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Google Play Edition: exactly what we asked for, but maybe not what we wanted

The Nexus 4: maybe not your cup of tea, but a stellar device. Nexus devices are built with the aim of setting a hardware standard for the next year of Android, and raising the bar a bit for all manufacturers. We may look back at each Nexus with a laundry list of pros and cons, but those devices are …

Foxconn Announces iPhone-Compatible Smart Wristband

Foxconn has announced a new smart wristband that can measure vital signs like respiration and heartbeat, and also check phone calls and Facebook posts, according to a report from the <i>Want China Times</i>.<p>Terry Gou, the head of Hon Hai Precision Industry -- the name of Foxconn's parent company -- said …

Vine shares on Twitter plunge after video debuts on Instagram

Instagram video may be putting a dent in Vine's growth. As noted by <i>MarketingLand</i>, in the week since Instagram added video, Vine links on Twitter seem to have dropped precipitously. Data from the analytics firm Topsy, which has access to the full firehose of Twitter data, showed the number of shared …

Google Street View adds abandoned Japanese island that inspired 'Skyfall'

Google Street View has extended its reach to the abandoned island of Hashima, Japan, which served as the setting for Raoul Silva's "Dead City" retreat in <i>007: Skyfall</i>, the latest James Bond movie. Also known as Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) because of its resemblance to a warship when seen in …

The most hated man on China’s internet shouldn’t expect any “get well soon” emails

Most of the world has never heard of Fang Binxing, but the creator of the Great Firewall of China is all too familiar to Chinese internet users—and they really hate the guy. So when Fang, currently the president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication, announced during the university’s …

Handleband, The Nicest-To-Say iPhone Bike Mount Ever

This is the Handleband. It’s a band for your handlebars, but it’s also a great word to roll around your mouth – handleband… <i>handle</i>band – rattling it through your teeth and wrapping it around your tongue. Haaaandlebaaaand.<p>The Handleband is pretty awesome. It’s a silcone strap with a stiff platform …

Facebook rolls out hashtag support for mobile web and related searches

Clickable hashtags are a major new Facebook feature, and now the social network is bringing them to the next level by rolling out related searches and mobile availability. We're talking about its mobile site and (unfortunately) not its iOS and Android apps, making the former a better choice for …

The £76,500 phone: Diamond-studded 'Black Insane' goes on sale

The 'Black Insane' model, studded with 75 baguette-cut diamonds is the most expensive in a range of luxury smartphones made with leather and gem stones from Swiss company Savelli.<p>The collection of phones, called "Jardin Secret", includes 11 models that feature blue ostrich, black alligator and …

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BlackBerry CEO Confirms No BB10 Update For The Aging PlayBook Tablet

Here’s a Friday morning PSA for you BlackBerry PlayBook owners: if you were feverishly clutching your tablet in hopes that BlackBerry would finally update it with a shiny new OS, you can finally put them down. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins just confirmed during the company’s Q1 earnings call that …

BlackBerry posts $84m loss for Q1 2014, despite 13% revenue growth and 6.8m smartphone shipments

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has reported its first quarter fiscal results for 2014 (ending 1 June) revealing that total revenue and smartphone sales were growing in comparison to its previous quarter.<p>In total, revenue was up to $3.1bn representing a 15 percent increase from its last Q4 …

Ubisoft CEO on next-gen cost -- "The price is right"

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has commented on the Xbox One's $500 price point and the PlayStation 4's $400 sticker price. Speaking with GamesIndustry International, the executive said both options are "good deals" considering the power behind the machines.<p>"For the hardware they're putting on the …

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Killer Is Dead trailer breaks the fourth wall, has bondage-gear swordfights

A new trailer for Suda 51's surreal hyper-violent action game <i>Killer Is Dead</i> mixes action and cutscenes with protagonist Mondo Zappa facing off against a myriad of foes.<p>The trailer introduces us to an antagonist named David, who says he's seeking power to take over the world. Mondo calls him out on …

