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  • Missing Pieces: Wrapping up the week's must-know gaming newsMissing Pieces: Wrapping up the week's must-know gaming news

    Paid all your taxes? Maybe got a sweet, sweet refund check? Why not celebrate by reading about video games?

  • Twitter app downloads could put users at risk

    Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download apps from their Twitter feed without thinking.

  • How to start receiving personalized alerts on BingHow to start receiving personalized alerts on Bing

    Microsoft recently rolled out a new feature for Bing designed to make the search engine more personal by delivering useful updates to the Bing homepage based on your interests. You can get updates for news, weather, and traffic so you'll know what to expect on your commute as well as what Mother Nature has in store for the day.

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS plays better with high-res displays, forms Ubuntu's tablet backbone

    Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' has arrived, a mere week after the death of Windows XP, complete with improved high-DPI display and tablet capabilities. Publicly available downloads of the latest version of Ubuntu started on Wednesday and is Canonical's latest Long-Term Support (LTS) version.

  • Chrome OS may kill the password with Easy Unlock smartphone optionChrome OS may kill the password with Easy Unlock smartphone option

    Google may be opening a new front on the war against the password with a smartphone-enabled unlock option for Chrome OS PCs. Dubbed Easy Unlock, the new test feature would "instantly unlock your Chromebook when you and your phone are nearby, no password necessary."

  • AMD earnings get a much-needed lift from console salesAMD earnings get a much-needed lift from console sales

    AMD exceeded revenue expectations for the first quarter of 2014, as sales into the game console market lifted the company’s revenues by 28 percent. But the company also reported a loss, disappointing Wall Street.

  • Microsoft's Outlook.com now imports Yahoo MailMicrosoft's Outlook.com now imports Yahoo Mail

    Microsoft said Thursday that it will now import Yahoo Mail via Outlook.com, providing a front door to another major email provider.

  • VPN provider proves OpenVPN private keys at risk from Heartbleed bugVPN provider proves OpenVPN private keys at risk from Heartbleed bug

    The fallout from the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug continues. Recently, personal virtual private network provider Mullvad said it was able to extract private encryption keys for OpenVPN from a test server.

  • Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 yearsApache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years

    Microsoft's Office may be the go-to productivity suite in the business world, but there's apparently plenty of room out there for challengers to thrive: On Thursday, the Apache Software Foundation announced that the Apache OpenOffice suite has been downloaded a whopping 100 million times.

  • Bing gets personal ahead of Cortana launchBing gets personal ahead of Cortana launch

    In a bid to make Bing more personal, Microsoft has rolled out Google Now-like personalized information cards on the Bing homepage. Microsoft first announced the new feature earlier in April, but it only started rolling out to Bing users on Wednesday.

  • Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fearsHeartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears

    Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it’s true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we’ve spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.

  • Hands-on: Eyefi Cloud offers unlimited photo storage through a Wi-Fi SD cardHands-on: Eyefi Cloud offers unlimited photo storage through a Wi-Fi SD card

    Wireless storage card maker Eyefi (formerly Eye-Fi) unveiled Eyefi Cloud, an unlimited photo storage service, on Thursday morning. The service, which will cost $49 per year, receives photos captured by a camera to Eyefi's own Wi-Fi enabled SD card. The card uploads them to the cloud using a paired, Internet-connected smartphone or tablet as the conduit. 

  • Report reveals surprising Steam games usage secretsReport reveals surprising Steam games usage secrets

    For years, Valve has been an impenetrable fortress when it came to data. Number of sales, amount of hours played, most-played games—all locked up behind a Fort Knox-like wall. Interested parties were forced to rely on the benevolence of developers for info, like when The Stanley Parable sold 100,000 copies in three days.

  • Buy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app storesBuy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app stores

    Microsoft has rolled out the first universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone, allowing users to buy an app once and play it on phones, tablets and PCs.

  • LaCie warns hackers may have customer info, credit cards after year-long breachLaCie warns hackers may have customer info, credit cards after year-long breach

    Seagate-owned LaCie fessed up on Tuesday to a major security breach that put sensitive customer information at risk for nearly a year. The hard drive and peripheral storage maker isn't sure what information has been compromised; however, the company says the list may include customer names, email addresses, credit card numbers, and card expiration dates.

Spotlight
  • 'Xbox One Hotel' to open in Paris
    Relaxnews - 2013-11-13 2:45 PM

    To mark the launch of its latest games console, Microsoft France will transform the Hôtel O in Paris into a space dedicated entirely to the Xbox One.

  • Most plan on starting holiday shopping earlyMost plan on starting holiday shopping early
    thecanadianpress.com - 2013-11-04 5:15 PM

    Nearly three-quarters of Canadians recently polled say they plan to start their holiday shopping early this year, and will use the Internet to check and compare prices before buying gifts, two holiday retail studies suggest.

  • Five things you must do to prepare for the end of BlackBerryFive things you must do to prepare for the end of BlackBerry

    With BlackBerry on life support, it’s time to accept the likelihood that there won’t be a BlackBerry a year from now