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Here’s when Microsoft will reveal the key Windows 10 details you’ve been waiting for

6 hours 53 min ago

Those of us who use Windows 8 on a desktop computer or on a laptop without a touch display are eagerly awaiting the release of Windows 10, which Microsoft has promised will bring back a lot of the desktop-centric features that we’ve missed since Windows 7. Earlier this year Microsoft revealed several enterprise-centric features for Windows 10 to whet our appetites and now The Verge reports that Microsoft is gearing up to show off key consumer-centric features in Windows 10 this January. FROM EARLIER: Everything we know about Windows 10 Other than reporting Microsoft plans to announced these new details in late January, however, The Verge doesn’t really give us a lot of information about what these new features will

Black Friday goes global as retailers import the US spending holiday

6 hours 53 min ago

Thanksgiving may be American, but sales in the UK, France, Germany and China show the consumer frenzy is becoming a broader phenomenon.>

What the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer tells us about the galaxy's future

7 hours 41 sec ago

When Lucasfilm announced it was killing the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I was heartbroken. The galaxy George Lucas had dreamed up took form in the original movies, but it was populated and fully realized by the authors, artists, and video game developers that helped build Star Wars' back stories. Now, like a blaster taken to my childhood memories, that Expanded Universe was gone. I thought the damage would be permanent.

The designers behind the Nike FuelBand are working on old-school watches

7 hours 16 min ago

If you were to place a bet on the future of wearables, odds are good that your cash would not go toward a line of ordinary wristwatches. Yes, wristwatches: the things that tell the time and little else, often operating on centuries-old technology. The very objects that were disrupted by cellphones over the last decade. Dinosaurs.

Amazon's Cyber Monday sales start tomorrow and run for eight days

7 hours 20 min ago

Amazon's not waiting for Monday to kick off its Cyber Monday sales. As usual with Amazon, everything will come and go very quickly, so you'll want to check ahead to see when the item you want will go on sale. Discounts will be offered "as often" as every 10 minutes, according to Amazon.

Check out the awesome Android surprise OnePlus has prepared for Black Friday

7 hours 28 min ago

The OnePlus One has been one of the most interesting Android handsets released this year, a high-end device priced at an unbelievably low price. Perhaps because of this, OnePlus hasn’t always been able to meet demand, annoying some potential buyers with its invite system and other controversies that affected the phone’s launch. However, the company appears to be ready to meet your OnePlus One needs during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and has a special Black Friday deal waiting for you. FROM EARLIER: Walmart and Best Buy have killer smartphone trade-in deals you won’t be able to resist Instead of lowering the price of the handset even further — the 16GB model costs $299, while the 64GB version is priced at

Download these paid Android apps and games at dirt-cheap Black Friday prices right now

8 hours 2 min ago

In addition to offering Android fans discounts on various devices that are currently available for purchase in the Google Play Store, Google has also listed various Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app deals in the store. FROM EARLIER: Google kicks off special Black Friday and Cyber Monday Play Store sale Android users can download a variety of paid apps that are up to 50% off during Cyber Weekend, and games that are up to 90% cheaper during the same period. Talk Android has put together an extensive list of paid apps that are currently significantly discounted, as follows: Aqua Mail Pro Key – $2.95 (reg $4.95) Call of Duty: Strike Team – $3.99 (reg $6.99) Docs To Go Premium Key –

Radio of the future: Welcome to the podcast era

8 hours 17 min ago

Thanks to SoundCloud and Spotify, and to shows like Serial and StartUp, we're at the cusp of a new, on-demand era of radio.

The new radio stars: welcome to the podcast age

8 hours 18 min ago

If you've ever listened to This American Life, the massively popular weekly radio show, or Planet Money, NPR's excellent economy-explaining podcast, you know Alex Blumberg's voice. Here in the brand-new offices of Gimlet Media, on the fifth floor of a downtown Brooklyn co-working building, amid piles of old furniture and terrifying art, Blumberg and his colleagues are attempting to build a big business out of podcasts. The podcast quickly became popular, and so did Gimlet: Blumberg and his co-founder Matt Lieber raised $1.5 million in venture capital, hired a team, and honed their pitch.

Major details on Apple’s gigantic ‘iPad Air Plus’ revealed in new leak

8 hours 38 min ago

Watch out, Microsoft: Apple is designing a tablet that can replace your laptop too. has picked up the latest issue of Japanese magazine Mac Fan and has found that it’s printed a leaked blueprint for the so-called iPad Air Plus, a giant 12.2-inch tablet that Apple is rumored to have been working on for the past year at least. RELATED: Specs for Apple’s unannounced iPad Pro may have just leaked According to the leak, the new iPad will be released in between April and June next year and will have dimensions of 305.31 x 220.8 x 7 millimeters. In comparison, the recently released iPad Air 2 measures in at 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 millimeters, so it looks like the new

Let's talk about the new 'Star Wars' lightsaber

9 hours 1 min ago

About a minute into the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, a cloaked figure is tromping through a snowy forest and ignites a weird-looking lightsaber: it’s big, sort of flickery, and it has a crossbar. It doesn’t even protect you, because the laser-hilt isn’t flush with the blade, so if a lightsaber slides down you'll just get a cut hand and a broken lightsaber. The big question, in my opinion, is whether lightsaber blades can even slide.

Watch the trailers for all seven 'Star Wars' movies

9 hours 7 min ago

Some Star Wars movies have been much better than others, and the same goes for their trailers. Watching the trailers for A New Hope and The Phantom Menace hardly prepare you for the trilogies that are to come — so that means there's plenty left to wonder about The Force Awakens. With the debut trailer out for the first installment in Star Wars' third trilogy, now's the time to take a look through how Lucasfilm has presented the series in the past to see just how excited — or concerned — you'll want to be for its future. Our verdict: it's safe to keep your hopes up so far. ...

Black Friday iPhone app blowout sale: Get $34 worth of apps for free right now!

9 hours 13 min ago

Black Friday doesn’t just offer awesome deals on hardware, as you can get some amazing bargains on software as well. iPhone Tricks has done a nice job of rounding up some of the best Black Friday smartphone app deals you can get this year and we’ve picked out eight apps that are now free for a limited time right now and represent total savings of around $34. DON’T MISS: 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $32!) These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end

Watch the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer here

9 hours 30 min ago

The first glimpse of JJ Abrams' first "Star Wars" sequel has arrived, featuring Stormtroopers, the Millenium Falcon -- and one badass lightsaber.>

New Yorkers won't head to theaters for 'Star Wars' teasers

9 hours 32 min ago

Lincoln Center on Black Friday might as well be a wasteland. That's understandable enough; most of us are either out shopping or still in bed, recovering from last night's Thanksgiving dinner. But when Disney opts to tease the upcoming Star Wars film in just a handful of theaters, you'd expect more than a few superfans waiting in line for a chance to see the Millennium Falcon again. But that's not what happened. At 9:00 in the morning on what might be the biggest day for the franchise in years, most of New York City's Star Wars fans stayed home.

Canadian startups woo Silicon Valley expats for top jobs

9 hours 41 min ago

By Sayantani Ghosh TORONTO (Reuters) - Technology startups in Canada are seeking to lure back expatriates from Silicon Valley with the promise of executive roles, generous stakes and the chance to stamp their mark on a nascent industry. Michael Katchen is one of the first. He came home to Toronto after helping to build and then sell a company in California. Four of the 40-odd employees of his latest venture, Wealthsimple, were once expatriates too. "There is a benefit in being part of the engineering culture in the Valley ... ...