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Facebook makes small tweaks after anti-conservative-bias report. They’re unlikely to make the issue go away.

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) August 20 at 3:56 PM Facebook released the interim results of an investigation into its alleged anti-conservative bias Tuesday, the first step in attempting to address criticism by the right that the social media giant has stifled its voice. The report did not present any evidence of bias, although it did conclude […]

Gaming

Report: Microsoft still planning a low-cost, streaming-focused Xbox

At this year’s E3, Microsoft had a lot to say about its high-end Xbox One successor (code-named “Project Scarlett”) and about its previously announced (and newly demoed) Project Xcloud streaming gaming service. But the company was less forthcoming about long-standing reports of low-cost, streaming-focused Microsoft hardware that would bring Xcloud games to the TV easily. […]

Gears & Gadgets

Report: Microsoft is jumping onto the wireless earbud bandwagon

Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Headphones. Its on-device dial controls are great. Battery life and noise-cancelling, not so much, for the price. Jeff Dunn It appears that Microsoft is going to expand its range of audio hardware. Last year the company released the Surface Headphones, a pair of premium-priced wireless noise-cancelling headphones with integrated microphones. They […]

Gears & Gadgets

DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says

Enlarge / Samsung’s UBS-K8500, introduced in 2015, was positioned as the world’s first UltraHD, 4K Blu-ray player. Mark Walton In its annual Theatrical Home Entertainment Market Environment report, the Motion Picture Association of America described an immensely sharp drop-off of physical media sales over the past five years. According to the data, which was obtained […]