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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 …

Dire warnings for PCs, Windows 8 -- this time from Citi

Citi Research is revising its forecast for negative PC growth as it paints a dark picture of the incredible shrinking PC market.<p>Citi is cutting 2013 PC year-to-year growth to negative 10 percent from negative 4 percent growth, according to a note to investors late Friday.<p>"The Citi global technology …

Mainline App Stores Still Dominate iOS/Android App Discovery, Finds Forrester, But Word Of Mouth & Social Recommendations Also Key

With a spot of topical timing, given the recent controversy in the app promotion world, research firm Forrester has put out a new report exploring best practices for developers trying to get their apps noticed. Its findings include that word of mouth and social discovery play a key role in new apps …

Google Drive, Apps, Gmail all back online, Google says

Google users should once again be able to access their apps, files, and e-mail.<p>Following a service disruption earlier today that took down Google Drive, Google Apps, and Gmail, all three appear to be back in business. Google's Apps Status Dashboard page shows all three as accessible, with comments …

How to become internet famous for $68

Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsome with high cheekbones and dirty blond, collar-length hair. Next to his name is one of social media’s most prized possessions, Twitter’s blue “verified account” …

Social Media

How Boston Tragedy Highlights the Importance of Public Services

The carnage that ensued in Boston this week does not need to be described in words since the numbers speak horrifying volumes in themselves: 3 dead, including a child, more than 170 injured, dozens dismembered, and a whole nation traumatized by the shock of violence.<p>The only thing hopeful in all …

Deficits

Space Monkey: Easy Cloud Storage in Your Very Own Home

I have a confession: I've never properly backed up my computer. Ever. Whether it was a cloud-based solution or a local NAS, the upload speeds were …

I bought the fastest server so why is my app slow?

It may seem obvious that having the “best” solution doesn’t guarantee a better outcome, but it seems in IT we don’t always see it that way. It seems …

Google Apps hit with partial outage for some users

If you can’t access your Gmail this morning, don’t worry, since it’s not just you. Google has reported that some of its services are experiencing a …

Microsoft to pay Japanese Xbox owners with Points for a million hours of playtime

Microsoft has failed to gain ground in the Japanese gaming market with its Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles, but that's not stopping the software giant from trying. A new incentive will launch on April 20th that sees Xbox owners receive free points based on the collective amount of time that participants …

Microsoft's Xbox team testing smartwatch prototypes with a Surface connector

Microsoft is prototyping its own wrist-worn device. A reliable source familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans has revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the company has been developing a wrist-worn device for just over a year. We understand that Microsoft had originally planned to release a "Joule" heart rate …

Source: Doug Collins to resign

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins will resign from the role at the end of the season, a league source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Chris …

Darrelle Revis trade talks on hold

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have put trade talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on hold regarding Darrelle Revis, whose MRI confirmed …

This AI “solves” Super Mario Bros. and other classic NES games

Program even takes advantage of bugs and glitches.<p>In the 28 years since <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> was released, and it's obviously been comprehensively …

Windows 8.1 'boot to desktop' rumor: Wishful thinking?

A Windows 8.1 option to boot to desktop? That seductive rumor has been making the rounds over the weekend.<p>What could be a reflection of wishful thinking, a post at WinBeta (via Neowin), cites a Russian-language Web site as the source.<p>Apparently, there is Windows 8.1 code that disables the Metro …

Bing News for Windows 8 updated with custom RSS feeds, Bing Maps gets local search feature

Microsoft is releasing fresh Windows 8 app updates this week. News, Maps, Travel, Sport, and Finance are all being updated with new features. The News app now includes a customize option that lets users add their own RSS feeds to the top stories section of the app. A pin option is also included to …

Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network has thrown in as a Sprint suitor, offering $25.5bn to pick up the ailing CDMA carrier, and frustrate would-be buyer Softbank in the …

Dish Network

The Netbook Is on Its Last Legs

If the netbook wasn’t dead already, it soon will be — give it another year or so.<p>That’s the word from research house IHS iSuppli, which has slapped …

So If The PC Is Dying, What Happens With Microsoft Next?

Is the death of the PC imminent and if so what does it mean for the key players? The “death of the PC” debate began with Dell‘s SEC filings, where the company at the heart of the PC business declared that PC decline is a way of life, and an IDC report that showed a 14% decline in shipments, year …

Electronic Arts shutting down three Facebook games

In what is most likely one of the steps in Electronic Arts‘ pan to do some re-organization, the game publisher has announced that they will be …

iPhone-controlled bionic hands allow father to hold daughter’s hand for first time since accident

A new type of prosthetic hand partly controlled by an iPhone app has allowed a father to hold his daughter’s hand for the first time since an accident four years ago in which both hands had to be amputated …<p>Conventional prosthetic hands have a limited range of movements, typically with all four …

Microsoft Reportedly Preparing To Jump On The Smartwatch Bandwagon

Apple, Google, LG, and Samsung are all reportedly working on wrist-worn computing devices behind closed doors, and it seems like that little club of big companies may soon get another member. If a new report from the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, Microsoft has been in touch with an …

Verizon Wireless pitches $1.5B for Clearwire spectrum

In the latest twist on the Sprint-Clearwire saga, Verizon Wireless apparently has entered the picture as a suitor for Clearwire's spectrum.<p>Verizon Wireless has offered to pay as much as $1.5 billion to acquire spectrum leases from networking company Clearwire, according to the Wall Street Journal, …

Japanese internet provider offers twice the speed of Google Fiber for less money

A Japanese internet service provider has begun offering broadband plans with 2Gbps downloads and 1Gbps uploads to residents in Tokyo and six surrounding districts. The service provider believes that these high data speeds make it the world's fastest for commercial internet. <i>PCWorld</i> reports that the …

AppGratis tries petition to shame Apple on app removal

Facing what appears to be an indefinite ban of its software from Apple's App Store, French app discovery service AppGratis is trying to make a case for itself with an Internet petition.<p>A new page that went up over the weekend gives users a special e-mail address to send their pleas to if they want …

Comcast to encrypt basic cable channels

If you’re a Comcast cable subscriber, be prepared for yet another television transition. Comcast has made official its plans to begin encrypting its …

Basic Cable

Microsoft working on a smartwatch, says WSJ

Microsoft is working on a touch-enabled smartwatch, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i><i>.</i> Citing unnamed supply chain sources, <i>The Journal</i> claims that Microsoft asked Asian suppliers to ship components for the device. If the reports are true, it would be joining the likes of Apple, Samsung, Google, and …

Dish launches $25B bid for Sprint

Dish Network has submitted a merger proposal for Sprint Nextel valued at $25.5 billion, putting itself into competition with Japan's Softbank to take over the wireless carrier.<p>Dish announced this morning that it is offering Sprint shareholders a total consideration of $25.5 billion, consisting of …