Microsoft announced on Monday that the November system update had begun rolling out to members of the Xbox One update preview program. The November update is another set of relatively minor improvements and additions, but brings one highly anticipated feature to the console that was hinted at earlier this month: custom backgrounds. More →
Brian Krebs, the man who originally reported the Home Depot data breach earlier this year, now believes that Staples has been subjected to a data breach of its own. Krebs says that at least six banks noticed a pattern of debit and credit card fraud in several Staples branches, indicating that card data might have been accessed. More →
Three weeks after the launch of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft is rolling out the first new build to members of the Windows Insider Program. Build 9860, as Microsoft has so eloquently named it, comes to Insiders automatically through Windows Update. As long as your computer is on or sleeping, the update will download and install on its own. More →
Releasing an original rhythm game in 2014 is a bold move; the age of the plastic peripheral has passed, and rhythm games are reliant on either controllers or cameras to work. Developers have to understand and account for the limitations of those accessories, but rather than concede to the shifting sands, Harmonix took the evolution of the genre in stride with Dance Central, its third consecutive hit series and the first to prominently feature the Kinect.
Now the team faces the challenge of moving into the new generation with a fresh, licensed property. So how did it fare? More →
The Chinese government is currently staging an attack on Apple’s iCloud, according to Internet censorship monitor Greatfire.org. The report claims that this main-in-the-middle (MITM) attack is an attempt to gain access to the private information of Chinese citizens, including texts, pictures and contacts. The attack coincides with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. More →
The rollout of the latest updates for Apple’s mobile operating system hasn’t been quite as smooth as expected, but with iOS 8.1, it looks like Apple is back on track. The biggest addition to iOS in 8.1 is Apple Pay, the company’s attempt to replace all of your credit cards, debit cards and gift cards with an easy-to-use mobile service. More →
Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters.
The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G.
It’s been a long, winding road to reach this point, but the OnePlus One is finally going to be available to the public next Monday. OnePlus has kept its promise to offer preorders in late October, specifically October 27th at 11 a.m. ET, which is when anyone will be able to place an order for a OnePlus One. Here’s the catch: the preorders will only be available for one hour. More →
Over the weekend, Activision released the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, one of the most anticipated titles of the holiday season. With just two weeks left until launch, there’s not much else to say about the latest entry in the Call of Duty series that hasn’t already been said. After half a decade of domination during the last generation, Activision has handed the reins over to a new studio in 2014 and its shaping up to be the biggest departure the franchise has ever seen. More →
Despite some early indications that Microsoft might have finally found a way to combat the sales chart tyranny of the PlayStation 4, the latest numbers from the NPD Group say otherwise. In an email correspondence on Thursday afternoon, Sony confirmed that the PS4 had achieved nine straight months of chart-topping success, tripling August’s sales figures. More →
You’re not going to believe this: people are still buying the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Alright, maybe that isn’t much of a shock, but it’s pretty incredible to see that iPhone fans are actually still lining up at the Apple Store in New York City to pick up a new phone. Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG, tweeted pictures on Friday of anxious consumers lined up around the block on Fifth Avenue waiting for their chance to buy an iPhone 6. More →
At first blush, Sony’s new PlayStation TV doesn’t make much sense. It’s a standalone console, but it has been built on the back of an existing platform. It uses a controller, but not the most recent one. It connects to your TV, but it doesn’t have any internal storage. The PlayStation TV is at odds with itself. After spending a few hours with it at home, I still haven’t found a compelling reason to use it over any of my other PlayStation branded devices. Given time, PS TV could be a major competitor in the set-top box market, but right now, it’s the cheapest console available for one very good reason — it just doesn’t work that well. More →
Sony’s biannual releases have been a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the Xperia line is one of the more visible smartphone lines on the market with four flagship releases in less than two years. On the other, the minor iterations from one model to the next have culminated in the Xperia Z3v, a device which doesn’t stack up against any of the best Android devices. If a leak from AndroidOrigin is to be believed, that might finally change in a big way with the next generation. More →