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  • Gamescom 2015: WWE 2K16 to feature new modes, bigger roaster room and more
    Gamescom 2015: WWE 2K16 to feature new modes, bigger roaster room and more 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    Increase in the roaster size: The roaster room strength has been increased to 120 and the persona of the wrestlers has been updated, detailing their current features. Improvements and new modes: "Handicap", "tornado" and "ladder" matches have been included in the newer version, while the audio has also been improved with commentary from John Bradshaw Layfield, Micheal Cole and Jerry Lawler. Recently, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and 2K Games spiked downloadable Hulk Hogan content for WWE 2K15 after removing the wrestler from the upcoming title WWE 2K16. More »

  • Uber is world's highest valued start-up at $50bn
    Uber is world's highest valued start-up at $50bn 2 hours 40 minutes ago

    US-based ride-sharing service Uber has become the most valuable start-up in the world after its latest funding round. Uber said it will use the funds to expand operations primarily in India, which is its second-largest market after the US. In the Asian country, Uber plans to expand services into new cities and develop new products and payment solutions. More »

  • Gorgeous Mirror's Edge: Catalyst gameplay debuts at EA Gamescom press c …
    Gorgeous Mirror's Edge: Catalyst gameplay debuts at EA Gamescom press c … 4 hours ago

    EA showed off a brand new extended look at Mirror's Edge: Catalyst in action during their Gamescom 2015 press conference in Cologne, Germany. The footage was introduced by Sara Jansson, senior producer at developers DICE. Catalyst is the follow-up to and soft reboot of the original cult classic released in November 2008. More »

  • Gamescom 2015: Microsoft confirms Windows 10 release date for Xbox One cons …
    Gamescom 2015: Microsoft confirms Windows 10 release date for Xbox One cons … 4 hours ago

    Xbox One owners now have lots to cheer about as Microsoft's newest Windows 10 is confirmed to hit gaming consoles as early as in November. According to a Verge report, that cites Microsoft, the company will release Windows 10 to its gaming devices in November, and one important feature to check out will be Cortana integration. Microsoft, during the ongoing Gamescom conference, has also stated that Xbox One users will be offered a "new Xbox One gaming experience" on installing Windows 10. More »

  • Insiders can opt to receive Windows 10 preview build
    Insiders can opt to receive Windows 10 preview build 5 hours ago

    If you wish to experience the pre-release software for the next Windows 10 updates, you now have the option to do so. Microsoft has enabled the feature allowing Windows Insiders to receive Windows 10 updates before they are available to the general public. Like earlier, Windows Insiders will continue to receive updates in both Fast and Slow rings. More »

  • Marvell Technology wins cut in $1.54 billion Carnegie Mellon patent award
    Marvell Technology wins cut in $1.54 billion Carnegie Mellon patent award 18 hours ago

    A U.S. appeals court upheld a jury verdict that Marvell Technology Group Ltd infringed two hard disk drive patents held by Carnegie Mellon University, but said a $1.54 billion damages award against the chipmaker should be reduced significantly. In a 3-0 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday said Marvell must pay at least $278.4 million, representing a 50-cent-a-chip royalty on 556.8 million chips imported into the United States for use in the drives. The court ordered a new trial to determine the extent to which Marvell chips made abroad and not imported may ultimately have been the subject of a domestic "sale," justifying higher royalties for Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon. More »

  • Gamescom 2015: Xbox One free backwards compatibility for all 360 users coming …
    Gamescom 2015: Xbox One free backwards compatibility for all 360 users coming … 20 hours ago

    Microsoft has announced that the revamped dashboard for the Xbox One, together with free-for-all backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games, will be coming in November 2015. The announcement came during Microsoft's Xbox One press conference at the Gamescom 2015 trade show, which is taking place in Cologne this week. Free backwards compatibility for all will mean that around 100 Xbox 360 titles will be available to play on Microsoft's latest console. More »

  • Gamescom 2015: Xbox One shooter Quantum Break release date set for April
    Gamescom 2015: Xbox One shooter Quantum Break release date set for April 22 hours ago

    Remedy Entertainment's time-twisting third person shooter Quantum Break will be released on 5 April 2016. The announcement came during Microsoft's Xbox One press conference at the Gamescom 2015 trade show in Cologne this week. Quantum Break was first announced at the Xbox One's initial reveal in spring 2013, and at the time was envisioned as a hybrid video game and TV series. More »

  • Xiaomi MIUI 7 mobile operating system to be unveiled at 13 August event in  …
    Xiaomi MIUI 7 mobile operating system to be unveiled at 13 August event in  … 22 hours ago

