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Xbox One users face streaming issues with HD content

There are a lot of people who have their hands on the Xbox One game console despite early shortages of the console. In my local area, the …

Skydieving studio confirms PS4 and Oculus Rift projects in development

<i>Skydieving</i> developer nDreams announced two new projects in development for PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift, company CEO Patrick O'Luanaigh confirmed in a recent investor letter.<p>Both titles are slated to arrive later this year, O'Luanaigh wrote.<p>"I'm delighted to be able to officially announce that we …

Wii U Outsells Xbox One The Week Before Christmas According To VGChartz

We’ll start with the obligatory caveat: VGChartz is a controversial website. Any sales numbers taken from the site should, for a variety of reasons, be taken with a grain of salt. The numbers presented below should be viewed as estimates rather than hard data.<p>That being said, VGChartz’ weekly …

Teen Drunk Driver With 'Affluenza' Is Being Sued For Millions By His Victims

Many of those family members were outraged when 16-year-old Ethan Couch got probation after a psychologist testified he had "affluenza" — meaning he thought he was immune from punishment because he was rich.<p>Couch's family may still be on the hook for millions in related civil litigation, though. …

Crime

Obad was the nastiest piece of Android malware discovered in 2013

In a recent end of year summary published by antivirus company Kaspersky Labs, the firm officially named Obad as its Villain of the Year 2013.<p>Obad was discovered during the summer and it was quickly recognized as a sophisticated piece of malware. The technical name for the Trojan is …

Google Play

U.S. Recognizes A South Korean StarCraft Player As An Athlete

South Korean Kim Dong-hwan, a professional StarCraft II player, has received a special U.S. visa, normally reserved for baseball players and other athletes.<p>The five-year P-1A visa given to the video game player last week is for "internationally recognized athletes." This follows another visa given …

Is It Game Over For The Xbox One Thanks To Mandatory Kinect?

Paul Tassi argues, quite persuasively, that the reason Xbox One is behind the PlayStation 4 is the inclusion of the Kinect, a voice-and-motion sensor that allows users to control the console via voice commands.<p>He quotes analyst Michael Pachter, who says that the “reason Sony beats Microsoft is …

Xbox One's 500GB HDD swapped for bigger, faster drives, and tested for performance

The Xbox One arrives with a 500GB HDD built-in, and in contrast to the PlayStation 4's easily-accessed storage, it's not meant to be accessed or replaced by the user, ever. While we'll probably leave ours in place to keep from voiding the warranty or risk a ban from Xbox Live, a few folks have …

PSN’s 'redeem voucher' functionality temporarily suspended

Voucher redemption has been temporarily suspended on the PlayStation Network, social media manager Sid Shuman announced via the PlayStation Blog.<p>Sony is currently investigating a disruption some users are having with the PSN.<p>"Unfortunately this means that money cards, product vouchers, PlayStation …

Graphic content: do Xbox One and PS4 games really look better?

The words "next generation" have always held a lot of promise — and a lot of hype — in the world of video games. Consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that herald the arrival of a new generation are said to offer stunning graphics that unlock gaming experiences like never before. That’s an …

PlayStation 4 in Australia and Europe won't get full PSN features at launch

Sony has been rather successful in selling the PlayStation 4, to the point where the PlayStation Network has strained under the load. To avoid making things worse, the company will be delaying some PSN features in Australia, Europe and New Zealand. For the first few days after the PS4 launch in …

How to win Thanksgiving: A holiday guide to arguing with right-wing relatives

Your guide to dealing with relatives with awful views this long weekend. A special “Obamacare train wreck” edition<p>Once again, Americans everywhere are spending a wonderful day with their families, being thankful for things, and also probably getting trapped wherever they are for days because of …

Google Glass Banned From Restaurant After Glasshole Tries To Get Employee Fired

<i>Dramatization.</i><p>The inevitable has occurred. Another restaurant in Seattle, Washington, has banned Google Glass from its establishment due to privacy concerns. The first restaurant to do so earlier this year was the 5 Point Cafe. Now the Lost Lake Cafe And Lounge (co-owned by the owner of the 5 Point …

The NSA's Porn-Surveillance Program: Not Safe for Democracy

Its targets extend beyond suspected terrorists—and some rhetoric that the First Amendment would protect is singled out.<p>Let's think through the troubling implications of the latest surveillance-state news. "The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

