Activision to sell Call of Duty: Ghosts PS4 upgrade for $10

Game publisher Activision is giving an upgrade path to gamers who want to pick up Call of Duty: Ghosts on older consoles.

Activision on Tuesday announced that gamers who pick up a copy of its upcoming Call of Duty: Ghost for the PlayStation 3 will be able to "upgrade" that title to a PlayStation 4 version for $10 more. Ghosts will hit store shelves on older consoles on November 5. The title will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Activision's announcement comes after GameStop announced earlier this month that it will … Read more

Microsoft merges Skype with Outlook in several countries

Microsoft has integrated its two biggest communications services: Skype and Outlook.

The tech giant announced Monday that Skype is now available for all Outlook customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, and Brazil. What this means is that people can use the video calling and messaging service directly from their e-mail. Microsoft first announced it would begin rolling out this feature in April.

"E-mail is an important and personal tool for most people, but there are moments when you want to be able to speak live or chat face-to-face," Outlook group product manager Dawn Martynuik … Read more

Review: GoToMeeting lets you administrate and conduct meetings for up to 25

GoToMeeting allows you to host a virtual meeting with up to 25 attendees. This version of software is a 30-day, full-featured trial, but you will have to register and provide your credit card information. After the free trial, you can purchase the software by paying either monthly or yearly subscription fees. Most of the engine used for this application does not need to be downloaded, so installation of the executable is easy and fast.

The setup goes smoothly, and within minutes you will be able to create and start your online meeting. GoToMeeting allows participants to connect using Windows, Mac, … Read more

iOS 7 beta 4 refines design of call buttons

Apple continues to refine certain elements in iOS 7 as seen in the fourth beta released on Monday.

The phone buttons that appear in response to an incoming call are now less text-heavy, as noted by AppleInsider. The buttons for "remind me later" and "respond with text" have been renamed to simply "remind me" and "message" with icons to represent their roles.

All the call buttons, including those for decline and answer, also have received a small aesthetic change. Their transparency has been reduced so they now appear almost opaque. Apple received … Read more

Answer Android calls by waving your hand with Air Call-Accept

One of the fun air-gesture features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is called air call-accept, which lets you answer incoming calls by waving your hand over the phone. To give similar functionality to users of other Android phones, an XDA Developers member published a new app called Air Call-Accept.

Air Call-Accept is enabled by default after installation. Opening the app reveals the simple on/off slider. On some phones, you'll also need to make sure that the proximity sensor is enabled. On the Galaxy S3, go to Settings > Motion. With the free version of Air Call-Accept, you can … Read more

Netflix hangs up on earnings call in favor of video discussion

Netflix's business is Internet video, so it seems appropriate that the company will use the medium to discuss its financial performance later this month.

The video rental and streaming service announced Monday that it will eschew the traditional conference call format with analysts for a live video discussion when it announces its second-quarter financial performance on July 22. The discussion, which will be hosted on Netflix's investor relations page, will be moderated by BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield and CNBC media and entertainment reporter Julia Boorstin.

In addition to the new discussion format, investors will be watching to see … Read more

Review: Call Recorder for Skype offers options and tools for archiving video calls

Call Recorder for Skype for Mac seamlessly integrates into your existing installation of Skype, providing a number of configuration options for recording calls as well as bundled tools to work with the resulting audio and video. If you're not familiar with various media encoding formats, the configuration screen may provide some challenges, though default selections are enough to get you started.

Installation, a matter of a few mouse clicks, was quick and painless. Skype launched automatically when it finished, and we were brought right to the application's configuration screen, which integrated itself directly into Skype's Preferences panel. … Read more

LAPD faces off with Call of Duty statue in game studio raid

In this day and age, perhaps it's not the best idea to erect a life-size statue of a gunman and place it in the front window of your office.

Yet this is precisely what the Los Angeles Police Department confronted late Thursday night when officers stormed the building of game studio Robotoki. The LAPD, guns drawn, faced off with a gun-wielding, very human-like replica of soldier Simon "Ghost" Riley from Robotoki's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- that and a very startled Robert Bowling, the company's president, who happened to be working late that night. … Read more

Siri-like calendar app Tempo eyes other platforms

Tempo, the calendar app that uses Siri-like artificial intelligence to schedule meetings and dial in on conference calls, is racking up user data to decide where it will land next.

The app, created by Tempo AI, highlighted its popular conference call features on Wednesday. While the company -- which comes from SRI International, the same place that created Apple's Siri -- won't share its user numbers, it revealed that people have made 1 million one-tap conference calls with the app since its launch in February.

This feature lets users dial in on a conference call with a tap … Read more

The 404 1,273: Where overall we think it's necessary (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- All of CNET's coverage of yesterday's Xbox One event.

- Here's what we know about Xbox One games.

- Microsoft talks Xbox One naming, privacy and more (Q&A).

- Sharon Vaknin and CNET Reviews' John Falcone at last night's Webby Awards.

- Courts turning to UrbanDictionary as an authoritative source on slang. And here's The 404's contribution to UrbanDictionary.… Read more