Beats Headphones Join iPads On List Of Products Banned From NFL Sidelines

Beats Headphones Join iPads On List Of Products Banned From NFL Sidelines

While NFL stars like Colin Kaepernick might love the Beats by Dre headphones they get paid to wear, they won’t be allowed to sport the fashionable headgear on the sidelines of their games, or even around their necks during post-game interviews, thanks to an exclusivity deal reached between the league and Bose. [More]

Ever The Unpredictable Scamp, Microsoft Goes With “Windows 10″ For Next OS

Ever The Unpredictable Scamp, Microsoft Goes With “Windows 10″ For Next OS

While Microsoft is often seen as embodying the more straight-and-narrow side of home computing, you can’t fault the company for its utterly insane approach to picking names for its Windows operating system. After jumping from 3.11 to 95 to 2,000 before going back to 7 (and let’s not forget about the random non-numerical versions released over the years), the company is following the tepidly received Windows 8 with — what else? — Windows 10. [More]

Microsoft Buys Minecraft Maker For $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Buys Minecraft Maker For $2.5 Billion

It’s official — Microsoft has decided it wants to play a lot of Minecraft, and it’s willing to pay $2.5 billion for the right to do so. The company announced today that it reached a deal to purchase Swedish Minecraft developer Mojang. [More]

Microsoft Really Wants You To Buy An Xbox One So It’s Giving Away Free Games Next Week

Microsoft Really Wants You To Buy An Xbox One So It’s Giving Away Free Games Next Week

It’s been almost a year since Microsoft launched its latest console, the Xbox One, originally selling for $100 more than the new competition from Sony. Now that these next-gen consoles are looking toward their second holiday season (and really their first with any decent games), Microsoft is trying to get a leg up on the PS4 by offering free games to people who buy an Xbox One next week. [More]

Soon You Can Use Your Xbox One To Stream Live TV To Your Phone (But Not In The U.S.)

Soon You Can Use Your Xbox One To Stream Live TV To Your Phone (But Not In The U.S.)

The Xbox One gaming console is getting a new function added to it, Microsoft announced today. As of this fall, the late-2013, next-gen, still-new gaming and media device will also function as high-tech rabbit ears for your TV. [More]

EA To Offer $5 Monthly All-You-Can-Play Old Game Buffet For Xbox One Owners

EA To Offer $5 Monthly All-You-Can-Play Old Game Buffet For Xbox One Owners

Disc-based video games aren’t doomed yet; there are many years left to go before their seemingly-inevitable demise finally comes. One big game publisher, though, is clearly already scrounging for the nails they eventually hope to put into the lid of that particular coffin. EA this week announced a new online subscription service giving players unlimited access to a whole “vault” of games for as long as they keep paying the monthly fee. Is it a great idea for consumers or a blatant cash-grab from EA? In reality, probably a little bit of both. [More]

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Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs In Coming Months

Now that Microsoft is taking over Nokia’s device business, there are apparently a lot of people doing similar jobs. And so the company announced this morning that it plans to shed 18,000 jobs — about 14% of its total workforce — in the next 12 months. [More]

Microsoft, Google To Introduce “Kill-Switch” Function As Report Shows The Deterrent Cuts Thefts

Microsoft, Google To Introduce “Kill-Switch” Function As Report Shows The Deterrent Cuts Thefts

Smartphone manufacturers appear to be taking consumers’ and legislators’ demand for anti-theft measures to heart. Just a month after Minnesota became the first state to pass a law requiring manufacturers to create kill switches Microsoft and Google announced that they would introduce the theft deterrent technologies into their products. And that’s a good thing considering a new report highlights just how effective kill switches have been reducing the theft of technology. [More]

The Aaron Paul Xbox One Ad Will Mess With Your Xbox One

The Aaron Paul Xbox One Ad Will Mess With Your Xbox One

For months, Microsoft has been airing ads with people hollering “Xbox On” and “Xbox Do This Thing That Doesn’t Really Work The Way You Show It In The Ad” but those ads were somehow not triggering users’ Xbox Ones to respond. That is until the new ads featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul started running. [More]

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It’s Time To Start Treating Video Game Industry Like The $21 Billion Business It Is

The majority of video games in the U.S. are purchased and played by adults. The largest titles make money that Hollywood films could only dream of raking in, and the biggest players in the industry run multibillion-dollar multinational operations that employ thousands of people. Yet many consumers still think of gaming as a kid’s thing that doesn’t merit serious consideration or scrutiny. In an age where our culture recognizes previously sniffed-about industries like professional sports as much more than child’s play, it’s time to get over that same hump about video games. [More]

Father-Daughter Burglary Spree Ends After She Posts Doctored Microsoft Employee Badge On Facebook

Father-Daughter Burglary Spree Ends After She Posts Doctored Microsoft Employee Badge On Facebook

I’ve never had a daughter, and I didn’t really have much of a dad. Most of what I know about father-daughter relationships comes from watching Paper Moon. I have a feeling that last part might also be true of a dad-daughter pair in Washington state caught stealing more than $40,000 worth of stuff from the Microsoft store on the company’s main campus. [More]

Microsoft Also Ditching Mandatory Kinect Purchase For Xbox One

Microsoft Also Ditching Mandatory Kinect Purchase For Xbox One

The Xbox-related news is pouring out today. First came the report that Xbox Live members may no longer need to upgrade to Gold subscriptions just to watch streaming videos. Now comes the announcement that the motion and voice-sensing Kinect is not so vital to the Xbox One as Microsoft had originally envisioned. [More]

Microsoft May No Longer Require Xbox Users To Pay Extra For Access To Streaming Video

Microsoft May No Longer Require Xbox Users To Pay Extra For Access To Streaming Video

UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed this report and additionally announced that it will soon begin selling a Kinect-free version of the Xbox One for $100 less than the current sticker price of $499. [More]

Microsoft Finally Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer; XP Users Not Left Out

Microsoft Finally Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer; XP Users Not Left Out

After nearly a week, Microsoft has begun releasing a security update intended to patch a security flaw in Internet Explorer that could give hackers access to a user’s computer. [More]

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Microsoft Has Yet To Issue A Fix For Major Internet Explorer Security Flaw

UPDATE: Microsoft began rolling out an updated intended to patch this problem on Thursday morning. [More]

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Microsoft: Internet Explorer Security Flaw Responsible For “Limited, Targeted Attacks”

Another day, another computer security problem that could be opening up people to hack attacks: Microsoft says there’s a security hole in versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer, the default browser for many a PC user. And hey, remember when you were warned to stop running Windows XP? This is why. [More]

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Microsoft Sends E-mail To Make Sure You Don’t Want E-mail From Microsoft

You don’t get it, Microsoft. Your customers tried to be nice about it: they don’t want to get e-mail from you. They unsubscribed from all of your news and webcast announcements. They don’t want to hear about your product trials. They don’t want to get e-mail from you. So what did you do? You e-mailed them to find out whether they’ve maybe changed their minds. [More]

‘Scroogled': Microsoft’s Junior High Attempt To Shame Google Comes To An End

‘Scroogled': Microsoft’s Junior High Attempt To Shame Google Comes To An End

Is Microsoft ready to take our advice and devote its resources to developing great products consumer will benefit from? It’s possible, but we aren’t psychics so the future remains a mystery. Nevertheless, now that the company has all but put the kibosh on their cringe-worthy competitor-bashing campaign, they have one less production distraction. [More]