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Which Cloud-Storage Option Is Cheapest?

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Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a chart comparing the major cloud-storage services by price, mobile support and other metrics. For anyone debating whether to put massive amounts of data in the cloud, it’s a potentially useful breakdown of the options out there. On a price-per-gigabyte basis, purchasing the Personal version Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Office) is the best option, as it comes with a terabyte of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month; the Home version of… continue…

PHP vs. .NET: Which Should You Learn?

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If you’re a software developer, there simply isn’t enough time in the world to learn every single technology, language and platform you might need for work, or to land a better job; at some point, you’re going to have to decide in what direction you want to expand your knowledge base. The choices you make in that regard will have a huge impact on your life. If you devote too much time to learning a technology that’s on the verge… continue…

Microsoft Launches Internet Explorer Developer Channel

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Since Satya Nadella ascended to the CEO role at Microsoft, he’s made a very public effort to position the company as a mobile- and cloud-friendly entity, not to mention something of an underdog in the fight against Apple and Google. Nadella and his executives know that the key to seizing market-share in both mobile and the cloud is to create platforms that third-party developers actually want to use, including tools that allow them to effectively test and verify products before… continue…

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3: Third Time’s the Charm?

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, its third attempt at a sleek laptop-tablet hybrid. Despite a well-funded marketing campaign, the first generation of Surface devices (an ARM-based version hit store shelves in late 2012, followed by its x86-based cousin in early 2013) proved a famous failure, selling in such miniscule quantities that Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the remaining units. In the wake of that debacle, tech pundits wondered whether Microsoft should abandon its attempts to remake… continue…

Here’s How to Develop a Successful Game for the PS4

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 boasts an early lead in the console wars, having sold 7 million units in its first five months of release (along with 20.5 million games). Compare that to its biggest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, which has sold 5 million units since its November rollout. Both Sony and Microsoft encourage third-party developers to build games for the online store that accompanies their console. But what does it actually take to build an indie game that becomes profitable? Adam… continue…

An ‘Arms Race’ Is Building Over Artificial Intelligence

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There’s an arms race of sorts under way among tech companies as they apply artificial intelligence to an array of problems and potential markets. Advanced computer processing capacity has cleared the way to teach machines capabilities previously held only by human experts, things like diagnosing diseases and translating languages. Meantime, computer scientists are exploring a host of new capabilities. Among them: knowing what customers want, even before they know they want it, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Click… continue…

What PlayStation 4 Winning the Console Wars Means for Developers

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  Sony’s PlayStation 4 is plunging ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One in total sales, according to reports. The PlayStation 4 has managed to sell 7 million consoles in its first five months of release, along with 20.5 million games. That’s a striking contrast to the Xbox One, which has sold 5 million units since its November debut. Click here for game development jobs. In an attempt to put a positive spin on the numbers, Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi released an… continue…

In Seattle: Amazon Expands, Microsoft Adapts

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What’s New This Quarter Should Microsoft leave Seattle and head for Silicon Valley? That was the provocative question raised by Peter Cohan in a February Forbes column. His theory: Microsoft can no longer innovate, and its best hope is to immerse itself in the feverish environment of the Valley. “The lack of competing opportunity for Microsoft’s talent spurs complacency by employees and management,” he wrote. Of course, Seattleites immediately fired back. “In my opinion, being outside the echo chamber of… continue…

Windows XP Support Expiring: Don’t Freak Out

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It’s official: Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. There’s just one little problem: millions of PCs continue to run the aging operating system. Businesses and schools around the world still rely on XP to drive daily computing, and don’t seem very interested in spending the time, money, and tears on a massive tech refresh. Indeed, Windows XP holds 27.69 percent of the PC operating-system market, according to the latest data from NetApplications—well behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent, but… continue…

What Microsoft Dropping Windows Licensing Fees Means for You

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Microsoft plans on offering Windows licenses for free to manufacturing partners who install the operating system on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. This is a wholesale shredding of the company’s traditional playbook, which dictated that all Microsoft software come with a licensing fee of some sort, and it suggests the danger that Google Android and Apple’s iOS pose to Windows’ traditional dominance of the operating-system space. To wit: a few years ago, the PC sat at the center… continue…