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See how the Star Wars crew made special effects for The Force Awakens

Director J.J. Abrams may have stressed the importance of practical effects in the creation of <i>The Force Awakens</i>, but anyone who's seen the seventh <i>Star Wars</i> movie will know that his proclamations didn't mean the series would be moving away from computer-generated graphics. <i>Episode VII</i> is full of …

Star Wars

The End Of Passwords? This Bracelet Unlocks Computers And Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi offers a glimpse of the future of wearable biometric authentication.<p>This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck.<p>With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal …

Information Systems

'Anti-Facebook' social network gets viral surge

Created last year as a "private" social network, Ello (www.ello.co) recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis.<p>Because of the limited supply and strong demand, the invitations have been selling on eBay at prices up to $500. Some reports said Ello is getting up to 35,000 requests per hour …

Venture Capital

One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock<p>Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have …

This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

A California startup is crowdfunding a flexible phablet that you strap to your arm and it might not be totally ridiculous. Maybe.<p>For the past few years, the standing lazy punchline about wearables has been something about awkwardly strapping a computer or a phone to your body. Finally, a …

Wearable Tech

TinyScreen thumb-sized display supports full color

One of the key elements that anyone who is into making their own electronic devices needs is a screen. Often the size of the screen controls how …

Portal Flexible Smartphone Is Worn On Your Wrist (video)

If you are looking for a wearable device that has a much larger screen than the new range of smartwatches recently unveiled and launched by the likes …

Crowd Funding

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests spur growth for secure messaging apps

Social media and civil unrest have long gone hand-in-hand, from coordinating revolution during the Arab Spring to repressing corruption in Turkey. Amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, locals have taken to the location-based messaging app FireChat to communicate with each other. 100,000 local …

Streetwisetech.com

Are First Person Shooters A Game Or Propaganda (Or Both)…

I've always sort of viewed the happenings in the video game industry a bit different than others. While most tend to look at upcoming releases and …

Super Mario 64 Has a Mystery Goomba That Can Never Be Killed

While most gamers have a particular title that they'll play <i>over and over again</i> to a borderline unhealthy degree, not many of us have the fortitude …

Zelda speedrunner explains how it's possible to beat Ocarina of Time in 18 minutes

Last month, speedrunner Cosmo Wright broadcast a world record-setting run of Nintendo 64 game <i>The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time</i> on his Twitch channel. He beat the game in 18 minutes and 10 seconds, and called it, naturally, "the best speed run I have ever done."<p>Today, he explains, in some …

No Man's Sky Confirmed for PC, Is a PS4 Timed Exclusive

No Man's Sky details have slowly emerged since its announcement in December 2013. We've gotten a look at the gameplay, heard about the game's infinite world, and seen the game's procedural generation at work. But developer Hello Games has been quiet about which platforms the game would release on. …

The Five Most Memorable Locations In Video Games

Over the year’s video games have seen a host of iconic figures and objects grace the screens of millions sitting comfortably with controller in hand, …

Tomb Raider

10 years later: GamesBeat's most memorable games of 2004

In 2004, the idea of a video game console as an all-in-one multimedia machine was that it played CDs and DVDs. Online play and downloadable content were mostly for PC players. Many games didn’t even have widescreen support. But those modern conveniences don’t matter when you consider the quality we …

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Out of Bed for a Morning Workout

Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery, gets how hard it is to wake up to work out. "It's a tough habit to get into," he says. That said: "I'm a huge believer in morning workouts because it starts your metabolic furnace and ensures you'll …

Amazon Jumps Into 3D Printing Game With On-Demand Store

Amazon has always been an on-demand marketplace of sorts; it can ship virtually anything in two days. But now, the online retail giant is taking "on …