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mIRC review

mIRC gives you access to chat rooms centered around tons of different topics in which you can converse with users from all over the world. With this program, you can connect and disconnect with ease and enjoy hours of group or private conversations about whatever interests you.

Pros

Favorites list: When you first install this app, there is a preloaded Favorites List that contains suggestions for you to try. Of course, you can always edit this list and add your own favorite channels as you find them, but it's nice to have somewhere to start, just because there are … Read more

Crew Time Tracker by Tsheets review

Crew Time Tracker by Tsheets is an iOS app for users of the TSheets time-tracking service. TSheets offers two apps, and this one, as the name suggests, is specifically for tracking the time of multiple employees. If you're already using TSheets or are interested in trying it, this app is a nice complement to the service's Web interface.

Crew Time Tracker requires a TSheets account, and if you're new to TSheets, you can easily sign up for a free 14-day trial. The app has an intuitive interface that's easy to navigate, and it only took us … Read more

TimeToy4 for Mac review

TimeToy4 for Mac is an audio editing program that lets you adjust various features of your audio tracks through an intuitive interface. While the program's features make it a better fit for someone who has experience editing audio tracks, the streamlined controls make the software accessible to even novice users.

As soon as you install TimeToy4, you can begin adding and editing clips. There is no Help file, but it's not too hard to figure out where to start. You can add a clip from the file menu, and then use the three tabs at the top of … Read more

No penalty for Comcast if merger with Time Warner Cable fails

Comcast negotiated an easy escape hatch if regulators put too much heat on the $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.

According to the S4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Comcast will not owe Time Warner Cable a breakup fee if the deal falls through due to regulatory issues. The filing also indicated that Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, who had only been on the job as CEO for two months before the merger was announced, will receive an $80 million severance package should the deal be completed … Read more

Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal faces probe from US states

Comcast will now have to deal with US states as well as the US Justice Department if it expects to win approval to buy Time Warner Cable.

Florida is part of a multistate group investigating the proposed merger to make sure if doesn't run afoul of antitrust laws, the Florida state attorney general's office told CNET on Wednesday.

"We are part of a multistate group reviewing the proposed transaction along with the U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division," the Florida state attorney general's office said to CNET in an e-mailed statement. "The matter is also … Read more

Why a Comcast merger could be good for TWC customers

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus thinks the $45.2 billion megamerger with Comcast is a win for Time Warner Cable subscribers.

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Fla., earlier this week, Marcus called the deal a "dream combination" that allows the companies to "innovate at a rapid pace."

I know what you're thinking: Of course he likes this deal. His company is getting bought out for $45.2 billion. And Marcus, who is paid in excess of $10 million a year, is the guy who spearheaded this … Read more

Doctors testing Google Glass to get real-time patient data

While the general public appears to still be making up its mind about Google Glass and the idea of wearing a face computer, in some fields of work the wearable could be a helpful asset.

One such field is medicine. By using Glass, doctors won't have to use their hands to dig through files, search computers, or look up facts on a tablet. With a simple nod of the head or blink of the eye, they could get all of the real-time information they need without having to leave a patient.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has … Read more

Time Warner Cable CEO reiterates confidence in Comcast deal

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus reiterated his confidence in getting regulatory approval for the $45.2 billion deal with Comcast, and he explained that Time Warner Cable shareholders and customers will both benefit from the deal.

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday, Marcus said he expects the deal to close by the end of the year. And he didn't express any worry that regulators would take issue with it.

"I have every confidence that the deal will close," he said. "We wouldn't have signed … Read more

Trapped in the Time Travel Lab: My puzzling Sunday

"You are trapped in the mysterious laboratory, where it has been said, they study time travel. The door is closed. A lot of hidden clues await you. You wonder if they were able to make time travelling true..." These words on a poster beckon you in to a frantic puzzle-solving team experience that can lead, as it did in my case, to your untimely demise.

Or you might...Escape from the Time Travel Lab.

SCRAP Entertainment's first Real Escape Game was held in Japan, and nowadays the company is putting on events in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. In addition to the basic Mysterious Room, people have escaped from the Magic Show, the Werewolf Village, and other sticky scenarios. There are also Real Escape Game branches in Singapore, Taiwan, and China, plus there seem to be at least four live-escape game companies operating in the UK, so I'm going to call this a worldwide phenomenon. If the rest of this sounds fun to you, you may be able to find something similar nearby.… Read more

The 404 1,442: Where we're all mixed up (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.

- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.

- People are selling their organs on Facebook.

- In which Jeff attempts to explain cloud-gaming in Titanfall to Justin.… Read more