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Disable banner ads in Skype for Windows

When you're talking with friends, family, or coworkers, the last thing you want to be annoyed by is an advertisement.<p>Before the many updates to Skype post-Microsoft acquisition, simply disabling the promotions options in settings was enough to rid your conversations of unnecessary spam. However, a …

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Sex, social manipulation and dirtbags star in Ladykiller in a Bind

The first time she hits me, I laugh in surprise. The blow lands with a sharp crack, inflicted by a riding crop, maybe, or something similar in nature. I've said something foolish, and The Beauty, as she's called, is inflicting just punishment. Those will become a lot more frequent in a few short …

8 great new tech books to make the winter months fly by

Toggle Yosemite’s dark mode quicker with this little hack

Yosemite’s new Dark Mode is one of my favorite new features in OS X 10.10, but toggling it on and off can be a pain.<p>Apple didn’t include a hotkey combo that lets you switch from Light to Dark mode, but with after digging through Yosemite’s code, someone has discovered a single line of code you can …

Bandai Namco Offers HOME Menu Theme Download Codes

A special campaign offer for purchasing Japanese-exclusive Nintendo 3DS title <i>Tales Of The World: Reve Unitia</i> could earn you some bonus swag. Bandai …

American made iPhone 6/6 Plus Spool Dock from Quell & Co. takes a different approach to its style

Apple left a gaping hole in the accessory world when it decided not to release an updated dock for the new, larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Shortly after their release, third party manufacturers have brought forth some beautiful and functional docks, but most are made of either aluminum or hard …

Hands-On with Rose Colored Gaming's SNES-Themed Game Boy Advance

A great way to take a trip back in time.<p>The introduction of the Game Boy Advance marked a new generation of gaming handhelds for Nintendo. The first …

15 Ways Video Games Make You Smarter And Healthier

Video games are a huge industry and a big part of our society — take a look at Microsoft's recent purchase of a game studio for $2.5 billion — but games get a bad rap.<p>They're often portrayed as antisocial, violent, and as an addictive waste of time that encourages obesity.<p>But that's not necessarily …

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Part 9) A Friendlier, More Transparent Future?

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p>Post-Katie Cotton, members of Apple’s PR and Communications team are said to be excited about the new opportunities and tactics they will be able to execute under a friendlier, more …

Part 8) Steve Jobs and the Process Behind Press Releases

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p><b>Steve Jobs and the Process Behind Press Releases</b><p>A former Apple PR member recalls that Steve Jobs once scrapped an entire Apple press release announcing a new partnership with another …

Part 7) Product Reviews, Briefings, & Reviewer’s Guides

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p><b>Product Reviews, Briefings, & Reviewer’s Guides</b><p>The attention that Apple’s PR and Communications group puts into events can even be seen in the packages that reviewers receive with …

Part 6) Controversies: From Maps to Beats to Haunted Empires

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p>The number of major controversies in Apple’s recent history could be counted on a single hand, but because of the company’s size and history of PR dominance, each one has attracted …

Part 5) Two Heads In Place Of One

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p><b>Two Heads In Place Of One</b><p>Months after announcing her departure, Katie Cotton has moved on from Apple, according to a person close to the former executive. She is no longer involved …

Part 4) The Departure of a “Tyrant”

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p>While Apple PR portrayed former VP of Worldwide Corporate Communications Katie Cotton’s departure as a way for the executive to spend more time with her children, the true reason for …

Part 3) Strategies: The “Art of Deep Background” and Controlling the Press

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p>Apple’s PR department presents a cool, measured public-facing image: it only responds to press inquiries when it wants to, doesn’t offer quotes unless they’ll be reprinted without …

Part 2) Introducing the Teams: How PR Is Organized at 3 Infinite Loop

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p>Unlike Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, cellular carriers, or Wal-Mart-sized corporations, Apple handles its PR and Communications strategies wholly in-house, mirroring its control over …

