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Xbox LIVE is currently down, Microsoft is working hard to fix it

If you’re trying again and again to sign into your Xbox LIVE account, you’re not alone, and it’s not your fault. According to the Xbox LIVE Status …

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft execs back CISPA through trade group

Tech trade group whose members include Eric Schmidt and Marissa Mayer sends letter to House Intelligence panel commending its work on the controversial bill and expressing interest in added privacy protections.<p>A tech trade group whose guiding lights include executives from Google, Microsoft, and …

Now That We Have All These Devices, It’s Time For Them To Truly Work Together

Cross-platform is the buzzword of all the big tech companies now. During every Google earnings call, like clockwork, CEO Larry Page dedicates considerable time discussing the company’s focus on making sure users have a seamless experience and equal access to services as they switch between devices. …

Phone Plan: Google Now, Samsung Soon or Apple Later?

If you are in the market for a cutting-edge smartphone today, which should you choose? Every platform and manufacturer has its partisans, but the three front-runners are clearly the Google Nexus 4, the soon-to-be released Samsung Galaxy 4 and (at the moment) the iPhone 5. Adding to the confusion …

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Galaxy S4 release dates mentioned in reportedly leaked Staples memo

“Tentative” release dates for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Galaxy S4 versions have been spotted in what’s said to be a leaked Staples memo.<p>According to the document received by <i>Phone Arena</i>, AT&T could launch the Galaxy S4 on April 26, followed by T-Mobile on May 1 and Verzion on May 30.<p>The memo …

Google exec Eric Schmidt predicts entire Earth will be online by 2020

Where do you see the Earth in terms of Internet connectivity five years from now? If you ask Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt for his opinion, he’ll tell you that in five years, even more people will have access to the Internet one way or another. In fact, Schmidt thinks that every single …

Windows 8.1 'boot to desktop' rumor: Wishful thinking?

A Windows 8.1 option to boot to desktop? That seductive rumor has been making the rounds over the weekend.<p>What could be a reflection of wishful thinking, a post at WinBeta (via Neowin), cites a Russian-language Web site as the source.<p>Apparently, there is Windows 8.1 code that disables the Metro …

Software

Ubisoft Montreal CEO: next-gen consoles will blur all the lines and create new ways to play

With over 2000 staff and a range of triple A games, Ubisoft Montreal is one of the largest and consistently most interesting mainstream developers in …

Fears over game microtransactions and the birth pangs of a post-stuff age

Video games aren't just fun to play, they're also the perfect seed for an enjoyable moral panic. They're hot news today because the Office of Fair …

Bing News for Windows 8 updated with custom RSS feeds, Bing Maps gets local search feature

Microsoft is releasing fresh Windows 8 app updates this week. News, Maps, Travel, Sport, and Finance are all being updated with new features. The News app now includes a customize option that lets users add their own RSS feeds to the top stories section of the app. A pin option is also included to …

Eric Schmidt: Everyone In The World Will Be On The Internet By 2020

He tweeted this:<p>"For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected. #NewDigitalAge<p>— Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) April 13, 2013"<p>In other words, he believes that in just seven years, the Internet will be accessible even in the parts of …

Why The Sudden Rush To Bring Google Glass To Market?

Only a couple of months back, Google co-founder and augmented reality promoter, Sergey Brin, voiced skepticism about Google Glass, claiming at an impromptu TED talk in February that it was far from the finished article, implying there were doubts it would make the trip to market.<p>Last week, however, …

When Was The Last Time You Thought About T9?

Yesterday I was hanging out with a friend who has a dumbphone and he was lamenting the time he wastes composing texts. When I mentioned that I was …

Nostalgia

This AI “solves” Super Mario Bros. and other classic NES games

Program even takes advantage of bugs and glitches.<p>In the 28 years since <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> was released, and it's obviously been comprehensively …

Jomi’s Smart Water Bottle Sleeve-Plus-App Wants To Track & Chart Your Liquid Intake To Make You Drink More

Move over HAPIfork. Estonian startup Jomi Interactive is cooking up a pair of smart devices that will remind people to drink <i>more</i> water. Or at least whatever liquid/poison of choice you put in your water bottle. The aim, says the startup, is to encourage healthy behaviour and counteract the mild …

Facebook Home And The Promise Of Android

If you’re an iPhone user, you might be feeling a little left behind, because Facebook launched an application called Facebook Home, touted by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the “next version of Facebook.” In fact, you might be feeling this way if you’re an Android user, too. For now, only a handful of …

Google reportedly offers search results changes in EU probe

Package of concessions includes clear labeling of its own products in search results, as well as prominent placement of rivals' services, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.<p>Google has proposed an overhaul of how it displays search results in Europe to allay concerns that the Web giant is abusing …