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Freemium Is The New Shareware, As In-App Purchasing Matches Traditional Conversion Rates

San Francisco based Swrve has released their first ‘Mobile Games Monetization Report’, looking at volume and percentages of in-app purchasing in freemium games. While the numbers and conversion rates seem low, they match up closely with the historical data for the shareware model that has been the …

Alienware's Steam Machine will arrive in September

Alienware has perhaps the most exciting Steam Machine coming to market, and now we know when it will arrive. According to a tweet from Dave Oshry, a video game marketing exec attending Valve's Steam Dev Days developer summit, the company just announced that Alienware's Steam Machine will launch in …

Full-body virtual reality is here, but try not to puke

The latest version of the Virtuix Omni is sickeningly immersive<p>When a Combine Soldier throws a grenade at you, your instinct is to run. In the Virtuix Omni, you can.<p>At CES 2014, Virtuix showed off the latest version of its virtual reality rig, which features 40 capacitive sensors in its base to …

The 6.8-inch Hisense X1 smartphone is basically a tablet and it's coming to the US this summer (updated: video)

There's big, there's <i>b-i-g</i> and then there's "oh my god, are you [redacted] kidding me this is [redacted] BIG!" That's pretty much how we felt when we first laid our eyes and outstretched hand on Hisense's X1, a 6.8-inch Android smartphone first introduced at this year's CES. You wouldn't be wrong …

Hot Watch about to ship to Kickstarter backers, here's the (almost) final version

The last time we saw the Hot Watch, the wristband was held together with a temporary strip of Velcro. To be sure, it was in good enough shape for us to test its voice-calling feature, but it was desperately in need of some TLC in the design department. A lot's changed in the past five months, …

WowWee's MiP revisited: the dance of the robot fairies

You might remember the MiP from such posts as <i>Meet WowWee's MiP: A gesture and app-controlled robot with moves like Jagger</i> and <i>Live from the Engadget CES Stage: WowWee CTO Davin Sufer</i>. Well, if you happened to catch the latter of those two, you might also remember that the demo gremlins made a bit of …

PlayStation Now will require a DualShock controller for TVs, tablets, and phones

PlayStation Now could be the future of gaming, but you're going to need a proprietary controller to play. Though Sony has announced that the streaming game service will come to tablets and smartphones — perhaps even non-Sony devices — the company doesn't plan to let you use a touchscreen. To play …

IBM to Invest Over $1 Billion Super Computer Watson

IBM is planning to invest more than $1 billion into Watson, its super computing platform. The company announced that the investment program will see a new business unit created for the technology, alongside a $100 million VC fund that will be used to encourage developers to create apps on the …

ION Audio's Sound Lounge speaker lets you get down while you sit down

Ever thought your furniture was missing something? Perhaps some... speakers? ION Audio has seen this terrible oversight and promptly corrected it with its Sound Lounge Bluetooth speaker... ottoman? The sonic-seat has a 2.1-channel stereo system built right in, and as you might have already figured …

OLPC's got two new consumer kid tablets and accessories for CES

After months of waiting, we were pretty psyched to finally get our hands on the final version of One Laptop Per Child's first consumer-facing device, first announced this time last year. The anticipation may have played a role in our disappointment, but inevitably we just couldn't get behind what …