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Mobile game visuals will get better with upcoming successor to OpenGL graphics standard

<i>Click here for all of GamesBeat’s 2015 Game Developers Conference coverage.</i><p>The Khronos Group, a consortium of graphics hardware and software experts, has unveiled its proposal for the next generation of computer graphics.<p>At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the Khronos Group unveiled …

Game Development

A Nanotech Skylight That Looks Just Like the Sun Shining Overhead

As portions of the US are battered by snowstorms and shrouded beneath gray skies, a European startup is developing a light fixture that mimics the …

PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Lifetime console sales

The <i>next-generation video game console war</i> is no longer the <i>next-generation video game console war</i> — it’s now the <i>current-generation video game console</i> …

Retrogaming

What is this mystery sea creature found in tin of tuna?

Suggestions about what the tiny tuna monster might be include the foetus of a blowfish, a tadpole, or the head of a soft-shelled turtle.<p>When you open a tin of tuna the last thing you expect to see is a little head staring back at you.<p>So Zoe Butler, of Nottingham, was more than a little perturbed to …

Fish

The Alien Message To All Mankind

In summary, this is the message given to man to answer the life long question. That is "where are the Aliens"? Here is what this former jet pilot, …

Elon Musk stars on The Simpsons

Where does Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal, get his breakthrough ideas? Would you believe Homer Simpson?<p>That was the premise of "The Musk that Fell to Earth," the latest episode of "The Simpsons" which aired Sunday night and gave Musk a starring role.<p>In the show, Musk …

Elon Musk

How a former Rockstar developer is leading a revolution in gaming

When Navid Khonsari left Rockstar Games after working as the cinematic director on several <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> titles, he was sure he wouldn't make another video game. Instead, he returned to his first love, documentary filmmaking and, in the process, stumbled upon the creation of <i>1979 Revolution</i>. "A …

Bitcoin's first licensed US exchange opens with approval from 25 states

Virtual currency bitcoin is starting to get its act together. A startup funded with $106 million from the New York Stock Exchange as well as banks and venture capital firms, is set to launch the first licensed US bitcoin exchange. Coinbase reckons it'll add increased security to traders as well as …

Microsoft isn't saying much about what's inside HoloLens

Without a doubt, the biggest surprise from today's Windows 10 keynote at Microsoft's Redmond campus was the outfit unveiling its HoloLens headset. Dubbed as the "first fully untethered, holographic computer" the device and its capabilities looked pretty neat -- if a little fantastical -- onstage …

'Borderlands' on PS4 and Xbox One comes in a $399 edition with a robot

No, the trend of recycling games for modern consoles isn't over yet -- if anything, it's gathering steam. Gearbox and 2K have unveiled <i>Borderlands: The Handsome Collection</i>, a bundle that spruces up both <i>Borderlands 2</i> and <i>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel</i> (along with their downloadable content) for the …

Xiaomi's new phone wants to be an iPhone killer

Xiaomi revealed a slate of new products in Beijing on Thursday, including a flagship smartphone that the Chinese company said would rival Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.<p>The company showed off four major new products to thousands of cheering fans. Top billing was given to the Mi Note, which features a 5.7" …

Mobile Technology

Elon Musk gives $10M to fight killer robots

Intelligent robots and computers intent on destroying mankind may sound like science fiction to most of us.<p>But to Elon Musk it's a real threat. That's why he's donating millions to ensure that Artificial Intelligence technology remains safe for humanity.<p>Musk, the founder of both Tesla Motors (TSLA) …

Artificial Intelligence

Nintendo's new, more powerful 3DS launches in North America and Europe on February 13th

Back when we reviewed the new, dual-analog input-enabled Nintendo 3DS handheld, we weren't quite sure when it would make its way to the rest of the world -- that changes today. The <i>slightly</i> more powerful handheld launches on February 13th, 2015 in North America and Europe. To make it up to those …

