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Star Wars has a new villain who wears a mask, that of Kylo Ren who appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of a new trilogy of sequels that Disney plans to release two years apart from one another. But what of Darth Vader? Rumor has it he'll appear as his old self in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first... Read more...
WhatsApp is eliminating its $0.99 subscription fee in favor of a new business model, one that won't bother you with advertising. Well, not for now, anyway. Instead of replacing the nominal yearly subscription fee with ads, WhatsApp will experiment with bringing businesses on board. "Naturally, people might wonder... Read more...
SpaceX looked to pop open the champagne bottles with a successful landing at sea following its landmark ground landing last month. However, an unscathed landing at sea has eluded SpaceX once again. We must start off by saying that SpaceX’s primary mission, to launch NASA’s Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite into... Read more...
Wouldn't it be rad (yes, I said rad) if James Lipton was always on call to provide a dramatic reading of a novel? I'd also be delighted to sit back and listen to James Earl Jones narrate a grisly tale, or Morgan Freeman read just about anything, even a telephone book. Perhaps they'd be willing for the right amount of coin, but in lieu of what's Read more...
A dispute involving scratched Xbox 360 discs that stems back nearly will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States, which will decide if there's enough cause for Microsoft to face class-action lawsuit. While that sounds like an easy task, lower courts have disagreed on the matter, hence how it was able to... Read more...
The Xbox One bundles keep coming, the newest of which is a treat for Tom Clancy fans. It's the Xbox One Tom Clancy's The Division Bundle featuring a 1TB version of Microsoft's newest generation console, a newly updated wireless controller with 3.5mm headset jack, full game digital download of The Division, and a... Read more...
Through a message that's kept as succinct as possible, Apple has announced that it will be pulling the plug on the iAd App Network on June 30. If this service doesn't sound familiar, don't fret: it was designed for developers to allow advertising in their apps for other apps. If you just launched a new app, for example, you could promote it Read more...
It's starting to seem like Microsoft is a glutton for punishment. The fact that the Redmond company's foray with Windows RT fizzled before it could even get started -- something all-too-real for those who had enough faith in Microsoft to purchase an equipped device -- isn't a surprise at all. Today, it seems few... Read more...
Virtual reality is enjoying some ridiculous hype right now, fueled by the fact that the first kits will be launching in the months ahead. But while VR gets so much love right now, we can't forget about another alternate reality platform, AR, or augmented reality. AR, unlike VR, isn't designed to completely replace... Read more...
Microsoft is porting yet another app over to iOS, this latest one called Word Flow, a smartphone keyboard app that's similar to Swype. Word Flow allows you to type without lifting your finger off of the keyboard -- you start by touching the first letter in the word you want to type an then slide your finger to each... Read more...
In case you haven’t already figured it out, Microsoft is hell-bent on getting those running older versions of Windows — namely Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users — to upgrade to Windows 10. We won’t get into all the incessant nagging and peculiar tricks that Microsoft has used to persuade users to upgrade in this piece... Read more...
In an effort to thwart malicious software from wreaking havoc on Mac computers, Apple introduced Gatekeeper in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and was also integrated into its predecessor, OS X 10.7.5 Lion. Apple maintains that the most secure way to download apps for your Mac is to go through the App Store, but for apps... Read more...
The digital landscape has evolved quite substantially over the past decade, primarily due to smart devices taking over our lives. Beyond that, "machine-learning" has also become a major force with many top-flight companies, with many of them seeing a lot of value (ultimately, revenue-wise) in churning through big data... Read more...
Netflix spread its wings earlier this month, expanding its global footprint with an additional 130 international markets. While that news can be seen as a big win for overseas customers that have long waited for the ability to stream Netflix content, there are new restrictions being handed down to ensure that Netflix... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but not before serving up a fresh batch of HOT deals direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Intel Core i7-6700HQ based gaming laptop, a Sony KDL-65W850C 65" 1080p 3D Smart TV, a Western Digital Elements... Read more...
The router game is heating up once again, after being dormant for what seemed like an eternity, thanks to new iterations of the Broadcom XStream platform. We first examined this platform for 802.11 AC routers back in October when we rounded up four AC3200 routers from Netgear, D-Link, TrendNet, and Asus. We then added... Read more...
It appears that the a wide-scale rollout of Windows 10 Mobile in the United States can’t be too away. We reported earlier this week that T-Mobile has started pushing the update to select Lumia smartphones in Poland, while the the wireless carrier is also prepping a German rollout in the coming weeks. Today, Windows... Read more...
The two men arguably most responsible for the technological landscape we find ourselves in today will be the subject of a new comedy musical set to open on Broadway next April. We're of course talking about Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, two of the most influential men who... Read more...
Professional gaming -- as in video games -- isn't new by any means. Fatal1ty (real name Johnathan Wendel) entered the scene way back in 1999 and pioneered the category by dominating in titles like Quake III Arena. Since then the category has only grown, albeit in the background of mainstream media. That might change as sports coverage giant Read more...
Winter is upon us and with it comes snow, ice, and chilly temperatures, depending on where you live. There's probably no worse time of the year for a home thermostat to give up the ghost, but unfortunately for Nest owners, that's exactly what happened, causing in-home temperatures to plummet overnight. For some, it... Read more...
If you’ve been sitting around, twiddling your thumbs waiting for Microsoft to release an Xbox One update to enable background music playback, you’re going to be waiting a lot longer. Background music playback has been an oft-requested feature by Xbox One gamers, and Microsoft has made its intentions known that it... Read more...
It's an exciting time in the automobile industry with two technologies in particular dominating the news. One is the evolution of electric vehicles, with newer models going longer distances and offering sportier features than before, and the second is the emergence of self-driving cars, a vision that's shared by... Read more...
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