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Epic Just Made Unreal Engine Free, Including All Future Updates

<i>“Epic succeeds only when creators succeed.”</i><p>In 2014, Epic took an important step toward involving their community in Unreal Engine’s success by putting all of their source code online for paying customers to tweak. Then they rolled the revenue dice by dropping the subscription for their popular …

Game Development

Millions Of Gamers Are Still Buying Consoles, Here Is Why

Whenever a new gaming platform comes along all kinds of talk starts as to whether it will replace what is currently available. In the past few years we’ve heard all sorts of comments and analysis as to the death of games consoles, even further back we heard something similar as to the end of PC …

Gaming Consoles

Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

Android Phones

Amazon’s Kindle Convert Can Turn Your Paper Library Into E-Books

If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new option for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, …

How to Prevent People from Knowing When You've Seen a Message In Apps

It seems like every messaging app these days, from iMessage to Facebook, insists on sending "read receipts" letting people know that you've seen …

How to Uncover Blurred Information in Photographs

It's a common practice to blur or pixelate sensitive information like account numbers when you share an image online, but your info might not be as …

Tutorials

This List Details All the Windows Features You Can Safely Disable

Windows is a big operating system that caters to a billion and a half people. As such, there are a lot of components built in that you might not …

[Deal] Amazon offering 37 Android apps worth $140 for free today

<b>Amazon</b> has the habit of giving away free apps periodically to entice more customers into getting hooked onto their Appstore. Today, the retailer is …

Getting started with the Microsoft Outlook app

If any onlookers were puzzled by Microsoft's recent acquisition of email startup Acompli it's now clear the investment was well worth it.<p>Microsoft's …

Why Outlook for mobile is a hit on iOS and a miss on Android

Image copyright Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom.Talk about an app store dichotomy: Microsoft’s new version of Outlook is a chart-topper on iPhones but a big …

Apps

Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Won't Extend to Enterprise

Everyone got excited when it was announced at the Windows 10 event that users of Windows 7 and 8 would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year. Unfortunately, Windows 10 for Enterprise customers won’t be able to partake in all the freeness.<p>Microsoft’s General Manager of security, Jim …

Windows 10

Microsoft quietly launches a free lock screen replacement app for Android

Things are busy at Microsoft Garage, where the company’s employees share experimental projects they’ve been working on. The most recent release is Picturesque Lock Screen, a free Android app that adds useful functions, handy shortcuts and beautiful images to your lock screen.<p>Picturesque Lock Screen …

Apps

Could the HoloLens be Microsoft’s iMoment?

Image copyright Microsoft.Back at the turn of the century, Apple had already reclaimed a bit of momentum with the release of the iMac following the …

Augmented Reality

Google shares its plan to nab 80% of Microsoft's Office business

Flash forward to 2015, and the company has big plans to grab 80% of the users at Microsoft's biggest customers.<p>In 2005, "The whole industry looked at us like we were crazy," Rajen Sheth, a director of product management for Google's Enterprise team who worked on those early products, told us.<p>They …

Google Apps

Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil a new kind of battery to power your home

The eccentric CEO said the product will be ready for production in a matter of months<p>Tesla didn't ship nearly as many cars this quarter as it had projected, but CEO Elon Musk remained upbeat during today's earnings call as he let some details slip about a brand new product. According to Musk, the …

Instant’s New Android App Lets You Track Just About Anything

Quantified-self enthusiasts – those who are somewhat obsessed with using technology to better understand themselves, their daily habits and personal trends – have been fortunate to have a wide variety of niche apps to choose from for measuring everything from athletic activity, to travel time, and …

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin trailer shows what's changing in Dark Souls 2

A new trailer for <i>Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin</i>, Namco Bandai's re-release of <i>Dark Souls 2</i> and its three expansions, gives fans of the Souls series a taste of what's coming this April. From visual changes to new enemies (and old enemies showing up in unexpected places), there's a lot to see …

Nazi Auschwitz camp officer, 93, to face trial over 300,000 deaths

Oskar Groening, a former death camp officer, will go on trial in Germany in April charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder<p>A 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp officer will go on trial in Germany in April charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, a court …

World History

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

Retrogaming