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  • Google Voice's website gets Hangouts integration, no Google+ account requiredGoogle Voice's website gets Hangouts integration, no Google+ account required

    We're still waiting to see if Google will eventually merge Google Voice with Hangouts for Android and iOS, as has been anticipated for months now. But on Wednesday, Google went ahead and did the opposite for PCs, integrating Hangouts into the Google Voice website.

  • 5 ways to use social media to boost your career prospects5 ways to use social media to boost your career prospects

    It's true: Employers, both current and future, look you up online. And not just your LinkedIn profile—most of them will also click any public social network links that are floating around. But don’t panic. With a little effort, you can polish your profiles so your personality shines through and makes you a more attractive candidate to recruiters. Here are five tips for leveraging your social networks to give your career a competitive edge.

  • Uber drives into the Windows Phone StoreUber drives into the Windows Phone Store

    Taxis suck. Waiting for taxis sucks, paying for a taxi is always more difficult than it needs to be, and actually riding in a taxi? Well, that sucks too. That's why on-demand ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years: They're fast, clean, and dead-simple to pay for.

  • Don't panic! Microsoft isn't killing its Video and Music storesDon't panic! Microsoft isn't killing its Video and Music stores

    First, Microsoft axed its video-producing Xbox Entertainment Studios and spun off Nokia's MixRadio streaming radio service as part of its devastating round of layoffs, which will see 18,000 jobs cut over the next year. Then, during Tuesday night's portentous quarterly earnings call with analysts and investors, CEO Satya Nadella dropped this little bomb:

  • EA delays Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: InquisitionEA delays Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Somebody at EA must've hit the panic button. The game maker just announced that highly anticipated titles Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition will both miss their expected release dates.

  • Kindle Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphoneKindle Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphone

    The more I use Amazon's Fire phone, the crazier it seems that Amazon is launching its first smartphone in 2014.

  • Microsoft announces the low-cost Nokia Lumia 530Microsoft announces the low-cost Nokia Lumia 530

    After it was first tipped in early March by Evleaks, Microsoft-owned Nokia announced the Lumia 530 on Wednesday. The budget-grade 3G smartphone is a follow-up to the Lumia 520 and 525 and the first Lumia launch since Microsoft finalized its Nokia acquisition in late April. The Lumia 630 and 635 were announced just weeks before the deal officially closed during Build 2014.

  • New Google Maps ads blend in with their surroundingsNew Google Maps ads blend in with their surroundings

    Google just introduced more ads to the recently revamped Google Maps, plopping discrete paid placements for local businesses next to organic listings in the service's search results. 

  • Add sizzle to your PowerPoint presentation with shapes and special effectsAdd sizzle to your PowerPoint presentation with shapes and special effects

    Unless you’re presenting a cure for insomnia, you want your PowerPoint slides to engage your audience without distracting them from the presenter (you). Too much text invites people to read rather than listen—if they don’t just tune out completely.

  • Investigation of missing IRS email holds lessons for your businessInvestigation of missing IRS email holds lessons for your business

    Congress has been pursuing an investigation into alleged misconduct at the IRS, and as a part of that investigation it requested emails from former IRS director Lois Lerner for the timeframe in question. The response Congress got was those emails—along with any archive or backups of those emails—have been erased and are no longer available. There are legal and compliance requirements organizations must abide by when it comes to retention of information, and the IRS apparently dropped the ball.

  • The story behind Prospero, the ambitious game Valve killed so that Half-Life may liveThe story behind Prospero, the ambitious game Valve killed so that Half-Life may live

    Every journey begins with a single step, even if that journey eventually turns you into one of the most powerful game development studios on earth, with the single most iconic storefront in PC gaming, a stable of acclaimed titles, an upcoming PC/console hybrid platform, and an e-sports tournament with a $10 million prize pool.

  • Chrome OS warms up to touchscreens with latest updatesChrome OS warms up to touchscreens with latest updates

    Good new, touchscreen Chromebook owners: The latest stable version of Chrome OS now supports pinch-to-zoom on Web pages. This feature had only been available in the developer and beta Chrome OS channels before, though Chrome for Windows added pinch-to-zoom earlier this year.

  • Leaked 'Windows 9' screenshots reveal more detail about reborn Start MenuLeaked 'Windows 9' screenshots reveal more detail about reborn Start Menu

    It's no secret that an upcoming Windows update codenamed 'Threshold' will herald the return of the Start menu and allow Metro apps to operate in windowed mode. Heck, the image above came straight from Microsoft itself. But whenever fresh screenshots of the interface show up it's always worth taking a look.

  • Corral your contacts with Simpler, Contacts+, and moreCorral your contacts with Simpler, Contacts+, and more

    It can be easy to forget that, at its heart, your phone is a phone—a device meant for connecting you to your contacts. And while it comes with its own contact manager, that isn’t always the best option. Here are several apps—most of them available for free—that take contact management to the next level.

  • Hands-on with Nvidia's Shield tablet: A slick experience, on the small and big screenHands-on with Nvidia's Shield tablet: A slick experience, on the small and big screen

    Notebooks optimized for hardcore gaming have competed with desktop PCs for years. Now Nvidia promises to takes gaming to the next logical step: the tablet.

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