Set a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper With VLC

Since the demise of DreamScene with Windows Vista, users have been denied the option of having moving pictures as their desktop backdrop, but the hugely useful VLC Media Player provides something of a workaround. Open up a movie then choose Video and Set as Wallpaper to place it behind your program windows, audio and… » 8/21/14 3:18pm Thursday 3:18pm

Oh Sweet, You Can Use the Xbox One Controller on PC Now

For all its flaws, I'm a pretty big fan of the Xbox One . But while the voice control can occasionally miss the mark and sometimes the Kinect won't recognize you, there's one thing that's flawless: that controller. And now Microsoft has released the drivers for download so you can use it on PC. I've been dreaming of… » 6/05/14 11:13am 6/05/14 11:13am

​Microsoft, Please Don't Give Up on the Future

It wasn't long ago that Microsoft started a bold charge into future. A new touch-friendly operating system, a transforming, first party tablet-computer, a game console designed not just to play games but to take over your TV. But now, Microsoft is in full retreat, and we're at risk of losing all the great stuff that… » 5/14/14 2:36pm 5/14/14 2:36pm

These new skyscraper tilting windows are designed to freak you out

Holy crap. The John Hancock Tower in Chicago rolled out a snazzy scary new attraction for people who visit the top of the skyscraper: windows that tilt down to give you a better view of the ground beneath you. It's like a roller coaster ride for those afraid of heights (that would be me). Just stand next to the window… » 5/09/14 7:36pm 5/09/14 7:36pm

Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1's recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone's 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It's not mind-blowing, it's not world-changing, it's nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it's never quite been before: an OS that's totally good enough. » 4/14/14 8:00am 4/14/14 8:00am