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  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Explains Itself: 5 Highlights

    Mobile device and network diagnostic firm Carrier IQ early Tuesday issued a detailed report about what it is up to with your smartphone data. The company has been under fire ever since Trevor Eckhart discovered CIQ software working behind the scenes on a variety of smartphones. Eckhart originally accused CIQ of installing malware on people's phones and monitoring users' key presses, SMS messages, location data and web browsing history.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS Vulnerability Can Disable Messaging

    Windows Phone 7 devices are susceptible to an SMS vulnerability that could lock users out of their messaging functions. The discovery comes from a tipster at the WinRumors blog, who demonstrated that a malicious SMS sent to Windows Phone 7.5 phones would force it to reboot and lock down the messaging hub.

  • Opinion: Bye-Bye Avatar: Modern Warfare 3 Takes $1 Billion Record

    Modern Warfare 3 officially has the top grossing movie in movie history, James Cameron's Avatar, in its rearview mirror: Activision's eighth Call of Duty shooter just made a cool $1 billion dollars in 16 days. Avatar, by comparison, took 17 to reach that figure.

  • Opinion: Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 2

    People often think of software as either commercial (including shareware), or free (including open-source offerings). But somewhere in between lies another large category of software: donationware. The creators of such programs give the software away for free, in the hope that appreciative users will donate to support the application or a cause the developer wishes to promote. In this article I cover lesser-known gems. For more-renowned donationware, read "Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 1."

  • Opinion: WebOS Lives On! HP's Mobile OS Now Open Source

    The future of webOS has been hazy since HP announced in August that it will discontinue its webOS line of devices. The HP Veer 4G faded into oblivion, but the HP TouchPad has enjoyed numerous firesales since the announcement. Today, HP announced that webOS will live on as an open source platform.

  • Opinion: Texting While Driving Up 50 Percent Despite Warnings

    Despite the fact that 35 states have made it illegal, texting while driving has increased by 50 percent over last year, according to a new study [PDF] by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • Opinion: Google's Chrome Will Run Console Games! Wait, What?

    Don't look for id Software's Rage or Bethesda's Skyrim in your browser anytime soon, but it sounds like Google has big time gaming plans for its Chrome platform—plans that already involve running stuff like Xbox Live Arcade game Bastion in Chrome directly.

  • Opinion: Nintendo May Lose Miyamoto As Manager

    The creator of Super Mario Bros. isn't quitting his job, but he may be downsizing his role in game development. Nintendo frontman Shigeru Miyamoto made waves yesterday by delving into a frank discussion of his career plans during an exclusive interview with Wired.com, expressing his desire to stop supervising the large teams of developers responsible for popular Nintendo franchises like Zelda and Mario Kart in order to work on smaller projects.

  • Opinion: OnLive Now on Android Tablets, iOS Devices Soon

    OnLive officially goes where no cloud gaming service has gone before today—Android tablets and smartphones, with Apple's iOS devices to follow pending certification.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Microsoft releases Xbox Live app for iPhone and iPad

    In a rather surprising move, Microsoft just announced the release of an official Xbox Live app for iOS. The universal app is free and formatted for both iPhone and iPad. The ability to access Xbox Live has been a distinguishing characteristic of Windows Phone 7 since its launch, and while there have been plenty of third-party apps to allow partial Xbox Live access on Android and iOS devices, this is the first time Microsoft has directly supported a competitor's product with Xbox Live.

  • Opinion: Another Perfect 40: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Gets Famitsu Thumbs Up

    You know that thing I wrote a while back about Famitsu's handing out 40 out of 40 games scores being rare? Yeah, maybe not so accurate—at least not at the rate the 40s have been coming lately.

  • Opinion: Blood and Glory Review: An Epic Action Game for Android

    Spoiler alert: If you've played the popular iOS game Infinity Blade, you'll find Blood and Glory's style to be…well...exactly the same. However, Glu Mobile has put Blood and Glory in a different setting and tossed in a different "story line," and it's free.

  • Opinion: Xbox 360 Dashboard Overhaul Will Let You Get Stuff Faster

    Fire up your Xbox 360 at some point today and you'll be prompted to download something that, like it or not, will have an indelible impact on the way you interact with the console. For all the attention given the new visual interface—named after that thing you take to work and resembling the sliding orthogonal tiles that comprise Windows 8's new tablet-angled overlay—the biggest change, if you're also using Kinect, involves the spoken word.

  • Opinion: Minecraft Plus LEGO Equals Minecraft LEGO!

    Instead of trying to sue the pants off developer Mohang for making Minecraft—a world-fiddling game involving random realms constructed from textured cubes—it sounds like Danish toymaker LEGO is joining forces to release a physical set of toys based on the multimillions selling sandbox builder.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Puts Siri-like Tech into Xbox 360 In Living Room Play

    Forget about the rumored Siri-enabled Apple HDTV, Microsoft is rolling out an Xbox 360 system update that uses the Kinect sensor to turn your voice into a remote control. You can use the new voice features to find games, movies, TV shows and music from a variety of content providers on Xbox LIVE such as Netflix, Hulu Plus (December 6), and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The new Xbox 360 update will roll out to users in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. starting Tuesday through the next few weeks. Microsoft first announced the Xbox 360's new voice navigation features in July during the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles.

  • Opinion: Want to Beta Test Microsoft Flight?

    After over half a decade of radio silence, Microsoft's finally preparing to take the wraps off the newest iteration of its venerable flight simulation series. If you want to take Microsoft Flight out for a spin, Microsoft's accepting beta applications now.

  • Opinion: Developer: The Witcher 2 Has Been Pirated 4.5 Million Times

    For every copy of the Witcher 2 sold, its developer CD Projekt says more than four copies have been pirated. That, estimates the company, amounts to roughly 4.5 million illegal downloads of the critically acclaimed dark fantasy roleplaying game.

  • Opinion: Can Knockdown 2 Review: Simple Gameplay With Impressive Graphics

    Can Knockdown 2 is a collection of three minigames: In the first game, you get five balls, and face a bunch of cans neatly stacked on a shelf. You have to throw a ball at the cans and knock them down. Knock all the cans down (in one shot, ideally), and you can move to the next level.

  • Opinion: PlayStation 3 Firmware Update Turns 4.00, Adds Vita Support

    Everyone ready for the PlayStation Vita's launch in just a few weeks? Well get on over to your PlayStation 3, download the new milestone 4.00 firmware, then get ready to sync your...oh wait, wrong country.



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