Christine Hoek

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Firefox is about to work a lot more like Chrome

Mozilla is beginning to make a series of changes to Firefox that'll make certain aspects of the browser operate a lot more like Chrome. The changes are broadly designed to make Firefox more secure and stable, but they also have the downside of making it less customizable and potentially more of a …

Commodore’s name is getting slapped on this Android phablet

Pretty soon you'll be able to buy a Commodore smartphone. <i>Wired</i> reports that the famed 1980s brand is being resurrected once more by two Italian entrepreneurs who claim they've acquired rights to the Commodore name in many countries across the globe. (Commodore's trademark has been passed around …

PlayStation Now is a tech miracle, but it's no Netflix for games

Sony wants you to want PS Now, its Netflix-like game-streaming service. The problem is, the company doesn't seem to know how to build that desire. Though the recent app relaunch has seen the service's user interface improve considerably, the same can't be said for the user <i>experience.</i> I used PS Now …

Watch our video tribute to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

Last weekend, Nintendo lost its president and the world lost a gamer.<p>With Satoru Iwata gone, we wanted to look back at some of the ways that he connected so deeply with the people who loved Nintendo’s games. Check it out:<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Iqdq7dLd38&feature=youtu.be

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League of Legends Champions Come to Life at Anime Expo

Anime Expo, a convention that features film screenings, guest panels and gaming previews, took place last weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It's currently the largest anime convention in North America and it has a breadth of activities for its attendees, one being the Masquerade Cosplay …

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Watch Satoru Iwata's inspiring GDC 2005 talk in full

"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer."<p>With those words, Satoru Iwata kicked off one of the most memorable presentations in the history of the Game Developers Conference — a speech that now serves as one of the most potent …

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EL James to reportedly write screenplay for Fifty Shades sequel

Fifty Shades of Grey,Fifty Shades of Grey,EL James,Sam Taylor-Johnson,Film,Culture<p>Variety reports that James, the writer of the Fifty Shades novels, will step up to a bigger creative role for the sequel to the massively successful film adaptation<p>Fifty Shades of Grey author El James is to write the …

Microsoft's Nokia 215 is its cheapest connected phone yet

Since Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smartphone division, it's shied away from debuting flagship handsets in favor of more affordable devices. That trend continues today with the launch of the Nokia 215, a $29 Series 30+ phone that Microsoft says is its most affordable smartphone to date. …

Photographer Beth Moon Spent 14 Years Hunting for the World’s Most Ancient Trees

“Portraits of Time” is a series of photographs showing the oldest and most majestic trees on the face of the Earth. Photographer Beth Moon traveled …

Ben's Top 10 Films of 2014

Sony Extends PlayStation Store Flash Sale and Holiday Sale

Extended in response to popular demand.<p>Sony is extending the PlayStation Store’s Flash Sale and Holiday Sale in response to popular demand due to the …

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015

Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them<p>This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype.<p>We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest …

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All of Samsung's new smart TVs run Tizen, stream TV to your phone

This summer Samsung showed off prototype HDTVs powered by its homegrown Tizen OS (pictured above and in the gallery), and things have apparently progressed far enough for the company to go all-in on the software next year. While Tizen hasn't taken over on phones or smartwatches yet, Samsung says …

Six disappointing albums of 2014

Gifts: You want to love them. Or at the very least, you simply want to be surprised by them. Like full-length albums.<p>In this stream-everything, download-now era, Pop & Hiss is appreciative of those artists who still believe in the long-play format. The album may not be as hot a gift as, say, a …

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Here Are The Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2015

Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have hugely promising titles on their slates, while Nintendo is about to pummel its patient Wii U owners with major in-house productions. And of course, it's set to be another ridiculously busy year for the PC and its dominant digital gaming platform Steam.<p>To get you …

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Internet Explorer must die

If you think Microsoft should just kill off Internet Explorer already, you might just get your wish.<p>The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to …

Hackers Find that Fingerprints Can Be Stolen Through Public Photos

As the quality of cameras becomes better and better, there’s a new security issue emerging that you may have not thought about: fingerprints being …

Report: Windows 10 will have a new browser that's not Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's venerable but often despised web browser, may be on its way out.<p>That's according to Microsoft Student Partner lead …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Microsoft is developing a new web browser that's not Internet Explorer.</b> The new browser is codenamed "Spartan."<p><b>2. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is releasing a laptop.</b> It looks identical to a MacBook Air.<p><b>3. A former Sony employee is one of the suspects in an investigation into the Sony</b> …

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Samsung May Kill Its Prettiest Phone Yet

The Galaxy Alpha, which was officially unveiled in August, comes with brushed aluminum metal edges that look similar to those on the iPhone 5 and 5s.<p>It's one of Samsung's best-looking phones yet, but the company will supposedly axe the Alpha in favor of its recently announced Galaxy A5.<p>The A5 looks …

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Samsung Might Release Another Metal Galaxy Phone Next Month

The phone, supposedly called the Galaxy A7, is expected to be Samsung's thinnest smartphone yet. It's also likely to feature brushed metal edges just like the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3.<p>The Galaxy A7 will also make its way to China after launching in South Korea, according to Phone Arena, and the …

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Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor roundup (Updated: 2/20)

<i>Update (2/20/15): This article was originally written in December of last year, much of this post has been overhauled to make it as current as possible.</i><p>The year 2015 is here, CES is behind us and we are now turning towards the new year and are beginning to eagerly await the next generation of …

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