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Xbox One: An Occasional Gamer's Guide

Even if you’re not a gaming fan it will have been hard to completely ignore the fervor surrounding the impending launch of the next major hardware releases from the world’s biggest players in gaming. But just because you’re not a gamer, that doesn’t mean the consoles will have nothing to offer you, …

Xbox One vs PS4: All you need to know

Ahead of their release later this year, see how the launch titles, bundles and hardware for the Xbox One and PS4 compare.<p>Techradar takes a look at the latest information on the Playstation 4 and XBox One following the Gamescom gaming convention, including launch titles and bundles.<p>From the design …

Hyperloop revealed: Elon Musk foresees rapid transit in a tube

Electromagnetic acceleration: That's the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.<p>Musk — who already plays leading roles in the SpaceX rocket venture, the Tesla electric car company and the SolarCity solar-energy company — unveiled his …

The apps that Apple does not want you to use

They are the applications that Apple has tried to stop the world from using.<p>With more than 700,000 apps available for download, perhaps Apple can afford to be picky, but some of those to be banned show Apple’s squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people.<p><b>Send me to</b> …

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Kinect turns your bathtub into a giant liquid touchscreen

Researchers have created a "touchscreen" for your bathtub. With only a Kinect sensor and a projector, AquaTop display facilitates interacting with virtual objects using just your hands. In order to function properly, the system requires you add some bath salts to your tub, which will turn the water …

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware comparisons: More meaningless than ever

Sony's PlayStation 4 console will need a healthy portion of its 8GB of memory simply to run the console's OS. That's inspired a new torrent of Xbox One and PS4 comparisons. But here's why they don't make sense.<p>The truth is that Sony's RAM requirements should come as no surprise.<p>If you wanted to …

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Will Apple's Next Products Move The Needle?

Tim Cook’s New Innovation Strategy For Apple, Right On Time – Forbes.<p>As the post cited above describes, Apple says it is having its “most innovative year ever”, and it is poised to launch a slew of new products in the Fall of 2013: 1) an iPhone 5S, 2) an iWatch, 3) a TV (???), 4) the new streaming …

Super Mario Zips Through A Loophole In Apple's App Restrictions

<i>Update, July 17: Apple has partly closed the loophole that made it possible to play Nintendo games on iGadgets.</i><p>Lots of gamers have long wanted to play classics like Pokémon and Super Mario on the iPhone. Unfortunately, publishers like Nintendo have no desire to undermine their own handheld …

How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.<p>This is a group of good-guy, or "white hat", …

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

A major breakthrough in storage technology could dramatically change our perception of data preservation.<p>In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as …

iPhone 5S May Include Slow Motion Video Recording Feature

Code hidden inside iOS 7 suggests that the next generation iPhone could include a new "Mogul" camera mode, offering video recording at a rate of 120 frames-per-second, reports <i>9to5Mac</i>.<p>According to our analysis and testing of the code, "Mogul" is a feature in development that allows the iPhone to …

iOS 7: Designed for Apple's next billion customers

There are a lot of things that you can say about the reaction to Apple’s next version of iOS, its software for iPhones and iPads. It’s new, it’s very, very different and it’s a dramatic departure from the way Apple has approached the design of iOS over the last five years.<p>Over and above any …

The next iPhone’s cool-factor: a slow-motion camera?

As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, rumor and speculation about what Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone could bring to the highly-competitive mobile marketplace is increasing. Based on the latest chatter, a reasonable snapshot of the new iPhone seems to be an “iPhone 5S” with the same …

HTC One Android 4.2 update kills the awful menu bar, adds Instagram to BlinkFeed

The long-awaited Android 4.2 update for the HTC One has been slowly making its way around the world over the past week or so, but thanks to <i>Android Central</i>, we now have a good look at what's on tap in it. Essentially, HTC addressed many of the complaints we had with Sense 5 on Android 4.1, and even …

3D Printable DIY Kit Turns Almost Anything Into a Drone

Drones are met with a great deal of suspicion at the moment, given that no-one can really agree what, if any, regulations should be imposed on their use in public and private spaces.<p>Jasper van Loenen, an independent designer working in the field of interaction/information, design and art, has …

Looks like Europe’s getting on board with in-flight Wi-Fi

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr user twinxamot<p>British Airways will test out in-flight Wi-Fi as well as GSM-based cellular connectivity on some …

Why Apple needs a wearable computer as much as wearables need Apple’s touch

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>There are some pretty basic — but tough — requirements for creating a wearable computer with mass consumer appeal: it has to …

Original Xbox could have been named MARZ, VERV, other awkward acronyms

Xbox is a household name today, but a recently unearthed <i>EDGE</i> interview with Seamus Blackley has revealed that this name almost didn't make the early cut. Microsoft asked Blackley's team for a name change due to legal reasons, and it suggested a wave of cringe-worthy acronyms that included MARZ …

Why next-gen consoles won't run games at 4K

Just because some say they can, doesn't mean they should. Based on the latest graphics hardware no one should expect great 4K gaming in this next generation of consoles.<p>Back in March, Microsoft's CVP of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi told <i>Forbes</i> that the Xbox One would support 4K gaming, saying …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>Advertisement<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new …

This Tiny, Portable Laptop Stand Will Finally Fix Your Posture

“The Roost–stop hunching over your laptop,” I read, back and neck aching as usual. I had been working at my laptop like a gargoyle since early in the morning. But in the Roost, a laptop stand that’s raised almost $100,000 on Kickstarter, I’ve finally found a solution.<p>My main issue with most laptop …

Nintendo confirms Wii Vitality Sensor's death, says it produced inconsistent results

Oh Wii Vitality Sensor, we hardly knew ye... in that we didn't know you at all. Nintendo introduced the pulse-sensing Wii peripheral at its E3 2009 stage show, and said we'd hear more in "the future." That future never came, despite occasional assurances that the device still existed. During a …

Apple Retail, Square partner to sell iPad-based Square Stand beginning July 9

Jack Dorsey’s Square payments company has teamed up with Apple to sell the new Square Stand point-of-sale system through Apple’s large chain of retail stores, according to multiple sources. The Square Stand is an iPad accessory that works with the Square Register app to turn in the iPad into a tool …

iPhone 5 trumped Galaxy S4 on user complaints at launch -- study

The iPhone 5 received nearly twice the rate of negative comments at launch compared with the Galaxy S4, but Apple clearly wins in the most important metric of all, according to social media analysts We Are Social.<p>If you believe the griping on social media, then the iPhone 5 caused the most user …

The TSA Has an Instagram Account — And It’s Pretty Weird

Who knew the Department of Homeland Security had an eye for photography?<p>The Transportation Security Administration — better known as the TSA, or the …

Solar plane: Making clean tech sexy, adventurous

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In noisy, energetic New York City, the pilots of a spindly plane that looks more toy than jet hope to grab attention in a surprising way: By being silent and consuming little energy.<p>This revolutionary solar-powered plane is about to end a slow and symbolic journey across America …

Boutique App Store On The Way For Google Glass

The latest Google Glass software update gives some clues of what may be to come for the wearable device. Possibly in the works: a specialized Android Market for Glassware apps and native app support in the devices.<p>The XE7 update for Glass Explorer Edition alludes to something called “Glass …

Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark around the world

Following months of reports about Apple’s upcoming foray into wearable electronics, the company is now seeking to trademark "iWatch" in Japan, reports <i>Bloomberg</i><i>.</i> Many are convinced that Apple is working on a smartwatch product, but so far Cupertino has kept more or less quiet — save for Tim Cook’s …