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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Next DLC Revealed

Activision and Sledgehammer Games on Wednesday announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's second expansion, Ascendance, will be released for Xbox 360 and Xbox One on March 31. The add-on will launch for PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 one month later.<p>New maps and weapons, as well as the …

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OneDrive link to Xbox Music puts your MP3s in the cloud for free

A few months ago info leaked out that OneDrive was getting ready for music storage, then Microsoft confirmed, and now it's here. Starting today, Xbox Music and OneDrive are connected so any music files (MP3, M4A, or WMA) in your "Music" folder on Microsoft's cloud storage service are immediately …

HTC Will Replace Your Phone for Up to 1 Year

Covers water damage, cracked screens, and carrier switching.<p>HTC will now replace your HTC One M8 or M9 smartphone should something happen to it …

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Start and virtual desktop tweaks, Cortana in 6 new countries

Microsoft launched a new Windows 10 preview today for PCs. The release includes improvements to the Start experience and virtual desktops, Cortana in six new countries, and a promise to release new builds more often.<p>Microsoft has finally addressed complaints that new builds are coming infrequently …

Windows 10

Xbox 360 defects still haunt Microsoft — class-action suit moves ahead

If you owned an Xbox 360, you also had a good chance of eventually owning a broken Xbox 360. And now, Microsoft may have to pay.<p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft that alleges the Xbox 360 shipped with a defect that damaged game discs (via …

PlayStation's new TV service doesn't work on PlayStation TV

Oh, Sony<p>Sony's odd-duck PlayStation TV hardware seemed like a good idea at the time — an inexpensive box that lets you play many of the excellent and inexpensive PS Vita games out there as well as a way to stream shows and movies. Unfortunately, the execution left something to be desired on a …

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade even if you pirated Windows (update)

Microsoft is offering an olive branch to software pirates with Windows 10, extending its free upgrade promotion to any computer that qualifies — regardless of whether the user is running a genuine copy of Windows, reports Reuters.<p>"We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to …

Windows 10

Battlefield Hardline Review - IGN Video

See what we think of the Battlefield Hardline, a game about cops and criminals from Visceral.

Carson trips up on NATO knowledge, Islamic history

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon poised to seek the Republican presidential nomination, appeared not to realize Wednesday that the Baltic states are members of the NATO alliance. He also claimed that the rage being expressed by radical Islamist groups dates back to Old Testament days.<p>Those were …

Israel's shield no more?

Officials say they are revisiting the U.S. stance in light of Netanyahu rolling back his support of a Palestinian state.<p>In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive reelection, the Obama administration is revisiting longtime assumptions about America’s role as a shield for …

Obama Regrets Not Closing Guantanamo Prison 'On The First Day'

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that if he could go back and do his presidency over again, he would have immediately shut down the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>"I think I would have closed Guantanamo on the first day," Obama said to applause at an event in …

Republicans crow over Netanyahu's victory

Israeli Prime minister and Republicans will continue drumbeat of criticism of nuclear talks with Iran.<p>Congressional Republicans are confident Benjamin Netanyahu’s return as Israeli prime minister will help them ratchet up pressure on President Barack Obama to abandon his current round of nuclear …

Netanyahu win dashes prospect for a thaw with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive …

Israel

This Box Can Figure Out Your 4-Digit iPhone Passcode

Luckily, there's an easy way to make your device more secure<p>If you needed any more incentive to beef up your iPhone's password, here's one: security researchers at MDSec have tracked down a device called an "IP Box" that can brute force the phone's 4-digit security code and gain access to its …

Information Systems

New Tesla Model S P85D Has An "Insane Mode"

A button that turns it into the fastest-accelerating electric car yet<p>I hopped into the back seat of the new Tesla Model S P85D as it was headed out onto the track at Portland International Raceway. Eric Peterson, our driver and the founder of Dream Drives for Kids turned to make sure we were all …