Part 1) Apple Events and Shredded White Booklets

From <b>Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media</b>, a profile examining Apple’s PR strategy:<p>“The keynote is like a production. You have to have a special appreciation for it.”<p>You probably never knew that an audience member fainted during one of Steve Jobs’s keynotes. …

An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D

Itseez3D, the first app to partner with computer vision technology company Occipital, can turn any picture you take with your iOS camera into a 3D object. Naturally, I made one of the good sir Alex Wilhelm:<p>And <i>somehow</i> I was convinced to get one of me as well:<p><i>Note: it’s very odd to see yourself as</i> …

How to build your own Game Boy with a Raspberry Pi and a hot glue gun

Buying a Game Boy from Goodwill is something of a risky proposition. It's not so much the $5 it might cost you, but the unknown condition of the 25-year-old handheld.<p>That didn't stop a blogger who goes by "microbyter," who overcame the damage caused by an exploded battery in a secondhand Nintendo …

Build Your Own 3D-Printed Gameboy

Adafruit shows how to build your own "Gamegirl" with a 3D-printed case, Raspberry Pi computer, and various electronic bits:<p>You are now looking at …

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It's time for the FCC to stand up for Americans instead of ruining the internet

Cowardice and capitulation could mess up a vital utility<p>The internet is fucked, and the US government is making it worse.<p>Political cowardice set the FCC up to lose its first battle for net neutrality regulation: the rules that keep the internet as you know it free and open. The idea of net …

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ (512GB)

Part Number: 10024048<p>Where to Buy<p>MSRP: $899.95<p>Visit manufacturer site for details.<p>CNET may get a commission from these offers.<p>Quick Specifications<p>Compatibility Mac<br>PC<br>• Color Category black<br>• Type solid state drive<br>• Capacity 512 GB<br>• Hard Drive Type external hard drive<p>Full Product Specifications

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Computer Use May Improve Fine-Motor Skills In The Brain, Scientists Say

Don’t worry about watching all those cat videos on the Internet. You’re not wasting time when you are at your computer—you’re honing your fine-motor skills. A study of people’s ability to translate training that involves clicking and twiddling a computer mouse reveals that the brain can apply that …

Want the new Mac Pro without the price tag? Bring it to your Mac dock

If you’re one of the few eager to try out the Mac Pro but can’t stomach the $2,999 and up price tag, here’s a super-cheap non-solution for you.<p>Sure, you won’t get the madness that is the Mac Pro internals, but it’s a black circular trashcan on your Mac dock, so that counts for something, …

World of Warcraft composer forms video game tribute band

The lead composer on <i>World of Warcraft</i> announced his video game tribute band Critical Hit today, along with the band's debut album, which includes covers of the main themes from <i>Tetris, Pokémon, Halo 2</i> and <i>Metal Gear Solid 2</i>.<p>Jason Hayes is an in-house composer for Blizzard Entertainment. He has …

Turn Your Old iPhone into a Wireless Music System

Attention, Mac people who just bought or are about to receive a new iPhone. If your <i>old</i> iPhone is still fairly new, you don’t have any kids yammering …

Pokemon cocktails offer adult fun with a twist

Tumblr user and Pokemon fan meowpurrnom created nine frozen cocktails of the "Eeveelution" variety.<p>The cocktail menu includes an alcoholic spin on every known evolution of Eevee, including the newest addition, Sylveon. Although specific measurements for each drink aren't given, the mix for each is …

Summer reading: The best books for gamers

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>I love games. I’m usually jittery with excitement when I finish one, but that’s rarely because of the story. It’s probably due to how most developers tend to …

It Won't Be Easy, But Here's How You Can Keep All Your Conversations Private

Your private conversations aren't that private. In fact, the government is tapped into the servers of the top technology companies.<p>The NSA was …

iPhone-Operated Digital Lock Makes House Keys a Thing of the Past

Kwikset's new Kevo door lock turns your iPhone into the simplest of digital keys. Just have your phone in your pocket or purse, tap the Kevo lock, …