Microsoft to end support for Windows 8.1 PC OS in January 2023

Microsoft earlier this month, Microsoft permanently discontinued the iconic Internet Explorer browser. It was an integral part of the Windows OS platform for close to three decades. Now, the company will soon end support for Windows 8.1 OS in early 2023. Microsoft has revealed that the PCs with Windows 8.1 will not get any follow-up … Read more

A Big Bitcoin Warning… And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Getty Images Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 – A crypto strategist is warning people about the impending decline of the number one crypto giant, Bitcoin. Crypto strategist Ian Harnett is warning people that … Read more

343 May Add Microtransactions To Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Image: 343 Industries It’s one thing for free-to-play shooter Hello Infinite to have microtransactions. Now Hello: The Master Chief Collection, a first-person shooter with a price tag, might see something similar. Maybe. Developer 343 is still “exploring” a “potential” framework “for the future.” Introducing microtransactions might seem like an odd step for Hello: The Master … Read more

Women are far behind when it comes to mobile internet access, GSMA study finds

Mobile internet access in low and middle-income countries is expanding at a pace, but risks leaving women behind, according to the GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022. The study shows that even after years of progress towards digital inclusion, only 59 million women in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) started using mobile internet in 2021 … Read more

Amazon Launches Drones, PayPal Expands BNPL… And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

(Photo by Peter Endig/picture alliance via Getty Images) picture alliance via Getty Images Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 —Amazon’s Prime Air service will begin making drone deliveries in California this year. Amazon announced this past week that it … Read more

A Pay Transparency Reckoning Is Coming for Big Tech

Applying for jobs can feel like a crapshoot. A position sounds good, the hiring team seems to like you but, even once you’ve jumped through all the cover letter and interview hoops, you can still easily end up blindsided by a pay offer much lower than expected. The tides of change are coming though. Companies … Read more

Halo Infinite Briefly Names Juneteenth-Themed Cosmetic ‘Bonobo’

Screenshot: 343 Industries / Kotaku Last night, developer 343 Industries rolled out a Juneteenth-themed cosmetic option for Hello Infinite, its multiplayer shooter. For a moment, the affiliated Pan-African-themed color palette was titled “Bonobo.” A bonobofor those who don’t know, is an endangered species of great ape. I do not need to tell you how abhorrent … Read more

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser to retire

Internet Explorer is finally headed out to pasture. As of Wednesday, Microsoft will no longer support the once-dominant browser that legions of web surfers loved to hate-and a few still claim to adore. The 27-year-old application now joins BlackBerry phones, dial-up modems and Palm Pilots in the dustbin of tech history. IE’s demise was not … Read more

Forza Motorsport Returns in 2023, Built ‘From the Ground Up’

Image: Xbox Game Studios Hard though it is to believe, it’s been five years since Forza Motorsport 7 launched. What once was an every-other-year sim racing franchise trading releases with the open-world Forza Horizon games has slowed in output, presumably so developer Turn 10 Studios could rebuild its Great Tourism competitor from the ground up. … Read more

PS Plus’ Revamp Is Hours Away, But Sony Still Has a Game Pass Problem

Microsoft did its big annual E3 shindig today. Of course, it’s not E3 because that’s in a graveyard somewhere being pointed at by industry know-it-all Jeff Grubb. But unlike Sony, the Team in Green has decided to retain its Sunday evening summer showcase slot, so if you ignore the fact this was a pre-recorded livestream-there … Read more