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Grand Theft Auto V accounted for 50% of all games software sold last month—and that’s bad news

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Two sets of numbers out this week show just how quickly the ground is shifting in the videogame industry. Figures from the NPD Group, released monthly and watched closely, show a bumper September for videogame retail sales. Total US sales came in at $1.08 billion across …

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Linux only needs one 'killer' game to explode, says Battlefield director

It would only take one "killer" game for the Linux platform to explode its way into mainstream gaming, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson told Polygon, revealing that the development studio would "strongly" like to get into Linux.<p>"We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason," Gustavsson …

Move Over, Daniel Radcliffe: 10 Other Harry Potter Stars Today

It's been close to two years since we last visited Hogwarts in the theaters. The war has since passed and the surviving characters are presumably …

18 Artists To Check Out Based On The Music You Already Love

Here's your newest obsession, whether you're into Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire, Adele, Drake, or Avicii.<p>If you're a fan of JT's smooth, modern take on classic R&B on <i>The 20/20 Experience</i>, you're probably going to dig Mayer Hawthorne, who has been working in that zone for years now. The best place …

Music

Mark Zuckerberg spends $30 million on four homes to ensure privacy

It's not uncommon for celebrities to buy the properties next to their homes to ensure privacy, but usually when they do this, the neighboring homes are already on the market.<p>But when you're Mark Zuckerberg and worth $19 billion, you can usually find a price that your neighbors would be willing to …

Real Estate

Google: Opt out or your face may be in ads

Google has changed its terms of service with a provision that requires users to now opt out of having their pictures and endorsements used in advertisements on Google services.<p>Should you plus-1 (Google's version of Facebook's like) a movie or say "It's great!" on a Google service, the search giant …

Report: Chinese University Students Forced To Manufacture PlayStation 4 In Foxconn Plant

<i>Yet another labor scandal hits Chinese supplier Foxconn.</i><p>According to a report by the Dongfang Daily, over a thousand Chinese university students from Xi’an Technological University were required to work in a Foxconn plant that manufactures the PlayStation 4 video game console.<p>The students were …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Judge dismisses suit against Google for bypassing Safari privacy settings

A Delaware judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Google for secretly storing Safari cookies even when users had opted out. In a ruling from yesterday, Judge Sue Robinson wrote that the plaintiffs — who had filed suit under a variety of privacy and anti-hacking laws — hadn't proved real …

Apple patents mid-air flip technology for protecting phones

<b>As smartphone owners know, even in the world of Gorilla Glass, accidents involving shattered screens still happen.</b><p>Apple's patent application number …

Patents

Analyst Believes iWatch Will Feature Home Automation, Be More Than an iPhone Companion

The much-rumored iWatch may be used as a home automation gateway, allowing users to control various functions within their houses, according to a new research note by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White.<p>As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this …

Apple reportedly halving iPhone 5c production

<b>Apple is said to be halving its daily production of the iPhone 5c, from 300,000 to 150,000 units.</b><p>The report, from Chinese site <i>C Technology</i>, doesn't …

Mobile Technology

Dedicated servers on PC, current and next-gen Call of Duty Ghosts

The PC, current and next-gen versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts will all benefit from dedicated servers, Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin …

Gamers committing war crimes should suffer 'virtual consequences,' says Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed that it won't prosecute gamers for participating in pretend war crimes, but that doesn't mean it wants to leave the topic alone. The Committee has released a statement in which it outlines its desire to collaborate with video game …

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag features up to five hours of modern day content

<i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> features in total up to five hours of modern day content to explore, according to a post on the official Ubisoft blog. However, in reality only roughly 30 minutes of this content is required material in the main storyline.<p>Players will leave the Animus five times …

Hangouts 1.3 Will Reportedly Add SMS, Giving Android Its Own iMessage Equivalent

Google is said to be prepping an update to its Hangouts instant messaging/video chat Android app that would allow it to integrate with SMS, making it possible to get all text and MMS messages right in the same inbox. That would fulfill a promise made a long time ago, near when Hangouts was first …

One of Game of Thrones season 7's most dramatic scenes saw an actor have to be sawn out of chains

If nothing else, Game of Thrones season 7 always keeps you on your toes – and the actors are included in that. For one trio, their first day filming …

GTAV voice actors say game does not glamorize violence

The main voice actors behind Grand Theft Auto V have spoken out to say the recently released open-world game does not glamorize violence. In an interview with PCAdvisor, the three actors said Rockstar North's production is about so much more than just violence.<p>"Anyone who has any conception at all …

Android 4.3.1 (JLS36I) Rolling out to the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

What’s the main advantage of owning a Nexus device? There’s the easily unlockable bootloader, the stock Android experience <i>sans</i> OEM “value added” …

Here's what's inside Valve's first Steam Machine prototypes

A week after announcing the Linux-based SteamOS and promising Steam Box PCs developed by a variety of hardware partners, Valve has officially announced the specs of the 300 prototype units it will be giving out to beta testers. In a news post, the company outlined some technical details and an …

Smartwatches Will Be Huge By 2017: Report

Prepare for a world of cyborgs.<p>Wearable technology, which includes camera-equipped smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear and Internet-connected eyewear like Google Glass, is set to explode over the next few years, according to a report released Friday.<p>The report, from Swedish telecom market researcher …

How MongoDB raised $150M in warp speed to challenge IBM, Oracle, and SAP

MongoDB, the company that offers a database technology developers can use to easily enter and retrieve data for applications, raised its $150 million round of funding in just three weeks, according to its CEO, Max Schireson.<p>Most fundraising takes months. However, Schireson, in an interview with …

Apple reportedly making a push in Indian retail stores

The iPhone maker is said to be planning to set up "stores within stores" in smaller cities in India, according to the Economic Times.<p>Long a neglected market for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company, Apple is said to be ramping up efforts to get iPhones and iPads into the hands of consumers in …

India

The Apple team behind the original iPhone recalls its stressful, terrifying development

One day before the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> has published a captivating recollection of the terrifyingly stressful two-year development of the first iPhone. The piece is an excerpt from journalist Fred Vogelstein's upcoming book, <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google</i> …

Who Will Live In Facebook’s New Company Apartments?

From the looks of it, not many parents who can afford to prioritize high-performing schools.<p>At first glance, Facebook’s plan to partner on an apartment building within walking distance of its Menlo Park headquarters sounds like an extension of its utopian work environment. The company already feeds …

Grab that Crowbar, it's Half Life on Windows RT

Grab that Crowbar, it’s Half Life on Windows RT<p>OK, I must admit before I write anything else that this story hits extremely close to home on the …

Most Asked Questions About Becoming a Developer - XDA Developer TV

Most Asked Questions About Becoming a Developer – XDA Developer TV<p>Becoming a developer is the dream of many. Unfortunately, it remains the dream of …