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Microsoft, Spotify, The Echo Nest team up on MixShape

Application plays virtual deejay, creating the ultimate playlist and visual display based on the user's mood.<p>A triumvirate of companies have come together to deliver a new way of handling playlists, both in the browser and through Spotify.<p>Microsoft, Spotify, and a "music intelligence" start-up …

Playlist

Facebook game developers generated $2.8 billion in 2012

The social network releases big numbers to lure more game creators.<p>Game developers on Facebook's platform generated $2.8 billion last year, Facebook executives told developers today.<p>The social network, in hopes of snagging more game creators, has been very vocal about wanting to beef up its …

Social Media

Some iOS 6.1.3 users hit by battery drain and Wi-Fi issues

The latest iOS update seems to be creating trouble for a number of users chiming in on Apple's support forums.<p>Another iOS update, another round of complaints.<p>Released last week, Apple's iOS 6.1.3 was designed to fix a security hole that let someone access the iPhone by sneaking past the lock …

Wi-Fi

200-mph red bullet trains thrill rail-mad Japan

The new E6 Series Super Komachi has a sleek design and a top speed of nearly 200 mph. Operators hope it will help the quake-ravaged north.<p>TOKYO--The crowd lining the end of Tokyo Station's platform 22 is four people deep.<p>They're jostling for position with their cameras -- trainspotters, parents, …

Trains

Sony's Xperia ZL is elegant, compact, and speedy

Smaller than its flashier sibling the Xperia Z, Sony's Xperia ZL offers style, speed, plus a big and beautiful screen.<p>Our colleagues at CNET Asia just took the new Sony Xperia ZL for a complete test-drive and like how this elegant handset handles. While not as luxurious as Sony's current flagship …

Phones

Office twin of Windows Blue dubbed 'Gemini'

The Windows team isn't the only one "reimagining" how to build and deliver future versions of its core product. The Office unit is too.<p>Windows Blue, Windows Server Blue, Windows Phone Blue, Windows Services Blue. The one thing missing from this list of next-generation Microsoft releases is a Blue …

Software

Tips for using the Dashboard in OS X

If you use the OS X Dashboard feature, there are several options to change the way it functions.<p>Apple's Dashboard feature in OS X is a convenient way to access widgets for looking up information on your system. The default behavior for Dashboard is to activate when a hot key is pressed (the default …

Widgets

Grand Theft Auto 5 shown off in new screenshots

Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has shown a gallery of new screenshots of the game.<p>Gasp at the game's stormy seas and lightning-cracked sky! …