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Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

There's a new Need for Speed game coming to your iOS and/or Android devices this week, one that'll charge for gas. It's a "wait or pay" sort of game, as many in-app purchase-toting games today are. You can also pay to customize the look of your car or give it a nice boost in abilities. But don't forget your precious gas. The gas that you'd have to put in your car if you were really racing, and sponsored by automotive companies, and therefor wouldn't have to pay for anyway.

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Facebook Lite: an app with JUST the basics

Facebook Lite: an app with JUST the basics

Android users can rejoice today as the development team behind the mobile Facebook app collection have released Facebook Lite. Made initially for low-resource smartphones, this piece of software is also perfectly legit for any other sort of phone - especially if you only ever use Facebook for reading your News Feed and sharing photos. This app has been released in a few countries today, and we've got links to the APK so you can use it no matter where you happen to be.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview update: what’s new in January

Windows 10 Technical Preview update: what’s new in January

The first big public - Insiders Only, but still - release of Windows 10 has been ushered in. What we're looking at in short order is the bits and pieces Microsoft has brought to this first Windows 10 download that change from our most recent update to Windows 8.1. This includes the new Xbox app, a new Photos app, a new Maps app, Windows Store Beta, wireless audio and video connectivity, a new Settings app, and - of course - a new Start menu, complete with Cortana and her always-listening features.

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Windows 10 update available for download now for Insiders

Windows 10 update available for download now for Insiders

Those of you waiting to roll with Cortana's desktop bits in Windows 10 won't have to wait much longer. In fact - if you're up for it - you're going to be able to update your PC right this minute. Supposing you're a member of the Windows Insider Program. To make this happen with Build 9926, all you'll need to do is either be signed up for Windows Insider now or begin signing up now. From there, there's just a few button clicks to tap.

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Google’s Project Zero targets OS X with three new exploits

Google’s Project Zero targets OS X with three new exploits

Google’s Project Zero has released more 0day vulnerabilities, and is this time aiming for Apple. Over the past few days, Project Zero has slowly released some exploits found in OS X Yosemite. The vulnerability exposure team at Google first provides their findings to the company in charge of the software. After that time, they’ve got 90 days to fix it before Google’s Project Zero team publishes it to the world. While Microsoft was responsive to Google’s release, Apple is much more tight-lipped.

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Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Review

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Review

If you're a fan of the Saints Row game series, Gat out of Hell is going to feel a lot like coming home. If you've just played Saints Row IV this past weekend - while it was free on Steam - you're going to feel like you're playing the next chapter in the same game. That's what Gat out of Hell is, after all - not a brand new title, but the second part of a saga started back when Earth was invaded by Zinyak in the year 2013. Now it's time to turn those computer-generated superpowers in on themselves and head down to Satan's pits, a place where instead of digital nonsense, you'll be working with good ol' analog killing goodness: blood, lava, and heavenly (or hellbound) magic.

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Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

The newest version of Spotify makes full use of the high-powered nature of your touchscreen device. With this feature in play, you're able to drag your thumb around the screen, moving through songs as you do so. Previewing each song, album, or artist as you like, all on a grid of images that make discovering music a visual experience, as well. This newest feature is only available - at first - on iOS devices. That means iPad and iPhone, and just the latest couple of generations.

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Logic Pro X adds new sounds, better drummers, more

Logic Pro X adds new sounds, better drummers, more

Logic Pro X has had a quiet update, with new backing percussion options and tools, tweaks to how the music app handles edits, and - maybe most important of all - smarter balancing of automation versus musicality. The new release to 10.1, a free update through the Mac App Store for existing Logic Pro X users, adds ten new Drummers in a variety of styles including techno, house, trap, and dubstep, along with special tools for tweaking drum tracks in electronic and hip hop music. Meanwhile, there's also AirDrop sharing and Retina support for those lucky enough to be composing on an iMac 5K.

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Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox and gaming chief stepped onstage today to speak about the Windows 10 Xbox app. This app includes several columns, each with information about your Xbox One experience. You'll see Recently Played games, your Activity Feed, and Friends included. On the far right of the screen, you'll find your user icon and connections to Messages, Notifications, "My Games", Achievements, Game DVR, Editorial content, and the Xbox store. Below that, you'll find basic Settings and a Connection option.

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Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

The team behind Microsoft's presentation of Windows 10 have done a fair job in making it appear that the entire experience will be slick. Not only easy, that is to say, but looking VERY similar no matter what device you're using. The Photos app will exist in Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 for mobile devices (phones at least), and on desktop-like devices in-between. That's convertible devices, tablets, and so forth. One system will provide cross-device browsing of photos and videos no matter where you happen to be.

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