After over three years working as the full time news writer at Neowin, May 31st marked my last day as I move on and start working on another website beginning on June 2nd.
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The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico is working on a plan to distribute the over 1,000 Atari 2600 games found in a local landfill that were buried in 1983, including selling some to the general public.
Microsoft will offer a total of five free games - three for the Xbox 360 and two for the Xbox One - in June to Xbox Live Gold members as part of their Games for Gold program.
An alleged screenshot showing off a build of Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 with Bing has been leaked on a forum, ahead of Computex where the first devices running the OS will likely be revealed.
The music video for PSY's hit pop song Gangnam Style has reached another milestone on YouTube, becoming the first clip on the site to reach and exceed 2 billion views.
Microsoft has confirmed it has acquired the rights to the Rise of Nations strategy game franchise and will release Rise of Nations: Extended Edition for the PC in June via Steam.
Research firm IHS claims that activity at display suppliers in Asia indicates Microsoft might still be working on a Surface Mini tablet for a launch later this year.
Microsoft has revealed plans to host a number of Xbox fan themed events during the week of E3 2014, both online and in Los Angeles, including a chance for gamers to attend Microsoft's E3 press event.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Motorola Mobility will close its factory in Fort Worth, Texas, where it was making its Moto X smartphone, by the end of 2014.
A new report claims that not only is Samsung working on its own virtual reality helmet, it is collaborating with Oculus VR on its development, even as Oculus works on its own helmet.
The Microsoft Store UK website is finally selling Nokia Lumia smartphones directly for the first time, following the purchase of Nokia's mobile phone group by Microsoft in April.
A story profiling Microsoft executives Joe Belfiore and David Treadwell stated nearly all of the company's engineering teams worked on a priority memo that showcased the features in the next Windows.
The research firm IDC is predicting that larger tablets that can also be used as a notebook, such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, will increase in the next few years as sales of smaller tablets decline.
Twitter is testing a way to translate posts into other languages in its Android app, with the translation handled by Microsoft's Bing service, but the test is only being seen by a limited audience.
Microsoft has released a new video showing how their recently announced Surface Pro 3 tablet will be put to work at Seattle Children's Hospital as a laptop replacement.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reported offered $1.8 billion to purchase the L.A. Clippers pro basketball team, which if accepted would be the second largest price for a U.S. sports team.
A new report from Bloomberg claims Microsoft and Salesforce.com are in talks that could result in Salesforce's customer management tools being hosted on Microsoft Azure.
The satellite TV provider Dish Network has announced it will start accepting Bitcoin payments starting in the third quarter of this year, becoming the largest company yet to embrace the currency.
Microsoft has now confirmed that Quantum Break, one of the first Xbox One games that was announced over a year ago, will now be released in 2015, with more details at Gamescom in August.
Microsoft has launched myBulletins, a new website service for IT administrators that allows them to view a customized list of all of the company's security bulletins.
As promised earlier this year, Crytek is now offering the full CryEngine development tools to anyone who wants to make games for a price of $9.90 a month, but the engine is currently just for Windows.
Microsoft gave each of the 281 finalists for the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee a free Surface tablet this week, along with a free one year subscription to Office 365.
Futuremark has announced that it will be adding a new benchmark demo to its 3DMark program, Sky Driver, made to test out DirectX 11 performance on gaming laptops and mid-range PCs.
A new post on the official Windows Phone UK Twitter page hints strongly that the Cortana digital assistant feature for Windows Phone 8.1 will expand to the UK "soon."
NVIDIA has announced that its massive, and expensive, consumer graphics card, the GeForce GTX Titan Z, is now on sale for $2,999. A number of PC makers have Titan X options on their desktop rigs.
Microsoft has announced the Internet Explorer team is working on a number of new features it plans to add to future editions of the web browser, including Web Audio, Media Capture, HTTP/2 and more.
Microsoft has released new updates for its Bing Maps and the Bing Maps Preview apps for Windows 8.1, adding in new features such as integrated reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and more
Electronic Arts has officially confirmed it will release Battlefield Hardline this fall, and a leaked gameplay trailer shows the first footage of the cops vs criminals themed first person shooter.
Valve has announced it has pushed back the launch of its Steam Machines efforts from the fall of 2014 to sometime in 2015, stating the need to make improvements to the Steam Controller.
Microsoft has revealed plans to launch Skype Translator, which will offer users audio translations of video chats via their Skype technology. A public beta for Windows 8 will be released late in 2014.
Microsoft will apparently be releasing an update for the Surface Pro 3 to fix a battery charging issue that has affected some of the review units sent to media outlets, including Neowin.
Google has announced that it is now blocking all Chrome extensions on Windows that are not hosted by the company's official Chrome Web Store in an effort to fight malicious extensions.
Microsoft Chairman John Thompson is quoted in a new interview saying that CEO Satya Nadella is "still defining and tuning" the company's long-term strategy but it will become clear later this year,
Microsoft's Surface team, including leader Panos Panay, will be holding their latest AMA session on Reddit at 1 pm Eastern time today and we will be watching if any interesting tidbits are revealed.
Microsoft has announced the latest add-on pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, to be released Wednesday, will bring a number of Halo characters, textures and locations to the popular sandbox game
Spotify has announced that one of its customers' user data has been accessed without authorization and as a precaution will release a new version of its Android app in the next few days.
Toshiba has announced a number of new Windows 8.1 products, like the Satellite Click 2 tablet-notebook hybrid and the Encore 2 tablets, including an 8-inch model with a starting price of $199.99.
Walmart is currently selling the Xbox One with Kinect for its normal price of $499 with a free digital download of Forza Motorsport 5 and a free extra game on disc from a list of 18 titles.
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will launch in Japan on September 4th, with the console selling without the Kinect add-on for 9,980 yen ($392) or with the sensor for 49,980 yen ($490).
A registry hack has been found that, when put into Windows XP, will allow it to continue receiving automatic updates from Microsoft because the hack makes it think it is Windows Embedded POSReady 2009
Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as "Sabu", the former leader of the LulzSec hacker group, could be a free man this week thanks to his cooperation with U.S law enforcement to bring down the group.
Microsoft has been busy publishing a number of new in-house Windows Phone apps in the past week, including the official #wpdev app for developers, the Channel 9 video app and more.
A new report claims former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has had a meeting with the owners of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team in an effort to acquire the franchise.
Google is reportedly working on a 7-inch tablet with 3D mapping features as part of its "Project Tango" research efforts, which began earlier this year with a similarly equipped smartphone prototype.
A new report claims Samsung is the latest company to join the growing virtual reality headset trend, with plans to announce its device this year and hopes of beating its competitors to store shelves.
Microsoft has issued new updates for two of its Windows Phone apps, Xbox Music and OneDrive, with each getting a new feature addition as well as some bug fixes and improvements.
Mark Russinovich, a Microsoft team member working on the Azure team as a Technical Fellow, is also a best selling fiction author, His third novel, Rogue Code, went on sale this week.
Reports claim that Samsung is developing a new smartwatch, slated for launch some time this summer, which will work on its own without a connection to a smartphone.
Microsoft has released new data showing download trends for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone app platform in the months of April in an effort to better inform developers.
New data released by Microsoft shows the malware infection rate for countries in 2013, based on data collected by Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender.