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Microsoft reverses course on Internet connection and used game policies of Xbox One

Microsoft has reversed its position on the always-on Internet connection and used game policies of the Xbox One in an updated post on its site today. A note at the top of the Xbox policy page notes that some details of the current Q&A page are inaccurate, and it has provided a new link to updated …

Best Buy offering 'free' iPhone 5 in its trade-in promotion

After Best Buy hosted an iPhone trade-in day earlier this month, the retailer has decided to do it again -- but this time, the deal will last for nine days.<p>The way the program works is that customers can bring in an iPhone 4S or 4 and trade it for a brand new<p>iPhone 5, according to USA Today. …

HLN: Travel Apps and Tips

On HLN Weekend Express, I recently took a look at some of the best apps for road trips and travel with the fam. Check the video above, or my detailed …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 reported to use huge 3450mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 speculation just got bigger. Literally. According to a tipster at PhoneArena, Samsung’s forthcoming “phablet” will feature …

Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it …

Crowdfunded cups and straws quickly detect 'invisible' date rape drugs

The odorless and tasteless nature of "date rape drugs" can make them impossible for victims to detect before it's too late. But soon your drinking glass may able to warn you if dangerous chemicals have been slipped into your cocktail. Next month, DrinkSavvy will begin shipping plastic cups and …

How realistic is the chemistry of 'Breaking Bad'?

Once you've recovered from <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s return to the airwaves last night, you may take some time to reflect on some of the show's finer points — such as whether the scientific scenarios depicted within could really happen as they do on the screen.<p>Fortunately, <i>GigaOm</i> has at least some of the …

New iPhone coming September 10th. Here are the features to expect.

The new iPhone looks set to be revealed in September; and if a report from All Things D is to be believed, September 10th is the date to circle.<p>Though we shouldn’t expect significant innovations or improvements until next year, there are still likely to be a number exciting features that should …

Psychology's answer to trolling and online abuse

Do we each harbour a dark passenger? A malevolent psychopath? A fragile narcissist? Contrary to popular belief, decades of psychological research shows that anyone is capable of aggression, cruelty and violence. The "self" is a murky mixture of light and shade.<p>Lately the dark side seems to be …

Meet YouTube’s Michael Bay

You can get a lot of people to watch your video on YouTube. But that doesn’t mean you’ll make a lot of money.<p>So what do you do if you’re one of …

Is Microsoft The Next IBM?

The parallels here are interesting, and of course the irony is marvelous.<p>If you roll back to the early 1990s, you see IBM entrenched with enterprise* customers, Apple holding the consumer’s imagination with the best products, other companies strong in key niches (Novell in network operating …

Google Play hits the books in time for fall semester

Students often spend thousands of dollars on textbooks throughout their college years, but a new feature on Google Play may change that.<p>On the Android Official Blog, Google announced an additional category of higher education digital textbooks that can be rented or purchased outright.<p>The …

How Big Is Amazon’s Kindle Business? Morgan Stanley Takes a Crack at It.

We’ve already learned not to expect Amazon to divulge Kindle sales numbers, but Morgan Stanley Research is taking a crack at estimating it for us.<p>In …

Photos of Top Strip of iPhone 5S Rear Shell Again Point to Dual-LED Flash

Following a report from last week that showed a clear photo of an alleged camera module, French website <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> [Google Translation] has reposted photos of parts that appear to be the top and bottom strips for the back of the iPhone 5S. The photos were originally posted by a user on Chinese …

HTC kicks off $1 billion “Change” campaign, Robert Downey Jr. takes center stage

Is this the “big thing ahead” that HTC has been teasing lately? We don’t know for sure, but the “Change” campaign that HTC just kicked off is certainly going to be massive.<p>HTC officially confirmed today that Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. would be the frontman of a sprawling marketing campaign …

WSJ says what we all knew: iPad 5 will look like a big Mini

The <i>WSJ</i> seems to have confirmed what we were all expecting: the next iPad will essentially be a scaled-up iPad Mini.<p>The same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light will likely feature in the next iPad, which is currently being produced by Apple Inc.’s Asian suppliers, …

BlackBerry: Now's the 'right time' to explore alternatives

BlackBerry is paving the way for a major change -- perhaps even routing itself toward a sale of the company.<p>The beleaguered smartphone maker said Monday that it has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" for its itself. The company specifically said that it's trying to …