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Apple has Siri, and Microsoft is about to get Cortana

Microsoft has been in a state of "shut up and ship" with Windows Phone for more than a year now. While the company has released a few minor updates to Windows Phone 8, its feature set hasn’t changed significantly from when Microsoft first introduced the mobile OS in October 2012. The software giant …

Nokia Lumia Icon review

Even Nokia’s <i>boots</i> were innovative.<p>The company once known as Finnish Rubber Works made well-loved rubber boots long before it made smartphones. And as it shifted from rain-proof soles to cellphone modems in the latter half of the 20th century, Nokia became as innovative and important a technology …

Hey Microsoft, Surface 2 is great, but clear up something please

It might be a good idea now for Microsoft to be more public about the direction of its tablet operating system so consumers know what they're buying into.<p>I like the Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520. A lot. As hardware, they're two of the best tablets out there. Bar none (including iPads).<p>But …

Windows Phone

5 first moves Nadella might make as Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella, if you haven't heard, has succeeded Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO.<p>A one-time Sun Microsystems employee and Microsoft veteran of 22 …

Microsoft names Satya Nadella new CEO

Now the hard part begins.<p>After a six-months-long search, Microsoft has handed responsibility for its future to Satya Nadella, who replaces Steve Ballmer and becomes only the third chief executive in the company's nearly four-decade-long history.<p>Founder Bill Gates, meanwhile, will move over as a …

Microsoft Surface: It's on a roll (and why it exists)

Why does Surface exist and is Microsoft serious about moving forward with the laptop-tablet hybrid? The software giant -- er, device maker -- has answers to those questions.<p>Microsoft said this week during its earnings conference call that Surface shipments doubled sequentially, though it's a little …

Windows Phone

Alienware jumps into SteamOS with its new Steam Machine - CNET

LAS VEGAS -- With the 2013 introduction of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, you'd think the living-room gaming category would be pretty tied up. Veteran PC gaming company Valve, the force behind classic games such as Half-Life and the massive Steam online PC game store and app, thinks …

The NSA's elite hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away

Attendees at the Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg this weekend got a surprising rundown of the NSA's surveillance capabilities, courtesy of security researcher Jacob Appelbaum. Appelbaum, who co-wrote the <i>Der Spiegel</i> article that first revealed the NSA catalog, went into further detail …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

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Predicting Windows' future: One core, many versions

Recent remarks by a Microsoft exec who noted there won't be three different Windows variants in the future have set off a storm of speculation -- just about all of which is dead wrong.<p>Microsoft Executive Vice President Julie Larson-Green recently told attendees of a UBS technology conference that …

Windows Phone

Scientist: Quantum physics can prove there's an afterlife

If there's a choice between an afterlife and nothing at all, I'd plump for the former.<p>It gives us a peculiar kind of hope that there is more. And, in America, we know that more is always better.<p>Discussions surrounding the afterlife tend to focus on belief. One scientist, however, is suggesting that …

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Xbox One includes system-wide SkyDrive integration

As Microsoft edges closer to its Xbox One release on November 22nd the company is starting to detail some of the built-in apps available on the console. While the Xbox 360 includes access to a SkyDrive application, the Xbox One’s support goes a little further. Microsoft is integrating its cloud …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

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GTA V: That rape scene? No, that's just cannibalism

There was, not surprisingly, palpable and understandable excitement greeting the arrival of Grand Theft Auto V.<p>This is a game that everyone seems to believe lives up to all the pulsations associated with taking a ride on the wild side.<p>Some, though, wondered whether this latest version of the …

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Grand Theft Auto V Review

Grand in every sense.<p><i>Note: This review exclusively covers the single-player portion of Grand Theft Auto V, since it launched without any multiplayer</i> …

Director Kevin Tancharoen Offers an Update on His Mortal Kombat Movie

Legacy creator talks about what's in store for the reboot.<p>Filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen, the guy behind Mortal Kombat: Legacy, now has an update on the …

Microsoft pulls 'fly on the wall' anti-iPhone ads

Microsoft has removed a series of online video advertisements that were critical of Apple's latest iPhones, after they were up for just a few hours.<p>The videos, which began with the title "A fly on the wall in Cupertino?" depicted fictional meetings supposedly taking place at Apple's headquarters in …

Windows Phone

The real reasons Apple's 64-bit A7 chip makes sense

Apple injected a lot of marketing hyperbole into its claims about the wonders of 64-bit computing when it showed off the A7 processor at the heart of the new iPhone 5S. But there are real long-term reasons that Apple is smart to move beyond the 32-bit era in mobile computing.<p>The iPhone maker did …

Sony SmartWatch vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear: The first big battle in the wearable tech war

Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked version of Android powered by an 800MHz processor, and flaunting a big …

Gear & Gadgets

4 things Microsoft's Surface 2 can learn from Nokia

With Microsoft soon to be -- barring any regulatory rejections -- in control of Nokia's smartphone business, the software giant has an opportunity to apply Nokia's wealth of experience to its own mobile hardware endeavors. In particular, the next version of its Surface RT tablet, rumored to be …

Mobile Technology

Nokia buy can't fix Windows Phone's biggest hurdle: Itself

Microsoft's buyout of Nokia's cell phone branch will benefit everyone, the two companies' CEOs say. The direct reach into Microsoft's deep pockets will give Nokia phones the financial backing they need to make an even firmer marketing push. What's more, integrated hardware and software teams spell …

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Nokia adds muscle to Windows Phone -- and Microsoft sure needs it

Microsoft has been very successful building its business on the backs of developers and third-party manufacturers, what the industry calls OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Windows dominated the desktop with hordes of Windows-compatible machines from OEMs and tens of thousands of …

Mobile

Microsoft needs outside perspective, not Gates' return

Bill Gates' passion for computing played in an indelible role in the development of the technology industry, and it will long be remembered. But, if you look at his disastrous final years at Microsoft before his retirement, it's clear that he's not the leader Microsoft needs to find a way forward …

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Ben Affleck to be next Batman

Are you ready for a new caped crusader?<p>Ben Affleck was unmasked Thursday as the actor who will portray Batman in "Man of Steel 2," the planned sequel to this summer's Superman blockbuster. Movie fans got their first taste of the new movie, which pairs up the two superheroes for the first time on …

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After Ballmer, Microsoft can at last reboot

Microsoft's announcement that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months is big news but little surprise.<p>Ballmer, who's led Microsoft since 2000, simply couldn't prove that he could move the company to a new course effectively. Despite years of trying, Microsoft hasn't shown an …

Windows Phone

Ballmer: Microsoft has 'all its best days ahead.' Oh really?

In his retirement memo to employees today, Steve Ballmer said that "Microsoft has all its best days ahead." You would, of course, expect one of the tech industry's biggest cheerleaders to put a super-positive forward spin on his decision to leave the company after 33 years, including 13 as CEO.<p>The …

Microsoft's Ballmer: 'This was the right path forward'

It's been 20 years since I was allowed by Microsoft to interview Steve Ballmer. (Yeah, I don't why, either.)<p>But today, the day Ballmer announced he'd be retiring within a year as Microsoft's CEO, I got my (most likely last) 15 minutes with Ballmer to interview him.<p>I asked the usual questions that …

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Microsoft's 'touch screen' for any surface goes on sale

Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by shops to display product information. It could even be used for fun to play interactive active games.<p>Once just a prototype created by the startup Ubi with a Microsoft Kinect for …

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