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No, Wait—Amazon Really Should Launch A Free Streaming Service

Amazon has long labored in the shadows of Netflix and Hulu when it comes to streaming TV shows and movies. It could change all that with a rumored Internet streaming plan that would bear more than a passing resemblance to old-fashioned broadcast television—free for all, just with commercial ad breaks. There’s just one problem—Amazon denies […]

Twitch Is Turning Into The Netflix Of Spectator Gaming

By all accounts, the world’s largest video network for gamers—and the lucrative arena of competitive gaming that it powers—is on a path to colossal growth. Twitch, a social platform where users can watch, play, record and livecast gameplay, has historically been more associated with PC gaming due to the relatively closed ecosystems of consoles like […]

Amazon Fire TV: Meet Amazon’s Plan To Take Over Your Television

Amazon just unveiled its TV set-top box—and it’s called Amazon Fire TV. Fire TV features a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU, as well as 2 GB of RAM for a smooth interface and fast-launching applications and videos. Fire TV also features dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO, so applications and videos start downloading and streaming immediately. […]

Windows Phone 8.1: “Cortana” Personal Assistant & 8 Other Things You Need To Know

Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant app adds item to calendars automatically. Windows Phone is about to get a whole lot more personal. Windows Phone now has its own personal assistant. Just like Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google Now, Microsoft has introduced ” Cortana”, a voice activated-personal assistant to help users control their devices, send messages and […]

Yahoo May Clone YouTube, For All The Good It Would Do

Yahoo is one of the few companies that can compete with Google in the realm of search—theoretically, at least. Now, the company reportedly plans to challenge Google in another area it dominates: user-generated videos. Yahoo will reportedly launch its own YouTube clone within the next few months at an attempt to lure away content creators […]

Why Oracle Needs To Embrace WebScaleSQL

In theory, Oracle owns the code for MySQL, which is still the world’s most popular open-source database. By acquiring Sun in 2009, which had previously bought MySQL for $1 billion, Oracle took control of MySQL’s code base. Or so it thought. In the last five years, MySQL’s user community has actively sought increased control of […]

How “One Microsoft” Is Going To Get A Lot More Real At Build 2014

Microsoft would like to reintroduce you … to Microsoft. Microsoft kicks off its long-running Build developer conference in San Francisco this week, and it’s undoubtedly going to spend a lot of time reminding everyone of its “One Microsoft” message—its attempt to line up its various products and services into a single strategy that encompasses them […]

Jokes As A Service: ReadWrite Laughs At April Fool’s So You Don’t Have To

It’s April Fool’s, the day tech sites vie for the unofficial title of ‘Funniest Company.’ It’s become something of a tradition for companies to outdo themselves by introducing silly new features. And whether you think it’s tiresome or the best thing since sliced bread, these kinds of playful parodies are now fixtures within our modern […]

How A Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save Consumers A Ton Of Money

Lawmakers and carriers alike are pushing for a “kill switch” standard for all smartphones, which would render stolen phones useless to thieves. And if bills guarding against smartphone theft didn’t have enough support already, one statistics professor found that such a measure would save money for everyone—especially consumers. William Duckworth, an associate professor of data science and […]

Virtual Reality’s Future Is In The Hands Of This 21-Year-Old Oculus Inventor

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. You might have heard: Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion. Whether you like it or not, virtual reality will be a big part of the future of technology, and Facebook is making that possible. About a month before the acquisition news […]

Why Twitter’s Facebook Obsession Is Unhealthy

In the beginning, there was only text. But as Twitter has begun to adopt characteristics of the Visual Web, it’s become clear the SMS-based 140-character social network is slowly metamorphosing into Facebook. The constantly-updating saga can be described as the Twitter Catch-22: The company can’t become accessible to the masses and make more money without frustrating some […]

Why Apple & Samsung Are Suing Each Other, Yet Again

You’re a parent looking over two unruly children. They are both large for their age and tend to push around the other kids on the playground with little regard for physical or emotional harm. The two children constantly bicker, extort each other for prominence and make broad exaggerated claims about what is rightfully theirs before […]

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