:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Hold on to hope that this report is true: Microsoft may bring back the Start Menu to Windows.

- Make your own Street View tour by uploading panoramic photos (aka: photo spheres) to Views.

- Stream video and music from new apps compatible with Chromecast.

- Score 12 free downloads after Christmas with Apple's 12 Days of Gifts iOS app

- Play as Santa in Temple Run 2 (but it'll cost you if you don't have 60 gems).

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NSA spy games targeted World of Warcraft

CNET Update doesn't trust the night elves:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about the Guardian's latest report on NSA's surveillance, which states government agencies tapped into online games to hunt for terrorists. In the wake of new reports of NSA's far-reaching online spying, several tech giants are calling for the U.S. to limit surveillance.

- Teach yourself how to code with free tutorials on csedweek.org, or sign up for Apple's coding class for kids.

- Speculate if Google TV will be renamed to Nexus TV during a reboot announced at … Read more

Apple's iBeacon tracks, guides shoppers

CNET Update is checking Bluetooth settings:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Try out the iOS 7 iBeacon technology at an Apple Store, provided you have Bluetooth switched on. Companies are beginning to test iBeacons to communicate with customers in different locations of a store.

- See if Spotify launches a free mobile version of its streaming music service next week.

- Take a peek at Razer's upcoming iPhone game controller with photos posted by @Evleaks.

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Hackers steal 2 million passwords

CNET Update knocks on wood:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Time to change your passwords and update your software, because hackers have been using malware to collect log-in credentials for many websites and services, including Facebook and Google. Credit for the discovery goes to the cybersecurity firm Trustwave.

- Pay less for AT&T's no-contract phone plans. The carrier is changing its mobile plans to stay competitive with T-Mobile and Sprint.

- Learn how to backup your Google Calendar appointments to export them into another service.

- Guess what news Instagram will announce next week. Does … Read more

Google's quest to build a robot fleet

CNET Update welcomes our new robot overlords:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about Google's robot project, and check out some of the humanoid robots created by the companies it acquired.

- Do a double-take on the dual-screens of the YotaPhone. It has an e-ink screen, designed to extend battery life.

- Play tic-tac-toe on the Chromecast (and hope for more exciting games to follow).

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. … Read more

Facebook cutting fluff out of news feeds

CNET Update Skypes with NORAD:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn why your Facebook feed has less fluff and more news articles.

- Be one of the first on your block to sport a computerized headpiece with the $1,000 Vuzix M100, a competitor to Google Glass.

- Watch what Apple may do with Topsy, a Twitter tracking company it purchased for more than $200 million.

- Track Santa with touch-screen tech this year, thanks to NORAD and Microsoft. Boys and girls can explore a new website, call NORAD with Skype, email NORAD's Outlook account, and use … Read more

Questions hover over Amazon's drone plans

CNET Update ships free:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about Amazon's drone-delivery plans and why Prime Air won't likely take off for years to come (if at all).

- Dwell on the past when Facebook rolls out an easy way to to view your older posts. (Or get nostalgic with the Timehop app.)

- Witness a new themed day take flight as Google helps promote #GivingTuesday for charitable causes.

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Six apps that make holiday shopping a snap

CNET Update is on the hunt:

Don't get bogged down by the dozens of junk coupon apps that are hard to navigate with ads too small to read. As a deal huntress, I can vouch for a few that actually help manage the mall madness:

A barcode-scanning app is essential to making sure you're getting the best deal. I like RedLaser (owned by Ebay), and ShopSavvy. Once you scan a product's barcode, both apps show what it costs at other stores and online. Many big-box retailers offer a price-match guarantee at the register when you show that … Read more

Microsoft says 'tsk tsk' to Xbox potty mouths

CNET Update is keeping it clean:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why some Xbox One users are losing Live account privileges when uploading game videos with profanity.

- Get a free launch-day game download if you get one of the few defective Xbox One consoles.

- Take note of a change in spam and malicious links in YouTube comments.

- If your turkey dinner is a bit dry this Thanksgiving, be grateful it's not freeze-dried, thermostabilized and irradiated.

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