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Inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Intel keeps things humming

Intel, Microsoft partnered for the internal design of Surface Pro 3, resulting in power-efficient and powerful internals.<p>The Surface Pro 3 is a snapshot of state-of-the-art Intel technology as much as it is a Microsoft tour de force.<p>On Tuesday, Microsoft's Panos Panay, general manager of the …

Computer Hardware

Microsoft Office For iPad: Who's It For?

In case you missed the announcement, Microsoft released its Office offering for the iPad yesterday. About time too, many people will have cried. Smarter working means working with whatever device you have at hand, although people who tried using the Office apps on an iPhone soon found that their …

Philips Introduces Android-Powered 4K TVs Coming Later This Year

Google TV is likely going away entirely, to be replaced by a familiar face – Android. Philips has just unveiled new Ultra HD (4K, whatever you prefer) TVs (via 9to5Google) that will be running Google’s mobile OS when they hit stores in Q2 of this year. The sets seem to be coming to Europe and …

Microsoft Office hits number one spot in Apple’s App Store after just 12 hours

Following two years of rumors, Microsoft finally launched its Office suite of apps on the iPad today. And despite how frustrating it was to wait, it looks like iPad users aren’t bothered at all. The freemium app is now ranked number one in Apple’s App Store among free iPad apps — less than 12 hours …

Report: Valve to release standardized virtual-reality control interface this month

Author: Peter Grimm<p>For all the potential virtual reality gaming headsets like the Oculus Rift have in enhancing video game experiences in exciting …

PS4 Review Part One: Video Game Console Meets Gaming PC

Having spent the past month or so playing around with the Xbox One, I now turn my attention to Sony’s offering: The PlayStation 4.<p>Here are some first impressions.<p><b>The Box</b><p>Sony’s next-gen (current-gen?) system is an impressive piece of hardware.<p>The tilted design looks good, and gives it a distinctly …

Physical buttons make a comeback in Samsung's low-end Galaxy Core Advance

The rugged Galaxy S 4 Active had them, and so did the lesser-known Xcover2. But all-physical navigation buttons are becoming rarer on Samsung phones nowadays, and that's why our eyes were drawn to the manufacturer's latest low-end offering, the Galaxy Core Advance. In addition to the obvious trio …

Time Machines: NASA goes virtual at CES

<i>Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills. In the weeks leading up to the biggest gadget show on Earth, we'll be offering a special look at relics from CES' past.</i><p>Our willingness to …

Surface RT display smackdown: Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet shines

The screen on Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet wins handily in comparison with Microsoft's Surface 2, a testing company concludes.<p>Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet has one of the best screens tested to date, while Microsoft's Surface 2 counterpart falls into the also-ran category, according to a testing firm that …

Nokia

Homeless man learns to code, launches app

After receiving coding lessons from a helpful Samaritan, a homeless man in New York launches Trees for Cars, a new carpooling app with a focus on saving the environment.<p>Back in August, programmer Patrick McConlogue offered Leo Grand a choice: $100, or 16 coding lessons. Grand -- homeless since 2011 …

Homelessness

Chromecast in 2014: an open SDK, big international plans and maybe even new devices

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Google (S GOOG) landed a bit of a coup with Chromecast this year, launching a device that no one saw coming but that has …

Visualized: Inside the Vertu workshop, where phones are made by hand (video)

While not everyone's comfortable with splashing out on a fancy Vertu phone, there's no stopping us from appreciating the company's craftsmanship and engineering expertise since its Nokia days. We're talking about dealing with various luxurious materials -- pearl, ruby, sapphire, titanium, gold, …

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

In The Future, Your iPhone Password Could Be Your Face

If your fingerprint isn't secure enough for you, you might be able to use your face to unlock your iPhone someday.<p>Apple Insider reported Tuesday on a new Apple patent called "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition." In other words, the technology would let you unlock …

Predicting Windows' future: One core, many versions

Is Windows RT dead? Is the desktop going away? What's "Threshold" got to do with it? Here's Mary Jo Foley's latest attempt to try to make sense of where Microsoft's Windows roadmap is leading us.<p>Recent remarks by a Microsoft exec who noted there won't be three different Windows variants in the …

Windows Phone

Associated Press News

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

YouTube's music service said to be delayed until next year

Expected to debut by the end of the year, the rumored subscription service won't be available until at least the first quarter of 2014, AllThingsD reports.<p>Music fans will apparently have to wait until next year to finally give YouTube's much-rumored streaming music service a spin.<p>Originally …

Google Play

Samsung Galaxy S5 to get unibody metal shell

Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone will have a metal body, following HTC and Apple's premium devices, if Japanese website EMSOne is to be</b> …

Android Creator Andy Rubin's Next Big Google Project: Robots

Amazon’s drone delivery experiment headlined the news earlier this week, but it seems that the next generation of technology is continuing to amaze. Google has revealed that it is working to create a new generation of robots, the New York Times reports.<p>The man behind Google’s robotics effort is no …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …