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One of the definitions of irony is "a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected." So here's a question -- what if a situation seems ironic, only those affected don't find it funny? Is it still ironic? We pose this question because Wink sent out... Read more...
Windows 10 Build 10051 for phones brings with it a number of great updates, with the Spartan Web browser being the most notable, but for some, it introduced something extra: phone bricking. In response, Microsoft has posted a discussion thread at the Windows Insider site that helps fill us in on what went wrong... Read more...
The argument is often made that if content were made cheaper to watch and easier to access, it'd be pirated much less, but sometimes, that just isn't the case at all. Despite the fact that Netflix's streaming service costs under $10 per month, its latest series, Daredevil, has been pirated by 2.1 million unique users... Read more...
In tech, it's not often that I take sides. I don't care if a GPU is NVIDIA or AMD, or a CPU is AMD or Intel. I just want what's better, or at least better for me at that particular point in time. Where mobile is concerned though, there has emerged a definitive winner for me. Windows Phone has never managed to grab me... Read more...
This has been a tremendous week for Star Wars fans. First we got to see Han Solo and Chewbacca make an emotional appearance in the newest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (the second official trailer Disney has put out) and now Electronic Arts is treating us to a visual smorgasbord of cinema-quality footage... Read more...
It’s funny how a little bit of competition will force a company to wake up realize that its customers have compelling alternative services to consider. We’ve seen that in the past as both AT&T and Time Warner Cable have responded to Google setting up camp in cities across the country with Google Fiber. Comcast even... Read more...
Comcast has spent the past year extolling the benefits of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, but many in the tech industry and plenty of customers aren’t so certain that a merger is the right way to go. As we’ve seen time and time again, Comcast’s customer service is often atrocious and Time Warner Cable... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP last April; the 8th, to be exact. Since then, there has actually been little to report on XP-wise, although earlier this month, we did learn that the classic OS has more users than Windows 8 -- much to Microsoft's chagrin, I'm... Read more...
When Windows 10 was announced back in late January, Microsoft promised universal apps that would allow developers to create software from a single codebase that would work on PC, tablet, smartphone, and Xbox One platforms. Today, Microsoft is delivering on that promise, announcing that the universal Office suite for... Read more...
First announced late last fall, Microsoft's video component for Office 365 is now available worldwide to its enterprise customers. Microsoft's goal here is to allow companies to relay information via video throughout the organization using apps and an interface they're familiar with. One key advantage is that... Read more...
Although we have to wait until October 27 when Halo 5 officially launches for the Xbox One, another Halo: Spartan Strike is now available for iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Steam for the relatively low price of $5.99. And you don’t have to worry about dealing with ridiculous microtransactions as seen with the... Read more...
Having carried work and personal phones for years, I can see the appeal of being able to use a single phone for both. But bringing your own device to work can put company data at risk, which is why tools for separating work and play on smartphones are getting so much attention these days. If your company’s IT... Read more...
Solid State Drives continue to be one of the more sought after (and effective) upgrades for both desktop and mobile systems. But as drives have matured, and newer generations have been released, the bandwidth limitations of the legacy SATA interface have become increasingly more apparent. Even relatively affordable, mainstream solid state... Read more...
After making available a Technical Preview of Windows 10 for just a handful of Lumia handsets in February (just half a dozen), Microsoft a month and a half later opened the floodgates with a new build supporting dozens of phones, including the popular Lumia 520. Well, bad news folks -- the update is no longer... Read more...
Don't sweat it if you've never heard of the Oslo until now. It's a forthcoming handset from BlackBerry that the Canadian company quietly announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and it hasn't made many headlines. Well, until now, that is. And the reason it's in the news now is because a supposed leaked image of the... Read more...
Cord-cutting TV viewers have been worrying major providers for years. Now, with HBO committing to the subscription model and Netflix adding 4.9 million subscribers in a single quarter, the pressure is on for major providers to split up their beloved bundles. Soon, Verizon’s FiOS will do just that. Verizon plans to... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter and speculation as to how many Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices Samsung has racked up in pre-orders and how many combined units it will ship by the end of the year. However, they've mostly come from outside sources, like market analysts. At least until know -- Samsung has reportedly... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a bit of an acquired taste. Think of beer -- most people either love a good bottle of suds or find it repulsive. So it goes with Legere, though no matter which side of the fence you fall on, credit the outspoken chief with shaking up the wireless industry. His latest antic? Shaming... Read more...
Thanks to Kenny Rogers, every gambler now knows, 'You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run'. Heeding that advice, AMD is exiting the dense server systems business, effectively folding its hand on SeaMicro, which it acquired three years ago for $334... Read more...
How does one go from laying on the floor drunk, attempting to eat a cheeseburger, to appearing in one of the most glorious achievements in cinematography I’ve seen in my life? I don’t know, but David Hasselhoff definitely has the secret sauce to send the world into a collective fit with a music video that far... Read more...
Go ahead, try your best not to be as giddy as a school girl who just scored an autograph from Channing Tatum when watching the newest Star Wars trailer. The only difference is, instead of gushing over the Magic Mike character the way your mom used to drool over John Travolta, it's the long overdue reunion of Chewbacca... Read more...
On account of the fact that Intel's 5th-gen Core processors still haven't hit the desktop, it's quite something to realize that Skylake, the 6th-gen, is right around the corner. Marco talked a bit about Broadwell's desktop counterpart early last month, and overall, it's worth looking forward to. Does that mean... Read more...
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