Justin Calvert

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Is Windows 10 Microsoft's Consumer Comeback OS?

I had the distinct pleasure attending Microsoft's event in Redmond last week where they brought out a myriad of new products like HoloLens and Surface Hub and disclosed many more details on Windows 10, in particular, the consumer features. In the totality of the event, I think Microsoft score big …

The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

Consumer Tech

Why Destiny Was The Best And Worst Game Of 2014

Bungie’s <i>Destiny</i> has inspired some of the most ambivalent thoughts I’ve ever had while clutching a gamepad.<p>Some people have said it’s the sort of game you either love or you hate. For me it’s much more of a love-hate relationship. It’s exactly what I want out of a video game, and yet its pieces are …

A Bitcoin Startup Just Set A Massive New Record For VC Funding in The Industry

Coinbase offers customers digital wallets allowing them to store their Bitcoin, as well as providing an exchange platform.<p>Launched in 2012, the company has now raised $105 million in venture capital funding. Investors in this most recent round include the New York Stock Exchange, banks USAA and …

New Snowden documents show how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users

Snowden documents published today by <i>Der Spiegel</i> give new insight into the British GCHQ's efforts to track targets through their iPhones. Previous leaks have revealed specific NSA exploits used to compromise the famously malware-resistant iPhone software controls, but the new documents show that …

Sony's 'No Questions Asked' H1Z1 Refunds Don't Go Far Enough

Sony is offering refunds to anyone who recently purchased online zombie game <i>H1Z1.</i><p>The refund follows revelations that, contrary to statements from SOE in the days and weeks leading up to the launch of the game on Steam Early Access, microtransactions would be offered for items like guns and ammo.<p>SOE …

MIT researcher on internet misogyny and programming for privacy

Jean Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT and the creator of a language called Jeeves that automatically manages privacy policy in software programs. In …

'Hotline Miami 2' Developer To Australian Gamers: 'Just Pirate It'

Earlier this week we learned that <i>Hotline Miami 2</i> wouldn’t receive classification from the Australian Classification Board due to a controversial scene that depicts a fictional rape.<p>No classification means no sale of <i>Hotline Miami 2</i> down under, making it a tiny bit harder for gamers to their hands on …

Virtual desktops don’t replace EMM

A few weeks ago, a Gigaom Research client told me she was “sick of BYOD” and wanted out. She asked me if I thought she could “dump everything and …

'Hatred' Lands Rare 'Adults Only' Rating In North America

Color me unsurprised, but Hatred has come back from the ESRB with a very rare “Adults Only” (AO) rating, something the industry rarely ever sees in favor of the far more common “M for Mature,” that most violent titles receive, including the likes of Grand Theft Auto. It’s similar to the also-rare …

Chinese attacks cost U.S. Defense Department over $100M

Chinese army hackers apparently caused more than $100 million worth of damage to U.S. Department of Defense networks, according to NSA research …

Much Ado About 'Hatred'

Ostensibly the best, or very nearly best, video game of 2014 includes a mechanic called Brutalize.<p>In <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i>, a surprisingly fun and innovative open-world action game that came out last year, you play as Talion, a cursed ranger out for revenge.<p>The core gameplay element is …