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All News for December 2014

Well, that didn’t take long. In early November, Microsoft rolled out its new “Work & Play Bundle” that combines a year’s worth of Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World + WiFi. Microsoft priced the bundle at $199, which at the time seemed like a sweet deal. Today, however, Microsoft is making the deal even Read more...
The Microsoft-branded Lumia 535 is the most recent budget smartphone entry from Redmond, Washington (it seems as though all we’ve been getting lately from Microsoft are budget- and mid-range models), but it’s an older member of the Windows Phone family that’s getting a fresh price cut today. The Lumia 520 was available for a respectable Read more...
Have you been waiting to try out a virtual reality headset yourself? Good news -- Samsung today announced that its Gear VR Innovator Edition powered by Oculus is now available in the U.S. The Gear VR, as you might recall, requires a Galaxy Note 4 to drive the immersive experience. If you own one, you can slip it into the Gear VR and enjoy Read more...
Watson made a name for itself when IBM paraded the artificially intelligent computer system on Jeopardy and pitted it against the game show's two biggest winners of all-time -- Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the all-time money winner. The supercomputer vanquished... Read more...
Rovio Entertainment is following through with its plan to make significant workforce reductions this year. The cuts, which Rovio first announced in early October, will remove 110 employees. As part of the reorganization, the Angry Birds game developer is closing its Tampere, Finland studio and moving many positions to Espoo, Finland. The Read more...
Not many companies are actively engaged with advancing and promoting OLED technology, LG Electronics being one of the few. Taking things a step further, LG's display arm just created a new division tasked with developing OLED panels and proactively promoting the technology more aggressively than it has in the past. "We've created the new Read more...
Samsung is at the ready with a brand new family of mainstream solid state drives, targeting the market segment previously occupied by its popular SSD 840 EVO series. The new Samsung SSD 850 EVO series is the follow-up to the company’s current flagship SSD 850 PRO, but the new EVO is Samsung’s first to pack 32‐layer 3D V‐NAND 3-bit MLC flash... Read more...
Sony had a huge weekend celebrating the PlayStation’s 20th anniversary with the release of a special edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 and hosting the PlayStation Experience at which the company revealed a plethora of new titles coming to its gaming platforms. However, Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered outages... Read more...
North Korea isn't the least bit amused about Sony's upcoming comedy flick "The Interview" in which actors James Franco and Seth Rogen participate in a fictional plot to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un. Even though it disapproves of the movie, North Korea is denying any and all involvement in a recent hack of Sony... Read more...
Out of all the things you carry on your person, a smartphone is likely to be the most valuable item, or at least one of them (a concealed weapon or a Rolex watch could trump your handheld). The high dollar value of any given smartphone is part of what makes them so attractive to thieves, hence why it's not all that shocking to discover that Read more...
Late last week, a teaser trailer for Street Fighter 5 found its way onto the Internet. One curious takeaway from the trailer was the game would be an exclusive for the PlayStation 4 on consoles (it’s also coming to the PC). Fighting fans that also happen to be Xbox One owners were clearly dismayed with the... Read more...
The world of gaming has lost a true legend today, and our hearts sink in sadness. Ralph H. Baer helped to develop the first video game console, which was known as the “Brown Box.” The Brown Box was licensed to Magnavox in 1972, and the following year was sold to the public as the Odyssey. Baer’s work didn’t stop there, however. He would Read more...
Viewers who tuned in to watch The Game Awards, a new awards show for video games produced by Geoff Keighley, got to see gameplay footage of Nintendo’s upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U. The demonstration featured Zelda lead producer Eiji Aonuma, who was playing the game, along with original Zelda creator Shigeru... Read more...
There’s something about limited editions that triggers the win-at-any-cost instinct in some people. Sony recently put just more than 12,000 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4s up for sale, prompting a mad rush to the PlayStation site by would-be customers. That was immediately followed by mind-boggling bids on... Read more...
A look around the market should have revealed to Apple that there would be rabid demand for larger screen iPhone models, yet the Cupertino outfit is still struggling to ship the necessary number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in a timely fashion. Granted, being short on supply of a new product isn't unusual, especially for an Apple Read more...
Sony was rocked by a massive ransomware attack in late November, and is still reeling from the effects. Most recently, Sony employees have been on the receiving end of threatening emails from the perpetrators of the hack: Guardians of Peace (#GOP). Now we’re beginning to learn a bit more about the hack courtesy of... Read more...
Everything old comes eventually comes back in style, and luckily for me, that includes old school adventure games. One that you can already play is Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, a remake of the original with new puzzles and updated graphics. And if you're a fan of old ware from Sierra, you'll be happy to know that the... Read more...
As if there were ever any doubt that this latest kerfuffle would quickly end, CBS and Dish Network have settled their ongoing dispute over programming and pricing. However, it looks as though CBS came out as the big winner in this latest battle, as Dish’s AutoHop functionality has been neutered as a result. After... Read more...
Google has ramped up its efforts to distance itself from sites and services that are known to engage in or otherwise promote copyright infringement. Earlier this year, Google retooled its search algorithm so that it would sink search results associated with copyright infringement, and now the Mountain View company has... Read more...
It appears that things are going from bad to worse when it comes to the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment breach. Sony experienced a security breach last month and the fallout from the attack continues to mount. Not only has sensitive financial information been released — including the salaries of high-ranking Sony... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is being marked by strong game console sales, especially during Black Friday week when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 received tantalizing discounts. In the U.S., Microsoft slashed $50 off the price of every Xbox One package, including the ones that came with game bundles like Assassin's... Read more...
Award yourself 500 geek points (can be traded in for geek cred) if you remember Matrox, one of several big players in the 1990s that also included NVIDIA, AMD, ATI (since absorbed by AMD), and 3DFX (since absorbed by NVIDIA). You don't see Matrox in the headlines too often these days, though the company is still... Read more...
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