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Xbox One: Exploring its synergies in the Microsoft ecosystem

You might think, having pored through all of the early launch coverage of the Microsoft Xbox One, that the new console was some sort of hybrid of a PC and a gaming machine. Let me disabuse you of that notion. Microsoft's Xbox One. Oh, there are indeed many commonalities between the two machines. Show More Summary

Adobe expands Photoshop Photography Program to everyone

For $10 per month you too can subscribe to both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, until December 2.

The end of an era: Winamp's shutting down

After more than 15 years, the famous Winamp media player will shut down on December 20, its makers announced Wednesday. The announcement itself was a whimper—a small banner notification on the Winamp website—rather than a bang, and the end seems sadly appropriate. Show More Summary

Study: Slurs still litter social websites, but such language is increasingly unacceptable

Discriminatory language is as pervasive on sites like Facebook and Twitter as it was a couple of years ago, but fewer teens and young adults seem to be OK with that, a recent survey found. About half of young people reported seeing discriminatory...Show More Summary

How to live large on every battery charge

While it's easier to find outlets for charging your mobile device in vehicles and public places these days, there will always be the occasion when you need to nurse the battery in your laptop, smartphone, or tablet because you can’t charge it. Show More Summary

Ooma Office review: This VoIP-based phone system makes small businesses seem big

Every business must interact with its customers via the telephone at some point. And it won’t matter how great your employees are, or how superb your product might be, if your customers have a bad experience trying to reach the right...Show More Summary

PlayStation 4 review: Sony's best console yet is off to a shaky start

The PlayStation 4 marks a turning point for Sony. It’s a humble gaming machine designed to integrate into your living room, a far cry from the pomp and circumstance with which the company debuted its predecessor, the PlayStation 3. That’s...Show More Summary

Xbox One review: For gamers, yes, but you'll like it too

“It’s a Trojan horse!” they said. When Microsoft released the original Xbox in 2001, the company dominated the computing world, and common wisdom held that its console was going to use games as a gateway to conquering your living room. In the end, the Xbox was just a games machine. Show More Summary

Get ready for the 'Internet of customers,' CEO Benioff says

Much has been made about the "Internet of things," but behind every device is a customer, and companies that fail to recognize this do so at their own peril, according to CEO Marc Benioff. The concept of B-to-C, or business-to-consumer, is old hat, Benioff said during a keynote Tuesday at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Show More Summary

Microsoft releases SmartGlass Xbox One app for Android, iOS, Windows

Microsoft released its second-screen SmartGlass app for its upcoming Xbox One game console on many platforms on Tuesday, which may be a bit more of a necessity than you might think. Microsoft is scheduled to release the Xbox One console on Friday. Show More Summary

Samsung denied mistrial on racial bias claim in Apple case

Samsung requested a mistrial be declared in its trial with Apple over remarks made by an attorney working for Apple in the final moments of closing arguments in the case on Tuesday. As he was wrapping up his closing arguments, Harold...Show More Summary

Nifty Office Remote app for Windows Phone renders PowerPoint clickers obsolete

The lack of a simple, convenient way to steer PowerPoint presentations arguably birthed an entire industry of PowerPoint remotes. Now, Microsoft has gravely wounded it with a single app. Microsoft's new, free Office Remote app requires...Show More Summary

Intel rushes to exascale with redesigned supercomputing chip

In the rush to exascale computing, Intel is making a small change that could have a big impact on system design with its upcoming Xeon Phi chip. Intel on Tuesday promised big performance and power improvements with the redesigned chip, code-named Knights Landing, which analysts said could ship next year or 2015. Show More Summary

Anonymous spying on US government

While the US government has been spying on just about everyone, the hacktivist collective Anonymous has been spying on the US government. You could view that as scary, comforting, or a little of both. According to a recent Reuters article...Show More Summary

Afterlife of an MMO: Glitch's offbeat art enters public domain

Glitch was too beautiful to die. When the offbeat massively multiplayer online game shut down in late 2012, Glitch frontman and Tiny Speck CEO Stewart Butterfield told me he was playing with the idea of releasing the Glitch assets into the public domain. Show More Summary

Google to pay $17 million to states in Apple cookies case

Google has reached a US$17 million settlement with 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia over its unauthorized placement of cookies on devices running Apple's Safari browser, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday. Show More Summary

Hackers actively exploiting JBoss vulnerability to compromise servers, researchers say

Attackers are actively exploiting a known vulnerability to compromise JBoss Java EE application servers that expose the HTTP Invoker service to the Internet in an insecure manner. At the beginning of October security researcher Andrea...Show More Summary

Qualcomm to ship Toq smartwatch for $349.99 on Dec. 2

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch will go on sale for US$349.99 starting Dec. 2, marking the company's first step into the wearable market. The smartwatch has a color screen and offers "multiple days" of battery life, Qualcomm said. The company...Show More Summary

Google to warn users of 13,000 search terms associated with child pornography

Google will display warnings above the search results for 13,000 terms it believes are associated with more explicit child sexual abuse terms, it announced Monday. Microsoft said it will take similar action on its Bing search engine, and on Yahoo searches powered by Bing. Show More Summary

ZTE prepares to launch a smartwatch next year

Chinese handset maker ZTE is planning to launch a smartwatch next year, making it the latest company to throw its hat into this emerging gadget segment. ZTE said on Monday that it was preparing the device, and pointed to the first quarter as a probable date for its arrival. Show More Summary

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