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It does not get more retro than a PlayStation 4 with real wood accents (update)

The folks over at Toast sent Polygon an email about their latest product, real wood veneers for the already striking PlayStation 4. Many here scoffed, but I for one deeply miss my wood-paneled Xbox 360 and, before that, my Intellivision. So yeah, I said with a pang of nostalgia, send 'em along.<p>My …

Microsoft Phone app appears in the Windows Store for Windows 10 | On MSFT

For those that did not know, there’s a Phone app in the leaked Windows 10 build 10558, but it isn’t quite usable just yet. To take things a step …

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When Does Software Start Becoming Malware?

Threat Research<p>Talos Group - September 15, 2015 - 4 Comments<p><i>This post was authored by Earl Carter, Alex Chiu, Joel Esler, Geoff Serrao, and Brandon Stultz.</i><p>Defining what is malware relies on determining when undesirable behavior crosses the line from benign to clearly unwanted. The lack of a single …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

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How a Google glitch propelled BuzzFeed into a $1.5 billion company

In an interview with Peter Kafka on Recode's Decode Podcast, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti went through the early days of the company, including a scare that took away all of the company's search traffic.<p>The company was originally focusing on Google search traffic and social simultaneously, but it …

Zynga's 'CSR Racing 2' Races Past Console Graphics

While PC and console games are forever pushing the envelope of graphics, so have mobile games — and they started from a place well behind other …

Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Raises $11M

Mobcrush, which live-streams mobile games like Twitch does for PC games, said today that it has raised $11 million in a new financing round led by Kleiner Perkins.<p>TechCrunch previously reported that the company had raised around $10 million. As we noted before, the company’s bet — along with …

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Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, Unpredictable Situations - MIT Technology Review

Researchers at Harvard University and SUNY at Buffalo are designing robots to function outside of ideal, predictable environments such as warehouses …

Running Android apps on Windows Phone 10 preview - Doug Rathbone

Depending on who you talk to, one of the coolest parts of the new Windows Phone OS coming to devices in the next few months is the ability to run …

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Framed, Lara Croft GO

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When …

10 best new Android apps and games from August 2015

August has come and gone and with it marks the beginning of the end of the season. It also left us with a bunch of awesome new Android apps and games! Let’s take a quick look at the best ones released this last month.<p>[Price: Free with in-app purchases]<br>Fallout Shelter turned a lot of heads when it …

Show off your Microsoft pride in Skype with these hidden emoticons

Have you ever wanted to inject some of your diehard Microsoft pride into Skype conversations? I know, it's a strange question, but you can now do …

Cool Android browser Link Bubble is now completely free

Link Bubble, the popular floating browser app developed by Chris Lacy, is now available for free with all its premium features in tow.<p>The change comes just a few weeks after the app was bought by an unnamed startup. Users can now enjoy features previously available only to those who bought the full …

Pintasking brings multi-tasking to just about any Android device

One of the main reasons I prefer working on my desktop over my tablet or phone is that PCs offer a significantly better multi-tasking experience.<p>Sure, I could use my Android phone to keep an eye on Twitter for leads for a story, download images using Chrome, and write and publish my post in …

Breaking the Galaxy Note 5 is as easy as reinserting the stylus backwards

Owners of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 should be careful about how they handle the device's stylus. According to reports from various outlets, reinserting the Note 5's S Pen into the smartphone the wrong way can permanently disable the handset's stylus detection feature. This means that functions …

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10 apps that should be core smartphone features

So I trawled the hundreds of apps I’ve installed, and compiled a “top 10” of the ones I feel wouldn’t look out-of-place integrated into a phone’s inner workings.<p>It’s worth noting here that these aren’t necessarily the best built or designed apps out there — it’s more about the core functionality. …

Disable Flash on your browser. Stop hesitating. Do it now.

Recently I uninstalled Flash on both my Windows PC and my MacBook and I was amazed at how much it improved my online experience. Now <i>PC World</i> has gone …

Developer reveals Mac security hole without telling Apple

Typically, coders and researchers who discover security vulnerabilities in software will tell the companies involved before posting their findings -- it's a courtesy to make sure that those holes are patched before attackers can use them. Don't tell that to developer Luca Todesco, though. He …

I used to doubt Microsoft. Then I installed Windows 10.

I don’t know if I broke a law of computing or committed heresy. But I installed Windows 10 on my Macbook Pro. I had feared that this would condemn me to purgatory in the gates of computing hell. But it has been an incredibly positive experience: my favorite Microsoft Office applications — Outlook, …

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How to Organize and Add Shortcuts to the All Apps List on Windows 10

Windows 10’s All Apps list functions a bit differently than the All Programs list in Windows 7. You can’t just drag-and-drop shortcuts or right-click …

Internet Explorer's 20th anniversary: A history of Microsoft's browser

20 years ago today, way back in 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 1.0 as a Microsoft Plus! "Internet Jumpstart Kit" add-on for Windows 95.<p>IE …

Lego Star Wars Is an Orgy of Violence and Dismemberment - IGN Video

Have you ever considered just how many people die in a single Lego game? We have.

A Warning To New 'Fallout Shelter' Players On Android

The day has come, and <i>Fallout Shelter</i> has at long last arrived on Android. After being on Apple’s iOS app store for about two months since E3, the game has finally made it to Google’s Android, and players can experience their first taste of mobile <i>Fallout</i>.<p>The game has gotten a lot of attention due to …

Back to school: Surface Pro 3, Windows 10, and everything else you need

Summer is just about over (already?!) and students are gearing up for the new school year. We’ve put together a list of some awesome products from …

American Psychological Association affirms link between violent games and aggression

Playing violent video games is linked to increases in aggression and decreases in sensitivity to aggression, according to a review by the American Psychological Association (APA) of recent research. The review indicated that there is "insufficient evidence" about whether playing violent video games …

This game will shut itself down when enough players have died

<i>The Flock</i> might be the first video game with built-in obsolescence.<p>The first-person, multiplayer thriller takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of the year 3000, one where players compete for a mysterious object known as the "light artifact." As you battle you can, like in most games, die. But …

Oracle’s top security exec infuriated the geek world this week and a hilarious new meme was born: #oraclefanfic

The internet's response was both outrage and humor.<p>As we previously reported, Davidson argued:<p>That finding and reporting bugs was "almost certainly" violating Oracle's End User License Agreement or (EULA) and coming about by "reverse engineering" Oracle's products;<br>• Oracle was more than capable of …

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Installing Windows 10 again already? You can skip activation

One of the most tiresome things with reinstalling Windows over the years, has been reactivating it every time. Sometimes it wouldn’t work and you’d …

Facebook rescinds internship from student who exposed app privacy flaws

Harvard student Aran Khanna lost position after he launched app called Marauder’s Map that could pinpoint location of Facebook Messenger users<p>A Harvard University student says he lost his internship at Facebook after he launched a browser application from his dorm room that exploited privacy flaws …

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