Archive for Jun 27, 2013

Why the Xbox One’s Abysmal Start Won’t Matter on Launch Day

Why the Xbox One’s Abysmal Start Won’t Matter on Launch Day

Microsoft’s Xbox One has gotten off to an exceedingly difficult start. Although it impressed nearly all gamers and entertainment lovers at its unveiling in May, when the details on the console started flooding in, everything changed. And many of the gamers that had previously thought highly of Microsoft and the Xbox One had second thoughts.

Much of that reaction modification was due to Microsoft’s announcement on “check-ins” and used gaming. The company initially told the world that gamers would be forced to “check in” to Xbox Live once every 24 hours to continue to play games offline. If more than 24 hours elapsed, offline gaming would not be allowed.

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Angry Birds Trilogy for Wii and Wii U coming in August

Angry Birds Trilogy for Wii and Wii U coming in August

If it seemed like Rovio's ever-popular bird-flinging game Angry Birds was on every platform imaginable, be prepared to be extremely wrong. It has yet to land on the Wii series of gaming consoles, but it's finally arriving. Come August 13, Rovio will be releasing Angry Birds Trilogy on both Wii consoles in retail stores.

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Boeing 787 experiences A/C issues: a sign of more problems to come?

Boeing 787 experiences A/C issues: a sign of more problems to come?

Just after resolving the huge fiasco with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the plane seems to be experiencing another issue. Japanese airline Nippon Airlines has reported that one of its 787s had issues with the plane's power supply, noting that a warning message popped up in the cockpit alerting pilots that the power supply was feeding power to the air conditioning in the plane.

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PayPal Galactic program arrives to prepare for payments in space

PayPal Galactic program arrives to prepare for payments in space

PayPal has launched a new program called Galactic that looks to explore the future of intergalactic payments. Most notably, how will people on Mars pay for things? PayPal is looking into this inevitable dilemma and is looking to find solutions before the problem even starts. Is it a good thinking-ahead move? It sure seems like it.

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor provides full-size performance in a smaller package

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor provides full-size performance in a smaller package

Remember the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning? It was Ford's own take on a sport truck that was modeled after the company's existing F-150. It featured a sportier look that included a modified body kit and it sat lower to the ground for a more aerodynamic design. That has since been long gone, but Ford is bringing the idea back with the new F-150 Tremor.

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Alienware says consoles are “becoming more and more like PCs”

Alienware says consoles are “becoming more and more like PCs”

The recent announcements of the latest next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony have stirred up a lot of renewed fanboy wars, but Alienware general manager Frank Azor says that consoles are simply "becoming more and more like PCs," proving that the PC is the ultimate gaming machine, and Microsoft and Sony are simply taking that concept and putting it in the living room.

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Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 is, Microsoft claims, the culmination of listening to feedback around Windows 8 and finessing the features users have been most demanding or vocal about. The original version shook up long-standing PC fans, with its Live Tile interface and marginalization of the traditional desktop, but there's more of an attempt to merge the two in Windows 8.1. That's certainly not all the new OS has to offer, however; we caught up with Microsoft to dig through some of the features the company is quietly proud of: read on for our pick of the hidden gems.

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Facebook security bug worse than initially reported

Facebook security bug worse than initially reported

Last week, Facebook faced one of those difficult security problems that companies usually have to face once in a while. The social network reported that a security bug left approximately six million users' information exposed, namely email addresses and phone numbers. However, it seems the problem goes much deeper than that.

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Aereo arriving in Chicago in September

Aereo arriving in Chicago in September

Aereo is planning to expand its streaming television service to a fourth city come September. Chicago will be the next city to take advantage of Aereo’s streaming broadcast TV plans starting on September 13. This comes after Aereo initially launched in New York, and spread to Boston and Atlanta within the past couple of months.

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Xbox games not coming to iOS and Android, says Microsoft Studios boss

Xbox games not coming to iOS and Android, says Microsoft Studios boss

We were inevitably excited when Microsoft announced that its classic PC title Age of Empires would be coming to iOS and Android soon, but it seems that's the only plans that Microsoft has as far as porting games to mobile devices, other than the company's own products. Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer confirmed that the company has no plans past Age of Empires.

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Verizon 4G LTE expands to 500 markets, nearly covers 3G footprint

Verizon 4G LTE expands to 500 markets, nearly covers 3G footprint

It may seem hard to believe, but Verizon was the first carrier to launch 4G LTE just two and a half years ago. Now, the carrier has launched the faster data service in its 500th market in the US. This means that Verizon's LTE now covers 99% of the carrier's 3G footprint, which is approximately just a couple million shy of 300 million people.

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Roku Streaming Stick getting new remote with audio out, according to FCC

Roku Streaming Stick getting new remote with audio out, according to FCC

Roku recently introduced a new remote for the Roku 3 that comes with a headphone jack on the side to watch shows and movies in private without bothering anyone else around. It appears that this same remote will be coming to Roku's Streaming Stick, according to an FCC filing that details that new clicker.

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