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Microsoft Overhauls MSN Ahead of Big Windows Announcement

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Microsoft released a completely redesigned MSN web portal ahead of its scheduled Windows announcement on Tuesday.

The company also announced new versions of its MSN apps on Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 will become available on Tuesday

The new site is built on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, which the company says will increase its reliability and “agility for a cloud-first, mobile-first world.”

Microsoft released a…

The Apple Watch Is on Display in Paris, for One Day Only

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Paris Fashion Week features eye-popping designs from Stella McCartney, Chloe, Valhalla — and one rather well-known gadget company based in Cupertino

Apple partnered with local fashion retailer Colette for a one-day Apple Watch window display.

Little has been seen or heard of the Apple Watch since the company unveiled the wearable, along with two new iPhones, on Sept. 9. The device comes in a two sizes and a dizzying…

The Shocking Evolutions of 8 Iconic Female Gaming Characters

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Makeovers aren’t just for reality TV.

Most video game redesigns incorporate new characters, along with detailed costumes and evolving physiques. Just ask Lara Croft, the titular character of the successful Tomb Raider series. Since 1996, she’s been nipped and tucked all over, constantly varying her original outfit.

She’s not the only one — from the ladies of Street Fighter, to the timeless Princess Zelda, many an iconic female character has been the product of a new program design. Sometimes…

The Shocking Evolutions of 8 Iconic Female Gaming Characters

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Makeovers aren’t just for reality TV.

Most video game redesigns incorporate new characters, along with detailed costumes and evolving physiques. Just ask Lara Croft, the titular character of the successful Tomb Raider series. Since 1996, she’s been nipped and tucked all over, constantly varying her original outfit.

She’s not the only one — from the ladies of Street Fighter, to the timeless Princess Zelda, many an iconic female character has been the product of a new program design. Sometimes…

Drone Beat: Hollywood Drones, a $3,200 Fine And More

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The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis…

The 20 Coolest Arcades in the World

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It’s time to level up

Pinball and Pac Man are mainstays in pop culture, but it isn’t easy to find an authentic arcade where you can play them. Not every city is like Tokyo, where arcades are a dime a dozen. However, gaming culture still thrives all over the world, and there are plenty of venues to satisfy your 8-bit needs

From a supremely flashy theme park in Dubai to an eight-story warehouse in Tokyo, here are 20 arcades you…

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6 Games That Will Give You a New Perspective

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Video games offer their players a form of escape — you can explore new worlds, achieve superhuman feats, and totally transcend the laws of space and time

While escape can be healthy in moderation, certain games offer something even more meaningful: a new perspective. Instead of simply leaving your own life, you enter another’s — your neighbor who struggles to make ends meet, your cousin who battles depression or even a complete stranger who grew up with an alcoholic parent

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iOS 8.0.1 May Have a Link to Apple Maps Fail From 2012

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The disastrous iOS 8.0.1 update that curtailed users’ cellular signals and created other bugs earlier this week may have a connection to another major glitch in recent history: the shaky rollout of Apple Maps.

According to a Bloomberg report, both issues stem from the same person who was supposed to catch the issues before the updates launched.

The report names Josh Williams, a mid-level manager for Apple iOS software group, as the man removed from the…

What Is BitTorrent?

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Thom Yorke really might be a paranoid android

The musician released a solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, online for $6 on Friday. The twist? It’s currently only available on BitTorrent. It’s a bit of an unconventional choice, but is in tune with the Radiohead frontman’s past methods. In 2007, the band released seventh album In Rainbows online, allowing fans to pay whatever they wanted. The band’s follow-up, 2011′s The King of Limbs, was put out online a day earlier than planned.

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Your iPhone 4S Will Run iOS 8, But Is It Worth the Upgrade?

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The iPhone 4S can run iOS 8, but can it run it well?

When iOS 8 was released last week, Apple said its latest mobile OS was compatible with the iPhone 4S and up, the iPad 2 and up and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

Apple is unique in the smartphone game for consistently offering updates on hardware that is three generations old. Most manufacturers are lucky to support a device a year after its release; getting three years of updates is commendable. (The one notable exception here was the