Michael Yarrington

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Watch: Microsoft shows us how to port Android apps to Windows 10

At the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, Microsoft shocked us all by announcing that Android and iOS app developers would be able to port …

Microsoft goes rogue: Windows on Android

Just a few weeks ago, I was delivering what amounted to a eulogy for Microsoft's current smartphone platform in this column, wondering aloud what an …

13 essential DIY beauty products every man needs

Guys, it's time for some real talk about your skincare routine.<p>That "just got out of bed" look isn't going to be cute forever. Beauty maintenance can …

Three Swatting Incidents Attributed to Teenage Minecraft Player

Three separate instances of swatting are being attributed to a 13-year-old boy who plays Minecraft, according to local police.<p>The name of the boy, who is from Southern California, is not being released due to his age. According to Ars Technica, he is now back in his parents' custody and is set to …

Crime

Put a Tiny Power Switch on Your 9V Battery Clip

From breadboarding to BEAM robotics to Arduino, this switch can come in handy.<p>I recently built a styrofoam plate hovercraft. I had visions of adding all kinds of features to the basic platform but I soon discovered that weight becomes a problem fast — whatever else I wanted to put on board, it had …

This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

Do not ever use a random USB flash drive. There are plenty of software exploits that can ruin your computer or life. And with this flash drive, it can physically destroy your computer by blasting a load of voltage to the USB controller with negative voltage. Think Wile E. Coyote and an ACME Human …

Get a Surface Pro 3 tablet with keyboard for $849.99

It's a refurb, but with the same warranty as a new Surface. Plus: a bunch of bonus deals!<p>Microsoft's original Surface tablets? Meh. I thought they were chunky and overpriced. Same with the Surface 2 series.<p>But with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft crafted a pretty sweet portable PC. Too bad you still …

Gear & Gadgets

Xbox One March System Update Goes Live

Microsoft has begun rolling out its Xbox One system software update to general users following a closed beta test period.<p>Chief among the new additions is the long-awaited and routinely requested screenshot functionality. Though it is technically possible to take a screenshot on the Xbox One, the …

Apps

ASUS' ROG G751 review: a properly oversized gaming laptop

So, you noticed that NVIDIA has trotted out its latest GPU architecture and you're wondering if you should retire your old gaming laptop for something with a little more... pep. You aren't alone. Every time NVIDIA downsizes its flagship GPUs for the notebooks, manufacturers flood the market with …

Microsoft makes it easier for students to get Office 365 at no cost

Back when it launched the Student Advantage program, Microsoft made it possible for 35,000 educational institutions across the globe to receive free access to Office 365. As part of that, students and teachers alike could get a subscription to the productivity software at no cost to them, so long …