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Will Microsoft Wreck ‘Minecraft’ by Acquiring It?

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Minecraft
Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to purchase the studio behind the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal (which drew its information from an anonymous source). Markus Persson, who goes by the online handle Notch, wasn’t expecting to set the video-gaming world on fire when he released the Minecraft beta in 2010. The game was a side-project, something he cobbled together in his free time. Once the game became a hit, he quickly grew ambivalent… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

Apple Watch Promises New App Ecosystem

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Apple Watch
To nobody’s surprise, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives unveiled two new iPhones and a “smart watch” at a high-profile Sept. 9 event in California. The iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7-inch screen (1334 x 750 pixels); its larger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, measures 5.5 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels). Despite the larger screens, both phones are thinner than previous iPhone models: The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is a positively slim 7.1mm.… continue…

Apple’s iPhone 6: Last-Minute Rumor Roundup

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Apple iPhone
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, chances are pretty good you’ve heard that Apple is hosting a little shindig tomorrow, where it’ll almost certainly unveil the new iPhone. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. What’s less clear—at least to anyone who doesn’t work at One Infinite Loop—is what the next iPhone will offer in terms of features. Let’s break down the latest rumors: Size: Of all the current rumors, this one seems all-but-confirmed: Apple… continue…

Check Out This Rare Footage of Steve Jobs From 1980

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Young Steve Jobs
Back in 1980, Steve Jobs was an upstart entrepreneur with crazy ideas about what computers could do. This (rare) twenty-minute clip from that year (courtesy of the Computer History Museum) shows him talking about not only Apple’s very early history, but also predicting the evolution of personal computing. “The line between hardware and software is going to get finer and finer and finer,” he suggests at one point, “and one of the ways we’re approaching the problem of how to remove… continue…

Steve Ballmer Authored Your Blue Screen of Death

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Microsoft Blue Screen of Death
Millions of people have shrieked in horror and dismay at Microsoft’s infamous “Blue Screen of Death,” which appears in response to critical software and hardware failures. What fewer people know—at least until now—is that the text accompanying the BSoD was originally written by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, famous for his bombastic public appearances and failing to realize that mobile devices would become the Next Big Thing in computing. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. According to Microsoft developer Raymond… continue…

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge… With Liquid Nitrogen

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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Bucket Challenge
As a trend, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems a bit played out—who hasn’t yet dumped a bucket of icy water over his or her head for charity? But that didn’t stop Canadian chemist Muhammad Qureshi from executing his own sublimely nerdy, potentially dangerous variation on the theme: After donating to the ALS Association, he proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of liquid nitrogen. Anyone who’s taken a chemistry class, or at least watched the end of Terminator 2,… continue…

Is This the New Windows 9 Logo?

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Windows 9 logo
Microsoft just accidentally—or “accidentally”—leaked a logo for Windows 9. Microsoft China posted the image to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, along with a note: “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?” The post was quickly yanked, but not before setting the Internet abuzz. Click here for Windows-related jobs. If everything goes according to plan, Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 at a Sept. 30 event, although… continue…

Watch This Guy Survive a Fireworks Blast in a Metal Suit

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Colin Furze Fireworks
Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It’s time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks… oh yes, the fireworks… Lots of people love fireworks. Chances are pretty good that you’ve set off more than a few in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and… continue…

Apple iWatch Coming Sept. 9: Report

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iOS Health Tracker
Apple will unveil a smartwatch alongside two new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Re/code. The general assumption is that the two new iPhones will measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. Although Apple dominates the higher end of the smartphone market, the recent success of oversized smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, has reportedly compelled it to make the next iPhone even bigger. Click here to find iOS-related jobs. The timing of the iPhones’ release isn’t surprising. Throughout the… continue…