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Psychedelic survival game We Happy Few coming to Xbox One

<i>We Happy Few</i>, the survival game from Compulsion Games that's set in an alternate-universe 1960s England, will make its console debut on Xbox One, Microsoft announced today during its Gamescom 2015 press briefing.<p>Compulsion will launch <i>We Happy Few</i> in Xbox Game Preview this winter, and launch the …

Predicting World of Warcraft’s next expansion (hint: it involves Night Elves)

The World of Warcraft is about to get bigger. Now it’s time to figure out how.<p>Blizzard is announcing the next expansion for its hugely popular online game tomorrow (and it couldn’t come sooner with the game’s subscription numbers plummeting), but we don’t have to wait that long to get an idea of …

Therapy cures hearing loss from loud noises - Futurity

By boosting a protein in mice, scientists reversed hearing loss. Now they want to test the therapy in people.

Sleepio for iOS Wants to Help you Get a Good Night's Rest

It’s all very well tracking your sleep patterns with a device like the Jawbone Up, but if you’re struggling to get a good night’s rest, how do you actually improve the situation?<p>UK startup Big Health has today brought its Sleepio sleep therapy service to iOS. Previously available only on the Web, …

Astronaut posts first Vine from space, and it's lovely

Astronaut Reid Wiseman, NASA's latest social-media star, just broke some new ground with the first Vine posted from space.<p>Astronaut Reid Wiseman is currently zipping around miles above the surface of our Blue Marble inside the International Space Station. He's doing important scientific astronaut …

Social Media

Living organism with 'alien' DNA is created by scientists

Breakthrough in understanding of evolution after scientists modify E.coli bacteria to create organism with unique new DNA structure<p>A living organism with synthetic DNA has been created by scientists in a breakthrough which could change what we know about the evolution of life.<p>The DNA of all life on …

Biology

This is cool! Watch a realistic virtual universe unfold

If astronomers had used an average desktop computer to run the new Illustris simulation, the calculations would have taken more than 2,000 years to …

Universe

How We Get Tall

Men grew four inches in 100 years, mostly in the early 20th century. How they managed that speaks to how our childhood living conditions influence our stature.<p>Emperor Napoleon I of France lends his name to an insecurity complex that supposedly plagues some short men. But the neurosis is misnamed: …

Kogan enters 3D printing space with sub-$700 model

Online retailer Kogan is making a play in the burgeoning 3D printer space with a new sub-$700 model that is set to challenge other retailers in the …

3D Printing

Your smartphone may soon double as a hearing aid, thanks to Mimi

Let's face it: we live in a noisy world. If we're not sitting on loud trains or traipsing past construction sites, we're retreating into music with headphones. Alas, this also means hearing loss is a problem that can't be ignored -- that's why a startup called Mimi cooked up an iOS app to help you …

Microsoft Reveals New Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Tablets

At an event in New York City today, Microsoft has unveiled its new generation of Surface tablets.<p>The original Surface RT and Surface Pro never really took off, but that hasn’t deterred Microsoft from launching two new touch-friendly laptop and tablet hybrids.<p>The refreshed hardware was unveiled in …

Surface 2 devices are debuting this month; here’s what to expect

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>It’s official: Microsoft(s msft) is holding a Surface event in New York City on September 23. We received our invitation on …

Microsoft demonstrates 'Halo 4' streaming from the cloud to Windows and Windows Phones

Microsoft is building its own cloud gaming service. Company officials demonstrated a prototype of the service during an internal company meeting today. Sources familiar with the meeting revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that Microsoft demonstrated Halo 4 running on a Windows Phone and PC, both streaming the …

Microsoft meeting yields hints of 'Rio' streaming service

The annual Microsoft company meeting has served as a showcase for many teams at the company for their near-term wares.<p>Even though it's open to all employees, Microsoft executives expect (or at least hope) that the Softies will be mindful enough not to tweet (thanks @m3sweatt), blog, or share with …

Windows Phone

Microsoft building a single app store for the next Windows Phone and Windows releases

Microsoft is planning to combine its Windows Phone Store and Windows Store into a single app store. Sources familiar with the company's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group, confirmed the move in an internal company meeting today attended by …

Microsoft is planning a streaming service called 'Rio'

Her name is Rio and she dances in the sun. Or rather, her name is Rio, and she could well be the name of Microsoft's forthcoming streaming service. …

Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8's next update: Big screen support, and a slew of features it should have launched with

The next big Windows Phone 8 update sets the stage for a new range of devices — and finally delivers on some basic, long-awaited features.<p>Microsoft’s third Windows Phone 8 update brings support for high-resolution 1080p screens between 5 and 6 inches, as well as faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 …

Report: Microsoft Wants To Sell 16 Million Windows Tablets This Holiday Season

The company wants to sell 16 million Windows tablets during the season, reports Paul Thurrott at the Supersite for Windows blog, quoting unnamed sources.<p>That actually seems doable, if we're talking about the whole fourth quarter and all Windows tablet vendors. That's about how many tablets Apple …

Tablets

Microsoft announces Xbox One entertainment app lineup

Yesterday Sony announced what entertainment-centric apps would be featured on the PlayStation 4 at launch, and now it's time for the Xbox One to get the same treatment. Microsoft has detailed the different TV, video service, and streaming apps that will be available on the console for each of the …

Microsoft releases batch of Surface patches

Microsoft delivers updates and fixes for its Surface RT, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2 tablets, as part of its November Patch Tuesday releases.<p>On November 12, Microsoft is pushing out new updates and fixes for its various Surface tablet devices -- the bulk of which are for the ARM-based Surface …

Software

Microsoft Explains Kinect Controls for IE App on Xbox One

Microsoft revealed some new details today about the Internet Explorer app on Xbox One, including the extent to which your voice and hands can be used to control the experience on your television.<p>While the Kinect is turned on, you’ll be able to use the phrase “Xbox, select” to review which verbal …

Your lingering BioShock Infinite questions answered (more or less)

<i>This post contains spoilers for BioShock Infinite.</i><p>Developer Irrational Games’ first-person action title BioShock Infinite (available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC) has been out for a couple of months now, but forums and message boards are still full of gamers’ unanswered questions about …