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Weekend Wrap-Up: Apple Debuts New Music App in iOS 8.4 Beta; Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is in High Demand

Those with an iOS device can get their mitts on Apple’s new Music app for the first time. Also, Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 smartphone is apparently in …

Destiny Diary, Issue 11: Xur Gets The Last Word; Weekly Heroic and Nightfall Strike Info

Xur’s back in the Destiny Tower for the next two days, and you may be very, very interested in the exotic weapon he’s selling this week.Where is Xur? …

Netflix CFO: Service Will Be Cheaper in High-Piracy Countries

In the category of “Something You Have to Say to Investors but Probably Don’t Want the Whole World Knowing,” we have a new entry by Netflix CFO David …

Artificial Scarcity: Companies, Stop Doing It; Reporters, Stop Reporting On It

Apple Watch Sells Out in Six Hours.The BestTechie article bearing the above headline was published yesterday. The product may have been the Apple …

Surprise: The New MacBook’s Single Port is Divisive

Exactly one month ago today, I wrote a post about Apple’s befuddling decision to only include one port on its MacBook. Not just one single type of …

Amazon Instant Video Makes its Way to Android, and It’s About Time

Did you know that Amazon’s Instant Video service wasn’t available on Android until today? I was emailed a release from the company earlier this …

Destiny Diary, Issue 9: Xur Location and Items for 4/3-4/5; Weekly Strike Info

Another week, another visit to the Tower by Xur. What’s he packing this time around? I’ll fill you in. I’ll also get you up to speed on what the …

Nintendo New 3DS XL: The Review

Back in mid-February, Nintendo released what, upon first glance, might seem like a half-step update to the Nintendo 3DS XL. The name — New 3DS XL — …

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Apple TV On the Way; Microsoft Releases Windows 10 SDK

Apple’s in the news again for something TV-related. Microsoft actually has people excited about Windows 10 and the potential for a Surface 3 tablet. …

Destiny Diary, Issue 8: The Midas Touch

Wondering what Xur is selling this weekend? Curious about the week’s strike missions? You’ve come to the right place.I personally won’t be spending …

Jump On It: Google Working on ‘Pony Express’ Bill Pay System Inside Gmail

Google’s just a multibillion-dollar company looking for a new product. And reports suggest the big G’s next project is one that will let you pay …

Have I Fulfilled My Destiny?

On Sunday night, I accomplished something I’d been trying to do since December 9, 2014 — I reached level 32 in Destiny.We’re three months and a few …

Weekend Wrap-Up: Nintendo Working on New ‘NX’ Console; Tesla Cars Will Soon Have Autopilot

Nintendo made some pretty big video game news this week. Tesla also surprised us with a car feature we thought was YEARS away. And there’s a battle …

Destiny Diary, Issue 7: Hard Light, Xur’s Location, and This Week’s Strike

Guardians looking for Gjallahorn are, once again, going to be disappointed this week.Xur is back in the Tower from March 20-22, and he’s come with …

Facebook Unveils a Payments Feature in Messenger: Look Out, Square

I’ve been a huge Square Cash fan since its launch, and I’m responsible for signing up several friends, plus my landlord. It’s a great product — there …

Report: NBC App Coming to Apple TV, Other Platforms; Will Require Cable

Word is, Apple is hard at work on an online TV service. But while recent reports have stated that NBC won’t be a partner for that project, 9 to 5 Mac …

Weekend Wrap-Up: HBO Now is Real; Apple Unveils New MacBook

Let’s not beat the dead horse that is the Apple Watch. Yes, we saw it last week. Yes, Apple spent a fair amount of stage time talking about it. But …

Destiny Diary, Issue 6: Red Death

For the first time in what feels like months, Xur is selling an exotic weapon I don’t already own: Red Death.The weapon is a primary that, up until …

Weekend Wrap-Up: Pebble Time Steel Unveiled; iPad Pro Could Arrive Later This Year

Things are really heating up in the wearable space! Apple is set to show us more of the Apple Watch tomorrow, right on the heels of some pretty big …

Some Initial Thoughts on Nintendo’s New 3DS XL

When the New Nintendo 3DS XL was unveiled months ago as the New 3DS LL in Japan, I had mixed feelings.My biggest beef? I thought the name would …

Weekend Wrap-Up: FCC Votes Yes for Net Neutrality; Pebble Time Smartwatch Unveiled

When doesn’t an Apple announcement receive top billing? When the week is full of big news regarding the open Internet and an Apple competitor in the …

Report: ‘Tinder Plus’ Service to Launch on Monday for $10/mo.

Want to get the most out of Tinder? Prepare to swipe a few dollars out of your wallet.TechCrunch is reporting that a paid, subscription version of …

Destiny Diary, Issue 5: The Patch Has Landed

So hey! Destiny Diary is just a little bit late this week. I apologize — I got unexpectedly sick and didn’t get the post up on its usual Friday. This …

FCC Votes 3-2 for Net Neutrality: The Round-Up

The Internet is neutral — for now.In a landmark 3-2 decision, the FCC voted to re-classify the Internet as a utility, barring providers from blocking …

Xbox Live Games With Gold for March: Some Really Solid Titles

This might be the best “Games with Gold” month in quite some time.Owners of the Xbox One who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold will get Rayman Legends — a …

Target Drops Minimum Order Total for Free Shipping Down to $25

Some of the biggest online retailers offer free shipping tied to a “minimum order” total. Amazon, for example, will ship for free only if your order …

Weekend Wrap-Up: Pebble is Counting Down to a Surprise; Apple Patents a VR Headset

Happy Sunday! This is the Weekend Wrap-Up, where we cover the top tech stories from the past week. Companies in the news include Pebble, Apple, …

Destiny Diary, Issue 4: No Land Beyond, Strikes Get Some Love

Want to be super disappointed in your resident Destiny player? I haven’t played a single minute of the game this week, if you don’t count the time I …

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven, My Early Pick for Gadget of the Year

I’m so close to becoming a 30-year-old man who owns an Easy Bake Oven.Well, sort of. There’s an interesting new toy/appliance from Wicked Cool Toys …