    Tech titans Google, Apple and Microsoft are all in the mobile operating system (OS) race, but that hasn't put off Chinese upstart Xiaomi, who will be unveiling their latest MIUI 7 OS on 13 August. The confirmation comes from a posting by the Weibo account of MIUI, which revealed the event taking place at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. Simultaneously, there is confirmation from the official MIUI forum about the launch event. More »

  • Microsoft implements Xbox One backward compatibility with Gears Of War: Ultimate …
    Microsoft implements Xbox One backward compatibility with Gears Of War: Ultimate … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    By playing Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live from 25 August through 31 December 2015, gamers will get access to Gears Of War, Gears Of War 2, Gears Of War 3 and Gears Of War: Judgment in backward compatibility when it launches this fall. "You'll get the complete remastering of the original game – painstakingly reimagined from the ground up with stunning next-gen graphics, recaptured and rebuilt cinematics, and modernized gameplay for an even better experience", states Microsoft, on its Xbox Wire blog. More »

  • See Miley Cyrus ride a cat in crazy new VMAs promo
    See Miley Cyrus ride a cat in crazy new VMAs promo Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Miley Cyrus has posted a bizarre video promo for the VMAs online. More »

  • Windows 10 free upgrade scam warning: Cybercriminals spread ransomware with …
    Windows 10 free upgrade scam warning: Cybercriminals spread ransomware with … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    It comes as little surprise that criminals are looking to lure victims into installing ransomware on their PCs under the guise of being a Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft launched its Windows 10 update on 29 July and it is rolling the update out in waves to users around the world, meaning that some people will still be waiting to install the new software. Cisco's security research group Talos has identified the latest spam campaign which takes advantage of the interest in Microsoft's software and sees hackers impersonating the company to exploit its user base. More »

  • Smiths shares up on report U.S. activist ValueAct takes stake Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    (Reuters) - Smiths Group Plc shares rose as much as 8 percent on Tuesday after a report said that U.S. activist investor ValueAct had taken a stake in the British engineering company. ValueAct, a hedge fund led by Jeff Ubben, had taken a stake in Smiths but had not yet decided whether its stake would become one of its core positions, the Financial Times reported on Monday quoting sources. The source did not specify when the stake was originally purchased and what ValueAct's current holding stood at. More »

  • Windows 10 user shocked as porn images show on desktop after free upgrade
    Windows 10 user shocked as porn images show on desktop after free upgrade Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    To the shock of a man who upgraded to the recently released Microsoft Windows 10, his entire collection of porn images started showing up on his desktop as a slideshow. Woke up to wife asking why I set it to rotate all my porn images right on the desk top view. More »

  • Windows 10: How to record games, capture screenshots and create game clips using …
    Windows 10: How to record games, capture screenshots and create game clips using … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Windows 10, released to the public on 29 July, is attracting a lot of interest, evident by the fact that the OS was downloaded on 14 million computers worldwide in the first 24 hours of its launch. With people continuing to download and install Windows 10 OS updates, it is only natural to discover and test new/hidden features within the operating system. Windows 10 Game DVR can be used to capture screenshots and record game screens at any point in time during the game's progress. More »

  • Windows 10: How to get around Microsoft's privacy policy
    Windows 10: How to get around Microsoft's privacy policy Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Microsoft's new Privacy statement and Services agreement came into effect on 1 August, a couple of days after the company officially released its new operating system Windows 10. The 45-page service agreement document details Microsoft's consumer services such as Bing, Cortana, Microsoft account, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype and Xbox Live. More »

  • Microsoft's Xbox One Gamescom press conference: How to watch and previe …
    Microsoft's Xbox One Gamescom press conference: How to watch and previe … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    You can also watch live on Xbox One consoles, via Xbox.com, on the Xbox 360 and on Windows smartphones. Gamescom 2015 should belong to Microsoft and the Xbox One. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has also promised a first look at gameplay footage. More »

  • Microsoft buys firm that boosts sales through games
    Microsoft buys firm that boosts sales through games Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Microsoft did not disclose financial terms of the deal in which it acquired Texas-based Incent Games, developer of the online platform FantasySalesTeam More »

  • Rolls-Royce shares rise as activist stake fuels turnaround talk
    Rolls-Royce shares rise as activist stake fuels turnaround talk Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Shares in British engineering company Rolls-Royce , under pressure after a run of profit warnings, rose for a second session on Monday on speculation it could speed up turnaround plans after an activist investor became its biggest shareholder. U.S. fund ValueAct wants Rolls-Royce to speed up cost-cuts in its aero engines unit and could in future push for it to divest its non-aero-engine businesses, according to a report in the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the fund's thinking. Shares in Rolls-Royce were up 4.4 percent at 829 pence by 1114 British time, extending its advance to 11 percent in two days. More »

