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Xbox One's next update adds custom backgrounds and Twitter

Microsoft only just unleashed its October update for the Xbox One, and now it's talking about what to expect next month. The update will hit consoles for those in the preview test group soon, and adds many features Major Nelson and crew say the community has been asking for, including custom …

Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe

Microsoft pitches the Xbox One not as a run-of-the-mill games console, but as a fully fledged home entertainment hub. For most Americans, making use of the One's TV integration features is as simple as plugging the HDMI output from their set-top box straight into the console. Europeans don't have …

From Friendster to Facebook: Social networking do's and don'ts

Have you ever heard of Pownce? How about Jaiku? Maybe even something called Yahoo 360?<p>If you haven't, don't worry. You're probably not alone. These are just a few of the many social networks that have come and gone, most of them vanishing either through acquisition or simply due to lack of audience …

Windows 10 brings Windows Phone's notification center to the desktop

If Windows 10 is going to unify your experiences on devices ranging from smartphones to PCs, it only makes sense that key mobile features would reach the desktop, right? Microsoft certainly thinks so. The team in Redmond has released an updated version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview that …

Hands-on with the Xbox One's TV tuner

The Xbox One's €29.99/£24.99 TV Tuner is now available, but it's far from just a glorified channel changer for Microsoft's console. As we mentioned, it came out only in Europe because many of us across the pond get our TV fix from over-the-air (OTA) digital TV, while most Americans have cable. But …

Offended by the 'Hatred' trailer? You're a hypocrite (and that's a good thing)

This week, a game about a genocidal maniac was announced. There's a video trailer for the game that depicts ultraviolent bedlam: a murder spree of innocent victims, many begging for their lives. So it's basically another week in video games, then? Not quite.<p>Okay, okay -- let's rewind and unpack. An …

Google's 'Inbox' is a smarter take on email, created by the Gmail team

If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a <i>whole new iron grip</i> with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a good question -- Google's made a demo <i>slash</i> advertisement video that we've dropped below. As far …

Pivotal Living hopes you'll pay $12 a year to use its fitness tracker

Fitness trackers come a dime a dozen and worse, they all seem to do the same thing: monitor your step count, calorie burn and sleep quality. As it happens, the Life Tracker 1, the first device from a startup called Pivotal Living, does all these things, and not much more. But it's not what the …

See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny

It's safe to say that you don't buy most Apple devices these days with the expectation that you can open them up, and it looks like the iPad Air 2 is no exception. Do-it-yourself repair shop iFixit has torn down the new tablet and found that it's even tougher (or at least, more expensive) to fix …

Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches

There are plenty of online services that use two-factor authentication to reduce the chances of someone hijacking your account after a data breach, but what about the operating system on your PC or phone? You'll get that safeguard if you use Windows 10, according to a Microsoft security brief. The …

Some Xbox One users can already add custom backgrounds to the console

The folks in Microsoft's Xbox One update preview program are a pretty privileged bunch. Hot on the heels of this week's announcement that the next patch for its new console will bring custom backgrounds, Redmond's giving that access to the testers starting today. This is in addition to the ability …