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Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, as the result of the Korean smartphone maker allegedly failing to keep up its end of a contractual agreement with regards to making royalty payments. Samsung believes that Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, completed in April, breaches... Read more...
Going forward, the software you previously knew as XBMC will be called Kodi Entertainment Center beginning with release 14. Why the name change? One of the biggest reasons XBMC is renaming itself is because it has little to do with Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles as opposed to when the software was released 12 years ago. "Six years have passed... Read more...
We may never know for sure what Google had originally planned for a trio of mystery barges scattered in waters on both sides of the coast. According to numerous reports, Google is selling at least one of those four-story ships while it contemplates what to do with the remaining two. Speculation around the web is that all three were to be floating... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 series is expanding, giving customers a broader range of features and prices. Until now, the Windows 8.1 tablet sported an Intel Core i5 processor – new models are available in Core i3 and Core i7 flavors. Surface Pro 3 tablets with these processors are already available on the... Read more...
Since the debut of its original model, Microsoft's Surface series has had a bit of a rough time clicking with most consumers, namely those so content with their iOS or Android device. With its latest release, though, Surface Pro 3, the Redmond firm gave us great reason to be excited about a Windows-based tablet (or... Read more...
Amazon's Fire smartphone received a lot of flack from critics before its launch, with some claiming that it wasn't polished enough, and that its app selection was too poor. When the phone first debuted, we had high hopes for it simply because it was so feature-packed - but sometimes it takes more than that for a phone... Read more...
It goes without saying, but games have changed a lot over the years. I'm not talking graphics, but mechanics. Take free-to-play, for example. Its impact on gaming today is enormous, but ten years ago? It was virtually unknown. And then there are our first-person shooters. Remember the old days when regenerating health... Read more...
Been wondering if Flappy Bird would ever fly again? Now you have your answer -- as promised, Dong Nguyen, the creator of the original hit mobile game that spawned numerous clones trying to cash in on the craze, just released Flappy Birds Family via his Gears studio through the Amazon Appstore for Android. It's a free... Read more...
It's best not to let the actions of a relative few be viewed as a reflection of society as a whole, otherwise we might as well throw in the towel and call it a day. Why? On Friday, Facebook went down in some areas for a period of time. It's annoying when that happens, but it took a new level of idiocy for some Los... Read more...
Score one for the customer. President Barack Obama signed the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act,” which Congress recently passed with unusual ease. The bill makes it legal for mobile phone service customers to unlock their phones and move from one service to another. Carriers... Read more...
At a time when many are still in awe of the speeds that can be reached with Google's Fiber service, Danish researchers have come along to show us what those fiber wires can really do. The "High-Speed Optical Communications" team at DTU Fotonik in Lyngby, Denmark, have managed to secure a world record by achieving a... Read more...
Now that the NSA has everyone second-guessing themselves before hitting the Send button, BitTorrent is jumping into the chat game. The service credited with enabling record-breaking piracy of HBO’s Game of Thrones announced Bleep alpha, a chat service for Windows. The chat’s draw is that it’s meant to keep your chat safe... Read more...
Here is some odd-ball news for your Friday: Microsoft just released a mouse that sports an image of Master Chief. It’s not surprising to see Microsoft promoting its beloved Halo protagonist, but it is weird to see the Chief on an ordinary mouse, given how rarely it has made PC appearances. Whatever... Read more...
The virtual keyboard on Apple's iPhone line works pretty well, though if you're old school, you might still prefer a physical plank. Ryan Seacrest tried to rectify the situation by funding Typo, a keyboard case for the iPhone, but the end result looked a little too much like BlackBerry's iconic design. BlackBerry... Read more...
The French may be getting ready to teach Sprint a lesson, that lesson being "You snooze, you lose." While Sprint contemplates a merger with T-Mobile, France's Iliad just swooped in with a buyout offer of its own, which could be the beginning of a bidding war. Had Sprint been more aggressive at the onset, it could have avoided this situation.... Read more...
As Apple continues to hammer out manufacturing logistics with TSMC and contends with delays related to the much hyped semi-sapphire crystal glass material that we're still hoping makes it onto the iPhone 6, Samsung is apparently gearing up to launch its next-generation Galaxy Note 4 in Berlin on September 3, 2014... Read more...
In the movie Rush Hour, Jackie Chan's character brags to Chris Tucker that his father once caught a bullet with his bare hands. That would be impressive if it actually happened, but to the best of our knowledge, Rush Hour is completely fictional. What isn't fictional, however, is that a Samsung Galaxy Mega phablet... Read more...
Arguably, BlackBerry should've opened up its BBM platform to everyone years ago, as it could've leapfrogged Hangouts, iMessage, Snapchat, and some of the other chat tools ahead of where we are now. At this point, the BBM userbase is so small, that it arriving on iOS and Android a while back has had little impact on... Read more...
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