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Xbox One games can be played while they download, confirms Microsoft

One of the major selling points of the PlayStation 4 was how easy it would be to jump right into a game. Just surf the online PlayStation Store for your title of choice, and immediately begin playing. Now, it looks like that advantage might be moot: Microsoft says its Xbox One can perform the same …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review: Sporty, splashy fun, but not truly rugged - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Samsung's Galaxy S4</b> Active has a sporty design, takes strong daylight photos, and delivers the majority of Android 4.2 features. It also has a great speakerphone.<p><b>The Bad</b> Aqua mode is fixed focus, the S4 Active takes weak low light shots, and the phone isn't as durable as its name suggests. …

Phones

This is the 'worst restaurant meal in America,' according to health group

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has named the "worst restaurant meal in America" -- they say it's Long John Silver's Big Catch, a $4.99 plate featuring a 7-8 ounce piece of fried haddock, hush puppies and the choice of a side. (The version CSPI tested had onion rings as the side.)<p>The …

Nutrition

Does Anyone REALLY Care About Jay-Z's New Music?

Magna Carta Holy Grail seems like it should be a big deal, but it's kind of hard to get excited about it. Should I feel bad about that?<p>Two weeks ago, Jay-Z announced that he'd be releasing his 12th studio album, <i>Magna Carta Holy Grail</i>, on July 4 to Samsung Galaxy users through an app, and July 7 to …

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review: one giant smartphone for mankind

Godzilla, Frankenstein's monster and Bigfoot are mythical creatures that don't exist (although you might dispute the latter). But now, an equally beastly smartphone -- one seemingly designed specifically for them -- is available to buy. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a 6.3-inch woolly mammoth of a …

Watch Seth Rogen play The Last of Us

In case you've ever wanted to watch Seth Rogen play a video game, now's your chance.<p>IGN posted a video of the <i>This Is the End</i> star and director making his way through Naughty Dog's <i>The Last of Us</i> with co-director Evan Goldberg. Rogen admires the game's visuals, questions the characters' accents and …

Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 to feature 5.9-inch Super AMOLED flexible display

A South Korean report says that the next-gen Galaxy Note handset would pack a 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display, contradicting various existing rumors regarding the upcoming Galaxy Note 3.<p>Just recently, we heard that the handset may feature a 5.7-inch display instead of the 5.99-inch panel …

Massive data collector Acxiom plans to reveal the dirt it has on you

One of the biggest personal data collectors around is getting ready to open its vaults to the public. According to <i>Forbes</i>, you'll soon be able to request your personal files from Acxiom, a marketing company that holds a database on the interests and details of over 700 million people. That database …

Sony's SmartWatch 2 is the company's latest effort to get on your wrist

Sony was one of the first companies in the current wave of smartwatch hysteria to put a wrist-worn product on store shelves, but last year's SmartWatch left a bit to be desired. Though the SmartWatch was one of the better looking options on the market, its clumsy software and high price were both …

CyanogenMod 10.1 goes stable, set for release tonight

Just over a month has passed since CyanogenMod 10.1 went into a release candidate phase, and now it's getting ready to emerge from its development cocoon as a stable release. The code isn't available for most gadgets just yet, but it's set to arrive on the project's servers sometime tonight. …

Rumor: Sony's upcoming SmartWatch will be "minimally water-resistant"

According to <i>Cnet</i>, the next-generation SmartWatch will bring a larger screen than the current version, which has a 1.3-inch OLED display, and NFC for one-touch pairing with smartphones.<p>Like its predecessor, it’ll be running a version of Android, and will feature a capacitive touchscreen. According …

Phones

New iOS App Lets You Record What You Heard Five Minutes Ago

Have you ever wished that you could record something that already happened? Your kid’s first words. That perfectly timed comeback. The email address your boss told you to have those important documents sent to within the next 10 minutes. If only there was a way to record the important bits of your …

Xbox One passes PS4 on Amazon chart

The Xbox One has overtaken the PlayStation 4 on Amazon's video game best-seller chart, one day after Microsoft announced a dramatic policy reversal.<p>The Xbox One was tracking ahead of the PS4 earlier this month, MCV points out, though it fell behind after Sony's E3 announcements of pricing ($400) …

Goggles Block Facial Recognition Algorithms

Facial recognition-prevention goggles have arrived.<p>Don a pair of these near-infrared LED-studded goggles and any facial-recognition algorithms that work on infrared cameras will be blocked by the lights, says its inventor. But the lights will be invisible to the human eye.<p>The idea comes from …

Near-Infrared

Super Smash Bros. director says character selection is stressful 'almost to the brink of death'

Masahiro Sakurai takes the process of adding new characters to the Super Smash Bros. seriously — possibly to the detriment of his mental and physical well-being. Choosing who stays and who goes on the game's roster is "almost deadly in the amount of time it takes me," the director of the new Super …

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See more of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Finn, Poe, and Leia costumes in these new photos

These Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos offer a first look at some of the film's costume designs. Shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the four Vanity …

Star Wars

This Commander of a Nazi Unit Has Been Living in Minnesota for 60 Years

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>An investigation by the Associated Press has found that a 94-year-old man who moved to Minnesota in …

Sony Turns Its Lackluster SmartWatch Into A Developer Playground

Back during the heady days of 2012, before the Pebble raised a crazy amount of money on Kickstarter, Sony quietly released an Android-compatible smartwatch of its own. By most accounts it wasn’t very good, but that doesn’t mean that Sony has relegated it to the trash pile.<p>No, with hindsight being …

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The Elder Scrolls Online will segregate PC, Xbox One and PS4 players

Zenimax Online's upcoming multi-platform MMO <i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> will segregate PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users to their own servers, while PC and Mac users will remain on a single shared server, the studio's Paul Sage told Polygon.<p>Sage, who works as creative director on the studio's MMO …

iOS 7 warns about non-certified Lightning cables, though doesn’t block them

iOS 7 detects when non-certified Lightning cables are connected and issues a mild rebuke, presumably intended to gently encourage people to buy certified (read: quality certified by and money generated to Apple) cables …<p>Despite the message, non-certified cables do function properly. Given that iOS …

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2 Chainz Robbed at Gunpoint

Police say rapper 2 Chainz was robbed Sunday evening before a concert in Oakland, the The Associated Press reports, however the MC has seemingly …

2 Chainz

PS4's Price And Policies Humiliate Microsoft's Xbox One At E3

For the past few years, people have accused E3 of becoming a rather dull affair. Companies show their games, fans support whoever they’re most loyal to, and journalists are forced to give press conferences silly report card grades. Rinse and repeat.<p>But not this year. In over a decade of watching E3 …

Bungie shows off first 'Destiny' gameplay footage at PS4 event

Sony's big PlayStation 4 event at E3 2013 is nearly wrapped up at this point, but it just brought developer Bungie out to show off the first gameplay footage for <i>Destiny</i>, it's upcoming first-person, sci-fi epic. The developer first announced <i>Destiny</i>back at Sony's first PS4 event in February, and more …

Star Wars: Battlefront - E3 2013 Offical Preview Trailer

DICE is making Star Wars: Battlefront

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — The Star Wars shooter that we all knew Electronic Arts would make is happening.<p>At its pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing today, the publisher confirmed it is making Star Wars: Battlefront. Battlefield developer DICE is …