FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV

The FCC has voted to approve AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, just a few days after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler recommended the commission do just that. In its approval statement, however, the FCC has outlined some conditions to which AT&T had to agree in order to receive approval. From the FCC:

As part of the merger, AT&T-DIRECTV will be required to expand its deployment of high-speed, fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations as well as to E-rate eligible schools and libraries. In addition, AT&T-DIRECTV is prohibited from using discriminatory practices to disadvantage online video distribution services and will submit its Internet interconnection agreements for Commission review. Finally, AT&T-DIRECTV will offer broadband services to low-income consumers at discounted rates.

The document goes on to mention that the conditions are intended to curb any potential harm that could come from a massive deal that will see an already influential AT&T merging with the nation's largest satellite TV provider.

It will definitely be interesting to see what comes out of this deal, which has been in the works since early 2014. Presumably, we could start to see some interesting mobile video offerings from AT&T, along with an expansion of the company's current internet and television service offerings.


SMITE, the popular mythology-based MOBA game for the PC and Xbox One, will soon offer a fun add-on pack for players who love to use Hercules as their main character. The add-on will include a voice pack that will allow Hercules to sound like actor Kevin Sorbo, who played a version of the Greek demigod in the popular 1990s syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.


While Windows 10 will start rolling out online on July 29, people who don't want to wait will soon have another option. Windows Central has learned that Staples stores in the US will begin offering customers a way to quickly update their old or new Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs to Windows 10 for free, even if the PC was not originally purchased at Staples.


5 intriguing apps for Windows 8.1: July 23, 2015

With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.

For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.

They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.


Microsoft's Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL Windows Phone are arguably their best budget-minded Lumias to date. Since their announcement, there has been strong interest from users and positive reviews from many publications.

Now, new July data from AdDuplex finally lets us see the impact of these phones on a few markets, specifically the U.S., Russia, and India. The AdDuplex data is collected monthly from advertising data on the Windows Phone platform.


The number of music players seems to be on the rise and Loco Music Player is a relatively new offering in the Windows Phone Store. The music app offers you the ability to create and manage song playlists from your music library and pulls it all together in a clean looking, gesture-based package.

The app normally runs $1.99 but for the next twenty-four hours, you can pick Loco Music Player up free through the myAppFree promotion. If you are in the market for a playlist based music player, now is your chance to give Loco Music Player a try and save a little along the way.


Fire Fu - One hot Windows Phone game

Fire Fu is a recent gaming release over in the Windows Phone Store. The game is a fast-paced, arcade styled game where you learn how to control the element of fire to toast an endless supply of oddball creatures.

The Windows Phone game has sharp looking, hand-painted artwork and easy gaming controls. Add plenty of magic potions to help you blast the enemy, along with support for low-memory Windows Phones and Fire Fu comes across as an entertaining game to pass the time with.


Review: Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut for Xbox One

Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut is an enhanced edition of the mind-bending first-person puzzler from Toxic Games.

The original released back in 2011 for PC and eventually made its way to Steam, OSX, Oculus Rift and even Nvidia Shield. Toxic teamed up with indie outlet Grip Games for the Xbox One version, which has arrived via the ID@Xbox program.

Q.U.B.E. is most frequently compared to Portal, for its first person view and clinical setting. The Director's Cut brings in the game's time trial DLC and includes an expanded narrative penned by Rob Yescombe of Alien: Isolation fame.

So is this just a simple Portal knock-off? Or does Q.U.B.E. stand up for itself in an increasingly busy Xbox indie scene?


MobiKwik is one of the leading mobile wallets in India and offers a comprehensive payment experience – from paying bills and making recharges to transferring money or shopping from over 50,000 merchants.

The Windows Phone app just got updated to version, and gets a UI refresh along with being heavily optimized for 2G and patchy networks.


If you're using Windows 10 and want to have all of your music in one place, the Groove music app is a good place to be. We've covered how to get your music out of iTunes and into Groove, but what about if you're using Google Play Music?

Google has no desktop player for its music service but you can still get your music out of there and import it to Groove with relative ease. Whether it's music you uploaded to the cloud or bought from Google's store, we'll show you how to get it onto your Windows 10 PC and into your Groove library.


How to use Snap Assist in Windows 10

Snapping in Windows 10 is a great way to use your screen real estate more efficiently. To snap a window, all you need to do is drag the title bar to the edge of the screen. Snap has been available in previous versions of Windows, but some improvements have been added. Watch our how-to video to see it action on a Surface 3 running Windows 10.