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Mass Effect 4 Shares Dragon Age 3 Core Mechanics

But what does it mean?<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>The next Mass Effect game will share several core features with Dragon Age: Inquisition, according BioWare …

How Shedding Check-in DRM In The Xbox One Benefits Microsoft

With the reveal of the Xbox One at E3, gamers had all-but declared Xbox’s competitor, the PlayStation 4, as the victor in this particular console war. One feature of the One that seemed particularly vexing to Xboxers was the need for Internet connectivity. But as of today, this issue has been put …

Microsoft’s dramatic reversal on much-loathed Xbox One rules

Somehow, saying "that didn't take long" is almost an understatement when it comes to Microsoft's just-announced reversal on Xbox One game policies. In a post on the company's website late Wednesday afternoon, interactive entertainment business president Don Mattrick said he had heard gamers' …

Microsoft's Xbox DRM reversal not the first: 12 tech mulligans

Microsoft changed its controversial stance on always-on connectivity and game DRM on Wednesday, a reversal that comes after more than a week of harsh criticism from consumers, press and especially competitors.<p>The move comes just a few months before the console is set to hit store shelves, and is …

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Microsoft taps former Xbox designer to be Chief Design Officer of Xbox Entertainment Studios

Microsoft’s original content efforts for its Xbox division picked up a new piece of momentum today, with the news that Xbox Entertainment Studios has a new Chief Designer: Elan Lee. As Deadline|Hollywood notes, Lee was a lead designer for content on the original Xbox console; this is home turf for …

Best Buy offering 'free' iPhone 5 in its trade-in promotion

After Best Buy hosted an iPhone trade-in day earlier this month, the retailer has decided to do it again -- but this time, the deal will last for nine days.<p>The way the program works is that customers can bring in an iPhone 4S or 4 and trade it for a brand new<p>iPhone 5, according to USA Today. …

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Xbox One: top features you probably hadn't noticed

<b>So, it's official: Microsoft has dropped some of the more hated DRM requirements on the Xbox One.</b><p>It's a move that's made people happy — no need for a …

Your Door Is About to Get Clever: 5 Smart Locks Compared

Hope you've always wanted a smartphone-controlled door lock because the tech world is here to shove them in your face. Or hand, rather. Several …

Top business accessories for your phone, tablet

Richard LaBar has long ditched his heavy laptop in favor of a lightweight iPad mini.<p>"I won't travel without it," says LaBar, who totes around the 7.9-inch tablet (from $329) as owner of LaBar Golf Renovations, based in Bernardsville, N.J.<p>LaBar, 43, uses the pint-sized tablet from Apple for e-mail, …

The Next iOS 7 Beta Could Arrive On Monday

If you’re wondering when the next beta version of iOS 7 will be released, go ahead and circle next Monday, June 24. Cult of Mac has whipped out its …

Microsoft Xbox One policy switch makes user forums explode

Relief, disbelief, and some leftover bitterness surround Microsoft pulling a 180 on its Xbox One "always-on" policy.<p>Gamers have taken to forums, comment threads, and social media to express how they feel about the tech giant flip-flopping on the series of rules and restrictions that would have …

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Microsoft: We Had to Wait Until After E3 to Change Our DRM Policies

At E3 last week, Microsoft packed a basketball arena full of journalists and fans to talk about its next-generation console, the Xbox One. That’s why …

Microsoft has 'no plans' to revisit Xbox One's $499 price

Microsoft may have just backtracked on its derided policy that had restricted game sharing in its Xbox One console that goes on sale later this year -- but don't count on the company to revisit other unpopular features of the upcoming console.<p>In an interview with CNET, Marc Whitten, the chief …

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Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy

Microsoft backtracked Wednesday on its much-derided policy that would have required Xbox One gamers to connect their consoles to the Internet once a day to prevent game piracy.<p>Microsoft faced a huge backlash when it announced the policy, just before the E3 video game conference earlier this month. …

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