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Diablo III isn't just a game -- it's a sequel, a social service, and a financial experiment all wrapped up in one. We've discussed the game's structure and balance in our extensive preview as well as its security problems earlier this week. Diablo III will likely go down as one of the most polarizing games of 2012. What follows is a detailed... Read more...
It's been a long time coming, but at least, in-app subscriptions have arrived on the Google side of things. Apple's own iOS App Store has supported in-app subscriptions for quite some time, and starting this week, Google Play users can say "yep, same here!" If you aren't familiar with in-app subscriptions, it allows... Read more...
Careful not to attribute this to the Instagram acquisition -- after all, that still hasn't cleared all regulatory hurdles and officially closed. But it's becoming ever more obvious that Facebook is growing beyond just being a social network; it's a legitimate company now, a software company, and it's plain to see that it plans on producing... Read more...
The cloud service formerly known as Box.net has steadily been adding features and capabilities enticing to businesses, which sets it apart from services more focused on individual users, such as Dropbox. Today, Box announced new admin features designed to make it easier for administrators in the enterprise to access and manage data. You can... Read more...
Who doesn’t like snappier performance in an SD card? ADATA announced the Premier Pro SDHC and SDXC cards, which are packing performancing-enhancing Ultra High Speed I (UHS-I) technology. Designed especially for professional photographers who also need more capacity and faster performance, the Premier Pro SDHC... Read more...
To date, we haven't heard a lot about Android 5.0 in terms of features, but Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has had a lot of time to mature. Particularly on the Galaxy Nexus, the pure version of ICS is one of the most fluid, visually appealing mobile OSes -- but is it still the best alternative for those who are shying away from the iPhone... Read more...
Sharkoon has officially released its Nightwriter gaming keyboard, which was first revealed at CeBIT. This keyboard features a low-profile design and switchable LED illumination. With 13 multimedia keys, you'll get quick access to some of your favorite apps at the touch of a finger. The Nightwriter features a matte black, low-profile design... Read more...
Lian Li today announced three new brushed aluminum cases, the PC-Q02, PC-Q03, and PC-Q16. All three of these cases offer a small footprint and are designed to be a compact central storage hub for sharing information with your mobile devices. They feature easy-to-remove pop-off panels, USB 3.0 connectivity, rounded yet stable aluminum feet,... Read more...
It's said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, but whomever first uttered those words clearly didn't own a PlayStation. For if that person did, surely he/she would have added 'PlayStation Network downtime' to the list of life's absolute certainties. As it were, that's precisely the case today, as Sony spends... Read more...
Deciding to upgrade your notebook storage to a solid state drive is the easy part. SSDs are faster than whatever mechanical hard drive you're rocking, and you can expect a performance boost in day-to-day activity, whether it's simply booting the OS or playing with programs like Photoshop. So what' the hard part?... Read more...
As is often times the case, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and perhaps that's the motivation behind Google's upcoming 7-inch tablet. Rumor has an official Google tablet sized the same as Amazon's Kindle Fire is en route and will start shipping in June, with an official launch to take place in July. Citing "sources... Read more...
This is one of those little tidbits that breaks like a tactical nuke, not because it's a major policy change, but because the company in question has just revealed an astonishing degree of stupidity and is blissfully ignorant of it. In the wake of massive hacks, Blizzard released a statement reassuring world+dog that... Read more...
So, this is interesting. Evidently, making $1.6 billion in pure profit in a quarter isn't enough to justify keeping 27,000 on the payroll. It's obviously never that easy, nor that cut and dry, but HP is choosing a quarter where it profited more than some companies will ever gross to suggest that job cuts are in the... Read more...
It's been a strange month, maybe even year, for Yahoo. But with the CEO runaround and the Alibaba stock deal out of the way (for now), it's time to get down to business. Browser business. With Google seeing monumental success with Chrome, and even Apple to some extent with Safari, it's Yahoo's turn to give it a whirl. Yahoo Axis is the new... Read more...
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