COLUMN-Technology may lower commodity prices, widen nation gaps: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, June 23 (Reuters) – The image of miners as mainly burly blokes in hard hats and high-vis vests is likely to change in the next decade to one of computer geeks controlling automated machines while sitting thousands of kilometres away from the pit. That’s certainly the scenario outlined in a major report called “Australia’s future workforce?”, released last ... Read More »

August 21st Options Now Available For Computer Sciences (CSC)

Investors in Computer Sciences Corp. (Symbol: CSC) saw new options become available today, for the August 21st expiration. At Stock Options Channel , our YieldBoost formula has looked up and down the CSC options chain for the new August 21st contracts and identified one put and one call contract of particular interest. The put contract at the $60.00 strike price ... Read More »

Read between the lines, Microsoft will offer Windows 10 for free

There is a lot of confusion over whether Windows 10 will be offered for free to existing Windows users or not. Initially, when Terry Myerson, who heads the operating system group in Microsoft, talked about the free Windows 10 he said that the offer would be for everyone, including those who run pirated versions of Windows on their computers. But ... Read More »

What is silicon, and why are computer chips made from it?

It might seem like a silly question, one that could be answered in just a few short words: Silicon is the 14th element on the Periodic Table. It’s one of the fundamental constituents of the universe, one proton heavier than aluminum, one proton lighter than phosphorus. Yet silicon, more than almost any other element, comes up all too often on a site like ... Read More »

Windows 10 Preview Users to Get Genuine Final Release Build for Free

Microsoft on Friday put up a blog post detailing important changes ahead of the release of Windows 10 for PCs and tablets on July 29. This included a hitherto undetailed way for users to get a genuine Windows 10 copy for free, and even stay activated – all they needed to do was to join the Windows 10 Insider Program, ... Read More »

Microsoft Executive Reaches New Heights

Three Microsoft executives saw their responsibilities multiply last week when the company announced that it was consolidating its engineering efforts, leading to the departure of several senior executives.The one executive whose job will expand the most is Terry Myerson, in a change that will cement his position as the company’s most powerful product leader. Myerson, who already led one of ... Read More »

Breaking down the combat in the latest Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer

On Tuesday, Square Enix released a new trailer for its Disney mashup fantasy sequelKingdom Hearts 3. And following that reveal, Polygon had a chance to sit down with the game’s director, Tetsuya Nomura, to explain what’s happening in the trailer. Specifically, we asked him to pick apart what’s happening with the game’s combat. “We’ve revamped it a lot,” Nomura said. ... Read More »

Nintendo’s Fils-Aime: Current state of VR isn’t fun

Without a doubt, the most talked about things at E3 this year is virtual and augmented reality. Every company seems to be either looking into reality-altering technology, creating games for it or even making their own hardware. But there is one major exception: Nintendo. And given the 126-year-old company’s history, it’s an odd exception. After all, Nintendo was one of ... Read More »

The 3 Best Stocks to Invest in Hardware

Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Best Buy offer investors ways to profit from digital gadgets. Hardware is a large and diverse category, encompassing many different things, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, and smart gadgets of all kinds. There are quite a few different ways for investors to play hardware. Below are three stocks that offer exposure to the actual physical side of the ... Read More »

Sizing Up The Suitors For Here, Nokia’s Map Business

As the number of connected mobile gadgets — from smartphones and watches to cars — continues to grow, the market is heating up for accurate location data to serve those of us who use these devices.   That fact is being played most expensively at the moment with the sale of Here, the mapping and location services division of Nokia. The companies in the running ... Read More »