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Windows 10 Worst Secret Spins Out Of Control [Updated]

<i>Update 15/02/2016: Microsoft has dismissed the data on the Voat thread as completely flawed. This supersedes the ‘no comment’ initially supplied for this story and all parties acknowledge this changes the context from which the original story was written.</i> <i>An apology from Microsoft UK press agency</i> …

Windows 10

PayPal shoots self in foot while 'white knighting' for Netflix

Turns out, there's more than one way to exchange goods for money on the Internet.<p>With the recent rollout of Netflix Everywhere, the company has been on a tear trying to track down and lock out users who rely on VPNs to bypass its regional restrictions and access the US programming list -- or any …

Credit Cards

My Nintendo Program Starting in March

Collect points and coupons.<p>During its meeting with investors today, Nintendo outlined details of its upcoming My Nintendo loyalty program.<p>According …

Nintendo's profit slump shows the NX can't come soon enough

But at least it's still making money.<p>Nintendo didn't do too bad in 2015, but its latest financial report highlight's one thing: while the company's not struggling, it's depending too much on a handful of legacy titles. Overall, profits reported for the period ending last December were 40,558 …

Retrogaming

Windows 7 and 8 users are now prompted to get Windows 10

Windows 10

Here’s Why Microsoft is Automatically Downloading Windows 10 Onto PCs

The latest operating system is now just the click of a mouse away from being installed on PCs around the world.<p>Microsoft in July 2015 released Windows 10, its latest and greatest operating system that earned acclaim from critics (the Start Menu is back!) and criticism from privacy rights activists …

Microsoft wants to put data centers at the bottom of the sea

The first prototype, Leona Philpot, was trialled in the Pacific Ocean.<p>Microsoft is on a mission to put its server farms at the bottom of the ocean. That might sound self-destructive, but there's method in the madness -- such an approach, the company believes, could make data centers faster, greener …

Coastlines

How to run Android on any computer, just like Windows

Say you need to run Android apps on an actual computer, be it a laptop or a desktop. What do you do? One option starting this week will be to …

Apps

The $79 Endless Mini aims to reach billions without PCs

There are still billions of people in the world who don’t have a personal computer. The Endless Mini is for them.<p>The new ball-shaped computer from Endless is a $79 machine aimed at bringing the next four billion people into the information age, said Matt Dalio, CEO and chief of product at Endless. …

Windows 10 ends 2015 under 10% market share

9.96 percent. Close, but no cigar. Five months after its release, Windows 10 still hasn’t passed 10 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.<p>Windows 10 was installed on over 75 million PCs in its first four weeks, and passed 110 million after 10 weeks. While we …

Why I'm leaving Spotify after six years

A 21st-century breakup.<p>Spotify changed the way I listen to music. When I joined the service in 2009, I had maybe 4GB of music on my laptop at any given time, and a 2GB Sony MP3 player that I rotated my collection on. I now have an ever-expanding online library that amounts to the equivalent of …

Apple Music

New Chrome experiment turns your phone into a Star Wars lightsaber

Google today launched a new Chrome experiment called “Lightsaber Escape” in partnership with Disney, LucasFilm, and Industrial Light & Magic. The Star Wars “interactive web experience” starts off in a Star Destroyer, where, Google says, “you’ll need to use your phone as a lightsaber to escape the …

The computer virus that blackmails you

<b>Ransomware is the fastest growing form of computer malware, experts warn.</b><p>It's a malicious virus that locks the user out of their computer and demands a fee to return their files.<p>A report published by the Australian government claims 72% of businesses surveyed experienced ransomware incidents in …

VMware bails on its 'head-scratching' plan to spin out a new company, and two board members quit

VMware surprised everyone when it announced plans to create Virtustream in October, after Dell announced its complicated takeover of EMC, which would turn most of VMware's shares into a tracking stock.<p>Essentially, the plan was to take a company called Virtustream, which EMC bought last spring for …

YouTube exec explains what makes a video go viral

This was way back in 2009: A quirky video called JK Wedding Entrance Dance went so viral that the hit TV show "The Office" parodied it in one of its most popular episodes (you know, the one where Jim and Pam finally got married).<p>Since then, YouTube's relationship with mass media has completely …

Microsoft wants to train you to use rival operating system, Linux

It loves Linux so much, that on Wednesday, Microsoft announced a new training program to help teach the Windows faithful in the IT world how to use Linux, as long as they are using Linux on Microsoft's cloud.<p>That's because, thanks to cloud computing, we're now in the "post-Windows" era, where …

Linux

This Is the Superficial Trait Women Care About MOST in a Partner According to Science

When it comes to matters of the heart, you can’t help who you love, amirite? You can find love in any old hopeless place (thanks, Rihanna) and regardless of any physical feature… except for one. According to a study that will be published in the March 2016 edition of the <i>Journal of Personality and</i> …

Dance

How to protect Windows 10 from viruses for free

Keep Windows 10 free from viruses<p>Windows 10 is Microsoft's most secure operating system ever thanks to powerful anti-virus tools that help keep you …

It’s actually open source software that’s eating the world

At Lightspeed we’ve been investing aggressively in open source software (OSS) businesses for the past 10 years. Recently, we’ve seen a significant increase in entrepreneurs pitching open source startups, and we’ve also seen greater competition for these deals. We pulled together some numbers in an …

Here's the dirt on a prefabricated plastic earth sheltered home design you can buy off the shelf

No, this isn't Hobbiton or a scene from Teletubbies. It's a rendering of a community of earth-sheltered houses built from a new prefab building …

Prefab Homes

Broadband for the people, built by the people

Competition is good, especially when it comes to internet service providers. Unfortunately, it's also rare. According to the White House's community-based broadband report released earlier this year (PDF), 75 percent of customers looking for internet speeds of 25Mbps or higher had a choice between …

Net Neutrality

The mobile world's walls are crumbling

Ponder the photo you see above for a moment. Yes, that's Apple Music running on a BlackBerry phone powered by Android -- products from three mobile rivals working in harmony. The very concept of this would have been outlandish just a year ago, let alone a few years earlier when these companies were …

Apps

Coding bootcamps are replacing computer science degrees

In recent years, a growing number of coding boot camps have helped address the large gap between available software engineering positions and qualified candidates to fill them. Coding bootcamps have been so successful that observers have wondered whether these programs are beginning to replace …

We turned on the Nintendo PlayStation: It's real and it works

When a mysterious "Nintendo PlayStation" prototype with both an SNES cartridge slot and a CD drive made the rounds back in July, many remained skeptical. Not even Sony PlayStation's head of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, wanted to confirm its authenticity. Or perhaps he just didn't want to …

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Idealism

Microsoft may focus on business users for the Surface Phone

The company already makes the Lumia range of handsets which are aimed at everyday customers, and so it makes sense that Microsoft wants to focus on business when it comes to the Surface Phone.<p>The Surface Phone, which has been repeatedly hinted at by Microsoft, will likely continue where the Surface …

Windows 10

Top 10 Best Android Apps And Games : Update

Top 10 Best Android Apps And Games : Update1. Quick BoyIn the not so distant future the world is filled with zombies and most of humanity is too …

Microsoft lets you build apps for Windows 10 in less than 10 minutes

Microsoft has made tweaks to App Studio that allows users who don’t have prior knowledge of code to submit an app in less than 10 minutes.<p>Traditionally, users would need to install Visual Studio and tap out reams of code, but with Microsoft’s new step-by-step process, you can build an app using a …