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Obamas sign rumored $60-million book deal with Penguin Random House

Don't say the Obamas haven't been busy since they left the White House.<p>Bidding for the publishing rights to books from former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has hit the $60-million mark, according to a report in the Financial Times.<p>On Tuesday evening, Penguin Random House …

PS4 Is Finally Getting External Hard Drive Support

If you, like me, are sick of your PS4 telling you that it’s out of space, here is some game-changing news: Sony is adding external hard drive support …

Why Obama can't go there

It’s a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency: The first African-American to run the country finds himself in the tensest racial confrontation of his tenure but is constrained from addressing the nation’s original sin in anything but the loftiest, most dispassionate terms.<p>“We’ve made extraordinary …

Sony's finance chief explains why it's been hemorrhaging cash

Further heavy losses for Sony: electronics sales (minus phones and gaming) stand at half of the peak seven years. The company's latest financial report is grim reading for its investors -- and its fans. So what happened, Sony? It's new CFO Kenichiro Yoshida gave a starkly honest assessment of his …

iPhone 6 to feature ultra-sharp screen resolution, report says

For months, reports have said the next iPhone, or iPhones, will feature significantly larger screens than the one on the iPhone 5s. Now, a new report says they may also feature a significantly higher resolution.<p>The next version of Apple's smartphone, the so-called iPhone 6, may feature a screen …

Google's ambitious London HQ delayed until at least 2017

For Google, when it comes to building a new home, it doesn't matter how long it takes as long as it's been done right. After the search giant halted plans to break ground on its new 950,000 square foot Kings Cross HQ at the last minute, it now looks like Google employees won't be able to enjoy …

Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor $597 shipped (Reg. $700)

<b>Update (5/22 1:00pm):</b> Deal is back and $3 less from Green-Sum (99.5% feedback rating) via eBay Daily Deals.<p><b>Update (5/15 11:20am):</b> The monitor is temporally backordered but you can still place your order by clicking here to lock in the discounted price and it will ship as soon as it’s available. …

The $400 Xbox One: Why removing Kinect is a bad move for Microsoft

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>At this exact moment, I’m not really sure how I feel about Microsoft’s whole “let’s sell Xbox One without Kinect” situation.<p>On the one hand, I’m a little bit …

Xiaomi's 49-inch Android TV boasts 4K for just $640

The Mi Pad wasn't Xiaomi's only announcement today. Following the Chinese company's first smart TV from last September, today it has unveiled a slightly larger model with a nice surprise: 4K for just CN¥3,999 or about $640! Like its affordable predecessor, this 49-inch TV comes with built-in …

How the NSA & FBI made Facebook the perfect mass surveillance tool

<i>Update May 15 at 3:11 PM ET: Facebook and Akamai responded to VentureBeat’s report. Read their responses here.</i><p>The National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning Facebook into a surveillance tool.<p>Documents released alongside security journalist Glenn …

Windows Phone web usage tops BlackBerry in North America but looks stagnant

When is good news the same as bad news? When a company treads water watching its competitors sink below the surface. That’s exactly the scenario I …

When you land at Heathrow Terminal Galaxy S5, you'll know who to blame

A Samsung-sized marketing budget buys airport-sized publicity stunts, as you may well notice if you fly to or from Heathrow this month. For two weeks, starting May 19th, the owners of the "world's busiest terminal" have allowed Samsung, in partnership with JCDecaux, to re-brand all Terminal 5 …

Your bills won’t pay themselves, so Google Now will remind you about them

Bills, bills, bills. They consume our month’s paychecks, especially when we forget to pay them and those nasty late fees show up! We all have our ways of keeping track of bills an payments, but Google wants you to get rid of all those archaic methods and opt for their virtual assistant, which will …

Google Now

Titanfall Companion App Arrives on iOS and Android

“Stand by for Titanfall.” If you’re used to hearing that immensely satisfying phrase multiple times each day, we suspect you’ve fallen for Respawn Entertainment’s latest sci-fi shooter.<p>Publisher EA is hoping to broaden the experience with a companion app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. Both …

