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YouTube Kids delivers a library of age-appropriate streaming

Last week we heard about YouTube's new app for little tykes, and now, it's ready to go to work. YouTube Kids is available on iOS and Android, delivering access to shows and music (<i>Thomas the Tank Engine</i>) with options for learning or exploring (<i>Reading Rainbow),</i> too. As you might expect, there are …

Kids

Valve is making a VR headset and its own Steam Machine

Valve -- the company behind<i>Portal</i>, <i>Team Fortress 2</i> and the widely-used game distribution hub Steam -- will show off its own virtual reality hardware, "SteamVR," at next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This comes despite Valve's previous insistence that it had no plans to release …

Virtual Reality

Is this Valve's SteamVR headset?

Valve only just announced plans to bring a "SteamVR hardware system" to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and now we might have our first look at it. The sleuths at SteamDB have dug up this outline of a headset on the Steam Universe signup page, and it looks a bit different from …

Virtual Reality

Look directly at the 'Sunshine' with Oculus VR

Oculus Rift offers some pretty out of this world experiences (punching sharks and becoming a bird immediately come to mind), but getting an up-close and personal with the sun aren't among them. Until now, of course. That, my friends, is what <i>Sunshine Observation Deck</i> is for. If it looks familiar, …

WSJ: YouTube isn't making money, even with a billion viewers

Despite "Gangnam Style" having over two <i>billion</i> views, hosting countless other viral clips and netting over a billion users per-month, YouTube can't seem to turn a profit. How's that? Well, after paying for the infrastructure that makes Google's video empire possible (and its content partners), <i>The</i> …

Here's what we know about Magic Leap so far

Google made a big splash when it threw its support behind Magic Leap with a $542 million investment last year. Immediately people began wondering what exactly Mountain View was so excited about that it was willing to drop half a billion dollars as pure investment -- not even an acquisition. …

Google Play Music now lets you add 50,000 of your own songs

If you're still carrying around an MP3 player to listen to your song files, Google's got some good news for you today. The company announced that starting now, you can upload 50,000 of your own music files to Google Play Music, so you can stream them on your Android phone or iPhone. The limit used …

Google Play Music

Uber goes free in Seoul as pressure from city government mounts

Ride-sharing service Uber is once again offering customers in Seoul a free ride.<p>Announced Wednesday, the move is the latest attempt by the company -- which provides a car-hailing app that connects riders and drivers -- to offer its service in a city that's proved unwilling to budge on allowing Uber …

Uber

Could Apple really be about to make cars?

Speculation that computing giant Apple is to start building cars has been one of this week’s biggest tech stories. But how likely is it – and what challenges does Apple face to become a carmaker? Jack Stewart investigates.<p>At the moment it is all just speculation – a sea of rumour and what-ifs, all …