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On the Internet, it pays to have a weird name

Stacy Erickson’s husband Doug likes to email her little notes during the day to let her know she’s on his mind. “Thanks again for last night,” read …

Analyst: Publishers Won't Block Used Games, Much

Now that Microsoft has officially announced that it’s going to be up to publishers to restrict sales of used games, and Sony very well may end up instituting a similar policy, the question is: will they?<p>It’s a tempting prospect. Publishers have been complaining about used game sales for years, …

Why Xbox One's used games policy doesn't need to be the end of gaming as we know it

That's what the outrage is all about: the closing of that loophole.<p>I recently bought every single Grand Theft Auto game ever made on Steam for under $15 -- total.<p>There's a stench of hypocrisy that emanates from a class of gamer who demands progress on every level from a new console, yet …

Can You Really 'Ban' Google Glass?

Today Google has by most reports no more than 2,000 devices out in the wild, in the hands of carefully selected partners, customers, and reviewers. Which is my way of saying the large majority of the people who are concerned about the device haven’t even seen them or used them. What they are afraid …

What Android Has That iOS Has Not (Yet)

Android is open and customizable. iOS is closed, designed for ease. But iPhone users are maturing, demanding more personalization, and Apple might give it to them at WWDC. At D11, Tim Cook said “I think you will see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at …

AT&T bumps up device upgrade wait time from 20 to 24 months

Following the lead of Verizon Wireless, AT&T has increased the period of time customers must wait to upgrade their devices.<p>Customers who had previously had to wait 20 months before they were eligible for an AT&T-subsidized device will now have to wait 24 months, the wireless carrier announced on a …