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Microsoft reportedly offered Sony a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

Microsoft desperately wants to close this multibillion-dollar deal with Activision Blizzard King (Activision for short). Not only has the acquisition gone past the point that it was supposed to be completed, but it has also brought heavy scrutiny from regulators who threaten to shut it down unless Microsoft spins off part of its business. It […]

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Software engineers and timekeepers rejoice as the world votes to end the leap second

Last week, an international coalition of scientists and government agencies voted to end the leap second, much to the relief of standards organizations and the tech industry. France’s International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were just a couple of measurement authorities that chimed in on […]

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Microsoft Office deal is down to $29 for a lifetime license

Using your PC for work and play is great, but no matter if you’re doing basic tasks or managing a business, sooner or later you will need a productivity suite to write, proofread, make some calculations, or create a presentation. Word, Excel, PowerPoint are industry standards but paying an Office 365 subscription may not be […]

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Windows 8.1 extended support is ending soon

Microsoft is scheduled to put another of its legacy operating systems out to pasture in the near future. Anyone still using the aging OS needs to start getting serious about transitioning to a current, in-service release. Windows 8.1 launched in late 2013 – just one year after Microsoft unleashed Windows 8 – in an attempt […]

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Manifest v3 extensions are now accepted on the Firefox add-on store

Mozilla has started accepting Manifest V3 add-ons for the code-signing process of the AMO store. From June 2023, Chrome will only accept MV3 extensions and crippled ad-blocking tools. Mozilla will continue to support full-featured (MV2) ad-blockers like uBlock Origin anyway. The dreaded day is here. Starting today (November 21), extensions created with the much debated […]

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The FCC launches detailed broadband coverage maps

A quick test of the service using my home address proved insightful. In addition to the handful of ISPs I was already aware of offering fixed service, I learned that several providers including SpaceX and HughesNet service my area with satellite-based Internet. The Federal Communications Commission has launched an interactive broadband map that provides a […]

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Bob Iger returns as Disney CEO in surprising executive shakeup

It is not often that you get called back to a company after reaching the top of the corporate ladder but that’s exactly what has happened to Bob Iger. The executive stepped down as Disney CEO in early 2020 and was replaced by Bob Chapek, a company man that had been with Disney since 1993. […]