  • Astronauts Test Virtual-Reality Headset for Space On Ocean Floor
    Astronauts Test Virtual-Reality Headset for Space On Ocean Floor Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    It's a tech geek's dream fulfilled in the underwater lab hosting four "aquanauts" for 14 days this month, where they get to practice space exploration with a cutting-edge Microsoft virtual-reality headset. Microsoft's HoloLens, whose augmented-reality technology overlays a virtual display on the real world, will someday go to space itself to assist astronauts, and the NEEMO 20 underwater crewmembers are testing it out during their stay, which started July 20. A HoloLens was also supposed to fly to the International Space Station but was lost when the Dragon spacecraft exploded during launch June 28. More »

  • Nokia sells mapping service to German car makers for 2.8 bn euros
    Nokia sells mapping service to German car makers for 2.8 bn euros Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Finnish telecoms group Nokia is selling its mapping service Here to German car makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz for 2.8 billion euros ($3 billion) More »

  • Man Upgrades To Windows 10, Wakes Up To Find His Porn Stash Exposed
    Man Upgrades To Windows 10, Wakes Up To Find His Porn Stash Exposed Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    A disgruntled Reddit user who upgraded to Windows 10 woke up to find that the new software had made a neat slideshow out of his porn stash, which was scrolling across his desktop. Woke up to wife asking why I set it to rotate all my porn images right on the desk top view. As with Windows Phone software, the new Windows 10 operating system uses the images from the user’s My Photos folder to create scrolling tiles on the home screen. More »

  • German automakers buying Nokia's HERE map business Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) and secures their access to technology that could eventually be used for driverless cars. More »

  • How one Irish sports-technology startup is taking it to the likes of Adidas
    How one Irish sports-technology startup is taking it to the likes of Adidas Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Playertek thinks it can help everyone train like a pro. More »

  • New Tech Will Give You Superman-Style Hearing
    New Tech Will Give You Superman-Style Hearing Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Before the end of the year, startup Doppler Labs plans to come out with a promising product called Hereoversized earbuds, about the size of a quarter, meant to give you control over live sounds. The early versions will have volume control and some noise cancellation, so you can put them in your ears and make city sounds less harsh while boosting conversations so they come through loud and clear. For an aging population that grew up damaging their cochlea at Ramones concerts, augmented hearing buds could do some of the work of hearing aids while feeling cooler to wear and costing one-tenth as much. More »

  • Alert as hackers send bogus Windows 10 emails
    Alert as hackers send bogus Windows 10 emails Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system, researchers have said. More »

  • Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10 Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labeled ... More »

  • Uber valuation tops $50 bn with latest funding: report
    Uber valuation tops $50 bn with latest funding: report Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    San Francisco-based Uber claims to be in some 250 cities and 58 countries More »

  • Uber valued at about $51 billion after latest funding round: WSJ
    Uber valued at about $51 billion after latest funding round: WSJ Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Uber raised close to $1 billion in the round, bringing its total funding to more than $5 billion, WSJ reported on Friday, citing one of the people. Investors in the latest round include Microsoft Corp and the Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co's Times Internet, the report said. "We filed to authorize this new funding more than two months ago," Kristin Carvell, a spokeswoman for Uber said in an email. More »

  • A man upgraded to Windows 10… and his wife discovered all of his porn
  • Obama signs act that gives voice back to disabled Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    President Obama signed the Steve Gleason Act into law Thursday evening, ensuring Medicare and Medicaid include access to speech-generation technologies, New Orleans's WDSU-TV reported. After a series of sweeping changes at Medicare last year, insurance no longer covered the expensive speech-generating devices used by people unable to speak, according to ESPN. The act is named after Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints football player who was diagnosed with a serious debilitating illness in 2011. More »

  • Windows 10 entices millions in first day
    Windows 10 entices millions in first day Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Windows 10 is being offered as a free upgrade, making it possible to be available quickly on billions of devices More »

  • Google refuses French order to apply "right to be forgotten" glob …
    Google refuses French order to apply "right to be forgotten" glob … Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines. The French data protection authority, the CNIL, in June ordered the search engine group to de-list on request search results appearing under a person's name from all its websites, including Google.com. Google complied with the ruling and has since received more than a quarter of a million removal requests, according to its transparency report. More »

  • Windows 10: Solitaire Needs Annual Subscription
    Windows 10: Solitaire Needs Annual Subscription Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    It has been a staple of Microsoft operating systems for years, a simple relaxing way to pass the time and relieve boredom. But anyone trying to play solitaire on Windows 10 is now hit with a pop-up banner asking to pay to play the game without adverts. Tech websites criticised Microsoft's attempt to rake in extra cash. More »

  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10 Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. That's a far cry from the company's goal ... More »