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Microsoft's Apps Problem Has Never Been More Dire Microsoft's Apps Problem Has Never Been More Dire

At Microsoft’s Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. “Do they have dressers backstage?” an attendee asked a group of us…

The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200 The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We’ve walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we’ll update periodically as prices and components change—we’ll walk you through the hardware we’ll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast’s system for gamers and…

Microsoft's Bunk Event Just Broke My Damn Heart  Microsoft's Bunk Event Just Broke My Damn Heart 

Why, Microsoft? Why are you doing this to me? You just stuck a fork in my eye and a knife through my heart.

How to Build a Mini Catapult Straight From the Mind of Leonardo da Vinci How to Build a Mini Catapult Straight From the Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

In his spare time—which was presumably limited—Leonardo da Vinci was fond of drawing plans for contraptions and weaponry, most of which were never actually built. But with a few common items, it’s easy to bring his double-armed catapult to life.

Beautiful Two-Stroke Engine Lets You Watch Its Inner Workings Beautiful Two-Stroke Engine Lets You Watch Its Inner Workings

Combustion of fuel—a process that you, me and everyone else we know very much relies on—is usually hidden from sight inside that big hunk of metal called an engine. But Huib Vissier saw something beautiful in this process, so he built a simple engine that showcases combustion rather than concealing it.

The Best and Worst From Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference wraps up today, and as we pack away our (metaphorical/emotional) lanyards and look forward, we’re mostly excited about how Microsoft’s latest consumer electronics fever dream is shaping up.

Microsoft Will Guess How Old You Are From a Single Photo Microsoft Will Guess How Old You Are From a Single Photo

Head over to Microsoft’s how-old.net, upload a photo of yourself, and the site will spit out a prediction for how old you are—as well as your gender. Did it guess right? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

Windows 8 WIll Get "Official" Facebook and Flipboard Apps Windows 8 WIll Get "Official" Facebook and Flipboard Apps

Today we learned that Facebook and Flipboard will be getting "official" apps for Windows 8. Indeed, Flipboard has confirmed that an app will come out this year. Yes! But all its got to show so far is an 8 second prototype animation.

You Can Now Build Virtual Lego in Chrome You Can Now Build Virtual Lego in Chrome

If you were planning to have a productive start to your work day: forget it. Instead, you're going to spend hours playing with Lego online, because Google has teamed up with the toy maker to release a simulator which allows you build its bricks in Chrome.

Windows 8 Will Let You Make Phone Calls? Windows 8 Will Let You Make Phone Calls?

Will your new Windows 8 slate be a giant phone come 2012? Screens from last week's BUILD conference seem to indicate that. How it'll be implemented is hazy—VOIP or Windows Live notifications—but it's a good bet Microsoft's recently-bought Skype will be a BIG part of it.

Everything You Need to Know About Today's Windows 8 News Everything You Need to Know About Today's Windows 8 News

Windows 8 news is gushing forth from Microsoft's BUILD conference up in Seattle, as the company exposes the inner workings of the latest iteration of their operating system. Here's a look at all the latest Windows 8 news we're seeing today.

Watch the Future of Windows, Live, Right Now Watch the Future of Windows, Live, Right Now

In case you were wondering when and where all was to be revealed about Windows 8, the answers "now" and "here," respectively. You can—and should—tune in live to Microsoft's Build conference keynote here: [Build]

Build a Stone Wall With These Lego-Inspired Concrete Blocks Build a Stone Wall With These Lego-Inspired Concrete Blocks

Who wouldn't want to build a minifig fort from a set of concrete blocks made to look like Legos?

Windows 8's Coming Out Sooner Than You Expected

A "trusted" source tells Mary Jo Foley that Windows 8's gonna RTM (read: be finished) by April 2012. Furthermore, it said that the only beta version will be a full build, released this September (remember the Windows 7 beta?).

Homebrew Technology: The $100 Airplane Homebrew Technology: The $100 Airplane

Click to view At last week's Maker Faire, Breck Baldwin and Mark Hader built DIY planes that used recycled materials and cost less than a $100. Here's how.

Dead Formats Go Trendy With Designer Posters Dead Formats Go Trendy With Designer Posters

VHS, floppy disks, cassettes, laserdiscs—they're all included in these brilliantly hipster posters and t-shirts. Wear your ironic love for a dead format on your Helvetica-laden chest!

Windows 7 RTM Leaked on BitTorrent

It should come as no surprise—but Windows 7 Build 7600.16385, which Microsoft deemed the RTM, has been unceremoniously leaked. A Chinese 64-bit version was first posted on torrent sites on July 16th with an English version released later that day. As always, grab at your own risk. [The New York Times]

Guess What? It's a New Snow Leopard Build Guess What? It's a New Snow Leopard Build

Build 10A402 of Snow Leopard just got pushed out to developers, and we'll post what's new in a second. Go ahead and download via Software Update now. [Thanks Chrisdazzo!]

DIY Geiger Counters Help Us Face Our Dismal, Irradiated Futures DIY Geiger Counters Help Us Face Our Dismal, Irradiated Futures

What with the financial crisis and recent nuclear (dis)agreements and the possibility of having an insane (but like-able! Teehee!) person becoming the country's VP, we could be headed for a The Road by Cormac McCarthy-esque situation in the near future. And when that day comes, I'll be the person on the block with a…

iPhone 3G Takes About $173 To Manufacture Says Estimate iPhone 3G Takes About $173 To Manufacture Says Estimate

iSuppli, an authority on taking electronics apart and figuring how much it costs to build one, has just put preliminary price tag on the iPhone 3G of $173. That's quite a bit higher from the $100 analysts were quoting earlier. Because this is only a virtual teardown based on estimated parts and not a real one based on…

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