Updated: Buying Guide: 10 best 13-inch laptops 2015: which is right for you?

Best 13-inch laptops The 13-inch laptop has gone on leaps and bounds recently, thanks massively to Intel’s Ultrabook specifications. In many ways, a 13-inch laptop is the perfect size for a portable PC; they’re not as fiddly and squint-inducing as netbooks, but not as heavy and awkward as a full-on notebook. And there are plenty of PC and Mac options available, too. For a broader view, look at our best

Week in Gaming: Two-headed Trevor, Deus-Sexy… and what the hell's going on with Call of Duty?

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Opinion: Microsoft is making all the right moves – but will 'freemium' be an issue?

Introduction Microsoft is a company in flux. Under the leadership of Satya Nadella, the ways of the old firm – i.e. the ways of Ballmer – have gone, or are disappearing, producing a company that is far more nimble and ready to do business in the ‘new world’. Gone is the intense focus on Windows (for desktop) and Office at the cost of everything else, replaced by the ‘cloud first,

10 great console games we wish we had on PC

Introduction PC gaming is the best – we all know that – but occasionally the grass looks that little bit greener and shinier over there, where the consoles graze… And indeed there are some games which are console-only, and we dearly wish could be brought over to the PC. In that spirit, we’ve picked out our top 10 titles which haven’t found their way onto the humble personal computer, and

Opinion: I'm not an Apple fangirl, but here's why I'm sold on Apple Watch

“You’re definitely an Apple fangirl.” This is probably the first thought – likely coupled with a few expletives – some will have after reading the headline, which is understandable. I can assure you I’m not an Apple android. I’ve fought the wave of Apple products for a long time. I didn’t even know how to use an iMac running Mountain Lion during a college internship. My first tablet was a

Backlogged orders as shoppers get close-up look at Apple Watch

By Noel Randewich and Astrid Wendlandt SAN FRANCISCO/PARIS (Reuters) – Customers preordering Apple Inc’s smartwatch on Friday will have to wait at least a month for delivery, a sign of strong early demand for company chief Tim Cook’s first new major product. People flocked to Apple’s stores around the world to get a close-up look at the Apple Watch, the tech company’s foray into the personal luxury goods market, with

Apple in talks with musicians for exclusive streaming deals: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has approached more than a dozen musicians, including British band Florence and the Machine, in an effort to sign exclusive deals for some of their music to be streamed on Beats, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company is in talks with Florence and the Machine to give Apple limited streaming rights to a track from their album set to be released in

RBC CEO says tech firms pose threat, eyes start-up partnerships

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) – Technology companies pose a competitive threat to established lenders, the head of Royal Bank of Canada said on Friday, adding he was keen to work with start-ups to improve the company’s mobile offerings. RBC Chief Executive David McKay said he was positioning Canada’s largest bank to compete with technology firms that have expanded into the money-moving business but don’t “bear the financial and social

Netflix seeks to raise share authorization in step to stock split

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc is seeking to increase its share authorization by nearly 30 times, the video streaming service said in a filing with regulators. The company is seeking shareholder approval to increase the number of shares authorized to 5 billion from the current 170 million, a regulatory filing showed. The move by Los Gatos, California-based Netflix, whose stock has traded at above $300 for a year-and-a-half, indicates a first

U.S. Patent Office revokes key elements of controversial podcasting patent

The U.S. Patent Office on Friday revoked key elements of a Texas company’s patent, which the firm deployed in high-profile legal actions to claim ownership over a method for distributing podcasts and video episodes on the Internet. Personal Audio LLC has drawn criticism for demanding licensing fees under its patent protections, which detractors like podcasters say threatens to undermine the widely used means of placing content online and were not