Office 365 and Surface Pro 3 are helping Microsoft make a lot of money lately

Microsoft is doing better and better from a financial standpoint. Office 365, and Surface Pro 3 sales are the root causes. Learn more here.

Computing

Free from history's baggage, the next Civilization finds freedom Beyond Earth

By Sid Meier’s rubric of 33% familiar, 33% improvements, and 33% brand new for a Civilization game, Beyond Earth certainly earns its keep as a strong new entry in the series.

  • Pros: The best elements of Civilization V distilled and…
  • Cons: AI leaders are still erratic, petulant children , Quests…

AI research: Google teams up with leading experts at Oxford University

Google is hooking up with leading researchers at Oxford University to further explore the areas of natural language understanding and image recognition in an effort to push ahead with its artificial intelligence (AI) projects.

Cool Tech

The GPS rocking, Android Wear sporting Sony SmartWatch 3 is yours for $250 with Verizon

Verizon has announced the availability of the Sony SmartWatch 3, the first Android Wear smartwatch to take advantage of the OS's latest features. It's priced at $250, and will be out at the end of October.

Wearables

Fire Phone flop – Amazon takes $170 million charge on its smartphone

Amazon revealed Thursday it's taken a $170 million write-down on its Fire Phone, a handset that has failed to attract buyers following a slew of lukewarm reviews since its launch in July.

Android Army

Forget the Nokia Lumia name, from now on it’s Microsoft Lumia all the way

Microsoft has officially announced the beginning of its rebranding exercise regarding Nokia. The Nokia Lumia name, wherever it's found, will be gradually replaced with the new Microsoft Lumia name.

Mobile

Man accidentally texts his probation officer asking for weed

Definitely proving to be an expedient way to land back in jail, a man in Albany, Georgia was looking for some pot and ended up accidentally asking his probation officer over a mobile text message.

Mobile

Facebook Launches Rooms for iOS, an Anonymous Chatroom App

Facebook's Rooms, exclusive to iOS, is an anonymous group chat app with lots of potential.

Mobile

The NYPD commissioner doesn’t like phone encryption, either

NYPD commissioner William Bratton criticized companies like Apple and Google for enabling encryption for their handsets. Bratton hopes to push legislation that would allow access to handsets without worrying about encryption.

Mobile

The iPad Mini 3 is an amazing tablet and an atrocious waste of money

The iPad Mini 3 comes with an upgrade that’s as modest as can be. It’s new features include Touch ID and a gold color option.

  • Pros: Touch ID sensor , High-quality retina screen , Great size…
  • Cons: Limited upgrade over iPad Mini 2 , Last year’s specs offer…

Want 4K graphics on older Nvidia GPUs? These new drivers make that a reality now

How would you like to be able to enjoy 4K-quality graphics on monitors with lesser resolutions? Nvidia makes that dream a reality, even on older GPUs.

Computing

Lean and mean, iPad Air 2 perfects Apple’s vision for the tablet

We review Apple’s latest iPad, the Air 2. Find out how it stacks up against the iPad Air -- and whether it can take on Android’s best.

  • Pros: Thinner than any other Apple device , Screen brighter than…
  • Cons: 16GB model does not have enough storage , Speaker quality…

Grandma blocks Wi-Fi and mobile signals from her house with $6,400 paint

According to 72-year-old Stefanie Russell, she suffers from electro-sensitivity. To combat this, she hired specialists to coat her house with four layers of anti-radiation paint.

Mobile

Android Wear update features offline music playback, bluetooth pairing, and GPS support

The newest version of Android Wear brings GPS support and welcome enhancements to music playback. The update is rolling out to users in stages.

Wearables