This week's 10 stories you shouldn't miss


I'm a neurotic. IBM told me so.

I'm a late Wednesday afternoon tweeter. It's not a characteristic I'd necessarily include on any of my dating app profiles, but it accurately sums up my online behavior nonetheless.

Why is Microsoft buying Minecraft?

Microsoft announced this week that it's buying hugely popular game franchise Minecraft for $2.5 billion.

Catching up with DiWire Bender, Insert Coin 2013's metal-bending wonder

Does that curious little contraption above look familiar? That's probably because it's DIWire Bender, the rather unusual desktop device created by Brooklyn design firm Pensa, which won our judges' hearts at last year's Insert Coin competition.

These iOS 8 keyboards will free you from typing tyranny

iOS 8 is finally live for public consumption, which means it's time for all those third-party keyboards to make their App Store debut.

Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers

Perhaps Amazon sold a lot of 3G Paperwhites without special offers. Or maybe Kobo's Aura HD has quietly taken the world by storm and Jeff Bezos decided he needed an answer.

Amazon's new budget tablets include 6- and 7-inch sizes, as well as a kids edition

Here's the funny thing about Amazon: Because it's already selling you stuff, it has an easy way of knowing when a product category is starting to take off.

What you need to know about the future of paying for stuff

We've virtualized much of the rest of the modern life -- why not payments? Plane tickets, banking and many other aspects of our lives now live on our phones.

iOS 8 review: Some overdue updates, but well worth the wait

Out with the old, in with the new. That was the theme of last year's iOS update, known as iOS 7, which ushered in a flat new design.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review: bigger and better, but with stiffer competition

To say that Apple's doing things differently would be an understatement. With the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the company introduced two new high-end phones at the same time, both with a complete redesign and a much larger screen size than any iPhone that came before.

Hands-on with Leica's super-rare $19,400 M Edition 60

As of this writing, 15,000 Euro is the equivalent of $19,400 -- a very reasonable exchange rate indeed, and a fair price to pay for a mid-range car or a year of college.

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