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Microsoft unveils Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360

Nextbox. Durango. Infinity. Throughout the last year, these names have all been tied to Microsoft’s next gaming console, whether it was by fans or developers. On Tuesday morning, the Xbox One was unveiled at an event in Redmond, Wash., and although no release date was set for the machine, Microsoft …

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Review: “Bioshock Infinite” is a must-play

If there’s one thing this console generation will be remembered for, it’s pushing narrative and world building as a pillar in video games. Just as titles like “Resident Evil 4” and “Final Fantasy XII” pushed the limits of game design for the Nintendo GameCube and Sony’s PlayStation 2, “Bioshock Infinite” …

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Technology: Instagram revises revisions to terms of service after backlash

On Monday, the free photo-sharing service Instagram released an update to their terms of service and privacy policy that allowed them to use users’ photos for its advertising purposes without consent from or compensation for the picture-taker. The wording of the document gave Instagram license to use these photos without …

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Tech: Notable news for Dec. 10 – Dec. 14

Gabe Newell, an employee of game developer-slash-digital publisher Valve spilled potential plans for building a PC to fit comfortably in your living room. This comes on the heels of Valve’s release of the “Big Picture mode” for their download service, Steam, which enables players to access all of their Steam friends …

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Tech: Notable news for Dec. 3 – Dec. 7

The man responsible for founding McAfee, Inc. has been apprehended by Guatemalan authorities for entering the country illegally. John McAfee, who has been on the run since becoming a person of interest in a murder case in Belize, founded the firm that would go on to create McAfee, the popular security, anti-virus …

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Five gadgets to grab for the holidays

The holidays are coming and so is the rush to get new gear. This year there’s a bunch of great gadgets out there, so it might be hard narrowing down just what’s the best. So here are five bits of tech that are sure to light up the smiles of …

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Technology: Notable news for Nov. 19 – Nov. 23

Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U, was released on Nov. 18. The Wii U’s primary selling point is its touch-screen tablet-esque controller that allows players a host of new options when interacting with their games, in addition to traditional analog sticks and buttons. In San Antonio, Texas, a student has …

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Tech: The Trouble With Notehall

We’ve all been desperate in academics before. Falling behind is not difficult in classes as demanding as University of Oregon provides. So, when you receive a batch email through Blackboard announcing that a student is selling some notes, it may come as a ray of hope. In my experience, though, you probably …

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Tech: Five educational and entertaining YouTube channels

If you’re looking for a good way to keep your brain fed on the internet, look no further. YouTube offers some incredible channels to help you learn new ideas from passionate people: PBS Idea Channel Each episode begins with an outlandish thesis (“Is Doctor Who a Religion?,” “What do MP3s …

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Technology: Notable news on Nov. 5 – Nov. 9

The Navy SEALs who consulted with “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” developers Danger Close Games are now under investigation for the information they may have spilled, according to Rueters. Though it is not clear what, if any, military secrets made it into the game, all seven members have been reprimanded and …

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Technology: News week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Popular online retailer Zappos was hacked back in January, but the legal proceedings have proven to be more trouble for the footwear giant. The court has found that Zappos’s End User Licence Agreement was unenforceable according to Boing Boing Magazine, meaning that the company is in a great deal of trouble with customers. …

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Technology: Horror games for Halloween

A movie or a book can be scary, sure, but video games have the unique power to really get inside your head. Somehow the combination of player agency and immersion give way to some of the most terrifying experiences one can have. Here’s a list of games that will be …

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Tech: News week of Oct. 22-26

Big news from Apple this week: the iPad mini was announced. The new tablet PC is smaller, faster and features a longer battery life than the iPad 3. Revealed alongside the new hardware was an update for existing iOS devices and the iPad 4, the next iteration of the classic …

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Technology: UO now part of the eduroam network service

The University of Oregon announced that the campus network is now part of eduroam, a secure network access service. Eduroam allows students, teachers or other users with login credentials at an eduroam member school to access the wireless network of any member school. This means that visitors from other universities can …

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Making the leap to smartphones

The transition between a normal phone and a smartphone can be tough. To help you make a choice, here are the two chief options for your purchase, and a brief overview of their relative strengths and weaknesses: iPhone: The nice thing about Apple products in general is that they do …

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