Christopher Gidlöf

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Hands-on with New Nintendo 3DS

We check out the latest iteration of Nintendo’s handheld.<p>New Nintendo 3DS maintains the high build quality and high standards of the previous model, …

New Smartphone Battery Goes From Dead To 70 Percent Charged In 2 Minutes, Scientists Say

A team of scientists say they've figured out a way to supercharge the lithium-ion batteries traditionally found in smartphones and tablets. And all it takes is adding a readily available substance usually found in sunscreen.<p>The new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological …

Nintendo is moving closer to gender equality than most major publishers

The topic of women in gaming is usually an easy one to discuss, mainly thanks to how diverse the games industry is. Oh, sorry, that last sentence is …

Retrogaming

Video Games: The Movie is a missed opportunity

If the game industry came together to make a movie about its own awesomeness, the result would likely look a lot like <i>Video Games: The Movie</i>.<p>Released today on iTunes, it's a stickily adulatory biography of gaming, from its beginnings in an MIT research lab, to today's AAA and indie efforts. Along …

Resurrecting Prodigy, The World’s Proto-Internet

Before the Internet, there was Prodigy. Extinct for almost 15 years, one hacker is bringing Prodigy back.<p>Before we had the Internet, we had a sort of proto Internet in the form of Prodigy, which was created in 1984 as part of a joint venture between IBM, CBS, and Sears. Over at the <i>Atlantic</i>, Benji …

Online Life

A $35 Computer The Size Of A Credit Card Can Be Used For All Kinds Of Amazing Things

Originally conceived as an educational product for removing as many barriers as possible for teaching people to program, the Raspberry Pi has been popping up in various home-brewed tech creations, acting as the brain that makes all kinds of electronic doodads come to life.<p>Despite its low price and …

Six of the best product placements in video games

<b>1</b> <b>Pepsi Invaders</b> <b>–</b><p><b>The Coca-Cola game</b><p>Originally it was only the attendees of a 1983 sales convention that would find themselves in possession of this particular piece of video games history. They were given a copy for the Atari 2600 as a promotional item. The game – reportedly commissioned by …

Google right to be forgotten 'to get messy' after BBC story disappears

"The argument that it is being used to 'censor the past' holds little water."

Pro-Privacy Blackphone Now Shipping

The pro-privacy Blackphone, a hardened Android smartphone that focuses on making rigorous security features more accessible to a general phone user, has started shipping to its first wave of buyers.<p>Blackphone is a partnership between Spanish mobile maker Geeksphone and security company Silent …

Someone Beat 'Super Mario Bros' In Under 5 Minutes

A video gamer who goes by "Blubbler" online just set a new world record for beating 1985's "Super Mario Bros." -- aka the original "Mario" game -- by completing it in 4 minutes and 57.69 seconds. That blows the previous record out of the water by a full two-fifths of a second.<p>It almost goes without …

Make No Mistake, You're Being Targeted, Profiled And Mined

Big brother is watching you and his siblings, Mom, Dad and likely his Uncle Fester too. Did you really think Google was the only one “Scroogling” you? Microsoft is definitely doing it; they’re just more subtle about it. Facebook, LinkedIn, and that favorite website you hit every morning are getting …