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Microsoft is finally allowed to (once again) set IE as the default browser in Windows

For the past five years, Microsoft has been forced to offer first-time Windows users in Europe a choice of web browser. This was a result of an EU ruling in 2009, which found that Microsoft had been unfairly abusing its operating system monopoly to push Internet Explorer into the hands of millions of unwitting, unfortunate users. Show More Summary

Netflix says offline viewing will never happen, but fails to give a good reason why

Netflix has once again killed any hope of an eventual offline version of its service -- but as near as we can tell, there's no technical reason the company couldn't offer this kind of feature.

GIGABYTE X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

The gaming motherboard range from a manufacturer is one with a lot of focus in terms of design and function due to the increase in gaming related PC sales. On the Haswell-E side of gaming, GIGABYTE is putting forward the X99-Gaming G1 WIFI at the top of its stack, and this is what we are reviewing today.

Who really hacked Sony Pictures? (It probably wasn’t North Korea)

North Korea was indeed responsible for the massive hack on Sony Pictures, according to officials from within the US government. The problem is, there is very little evidence that North Korea was actually behind the attack -- which makes me wonder, a) Why is the US government fingering North Korea? and b) If it wasn't North Korea, who hacked Sony Pictures?

Best High-End Laptops: Holiday 2014

High-End Laptop Recommendations Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream offerings – and let's not forget the related Tablets guide, which overlaps with hybrid devices. Show More Summary

Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

From wristbands to smart watches Product roundup  Under the tree this Christmas, wearables beyond woolly socks, gloves and tasteless jumpers will be in abundance. Wristbands and smartwatches that track our activity now cover a diverse range of prices and functions. Show More Summary

Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

Electronics giant wants to clip a computer to your specs Sony has unveiled a headset display that snaps on to a pair of glasses a la Google Glass.…

NASA planning to explore Venus in manned solar-powered ariship

NASA's Langley Research Center proposes exploring Venus with an airship first before mankind sets foot on Mars. It's not as crazy as it sounds.

ET deals: ScanTool OBDLink MX Bluetooth diagnostic scanner for Android $103, plus Xbox 360 deal

Take control of your car's diagnostics with today's deal on a ScanTool OBDLink MX Bluetooth scanner. On sale now for 49% off, it can save you money at the garage as well as compile a wealth of data about your vehicle's performance.

Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

This mobe is all tool belt and braces Hands on  How can a phone maker sell out of its new smartmobe in advance when no one even knew what was inside? BlackBerry has somehow managed that feat.…

AnandTech Acquired By Purch

Over the past several years AnandTech has grown to be much more than just a PC hardware review site. In fact, we consider ourselves to be just as much about the new mobile world as we do about the old PC world. We leveraged our understanding of component and system architecture in bringing a deeper, more analytical look to mobile silicon and devices. Show More Summary

Symantec is making Norton-protected pants

The more we use devices to store and access sensitive data, the more layers of protection are needed. In this case, Symantec, makers of the famed Norton brand, are adding a physical layer of protection: pants.

Valve enables region locking in Steam, to stop you buying cheap games from Russia

Steam, one of the sole bastions of sanity when it comes to digital games distribution, has enabled region locking on games. This means if you buy a game in one territory, you can no longer use it in another territory -- much like DVD region locking (but more effective, as Steam's region locking hasn't been cracked). Show More Summary

The Apple iPod antitrust lawsuit: Did Apple play fair with its FairPlay DRM?

The long running class action lawsuit, which just concluded in Apple's favor, alleged that Apple acted as an illegal monopolist, artificially keeping iPod prices high by limiting its interoperability with content purchased from other music stores. Is there any basis to these claims, or were Apple's moves simply a case of good, solid business sense?

MPAA’s plan to break DNS in the name of fighting piracy – exposed by the Sony hack

New details from the Sony hack have shown that the MPAA hasn't learned from years of defeat over DNS blocking. The organization is still investigating whether it can compel this kind of action -- despite technical opinions that doing so would compromise the Internet's function.

SpaceX will attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform: A huge step towards cheap space travel

On Friday, December 19, SpaceX will attempt one of the most exciting maneuvers in the entire history of space travel: The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will try to land on a giant platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Usually,...Show More Summary

There may actually be life on Mars, according to Curiosity’s new methane data

In a rather shocking turnaround, NASA is reporting with confidence that there is indeed methane on Mars. This methane, which was detected by the Curiosity rover, can only really come from two places: Geological activity... or life. The...Show More Summary

HP Stream 11 Review: A New Take On Low Cost Computing

The low cost Windows laptop world has been a rather frustrating experience over the last several years. Manufacturers created big, bulky designs packed with low resolution TN displays and some of the slowest components they could dig up. Show More Summary

Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

Less really is more this time Review  This has been a year of pain for Android phone makers, and Sony has suffered as much in this over-saturated market as anyone. But manufacturers' pain is your gain. Sony's overlooked Z3 Compact is, for you if not Sony, the happy result.…

Holiday Guides 2014: COTS NAS Units

We have already published holiday guides for mobile devices, motherboards, GPUs and SSDs. Today, we will take a look at the various options available in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network-attached storage (NAS) market space. Unlike, say, the GPU market, the COTS NAS market can't be simply delineated based on price and performance. Show More Summary

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