In Halo 5: Guardians, Master Chief tackles his biggest enemy yet: A midlife crisis

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Saving the universe has finally taken its toll on Master Chief.<p>The iconic supersoldier will face a different kind of battle in Halo 5: Guardians, the next chapter in the Xbox-exclusive sci-fi saga. While Microsoft and developer 343 Industries revealed the name of the new game …

Microsoft Cortana voice assistant appears headed for Windows

The next generation of Cortana could pop up on your Windows PC or tablet. At least, that's the takeaway from a Microsoft job listing.<p>A posting on Microsoft's Careers site seeks a software development engineer to "help shape the evolution of the next generation of Microsoft's Digital Assistant." The …

Why Apple wants Dre’s Beats, this week on The CultCast

If the reports ring true, Apple is about to embark on their largest acquisition ever, and the ramifications could be massive. On this episode of The CultCast, we dissect the Apple/Beats merger, and ask the questions: what could Apple possibly have planned for the world’s most popular headphone …

Video Tutorials

Google buys Word Lens makers: Can you say better translations on more devices?

Quest Visual introduced its augmented reality Word Lens app in 2010, and it’s now owned by Google(s goog). The small company was acquired by the …

Ask a Boss: Read Rick Ross’ Advice on Texts, Hangovers, Money and More

<i>For a limited time, Rick Ross is</i> Rolling Stone<i>‘s advice columnist! Here’s his second batch of answers to our readers’ burning questions:</i><p><b>I’m a college</b> …

Can Apple and Beats Fix the Economics of Streaming Music?

Prompted by Apple’s reported acquisition of Beats (and the rampant speculation that part of the logic behind the deal has to do with Beats Music, the …

HTC One Max on Sprint gets its turn at Android 4.4 KitKat

HTC has been upgrading its normal-sized smartphones in the US to Android 4.4 KitKat for a little while; now, the giant One Max is getting its turn. Sprint has started rolling out the OS update to the 6-inch behemoth as of today. As with earlier upgrades, the One Max isn't getting Sense 6. This is …

BitTorrent Announces Mobile App Using Its Live P2P Streaming Protocol

BitTorrent today announced plans to introduce the first Alpha product based on its Live P2P streaming technology: a new mobile streaming application coming later this year. Unfortunately, the company wouldn’t offer any more details beyond “The first app built using BitTorrent Live distributed …

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia is still set to close by the end of March

It's been almost six months since Microsoft announced its intention to purchase Nokia for $7.2 billion, and today the phone manufacturer reiterated its intention to have the sale complete before this quarter ends. In a press release today, Nokia stressed that an ongoing tax dispute in India over …

Apple and Samsung Fail to Work Out Deal Ahead of Trial

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung mobile chief J.K. Shin in an attempt to settle the ongoing dispute between the two rivals over mobile …

Google is working on 10-gigabit Internet connections, executive says

Google wants to create Internet connections of 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than what it already delivers to customers of its Fiber service in the Kansas City area.<p>Patrick Pichette, chief financial officer of the tech giant, said it could take as long as 10 years to create the …

Kansas City

13 incredible shots from the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards has been announced, recognising some of the most exciting talent in the world of …

Why Your Kit Lens Isn't as Bad as You Think It Is

One of the things that I try getting across to my students is that despite all of its amazing capabilities, the camera is just a box. Yes, it is …

Cameras

Leaks hint at Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, Active models

Looks like we might get more than theGalaxy S5from Samsung in the coming weeks.<p>The Korean electronics giant plans to release multiple versions of its flagship smartphone, just like it did with the<p>Galaxy S4,according to a couple Asian sites, earlier noted by BGR.<p>That includes an Active model that's …

Google Wallet for iOS update adds loyalty card scans and merchant notifications

Last week, OCR-based loyalty card scanning was added to the Android version of Google Wallet, but today the iOS faithful can get in on the action. An update allows you to add all of those pesky rewards cards that clutter the ol' billfold and ditch the unsightly key ring tags. In addition to pulling …