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Internet problems take out Facebook, Instagram, others

pcworld.com — Unexplained outages took down a number of popular Internet services Monday night, including Facebook, Instagram, HipChat, and possibly others. Users promptly took to Twitter -- whose Web site also seemed to be experiencing problems -- to complain. Web sites which track Web outages, such as Outage Analyzer, also noted Facebook's downtime.

Motorola returns to China, touts phone customization

pcworld.com — Japanese androids hold news conference, chat with baby droids At the Miraikan museum in Tokyo, robots are one step closer to taking over. Two female androids held their own news conference, with little participation from human beings.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @nickjb: After a two year hiatus, Motorola's smartphone business in China hinges on customization. Video bit.ly/1y0t4Gb #tech

The free-OS revolution: What Apple's Mavericks move means for Windows

pcworld.com — As Apple vice president Craig Federighi declared OS X Mavericks would be a free upgrade, an image of a boxed copy of Windows 8 Pro flashed on the screen behind him, next to a $199 price tag. "Today we're going to revolutionize pricing," Federighi said. Hold on there a second, Craig.
Jan 26, 2015

Which is what I said when OS X went to free upgrades pcworld.com/article/205688… For Windows, free upgrades, but paid OEM/DIY license makes sense

Oracle and Samsung said to be teaming up for mobile cloud delivery

pcworld.com — Oracle and Samsung Electronics have reportedly forged a new partnership through which they will work together to deliver mobile cloud services. In a meeting last Thursday, Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd and Shin Jong-kyun, head of Samsung Electronics' mobile division, met in Seoul to discuss the details of the union, which will aim to help Oracle boost its database cloud solutions while enriching Samsung's enterprise client opportunities, according to a Monday https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172418.html ">report in The Korea Times.

Microsoft's earnings stars include Surface and Office 365, but Windows stumbles

pcworld.com — Microsoft's quarterly earnings call on Monday showed in stark, mathematical terms, the urgency of the changes Windows 10 promises for the company's flagship operating system. Revenue in the business unit that includes Windows sales plunged. Even though two other key Microsoft products-Microsoft's Surface and its Office 365 business-showed strong gains, profits fell by almost 11 percent.
Jan 26, 2015

Microsoft's earnings stars include Surface and Office 365, but Windows stumbles pcworld.com/article/287559… via @pcworld

T-Mobile brings back the subsidy (sort of) with Score discount program

pcworld.com — After eliminating subsidies and service contracts a couple years ago, T-Mobile has invented a new kind of lock-in with its Score program. With Score, you pay $5 per month on top of your existing T-Mobile bill in exchange for a discount on your next upgrade.
Jan 26, 2015

Is it just me or is the un-carrier getting more carrier-like? pcworld.com/article/287514…

Cablevision to introduce true Wi-Fi-only mobile service

pcworld.com — It's hard to go anywhere in an urban environment these days without running into public Wi-Fi hotspots. There are so many, in fact, that Cablevision believes it can offer a purely Wi-Fi based mobile phone service. The Internet and cable TV provider will offer an all Wi-Fi talk, text, and data service starting in February, according to GiagaOm.

Motorola returns to China, touts phone customization

pcworld.com — Would you like your smartphone's cover in wood or leather? And how about the device's metal trim? Smartphone buyers in China are rarely asked those questions. But in a country already crowded with competition, the Motorola Mobility brand is banking on phone customization as one way to separate itself from the pack.
Jan 26, 2015

Would you like it in wood or leather? Motorola returns to China with phone customization in bid to reclaim market pcworld.com/article/287533…

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands-on: Four hours with the most anticipated RPG of the year

pcworld.com — It finally happened. After two years of hands-off demos, multiple delays, and et cetera, I finally got my grunny hands on The Witcher 3 -not just for a piddling few minutes or a tightly controlled demo, but for four hours. CD Projekt basically sat me down at a computer, booted the game, and said "Go."
Jan 26, 2015

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands-on: @haydencd spent four hours with the most anticipated RPG of the year pcworld.com/article/287509…

Modular smartphones could be reused as computer clusters

pcworld.com — The promise of modular smartphones like Google's Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will-and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules.

DirectX 12 just sneaked into Windows 10, but you can't use it yet

pcworld.com — Poking around the fresh Windows 10 build last night, I found an interesting new feature that Joe Belfiore didn't mentioned in his announcement post: DirectX 12 is already baked into the operating system. Don't take my word for it! Install the Windows 10 Preview and run dxdiag.exe, then look for the DirectX Version Info at the bottom of the System tab.
Jan 24, 2015

DirectX 12 just sneaked into Windows 10, but you can't use it yet pcworld.com/article/287509… via @pcworld

Jan 24, 2015

DirectX 12 just sneaked into Windows 10, but you can't use it yet pcworld.com/article/287509… tip @techmeme

Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first

Jan 24, 2015

Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first pcworld.com/article/287440… @BradChacos Is Cortana in the existing build?

Jan 23, 2015

RT @BradChacos: Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first pcworld.com/article/287440…

Jan 23, 2015

Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first pcworld.com/article/287440…

Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook

pcworld.com — Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn't all the hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier.