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Microsoft Is Shutting Down Xbox Entertainment Studios

So much for original television content on your Xbox One.<p>While the Xbox brand is remaining largely untouched by Microsoft’s sweeping 18,000 job cuts, there is one significant casualty: Xbox Entertainment Studios is being shuttered.<p>The studio was created in order to make exclusive television content …

Hands On With Super Smash Bros. For 3DS And Wii U

<b>Since the days of Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. has always been my favourite Nintendo series.</b> Given that it blends all of their other franchises, …

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Dream Roster

The current roster for Nintendo's premier character fighter already sits at over 30 characters. Nintendo has reached pretty deep into its well of …

8. Graphics

It's been a good couple of months now since Watch Dogs - after a ridiculously lengthy development cycle - finally hacked its way into our lives. …

Exclusive Interview: Roger Craig Smith Talks About Voicing Batman In Arkham Orgins

You’ve probably heard Roger Craig Smith’s voice. He’s been part of such a wide variety of projects, from films like <i>Wreck-it Ralph</i> and <i>Planes</i>, to …

Bethesda unveils the latest Doom game — it's just 'Doom' — at Quakecon

Doom is back. And it’s just plain old Doom.<p>Bethesda Softworks showed off a preview of its latest Doom game in front of a crowd of fans at the Quakecon 2014 event today in Dallas. The realistic 3D sci-fi shooting game will likely push the edge of animation technology, as Doom fans demand the very …

Leaked render may show NVIDIA's Android-based Shield gaming tablet

A newly leaked render could be showing off the rumored Android-based gaming tablet that may or may not be under development at NVIDIA, with its new …

Xbox Live is down for many Xbox One owners

We reported earlier today that the PlayStation Network was experiencing connection issues. And now, Microsoft’s online service is having problems of its own.<p>A number of people are reporting that they cannot sign into Xbox Live. The service’s status website confirms the errors, and Microsoft says it …

PlayStation Network experiencing issues ahead of Destiny beta launch

The PlayStation Network isn't working properly at the moment, with less than half an hour to go until the scheduled start of the beta for Bungie's <i>Destiny</i> on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, according to Sony's support site.<p>PSN service is "intermittently available," according to the site, due to a …

The Details About the CIA's Deal With Amazon

A $600 million computing cloud built by an outside company is a "radical departure" for the risk-averse intelligence community.<p>The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services …

Not slowing down at all, Google spent $2.65B on data centers in Q2

Google’s quarterly infrastructure spending has been skyrocketing for several quarters now, and the past three months were no exception. Google spent …

Facebook testing Buy button that lets you shop without leaving Facebook

Facebook is testing a new Buy button with a select group of retailers that lets you instantly buy products — without ever having to leave Facebook. When you click Buy, the entire transaction, including entering credit card and shipping information, takes place within the social networking site. …

Amazon shares its first ad for the Fire Phone

Amazon’s Fire Phone is officially set to be released on July 25th, but the company has just shared the first ad for the device. Instead of focusing on the device’s unique features like the Firefly button or Dynamic Perspective, the ad focuses entirely on the fact that the phone comes with a free …

Google Street View Cars Are Sniffing Out Climate-Destroying Methane As They Drive

While they’re making pretty pictures of our city streets, why not hook up some environmental sensors to the Google Street View Cars? These maps will show you where very bad gas leaks are.<p>Methane leaks are a truly insidious contributor to climate change. They’re not as well-publicized as CO2 …

GoTenna Lets You Text Your Friends Even When There's No Signal

Anyone who sends texts (so, that's pretty much everyone) knows that sending messages in big crowds or remote places is often a lot easier said than …

18,000 job cuts mark new era at Microsoft

Microsoft Corp.'s new chief executive has signaled a new era for the company with a heavy finger on the delete key, erasing 18,000 jobs — 14% of the workforce.<p>Six months into the job, CEO Satya Nadella is targeting a red-tape culture that has rested on former glory. He seeks to restore a feisty …

Employment

Microsoft Is Shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios, but Halo TV Series Lives On

This is the kind of day Microsoft’s having: first, the company announced it was laying off 18,000 employees, most of those from the company’s …

Satya Nadella