Alex Maggi

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Windows XP's death is quickly approaching

On April 8, 2014, it's the "end of life" for Windows XP. Now, that doesn't mean XP will suddenly stop working. You can keep using it if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it.<p>End of life means Microsoft won't be releasing any more security updates to the average user. Any security flaws that hackers …

How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life

Imagine that your new iPhone 5S or Android smartphone could control all aspects of your life. Change channels on your TV, start your car, change the temperature in your house, pay for your coffee, the watch on your wrist … everything. Think of a smartphone as universal remote for your entire …

Early Samsung Smartwatch Reviewers Are Not Impressed

The early reviews are in, and few seem thrilled with the Galaxy Gear, the so-called smartwatch that the South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced this week.<p>The Galaxy Gear syncs with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone -- only one model for now, which we'll get to later -- and allows you to make …

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

iPhone Phablet on the way? Apple is exploring bigger iPhones with up to 5.7″ screens

While we’ve been hearing quite a bit about Apple’s plans for a cheaper iPhone over the past few months, the company’s plans to go bigger have been more cloudy.<p>Now it sounds like Apple aims to go into phablet territory, a term for giant smartphones over 5-inches that may as well be tablets. Apple is …

Despite A Strong E3 For PlayStation 4, Analysts Expect Microsoft And Sony To Have A Close Race

Sony has emerged as the early winner in the next generation console race, thanks to its open system and the ability for PlayStation 4 to play used games and allow gamers the freedom to play offline games without always-on Internet connections. The $100 price point also is an incentive for gamers to …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad

Whatever era you call it, post-PC or simply PC plus, the Mac vs. PC war has ignited once again today. In a fresh Windows 8 ad, Microsoft is directly attacking Apple's iPad on price, an approach it took during the early Vista days with low-priced laptops. It's also doing it in a way that parodies …

What the Future Looks Like Inside SRI: the Lab that Brought us Siri

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace, is working on a book with Shel Israel about the how sensors, wearable computers, and other technologies will change our future, titled “Age of Context.” That got them invited to visit SRI International, Silicon Valley’s most</i> …

Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein

When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.<p>But they were sorely, …

Well, This Is Just Awful: 'Renting' Disabled People to Skip Lines at Disney World

No, it's not a "Modern Seinfeld" episode.<p>Reuters<p>The lines at Disney World are awful, we can all agree, but the lengths to which some people will go to bypass them are worse. Wealthy Manhattan parents are reportedly using a service that typically assists disabled children around the theme park to …

Apps Raise the iPad’s Aptitude for Real Work

There’s a popular myth that Apple’s iPad and other tablets are simply media-consumption devices, unsuitable for productivity applications. That’s …

10 Things The Samsung Galaxy S4 Can Do That The iPhone Can't

When the phone first came out, reviewers criticized Samsung for shoving too many complex and glitchy extras in the phone.<p>But there are some features in the GS4 that do work well and could be useful, and you won't find them in the GS4's chief rival, the iPhone.<p>Let's take a look at some of the best …