Tesla

Breast-feeding pays: Babies who nursed earn more as adults, study says

It pays to breast-feed – for babies. When they grow up, that steady diet of breast milk may boost their monthly income by up to 39%, according to a new report.<p>Researchers tracked down nearly 3,500 Brazilian adults who were enrolled in a study within days of their birth in 1982. Back in the '80s, …

How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Malaria is one of the oldest scourges of mankind. Yet it's been a mystery how the deadliest form of the disease kills children.<p>One doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring that out. Now she and her team report their findings in this week's issue of the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i>. …

10 Crazy Uses For Animal Venom

When snakes and spiders try to kill us but wind up helping<p>All it takes is a pinch on the leg from a sting or a bite, and you could be dead within minutes. Venom, whether it’s from reptiles, insects, fish, mammals or arthropods, is extremely potent, but it’s not always deadly.<p>Venom has evolved …

Zoology

Zombie Shrimp? Here's What Turns Animals Into Cannibals

Weird Science<p>What turns animals into cannibals? If the animal happens to be a freshwater shrimp from Northern Ireland, a tiny parasite known as Pleistophora mulleri seems to play a role. The finding, reported in Royal Society Open Science, lends weight to the view that parasites promote …

Forever England? Gene Map Shows Divided British Isles

The first in-depth genetic scan of the British Isles shows their violent history of invasion after invasion lives on in the people.<p>The blood of Norwegian Vikings still flows in the residents of the Orkney Islands. The Welsh-speaking folk of northern Wales are distinct from their English-dominant …

Watch This Creepy Drone Climb A Wall [Video]

Spider-Man it is not<p>There’s a reason it’s Spider-Man and not Superman who climbs up the walls of buildings: Superman can fly instead. But the KAIST Urban Robotics Lab in South Korea wants to turn flying quadcopters into wall-crawling robots that could wash windows and inspect infrastructure. The …

Microsoft’s ‘Project Spartan’ heralds the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer

Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.<p>Microsoft has built a new web browser designed for the modern web and mobile devices to go with its new Windows 10 …

Xbox Music will now play your music stored in OneDrive

If you’ve been on the fence about using Xbox Music because you’re already playing for Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, today might be the day you actually launch the app on your Xbox or Windows device.<p>Microsoft announced OneDrive integration with Xbox Music. Now you can store all your music in a “Music” …

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Tim Cook: Apple isn't becoming the new Microsoft

Are you getting the sense that Apple is becoming the new Microsoft, the giant corporation that's simultaneously doing too much and refusing to take risks? Not surprisingly, Tim Cook would like to have a word with you. He tells <i>Fast Company</i> that he doesn't accept those comparisons because Apple is …

Microsoft launches $136 dual-SIM Lumia 535, first non-Nokia smartphone from the company coming this month

As expected, Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Lumia 535, available in single-SIM and Dual-SIM versions, the first smartphone from the company without Nokia branding. Both devices are priced at an estimated €110 ($136) but that’s before taxes and carrier subsidies; exact figures will …

DARPA Wants Airborne Aircraft Carriers

A drone mothership. You know, for defense.<p>Apart from America’s nuclear arsenal, the 10 active aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy are the most powerful single units of military might in the world. While the combined ranges of ships and planes mean carriers can place bombs on most of the Earth’s …

Wearing the Microsoft Band, the next big thing in fitness tracking

I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there. This is the first and most unavoidable thing you should know about the Microsoft Band: it's big, and it's heavy. It's not an object with a strap, like a smartwatch or a Fitbit; there's technology in every part of this …

As Mexico cracks down, drug money comes to US

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — For a company that booked $12 million in annual sales importing snacks like chile- and lime-flavored chips from Mexico, …

This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us

<b>(Universal/Battrick via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Nobody’s perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths<p>Sean McElwee<p>October 11, 2014 6:30pm (UTC)<p>Consider the following recent headlines:<p>“What The Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People”<br>• “9 …

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