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February 9, 2014 • Gaming, Gear Bits

Check out the ‘Thief 101’ Trailer for the Upcoming Game Reboot

In 1998 I got Thief as a birthday present. It presented a morally ambiguous first-person world with choices and freedom, and the ability to sneak around the world in a way no game had ever done before. The sequels were excellent. Now we get a ‘reboot’ of the series – and a trailer to tell …

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February 6, 2014 • Editorials

How Long Before the First Headline Asking “Is Satya Nadella Microsoft’s Thorstein Heins?”

Thorstein Heins is the recently ousted CEO picked from the internal ranks of executives in January 2012 to succeed BlackBerry company founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as president and CEO of BlackBerry. Heins’ tenure might be considered a failure  because he followed the business plan of the failed prior executives.

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January 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

Say Hello to Microsoft OneDrive

If you’ve been going crazy wondering how Microsoft has chosen to rebrand their SkyDrive service then you can rest easily today. The new name is OneDrive. You may recall Microsoft lost a trademark suit back in June 2013 with BSkyB. Until now nobody knew exactly how Microsoft would handle this. Looks as if renaming is …

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January 22, 2014 • Gaming, Gear Bits, News

Game Trading Site Goozex Seems to Be Gone for Good

I’ve loved video game trading site Goozex for more than 7 years since it launched in 2006. Initially it grew quickly as an alternative to paltry trade-ins handed out by GameStop or the cumbersome trade mechanics of early trade-site GameTZ. Goozex acted as middleman on millions of trades, but industry shifts doomed trading and now …

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January 18, 2014 • Gear Bits

Microsoft Surface 2 Back in Stock Online at Microsoft Store

If you were searching for a Microsoft Surface 2 online around holiday time there’s a good chance you had trouble finding one – at least in stock at the Microsoft store.  After writing down almost $1 Billion of the original Surface models Microsoft was understandably cautious about estimating demand for the follow-up Surface 2 and …

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January 17, 2014 • Gear Bits

Path for Windows Enters Open Beta

Path took a little while to make it’s way onto Windows Phone but today it’s officially available albeit as an open beta. Path is a mobile social network billed as ” the trusted place for your personal life. It’s where you can be yourself, stay close to the people who matter most, and share life …

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January 12, 2014 • Gear Bits

Bing’s “Women of 2013” Commercial Impresses and Educates

We were watching the glitz and glamor of the Golden Globes tonight (don’t judge us), when a commercial aired that stood in stark contrast to the superficiality of red carpets. It was Bing’s “Women of 2013” commercial, and it was a beautiful love letter to the strong women of 2013.

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January 8, 2014 • Gear Bits

Want to Love Windows 8? Try a Samsung Ultrabook!

I owe Microsoft Windows 8 an apology. See, when I first tested it, I thought it was dreadful. But I’ve become more comfortable with the Metro interface between my trusty Lumia 928 and using a Surface RT, and it is starting to grow on me. What really changed my mind, though, is the Samsung Ultrabook …

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December 22, 2013 • Reviews

Xbox One Game Console Review – An Impressive Step into the Next Generation of Gaming

I was really hoping to be blown away by the Xbox One’s “next-gen ness”, and although it has its flaws, the Xbox One is a fantastic gaming console.  While the Xbox One may not amaze you right away, Microsoft’s new gaming and home entertainment console will prove that it’s an impressive step forward from the …

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December 21, 2013 • Gear Bits

Microsoft Gives an Early Christmas Present of Skydrive Storage to Windows Phone Users

I really like Windows Phone. It works well for my needs, and I find I am more productive on the go with my Lumia 928 in hand. It also helps that Microsoft is very willing to keep Windows Phone users happy and loyal. Their latest plan-sending an email offering 20gb of SkyDrive storage to all Windows Phone …

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November 22, 2013 • Gear Bits

Xbox One Unboxing Video – Day One Edition with SWAG!

I preordered my Xbox One Day One edition months ago. I got to my local Best Buy around 7pm last night, expecting to wait in a long line. Although there was a long line of people who hadn’t preordered, I was the first preorder in line and the first customer at that Best Buy to …

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November 8, 2013 • Gear Bits

The Xbox One’s Next-Gen Dashboard Looks SLICK in New Microsoft Sneak Peek

If you’re anything like me, you’re extremely excited for November 22nd to roll around; that’s the day that the Xbox One is being released to the salivating masses.  Today, Microsoft gave us a bit of a teaser into what the next-gen dashboard looks like and how it operates.  Let’s just say that this only feeds …

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November 7, 2013 • Gear Bits

Microsoft Earns $2 Billion per Year on Android, Hiding Massive XBOX Losses

This is like two juicy news stories in one … the first being that Microsoft has successfully leveraged its patent muscle and is earning a massive $2 billion annually from Android patent royalties across a range of handset makers, and the other is that huge operating losses from Xbox and Windows Phone consume all of …

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October 16, 2013 • Gear Bits

Halo 3 is Now Free to Download for Xbox Live Gold Members

Known to some as one of the ultimate mulitplayer experiences on Xbox, Halo 3 is now free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers until the end of the month.  Originally released in 2007, Halo 3 quickly became one of the most popular multiplayer games on Xbox.  Now, you can take part in Master Chief’s …

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October 8, 2013 • Gaming

Xbox One Launch Titles: Which Game(s) are you Most Excited About?

November 22nd is right around the corner and the Xbox One will soon be one of the most fought over holiday gifts of 2013.  There has been lots of discussion over the Xbox One hardware, Microsoft’s inclusion of and subsequent back-pedaling on DRM, and the bundled Kinect 2.0.  But in my opinion, what makes a …

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October 4, 2013 • Editorials

What is HTC’s Future with Windows Phone?

I like Windows Phone quite a bit, and am rooting for it to succeed as a viable third option in the mobile phone market. So I was quite excited to see that Microsoft and HTC still intend to work together, even with Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia. But the rumor of dual-boot Android/Windows Phone devices send …

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September 27, 2013 • Gaming

Xbox From the Cloud? Microsoft is Working on it

“The cloud” is a popular concept.  We have terabytes upon terabytes of data stored in “the cloud,” which is really just a data farm of servers in the middle of nowhere.  It’s a great way to keep personal files available wherever you are.  What if you could stream Xbox games from the cloud?  Word is, …

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September 27, 2013 • Gaming, Reviews

Grand Theft Auto V Review on PlayStation 3

Grand Theft Auto V continues improvement in open world environments where crime is king and characters expand with a three main character scenario that allows character to switch among them. Rockstar Games expands existing gameplay into show-stopping events with more role-playing opportunities as main and supporting characters cross paths while players can take main routes …

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September 3, 2013 • Editorials, News

A View from a Linux User on the Nokia Buyout

  Dan posted about the buyout of Nokia’s Mobile Device division by Microsoft this morning. I pretty much expected this to happen.  Nokia always had great hardware and a great OS in Maemo. Some say they should have went to Android, but I think they gave up on Maemo way to soon. Nokia had some …

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August 22, 2013 • News

When to Use the Command Line and When to Stick to a GUI

Back in the early days of computing there was DOS, and DOS used what we call a command line. A command line or shell is a text interface for interacting with your computer. Today graphical interfaces rule the day, but the command line is still useful … in fact, sometimes it might even be better. Read …

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August 21, 2013 • Editorials

Why Does Google Hate Windows Phone?

Whether or not you’re a fan of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, there's one issue both fans and detractors both recognize: there is a definite lack of Google support in the apps. It's not just the lack of Google Maps, but also the lack of a Gmail app, a Google+ app, and worst of all, …

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