How to switch to energy-saving mode on the Xbox One

Powering on the Xbox One by voice command is a pretty cool feature, though you might feel a little silly doing so at first. Responding to the "Xbox on" command is one of the features of instant-on power mode. Instant-on power mode starts up the Xbox One in just 2 seconds and also lets automatic updates occur. For those who frequently play games, watch videos via Netflix and Amazon, or have live TV set up, instant-on will probably be the preferred power mode. For all others, the energy-saving mode may be the better choice.

The Xbox One's … Read more

Al Gore exercises Apple stock options worth $29 million

Al Gore has just purchased a big chunk of Apple stock by exercising his Apple stock options.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Gore exercised options on January 15 to buy 59,000 Apple shares at the price of $7.475 a share.

That means Gore paid around $441,000 for his load of Apple stock. With the shares trading just under $500 this morning, Gore's investment is now worth around $29.5 million.

Of course, Apple stock has been falling recently, although that could turn around next week if the company releases good results … Read more

Six features you don't want to miss in Android 4.2

Android 4.2 is full of new features, some are fairly minor, such as the Settings shortcut in the notification bar. Other features, such an improved photo editing process, are bound to have a bigger impact on the overall user experience.

Here are five new features you can find in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with the sixth item being a workaround should you decide against lock-screen widgets.

Developer Options Developer Options is an important settings menu for developers and those who like to fiddle with their Android device. For whatever reason in Android 4.2, Google hid the Developer … Read more

Restore the Developer Options menu in Android 4.2

Perhaps you've just ordered a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 10, or maybe you just updated your Nexus device (among other rooted Android devices) to Android 4.2. Either way, you're likely to notice that Developer Options is missing from your Settings menu. For whatever reason, Google decided to hide the Developer Options item in the latest Android release. As Android Central posted a few days ago, you can easily unlock the Developer Options listing and restore it to its rightful place.

First, you'll need to open the Settings app and scroll down to the bottom. Once … Read more

AMD reportedly hires bank to explore options such as a sale

Struggling chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices has reportedly hired J.P. Morgan to help it explore strategic options -- in other words, to look at possibly breaking up its operations or selling the entire company.

Reuters reported that an outright sale of the company isn't a priority and that AMD may consider selling its patent portfolio.

A person familiar with the situation told CNET that AMD has worked with J.P. Morgan, but it's not considering selling the company.

An AMD spokesman, meanwhile, said that "AMD is not actively pursuing a sale of the company or significant assets … Read more

Sharing files and desktop screens easily

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 is an official add-on from Microsoft that is designed to allow better collaboration and communications between several individuals. At the core, Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 contains an IM and voice call component, with the ability to share desktops and videos between participants. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 downloads and installs seamlessly.

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 integrates with Office tightly and adds to the ways you can share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other files with others. Sharing is configurable down to the individual user level, so not everyone on a call will have the same permissions, for example. … Read more

Download and manage your files with the Internet Download Accelerator

The Internet Download Accelerator is designed to help you quickly find and download videos, music, games and more. While it proved very easy to user, but the search feature didn't always find files even when we searched for videos we knew were on the site.

The interface presents as a file directory, much like Windows Explorer. In the left pane, you can see the main categories, All Downloads, Top Downloads, and Status, and easily drill down to see items in these categories. You can also set up your own categories to help you manage the files you download. All … Read more

View PEM certificate data with Cert Viewer Plus

The Firefox certificate manager displays data about your security certificates. Cert Viewer Plus is a free Firefox add-on that enhances the certificate manager with the ability to display PEM file data. It also adds a direct link to the certificate manager from the Tools menu as well as a keyboard shortcut.

Cert Viewer Plus installs normally. We opened the add-ons manager in Firefox, accessed Cert Viewer's page, and clicked Options. The add-on's options are minimal and involve configuring the PEM window view. The page also contained some useful information about the add-on, a Wen link, and a screenshot. … Read more

Yahoo still mulling strategic options, report says

Yahoo's board of directors is considering a number of strategic options beyond selling the company, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang said today at a conference in Hong Kong.

"The intent going in is not to put ourselves for sale," Yang said at the AsiaD conference, according to an AllThingsD report. "The intent is to look at all the options."

Yang noted that while selling the company intact is an option, Yahoo is made up of three units (its core search and content business, as well as stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba). "They are looking … Read more

A beginner's guide to telecom jargon, part 6

The mobile world moves at a breakneck pace, and it's difficult to keep up--even without the technical jargon most industry insiders throw around. And they do love to toss those terms around.

This week, I explain why everyone keeps talking about ecosystems, and why the heck they're so important to the wireless industry now.

So for some light reading, here are a few terms (and definitions) commonly used by telecommunications experts who assume everyone understands them.

Ecosystem: We're not talking about nature or biology 101. Ecosystem is actually a broad term roughly defined as any group of … Read more