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Microsoft's Surface Book i7 offers twice the graphics power

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:25:00 -0400

(image) Were you worried that Microsoft would leave the Surface Book untouched during its Windows 10 event? You can set your mind at ease. Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Book i7, a refresh that focuses on pure power. The name is a giveaway as to the proc...

T-Mobile leaks new Windows 10 phone ahead of announcement

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:22:00 -0400

(image) T-Mobile accidentally leaked the newest Windows 10 phone, the Alcatel Idol 4S, ahead of the handset's official announcement during Microsoft's Surface event in New York City today. The handset was originally released in July as a low-cost competitor...

Surface Studio is Microsoft's first all-in-one desktop

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:20:00 -0400

(image) As rumors suggested, Microsoft has unveiled a new all-in-one PC at its "Imagine What You'll Do" event in New York City. The Surface Studio, as the device is called, is a gorgeous desktop that looks to rival Apple's iMac. On stage, Surface chief Panos...

Insult-em-up 'Oh...Sir!' arrives on PC, Mac and mobile

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:20:00 -0400

(image) Few games are as difficult to categorise as Oh...Sir! Part beat-em-up, part smack talk generator, this weird indie title has you insulting your opponents into submission. Each match offers a central column with useful words and phrases -- clothes, sm...

Microsoft's answer to Twitch is baked into Windows 10

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:14:00 -0400

(image) Broadcasting live gameplay to Twitch or Facebook isn't easy. It means setting up special capture software and navigating a mire of complicated bandwidth settings. Microsoft is trying to fix that: the next version of Windows 10 is going to integrate g...

Dolby Atmos audio is coming to Xbox One S

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:07:00 -0400

(image) One of the gripes audiophiles have had with the Xbox One S is that despite the console's Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, is its lack of support for next-gen audio standards. That changes sometime in the future with a free update adding Dolby Atmos playback (...

Lenovo, HP and Dell are all working on $300 Windows VR headsets

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft's holographic computing platform will crossover to the world of virtual reality. It was first announced at Computex earlier this year and today at the company's event in New York City that vision was solidified on stage with a new line of V...

The new Microsoft Paint lets you share terrible 3D doodles

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:37:00 -0400

(image) As rumored, part of the new WIndows 10 Creators update is a brand new version of Paint. In 3D. Microsoft general manager Megan Saunders showed it off onstage using a 3D scan of a sandcastle from the stage, positioned into a scene with her daughters,...

Windows 10 'Creator's Update' coming for free next spring

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:17:00 -0400

(image) The star of today's Microsoft event may be the new Surface Studio hybrid PC, but its world still revolves around Windows 10. At today's event, the company revealed a lot of details about the next release, dubbed the "Creator's Update." It started by...

Audi drops Le Mans in favor of Formula E

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:55:00 -0400

(image) Here's an unusual turn of events: Audi is dropping its best-known presence in motorsports. The car maker is terminating its FIA World Endurance Championship commitment, which includes 24-hour Le Mans races, in favor of a Formula E factory-backed tea...

ICYMI: Channel your inner magician with IoT controllers

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: If you've gotten chicken juice on your smartphone one too many times while trying to whip up a masterpiece in the kitchen, you may be interested in a motion sensor that you can control with a wave of your hand. The...

Live from Microsoft's Surface 2016 event!

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:00 -0400

(image) After surprising us with the Surface Book last year, what could Microsoft have in store next for its flagship PC lineup? We'll find out today during its Surface media event in NYC. As we explained in our preview, rumors currently point to an all-in-o...

Watch Microsoft's big PC event right here

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:05:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft's "Imagine What You'll Do" event is just under an hour away. The company is expected to show off new hardware and software at the New York City show -- you can read all about it here -- including an all-in-one Surface PC, some major Windows...

Alexa makes Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet even more useful

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

(image) With the Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon proved that its Alexa assistant -- and voice commands in general -- could actually be pretty helpful. But how will it fare on a device that isn't listening to you all the time? That's the question I had when Amazon...

MPs want Sky and Virgin Media to make public channels more visible

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:51:00 -0400

(image) Pay-TV providers in the UK may be forced to do more to promote the on-demand content of public service broadcasters (PSBs) on their platforms in the future, under new rules being discussed by MPs. The Digital Economy Bill, announced earlier this year...

AT&T reportedly spies on its customers for government cash

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:03:00 -0400

(image) AT&T controls a big chunk of America's cellular infrastructure, and it turns out that it's been using that power for super-creepy purposes. The Daily Beast is reporting that the telco has essentially turned itself into a spy-for-hire in the pay o...

EE follows rivals by bundling broadband line rental prices

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:52:00 -0400

(image) When the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) introduced new legislation requiring UK ISPs and providers to be clearer with their broadband pricing earlier this year, some heeded the advice faster than others. Vodafone and TalkTalk were the first to...

'Evolve' is dying after its free-to-play transition failed

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:01:00 -0400

(image) Evolve managed to bump its online player count from 300 to a million by going free-to-play, but developer Turtle Rock says it can no longer support the shooter. "We were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios...

The Morning After: Wednesday October 26th 2016

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

(image) While you weren't checking email, or sleeping and all that, Apple said its services are making bank despite decreased hardware sales this quarter. Then, the company's new Macbook leaked ahead of the big Apple event later today. Oh, and Silicon Valley...

Samsung Pay adds new online payment options

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:55:00 -0400

(image) Samsung Pay already works in a lot of places because of its canny MST magnetic tech, and the company is taking steps to make the service even more ubiquitous. Starting next year, it will work with Mastercard's Masterpass, letting more users buy onlin...

Vodafone fined £4.6m after PAYG top-up fails

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:07:00 -0400

(image) Vodafone has been slapped with a hefty £4.6 million fine after failing to process customer top-ups. UK regulator Ofcom found that 10,452 pay-as-you-go (PAYG) customers weren't given a combined £150,000 in credit between December 2013 and...

Nintendo loses less money, but Switch can't come fast enough

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:35:00 -0400

(image) Nintendo's latest financial report is more dour reading for console gaming. While the company saw sales of 74.8 billion yen ($718.86 million), up since last quarter, it has to contend with an operating loss of 813 million yen ($7.8 million) over the...

'Stranger Things' director will helm the 'Uncharted' movie

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:57:00 -0400

(image) Sony Pictures has announced that Shawn Levy will be directing the live-action movie version of Uncharted. If the name sounds familiar, Levy was the executive producer and director of Netflix hit Stranger Things, and while he'll still be involved in t...

IBM's Watson is lending its smarts to Slack and its chat bot

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400

(image) Slack is going to tap into IBM pet Watson and its cognitive computing skills, covering both bots and other conversation inferences. Slack's own Slackbot will be the first to get the intelligence makeover, with IBM and Slack looking to share what they...

Intel's new chips are for smart cars and the Internet of Things

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:57:00 -0400

(image) Intel has been investing in IoT for years, playing catch up to compete with companies like Qualcomm that got to the market early and saturated it with their chipsets. But a declining PC market pushed them to make more drastic moves, cutting 12,000 jo...