May 22, 2013 — Microsoft has designs on your living room. The software giant's new game console — Xbox One — uses speech-recognition technology and physical commands. Not just to control games, but also your TV, Skype and recorded video. Microsoft demonstrated the new device Tuesday.
May 21, 2013 — Microsoft unveiled its new Xbox One Tuesday, displaying a device that takes new steps in game consoles' journey into becoming all-purpose entertainment and communication devices. The new console replaces the Xbox 360, which has been on the market for more than seven years.
May 21, 2013 — Brands that found their original audiences in traditional, old-media platforms are finding ways to keep going in the world of new media.
May 21, 2013 — When news of Yahoo's purchase of Tumblr first hit, Tumblr users took their reactions online. The posts were quirky and sharp with plenty of worry about the future.
May 20, 2013 — In the boldest move yet by new CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo will buy the blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion. The move is a bet that Tumblr's large community of users is a source of potential profits. While Tumblr is a fast-growing startup, it has not generated significant revenue.
May 20, 2013 — Prominent women such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer are proving that women are finding their place at the table. But in an op-ed for The New York Times, former programmer Ellen Ullman argues that women in the field today face "a new, more virile and virulent sexism."
May 20, 2013 — Yahoo is expected to announce Monday that it's acquiring the social media site Tumblr, in a deal The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets are reporting to be worth about $1.1 billion. Some analysts are calling the acquisition an effort by Yahoo to be "cool and relevant" again.
May 20, 2013 — A computer-simulated woman named Ellie is designed to talk to people who are struggling emotionally and take their measure — 30 times per second. Researchers hope their technology, which reads a person's body language and inflections, will yield diagnostic clues for clinical therapists.
May 20, 2013 — Inspired by a TED talk, Winston Chen quit his software job and moved from Boston to a tiny Norwegian island with his wife and kids. He spent the year enjoying the outdoors with his family and writing an iPhone app, something he would never have done without his self-imposed sabbatical.
May 19, 2013 — A new study from the University of Kansas Medical Center shows that the online game Second Life helped some people lose weight — and keep it off — in real life.