Author Archives: Karen Hicks

Microsoft patent filing attempts to lock down games with multiple engines running concurrently

Shortly after Microsoft released its Xbox 360 HD update to Halo: Combat Evolved -- a game which allowed players to seamlessly switch between the original game's graphics and the update -- the company filed a patent for games 'having a plurality of game engines.' That patent filing just got published ...

Vizio shipping 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet with AMDAPU

Consumer electronics-maker and PC-dabbler Vizio has launched its latest computing device: an 11.6-inch Windows 8 PC-based tablet for $600 (MT11X-A1). The slate features a generously-sized 1080p display, 64GB SSD, 2GB and an AMD Z-60 APU. Pair that up with a 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers and Micro HDMI/USB ports and ...

UK magazine The Spectator finally launches its 180-year online archive

More than a year after the initial announcement, UK conservative-leaning magazine The Spectator has finally launched its new online archive, containing every article from the magazine’s history. For the record, that’s almost two hundred years. Originally, the archive was supposed to be going live last spring (2012), but it seems the ...

Pure Android Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One available forpreorder

Two of the leading, top-tier Android smartphones are now available for preorder as "Google Play” editions on the search giant’s online store. The beautifully designed HTC One is $599 and the Galaxy S4 $649. As explained last month, hardware-wise these are the same devices sold through a number of carriers ...

Cox flareWatch beta brings IPTV with 60 HD channels, cloud DVR for $35 monthly

While everyone tries to figure out what the future of TV looks like, Variety reports Cox Cable has crossed over to offering internet TV service to customers in Orange County. flareWatch beta testers can buy a Fanhattan Fan TV set-top box for $99 (up to three per household) and sign ...