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Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365

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by Edgar Alvarez 2014-10-23 16:24:00

The cloud has been a solid source of income for Microsoft in recent times, and while the company is still in the middle of a huge transition, the future is looking bright under recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella. Today, Microsoft released its...

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Ello's charter makes it legally impossible for it to display ads

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by Sean Buckley 2014-10-23 18:52:00

Ello debuted with a big, idealistic promise: to be a different kind of social network unswayed by the influence of advertisers or corporate overlords. The notion was immediately questioned by just about everyone, but the startup is sticking to the...

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Sound Off! What's missing from your favorite operating system?

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by Dave Schumaker 2014-10-23 17:36:00

Whether you're running the latest version of Android, iOS or Windows Phone, there's bound to be something missing from your favorite mobile operating system. Personally, I find it amazing that iOS still makes me play Whac-a-mole when it comes to...

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'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' adds an eight-player mode for double the madness

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by Timothy J. Seppala 2014-10-23 18:16:00

Think you know everything there is to about Super Smash Bros for Wii U? Think again: during today's Smash-centric Nintendo Direct event, the gaming giant announced an eight-player mode for absolutely bananas action. How will you even keep track of...

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Amazon's acquisitions and experiments are erasing its profits (updated)

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by Chris Velazco 2014-10-23 16:56:00

In case you didn't know, here's the crazy thing about Amazon: it isn't really known for turning a profit. Just think about that for a second. The company that wants to sell you everything, get it to you by any means necessary and serves as the...

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Etsy takes a stab at real world sales with free credit card readers

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by Chris Velazco 2014-10-23 15:35:00

Etsy is best known for being an online marketplace of folksy gewgaws and crocheted everythings, but it's making moves to help its sellers do more out in the real world. Case in point: The company just took a page out of Square and PayPal's playbooks...

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Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days

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by Chris Velazco 2014-10-23 14:54:00

Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. You don't log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn't tap into your contacts. If Rooms' iOS-only App Store...

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Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release

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by Jon Fingas 2014-10-23 13:01:00

Don't look now, but one of the staples of the open source world just marked a big birthday. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10, officially making this friendlier Linux distribution 10 years old. The company is clearly happy with a low-key...

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Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone

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by Edgar Alvarez 2014-10-23 11:01:00

Project Ara is surely one of the most exciting things Google is working on right now -- at least from the ones we're aware of. Better yet, given how young it is, chances are it will only keep getting better and more interesting. While speaking at a...

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Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour

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by Ben Gilbert 2014-10-23 09:53:00

Ever heard of Electronics for Imaging? We hadn't either until this morning, but it's apparently a multimillion dollar, multinational, public corporation based out of Fremont, California. And the United States Department of Labor just caught EFI...

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