Dust 514 developer CCP promises 'near-monthly updates' coming to PS3 game

Developer CCP Games is promising "rapid-fire updates" for its free-to-play PlayStation 3 shooter <i>Dust 514</i> as it looks to perfect the core systems of its <i>Eve Online</i> spin-off. In a recent update to its website, CCP says it's moving to a faster, more iterative update cycle over the next six months to …

Google said to be creating game console and smartwatch

With Google Glass out in the open, is the tech giant continuing to move deeper into the hardware market?<p>Google appears to be boosting both its wearable tech and its gaming status. According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the tech giant is working on developing both a video game …

Unity game engine to support Xbox One, gets a boost on Windows 8 and Windows Phone

When the Unity game engine runs virtually everywhere -- well, almost -- it's no surprise that Unity Technologies has just announced that the engine will support the Xbox One. However, the firm is also revealing a partnership with Microsoft that promises a deeper level of integration on the One than …

Microsoft working on third-party and current-gen peripheral support for Xbox One

Following news that only Xbox One headsets and peripherals will be compatible with Microsoft's next-generation console, the company confirmed that it will work on solutions to allow other brands of gaming headsets to connect to the controller for gaming and chat audio, it told Polygon in a prepared …

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn beta on Windows PC and PS3 begins this weekend

The third weekend of Beta phase testing for <i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i>, the upgraded re-launch of massively multiplayer online role-playing game <i>Final Fantasy 14</i>, will begin Friday, June 28 at 5 a.m. ET, Square Enix announced today.<p>The latest Beta phase 3 weekend will continue until Sunday, …

Microsoft partners with Time Warner for new live TV deal

Today, Microsoft announced a "landmark" deal with Time Warner Cable that will bring 300 of the cable company's live TV channels to the Xbox 360 later this summer.<p>Users must have an Xbox Live Gold membership and a subscription to Time Warner Cable to watch live television through their Xbox 360s. …

Drakengard 3 soars in Japan this October

Square Enix has announced that the PS3 action game Drakengard 3 will be out in Japan on October 31.<p>The game will be sold in a regular edition and a Drakengard 3 10th Anniversary box set via Square Enix's e-store. In addition to the game, the set will contain a book called Drakengard: World Inside, …

Surgeon Simulator dev squashes Half-Life 3 rumors

Bossa Studios has confirmed that the Easter egg recently discovered in Surgeon Simulator 2013 is not a tease for Half-Life 3.<p>"Whoa! It seems that you've got a little ahead of yourselves! Here's a clue: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY VALVE GAMES! Carry on now…," the developer wrote on Twitter today.<p>…

How Xbox One opens the door for the next Apple TV

The new TV-gadget landscape is just getting started. The Xbox One is just the beginning...and Apple is far from out of the game.<p>Imagine this.<p>It's 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, "Today we're introducing three revolutionary new products. …

Review of Google Glass

There are plenty of reviews and op-eds out there on Google Glass by now — even plenty from people who have never even worn them — so I’ll make this …

Minecraft Creator’s New Game ‘Scrolls’ Gets A Trailer, Arrives June 3 In Beta

Mojang, the creative force behind Minecraft, is releasing its next title to the public a week from today on June 3rd. The new game, called Scrolls, is a digital collectible card game, similar in concept to Magic: The Gathering, and therefore a very different beast from the free-form world-building …

Disney MagicBand Unlocks New Guest Experience for Park Goers

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down …

Tim Cook: Apple has not lost its touch

Apple chief executive Tim Cook moved to reassure investors that the company has not lost its touch, by telling them that it has several “game changers” in the pipeline.<p>Investors in the technology company have been rattled in recent months by an apparent slowdown in new product launches. However, Mr …

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3D model gets you up close with the Xbox One

Chances are it'll be quite a few months before most of us have a chance to go hands-on with the Xbox One. Until then, you can at least get a very …