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Microsoft responds to 'extreme' Windows 8 criticism

Microsoft posted a rebuttal to the mounting attacks on the company and Windows 8.<p>Microsoft appreciates the feedback on Windows 8. Up to a point.<p>"There is a trend to the extreme," Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft, wrote on The Official Microsoft Blog …

Microsoft Windows

Google reportedly readying new Google Play Games platform

Massive update will make games on Android more social with multiplayer functionality and cloud syncing, according to code reviewed by the Android Police.<p>Google is apparently beefing up gaming's presence on the Android platform.<p>The Web giant is pushing out a massive update to make games on the …

Android News

My life with the Fitbit Flex activity tracker

The popular Fitbit activity tracker is now available to be worn around the wrist. That, along with new goal indicator, proves to be an impressive combination.<p>My series on living with four different activity trackers returns to the Fitbit because there's a new Fitbit in town, the Fitbit Flex. The …

Wearable Tech

No parachute required: Google develops skydiving simulator 'Map Diving'

Last year at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco, founder Sergey Brin gave what's been called the "mother of all demos," a keynote speech that involved a team of skydivers wearing Google Glass landing on the roof of the conference center as he spoke. For this year's I/O taking place …

Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon announced, available May 16th for $99.99

Following weeks of rumors, Nokia is finally unveiling its Lumia 928 handset today. Verizon will stock Nokia's latest flagship on May 16th, which includes a 4.5-inch OLED display, 8.7-megapixel camera, and wireless charging. Nokia's latest flagship also includes a xenon flash that the company has …

Beamcaster blasts the internet along lasers through the open air

Using only beams of light, a new networking hub is able to distribute gigabit internet to a receiver as far as 18 feet away, reports <i>Ars Technica</i>. Earlier this week, RiT Technologies unveiled its Beamcaster networking unit, which operates using a similar principal to fiber optics — that information …

Fungus network lets plants alert each other to defend themselves against aphid attacks

Underground fungus and plants have long been known to have a mutually beneficial relationship — mycorrhizal fungi delivers nutrients to plants, and the plants give carbon back in exchange. Now, a new study published in <i>Ecology Letters</i> shows in addition to that tradeoff, the mycorrhizal fungus …

Intel’s Silvermont Architecture Revealed: Getting Serious About Mobile

The most frustrating part about covering Intel’s journey into mobile over the past five years is just how long it’s taken to get here. The CPU cores …

Tablets

Toshiba KIRAbook Ultrabook Review

<b>Introducing the Toshiba KIRAbook</b><p>As a notebook and now ultrabook manufacturer, Toshiba has always had an odd streak. I mean that in the most …

Consumer Tech

Best X79 Motherboards, May 2013

Our next set of motherboard recommendations sit at the feet of Sandy Bridge-E, the current de-facto platform for consumer throughput performance. If …

Overclocking

The weirdest, most wonderful Windows 8 ads ever

Some ads that are just quite beautiful emerge for Microsoft's latest operating system.<p>I don't know where these have come from.<p>I don't even know if they're official Windows 8 videos. <i>[Note: They are. See update at end of story.]</i><p>But I do know that these are works of utter, thorough, and complete …

Microsoft Windows

How to mirror your Galaxy S4's screen on your TV

Find out how to mirror your phone's display on your TV so that you can enjoy music, video, and games on the big screen.<p>Despite the ever-increasing screen size on Samsung's Galaxy line, some types of media beg for a sit-back, big-screen experience. It could be a YouTube video, or just a little …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple pushes for Android code docs in Samsung case

In the name of "transparency," Apple has asked a judge to force Google to hand over elements of the Android OS source code.<p>In the next step of the Apple v. Samsung battle, Apple has asked a judge to make Google hand over documents related to the Android operating system.<p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul …

Transparency

Why Facebook would buy Waze: To fight Google for mobile search

The navigation app would give the social network a way to insert itself into the lucrative mobile search business owned by Google.<p>Rumors that Facebook is in late-stage talks to buy Waze for as much as $1 billion have many wondering if the social network's next great ambition is to tackle the maps …

AdTech

Steer clear of these phones

Not every phone is a winner. Check out the five handsets that will only crush your mobile dreams.<p>We review a lot of phones here at CNET. A <i>lot</i>. A few are standouts, most are decent and affordable, and a small number just aren't worth the trouble (low price be damned). Gathered below is the rogues' …

Mobile Technology

What to expect from Android Key Lime Pie

Google should unveil a new version of its mobile OS next week. Here's some of what we may see this time around, and also down the line.<p>With Google's I/O developer conference just a week away, all eyes are on the company's plans for the next version of Android.<p>For much of the last year we expected …

Android News

Rumored Sony i1 could rule the Android roost this fall

Early details for the upcoming Sony smartphone suggest one of the most powerful Androids to date.<p>Sony may forgo the Xperia branding and adopt the new One Sony branding for this fall's flagship smartphone, according to various reports. Rumored to be called the Sony i1, the possibly forthcoming …

Phones

Readers' favorite gadgets of late

These are the gadgets that CNET readers have been checking out the most on our site over the past few weeks.<p>We spend a lot of time evaluating tech around here, looking at both hardware and software and telling you which products we think are worth your hard-earned dough and which are best avoided. …

Gear & Gadgets

Olympus PEN E-P5 review: The best Micro Four Thirds camera thus far - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Olympus PEN E-P5</b> renders extremely good photos for its class, and has a streamlined shooting design. Plus, it's fast.<p><b>The Bad</b> The navigation button/dial is annoyingly awkward, and I wish the flash tilted.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> An excellent entry in the Micro Four Thirds universe, the Olympus …

Cameras

Amazon Glass: The ultimate shopping experience

Amazon Glass could provide the augmented reality version of shopping and redefine the showrooming experience.<p>Amazon is a company with a huge appetite. It first remade the publishing industry and extended it to online shopping services, rivaling Walmart and Costco, scooping up Zappos (shoes), and …

Augmented Reality