Disappointed Sony PlayStation 4 owners with broken consoles can take advantage of a new exchange process cooked up by Amazon to address hundreds of unhappy customers.
GeekWire spotted an Amazon review Monday that said the online retailer had a "special process to send replacements to those who have faulty consoles," without needing to ship the defective gadget back right away. Commenters on the review said they also were able to take advantage of the program by contacting Amazon customer service.
Amazon said that the majority of its customers who have ordered the PS4 have not been affected. "… Read more
The late astrobiologist Carl Sagan eloquently referred to Earth, in the view from Saturn, as a "Pale Blue Dot."
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us," he wrote in his 1994 "Pale Blue Dot" book. "On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives."
Sagan is known for making the complexities of space and the universe accessible to ordinary people. As a consultant to NASA, he helped lead the US space … Read more
Plans to break ground on a massive, $82 million private jet terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport that's expected to host Google's planes will get under way in January.
Signature Flight Support, a fixed-base operator that provides services such as plane fuel and aircraft maintenance and is building the terminal, has subleased much of the space to Blue City Holdings, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company that runs aircraft for Google's executives.
The terminal apparently will dedicate five of its seven wings to Google, which means that other companies will have some kind of limited access. … Read more
App player BlueStacks has partnered with Big Fish to integrate the casual gaming network's 80 million devices with BlueStacks' network, which allows Android apps to play on Mac and PC devices.
The partnership, which was announced Wednesday at the Casual Connect conference in Kiev, will allow Android developers to monetize apps within Big Fish's platform of 4,000 PC games, which have been downloaded more than 2 billion times since the company launched in 2002.
"This throws open the doors of Big Fish's PC and Mac app store to mobile developers all over the world," … Read more
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research. IBM, though, believes the time is ripe to bring them together.
Through research projects expected to take a decade, Big Blue is using biological and manufactured forms of computing to learn about the other.
On the computing side, IBM is using the brain as a template for breakthrough designs such as the idea of using fluids both to cool the machine and to distribute electrical power. That could enable processing power that's densely packed into 3D volumes rather than spread out across flat … Read more
Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 commercially available over the next day-plus -- depending on your time zone.
Unsurprisingly, this milestone leads many Microsoft watchers, partners, and customers to wonder what will be coming next. Again, unsurprisingly, Microsoft isn't talking about what will be the follow-on to Windows 8.1, code-named Blue. But that doesn't mean things are at a standstill.
Here's what I'm hearing from my sources.
BlueHarvest for Mac cleans up the unnecessary OS X files on your computer, freeing up valuable disk space. The app suffers from rigid features and problematic deactivation, making it quite frustrating at times.
BlueHarvest for Mac works by automatically removing stray and useless Mac OS X files from hard drives and other disks connected to your computer, including network drives and non-Mac disks. You can also manually perform clean-ups by right-clicking the drive icons and selecting the appropriate option, but the true power of the app lies in its automation. Before a clean-up, you can choose which disks to leave … Read more
The infamous "blue screen of death" seems to have expanded from Windows PCs to iPhones.
Several iPhone 5S owners report that their phones are turning a mean shade of blue and then restarting. Users chiming in on the Apple Support Communities and MacRumors forums said the problem occurs when they use the Numbers app in Apple's iWork suite, which comes free with the new iPhones. But a couple of people report that it also happens when using the ESPN ScoreCenter app.… Read more