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Microsoft announces Skype TX with studio-grade audio and video for broadcasters

Today, Microsoft's unveiling Skype TX, a new version of its VoIP service geared toward broadcasters. The service uses technology developed by Cat and Mouse -- a recent MSFT acquisition -- to offer the higher-quality audio and video output that media professionals require. (It also supports the …

GoPro Channel with exclusive content launches on Xbox 360 tomorrow

Back in January, GoPro tipped us off that it was bringing a dedicated channel to Xbox 360 and Xbox One. At the time, we didn't really have much more info, other than it was a port of the company's existing offering that had been entertaining Virgin America customers since last fall. Today Tomorrow …

Apps To Discover Earth's Mysteries Right On Your iPad

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.</i><p>April marks the annual celebration of Earth Month, a 30-day-long celebration of environmental appreciation. While we’re working at our desk jobs or spending time on our tablets, it’s easy to lose perspective of how …

Taking national security to the cloud

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Nvidia's Shield console can now stream games over the web

Promised two weeks ago and delivered today, Nvidia's big April software update for Shield is highlighted by the introduction of remote game streaming. Until now, the Android-powered handheld was capable of playing graphically intensive games that were being processed by and streamed out of your …

How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

A few weeks ago, January Chang, a student at National Taiwan University, joined her fellow students in protesting a controversial trade agreement, which would bring Taiwan closer to China. The students occupied Taiwan's legislature, and some of them are still there, but they had a problem: With …

5 Ways Technology Has Changed Recruiting Forever

<i>Franklin Morris is a senior writer for Rackspace.</i><p>A recent CareerBuilder report finds that 77 percent of full-time workers are either looking for a new job or are open to a change this year.<p>Candidates who haven’t applied in a couple years will quickly find that the rules are different. Anyone who …

Shopify Lowers Prices For Point Of Sale Plans, Adds Custom Gift Card And Receipt Options

Emerging online and offline commerce giant Shopify is introducing some changes to its retail offerings today, with lower transaction rates across its point of sale (POS) plans and using the Shopify Mobile payments app and dongle. Credit card transactions processed through Shopify now cost only 2.7 …

72% of Americans Won’t Wear Google Glass Because of Privacy Worries

It’s not Google Glass’ nerdy aesthetics, somewhat douchey reputation or lofty price tag that will prevent a whopping 72 percent of Americans from …

StoreDot’s Bio-Organic Battery Tech Can Charge From Flat To Full In 30 Seconds

Want to charge your phone from flat to full in 30 seconds? Who doesn’t. But don’t get too excited yet — Israeli startup StoreDot‘s bio-organic fast-charging battery tech, which utilizes quantum dot technology, is only a prototype right now.<p>It’s not a full capacity battery yet either. And they …

Microsoft turns to Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Cera for Xbox shows

Microsoft is partnering with Hollywood talent including Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Cera as it prepares an onslaught of original programming set to arrive on Xbox beginning in June. Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios will produce a stop-motion animated show not unlike <i>Robot Chicken.</i> Cera …

HTC loses $62 million as the One bows out to the M8

Farewell HTC One , we hardly knew ye. In its final months as HTC's flagship, the excellent One couldn't reverse a Q4 net loss of T$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) for the Taiwanese company.<p>Between January and March 2014 HTC's total revenue fell by more than a fifth since the previous quarter.<p>It's …

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Battle TV: Yahoo and Microsoft jump into the original-series game

The tech giants each announced separate plans to launch original programming to rival Nextflix, Hulu and Amazon<p>The original series field got a little more crowded today as both Yahoo and Microsoft released plans to create original streamable shows.<p>With the ability to stream TV shows and movies, the …

Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services

A very interesting acquisition announcement from Twitter today: it’s buying Cover, an Android lockscreen app that lets you customise what apps you see and when. For now, Cover will remain live in the Play store.<p>“If that changes down the road, we’ll provide another update here,” the founders Todd …

What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed

As if spending the entire day glued to your Twitter feed weren’t enough, now you can step directly <i>inside</i> your social media stream. For TED2014, New York-based marketing agency MKG partnered with two digital artists (Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald) to create a structure that resembles a giant …

Using Windows 8.1? It's time to get the update

As of Tuesday, all Windows 8.1 users will be able to move to Windows 8.1 Update.<p>Microsoft will be making the update -- formerly known by those of us who've been tracking it for a while now as "Update 1" and/or "Spring Update" -- available via Windows Update.<p>The update, designed primarily to make …

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'Game of Thrones' gets record ratings: Biggest audience since 'Sopranos' finale

All hail HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones.</i> The fourth-season premiere of the fantasy delivered the show’s biggest audience yet: 6.6 million viewers. That makes …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

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21 Of The Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos Of 2014

The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every …

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