Android Phones

Both The PS4 And Xbox One Had Killer Launches, So Chill On The Comparisons

<i>The Playstation 4 sold 1 million consoles in its first 24 hours on sale. The Xbox One matched the tally, but was on sale in more countries (11, to be exact). Still, the Xbox One cost $100 more per unit, so its day one revenue mark was higher, right?</i><p><i>But what about game sales? Peripherals? Line wait?</i> …

Dogs Watch Human Interactions To Assess Quality Of Treats

Evidence that pet dogs gather intel by watching people talking with each other<p>Ever get that feeling you're being watched? Well, if you're a dog-owner, you may have a point. Dogs are able to watch people's interactions with one another to determine who holds yummier treats, according to a new …

Pets

Microsoft sells over 1 million Xbox One consoles in less than 24 hours

Sony isn't the only one that had a fantastic next-gen console launch. Microsoft has just announced that it, too, sold through one million Xbox One game systems in less than 24 hours. It's not a direct comparison, however: Microsoft launched in 13 countries, while the PlayStation 4 racked up one …

Xbox One vs. the PlayStation 4: A battle over services, not chips

If you start counting from the Magnavox Odyssey, we've been playing console games for seven generations now. Yes, it's crazy to think of, but it's even more alarming to realize that the industry has been in an all-out "war" since generation three. For better or worse, competition became a part of …

Sony Sold Over 1 Million PS4 Units In 24 Hours And Amazon Is Already Sold Out

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's President of Worldwide Studios revealed the sales figure in a Tweet on Sunday:<p>@yosp<p>Amazon says it's already sold out:<p>But there's been reports that some of the units are malfunctioning. Several Amazon customers posted complaints that their units didn't work out of the box, the …

Customers

Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: 'My days of hacking are done'

Hammond calls his 10-year sentence a 'vengeful, spiteful act' by US authorities eager to put a chill on political hacking<p>Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating to the private intelligence firm Stratfor, has denounced his prosecution and lengthy prison …

Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond Sentenced To Max Penalty Of 10 Years In Prison

One of the most active hackers in the collective known as Anonymous and the source of WikiLeaks’ largest ever leak of secret documents was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison–the most severe penalty so far of any of the activist hackers who rampaged across the Internet in the chaotic summer of …

Sony sells over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in first 24 hours

There was little doubt that the PlayStation 4 would sell well on launch given the sheer amount of hype,but we now have proof: Sony has revealed that it sold over one million PS4s in North America during the console's first 24 hours of availability. While that figure pales in comparison to the sales …

Reports of bricked PlayStation 4s surface after launch

After its launch on Friday, the PlayStation 4 has come under fire from some gamers who say their units have been dead on arrival. The most troubling reports describe a so-called "blue light of death" syndrome, in which the console's light bar flashes blue but never outputs a video signal or boots …

Try this, Apple: Xbox greets PlayStation 4 with a nice tweet

Can you imagine Cupertino greeting a new Samsung Galaxy with a congratulatory tweet? Well, it seems things are different in the gaming world.<p>There's too much fighting in the world.<p>Wars are everywhere. And then sporting and business entities co-opt the postures and the language, making themselves …

Gear & Gadgets

Your new Xbox One won't do much without the day one patch

Imagine it's November 22nd: You've got your shiny new Xbox One from the local games merchant, you've got it home, and <i>it's time to video game</i>. Aw shucks, the internet is out! But that's okay, as you've got yourself a physical game disc ready to go. Sadly, it looks like you've got yourself a $500 …

The 25 Richest People On The Planet

This week, Bloomberg Markets Magazine is carrying a thorough update of the team's blood, sweat, and tears — a ranking of the 100 wealthiest people on the planet and what they're worth.<p>Since last December, the top 100 billionaires' net worth has soared from $200 billion to $2.1 trillion. Their …

Bill Gates

Nintendo Wii Mini Headed to the US by mid-November Priced at $99.99

Nintendo has announced that a smaller version of its Wii games console called the Wii Mini will go on sale in the US in the next two weeks priced at just under $100.<p>Naturally, it’ll run all the same Wii games as the regular Wii console, and buyers will get a copy of Mario Kart Wii thrown in for …