This black box promises to wirelessly charge a dozen gadgets at once

Energous says its WattUp tech can charge from up to 15 feet away<p>Most phones that can be wirelessly charged today still have to sit right on top of a charging pad — in fact, even being slightly misaligned with the pad can cause a phone <i>not</i> to charge. Now, the company Energous says that it has a …

Toshiba Unveils the World’s First SD Card with Built-In NFC: Preview Contents with Your Phone

Toshiba has announced the world’s first SDHC card that has near field communication (NFC) baked right in. The technology allows you to see what’s on …

Razer's Forge TV wins People's Choice Award for Best of CES 2015

The people have spoken, and Razer's Forge TV is the People's Choice winner for Best of CES 2015! It was a close call, however, as it won with only 16.13 percent of the vote -- the AirDog drone came in second at 14.62 percent and the Misfit Bolt clocked in at third with 11.96 percent. Only a few …

Wave goodbye to Microsoft's original Kinect

Whether you think depth-sensing cameras will become the next big thing or fizzle out, one of the models that helped usher in the tech is set to be retired for good. The original Kinect for Windows will be phased out in 2015, nearly three years after Microsoft first introduced it. The sensor (which …

Future cities may harvest energy from human footsteps

<b>(CNN) —</b> From footfalls to climbing stairs, to opening doors, the cities of the future will look at ways of tapping energy from all the mechanical energy we expend going about our daily lives.<p>When looking at the amount of kinetic energy produced in the average metro station at rush hour, or even on …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

New Bluetooth devices will connect directly to the internet

For all the talk of an Internet of Things, many Bluetooth devices aren't very internet-savvy; they usually have to rely on WiFi (or another gadget entirely) to hop online. That's going to change very shortly with the advent of Bluetooth's new 4.2 spec. If a sensor, smart light bulb or other …

The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.<p>The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own …

These cute, tiny sensors will soon be watching you everywhere

One of the promises of the “internet of things” is that it will connect the real-world with the virtual. Low-energy Bluetooth beacons are emerging as one of its stronger early technologies.<p>Here’s a quick look at where beacon technology stands today: Estimote, one of the leading beacon startups, …

Internet of Things

Recon's 'Google Glass' for sports gets a finalized design ahead of September launch

No, the Recon Jet <i>still</i> isn't out yet, but its manufacturer has a few bits of news to share. For starters, the sports-minded heads up display's brain box is now angled slightly upward, which supposedly improves the display's viewing angle and camera orientation. This tweak apparently boosts the …

Makeup Ingredients You Might Want To Avoid

We've been hearing more and more that there are dangerous chemicals lurking in our favorite beauty and skincare products. Mercury in your mascara? Yep, it's in there. Endocrine disruptors in your lip gloss? It is possible.<p>So we consulted with green beauty expert Katey Denno for a master list of …

Birth Control And Acne: What Going On (And Off) The Pill Does To Your Skin

For the past 50 years, birth control pills have afforded women the freedom to take control of their bodies, plan childbirth... and alleviate their acne.<p>But is the pill a safe, effective method to clear up skin? We spoke to New York-based dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman and Meg Richichi, MS, LAc and …

Smartwatches: what are Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft up to?

"The wrist is interesting," said Apple chief executive Tim Cook at the All Things Digital D11 conference in May 2013, when being quizzed about his company's potential plans for wearable technology in the years to come.<p>"For something to work here you have to convince people it's so incredible, that …

A Mathematical Look at Focal Length and Crop Factor

I’m hoping this post can explain a lot of the confusion beginning photographers have about focal length and crop factors. Some understanding of basic …

PRISM is bigger than anything that came before it—but no-one knows how much bigger

The mystery surrounding how much domestic spying the US government has been conducting on its own citizens will only intensify in the coming days, as a growing number of the nine major internet companies linked to an alleged top-secret data-mining program deny they had anything to do with it.<p>The …

Surveillance