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It seems obvious that the cloud is going to become a big part of our gaming future, but there are a number of issues to work through before it really hits the big time. Undoubtedly the biggest hurdle at this point is simple bandwidth; so many people deal with subpar connections, either due to slow speeds, low... Read more...
GameStop reported a 25.1 percent increase in total global sales to $1.73 billion for its fiscal second quarter of 2014, up from $1.38 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 21.9 percent, and new hardware sales skyrocketed 124.8 percent as demand for Microsoft's Xbox One... Read more...
Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer behind the Opera browser, scored an interesting deal with Microsoft to have its Opera Mini browser for mobile devices serve as the default web surfing vehicle on Microsoft's existing feature phones and Asha handsets, the company announced today. The licensing agreement... Read more...
September is shaping up to be one heck of a busy month. The kids will be back in school (if not already, depending on where you live), Apple will launch its iPhone 6, and if the latest rumor turns out to be true, Microsoft on September 30th will introduce the world to Windows 9, otherwise known as Threshold, during a press event. This is a... Read more...
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has today sent a public letter to current CEO Satya Nadella to acknowledge his resignation from the company's Board of Directors. With this move, Ballmer's official work with Microsoft comes to an end, but with his wording, it seems that he doesn't intend to disappear, and will be... Read more...
If you've noticed that Internet Explorer seems to be a little (or a lot) slower as of late, it's not you. Well, it could be; try clearing your cache, make sure no nefarious add-ons slipped through, and scan for viruses. Assuming everything checks out, the issue could related to a pair of security updates that, over... Read more...
Right on schedule, Microsoft rolled-out an onslaught of patches for its "Patch Tuesday" last week, and despite the fact that it wasn't the true "Update 2" for Windows 8.1 many of us were hoping for, updates are generally worth snatching up. In fact, I went ahead and encouraged everyone to waste no time in updating... Read more...
Over the course of the past month, Apple and China have shared headlines for two different reasons. First, we learned that the country's media deemed the iPhone to be a threat to national security, and mere weeks later, rumors surfaced that the country would begin banning Apple's products. Really, this is all very... Read more...
You've probably seen friends and family members willingly pouring chilly buckets of ice filled water over their heads, the latest social networking trend intended to draw attention to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain... Read more...
During an "Ask Me Anything" chat session at Reddit yesterday, Internet Explorer's developers took to answering a bunch of questions from their adoring fans. Well - "adoring" might not be the best word. Judging by the thread's title, "We build Internet Explorer. I know, right?", it's almost like the developers knew... Read more...
When we reported on the potential incentives Microsoft could be bringing with Windows 9 earlier this month, we talked about Windows 8.1's "Update 2" being a little thinner than was originally planned. As Microsoft has finally rolled that update out this week, we can see that's just the case. To some, the update might... Read more...
Microsoft may want to dominate the mobile market, or at least become a competitive force, but the latest market share figures underscore just what a daunting task the Redmond outfit faces. In fact, Windows Phone is moving in the wrong direction -- though worldwide smartphone shipments topped the 300 million mark for... Read more...
Intel might not be the first vendor name to come to mind when the subject of DirectX 12 is brought up, but at the ongoing SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, the company wants us to know that it's very much in the game. Making use of a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, which is thermally-controlled to mimic 10 - 15... Read more...
If you record your outdoor adventures with a helmet-mounted camera, you’re going to love this. A trio of Microsoft researchers have solved the problem of shaky time-lapse videos with a method they call “hyperlapse.” Where speeding up a long video used to create a surreal, stuttering movie, hyperlapse... Read more...
There was never any doubt that Bungie's Destiny was going to be anything other than a major hit, but some proof of that has trickled out today: The game has become GameStop's most pre-ordered new IP in history. To celebrate this milestone, and also to help kick off Gamescom 2014, a competitive multiplayer trailer has... Read more...
During Microsoft’s press briefing at Gamescom, it was revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive to Xbox One. A sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot released in 2013, and developed by Crystal Dynamics, the news comes as a surprise considering that the previous title was available for the Xbox 360... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, reports hit the Web claiming that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi was sending user info back to home base. At the time, the company's head of global expansion, ex-Googler Hugo Barra, claimed that no such thing was going on. But late last week, Finnish security firm F-Secure posted proof to the Web... Read more...
In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that its Internet Explorer browser will begin blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls starting September 9, 2014. This was originally supposed to go into effect tomorrow (August 12), though Microsoft decided to push things back a month to clear up customer confusion... Read more...
Apple's Siri virtual assistant has been a well-used iOS feature since its introduction in 2011, and it's seemed inevitable that at some point, the company would port it (ahem - her) on over to Mac OS X. Well, according to a patent filed on Thursday, the future does indeed hold that in store. When it's going to happen... Read more...
Facebook has long been under fire for its seemingly lackluster care to user privacy, something that became a hot topic this past week as the company forced its mobile users to transition to its Messenger app in order to have messaging capabilities. Well, as hard as it might be to believe, there are some instances when... Read more...
A smartphone doesn't seem like a fantastic severance package to us, but it's part of what Microsoft is using in its attempt to downsize in China. Microsoft is planning a large number of layoffs at its Nokia unit in China -- around 4,700 employees will receive a pink slip, leaving just 300 -- and to ease tensions from... Read more...
We've talked a lot about Microsoft's renewed focus and vision in recent months, and as I see it, the company's move to place Satya Nadella as its latest CEO is already resulting in some great changes. This couldn't be more true on the Windows side of things - it's clear as day that Satya wants to make sure Windows 9 doesn't follow in the footsteps... Read more...
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