Since I'm actually old enough to remember when this happened, I must point out that his "normal" makeover was actually a costume, and part of a joke that many people at the time fell for. He didn't even cut his trademark hair (it's hidden under a wig). » 7/17/14 11:22am Thursday 11:22am

The snarky preamble to this implies that Microsoft is laying off workers because it's struggling. News flash: it's not. This is what happens when one big company buys another. The remaining layoffs seem honestly part of a strategy to reduce MS's famed bureaucracy that everyone always complains about. » 7/17/14 11:09am Thursday 11:09am

Great write-up. When I entered this article the only two things I knew for sure about modern thumbsticks is that Nintendo invented them for the N64, and that as a response Sony quickly added them (plus rumble, another N64 innovation) to the PSone in the form of the original Dual Shock controller (fun fact: it's the… » 7/11/14 1:35pm 7/11/14 1:35pm

Good thing Android uses a VM which handles memory management automatically and compiles applications into native code, then. It's also a good thing that the Play Store developer console gives developers device-specific bug reports and logs, and that developers can easily set minimum feature and spec requirements for… » 7/08/14 1:24pm 7/08/14 1:24pm

It's called trademark dilution. It happened to Kleenex, Dixie, and Ziploc, it can actually lead to companies losing their trademark in court, which is exactly what happened to Aspirin, Escalator, Thermos, Zipper, and Yo-Yo, which all used to be protected trademarks belonging to specific companies. » 7/07/14 1:39am 7/07/14 1:39am

It's funny to hear people defend Bay by saying that his immeasurable talents as an artist and technician are in evidence, it's just that film critics and discerning audiences don't notice them because they're put towards things that other than making high-quality "cinema." » 7/03/14 2:36am 7/03/14 2:36am

I was in a few 10-line newspaper articles when I was in high school. Nothing embarrassing or anything, but they were the top results for my name about 10 years ago. Now, they don't show up for many pages, well past both the top results and random unrelated pages for my name (my name probably isn't as unique as your… » 7/02/14 7:19pm 7/02/14 7:19pm

Get the "Pebble Notifier" app for Android, ASAP. It's augments the notifications for all Android apps, and is simple and customizable, giving you better functionality and wider app support than you get with an iPhone. You just set it up once and you never have to touch it again. » 7/01/14 12:53pm 7/01/14 12:53pm

You may already be too late to get the model you want. Get a Flip now, before they're all sold out. I bought my wife a Flip 14 a month ago, and we had to settle for the Core i5 version because every retailer (and Sony direct) were out of the core i7 version. » 7/01/14 12:23pm 7/01/14 12:23pm