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The wave of free-to-play video games is surging, and Sony's along for the ride

The free-to-play business model for video games first originated in the early 2000s in South Korea. The approach, embodied by games such as Nexon’s</i> …

DC Universe

Restaurant scans faces, lets the beautiful eat free

Have your face scanned at this Zhengzhou, China, eatery. If a panel of experts deem you good-looking, your meal's on the house.<p>A restaurant in Zhengzhou, China, is experimenting with allowing customers to pay with a new form of currency -- their beauty.<p>As originally reported by Xinhua, China's …

China

The SocialRank Index Shows Companies How They Stack Up On Social Media

Social media analytics startup SocialRank released a new tool earlier today called the SocialRank Index — aimed at tracking and aggregating the performance of the biggest brands in the world.<p>This seems like a natural evolution of SocialRank, which started out as a side project for identifying your …

Startups

Give your bike a sense of direction with these smart handlebars

There haven't been a lot of elegant ways to add navigation to your bike -- unless you have access to prototype bikes, you're probably stuck mounting a GPS unit or smartphone that might take your eyes off the road. That's where Boreal Bikes' crowdfunded smrtGRiPS project might just come in handy. …

Can't decide on a wearable? Lumoid lets you try a box full of them

It's increasingly easy to find a decent wearable these days -- the real problem is deciding on the one that fits you the best -- perhaps literally. Now Lumoid, the startup best known for its short-term camera rental service, has got you covered. The company just added a new wearable section to its …