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Amazon Reportedly Sets June 7 Launch For Kindle Devices In China

After more than a year of speculation and delays, Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets will reportedly be available for sale in China on June 7. E-readers like the Paperwhite and Kindle Fire tablets will be sold on Amazon China’s website, as well as Tesco stores operated by retail conglomerate …

The Five Biggest Problems With The Xbox One

<i>From concerns over used games to questions about an always-online requirement, the Xbox One is growing more controversial by the day.</i><p>Sony’s PS4 reveal was met with mixed reactions by most gamers. This was largely due to the system’s mixed-bag debut—some things were good, some bad, but mostly it was …

Stop calling people “aliens”

Many have finally quit using the word “illegal.” But “alien” persists, and its history is dark and complicated<p>The use of the word “illegal” to describe non-citizens who are present in the United States without authorization is finally beginning to die a much-deserved death, at least in the …

Microsoft, Samsung to do glasses, prices to range from $200 to $500

Watch out, Google. Even with a headstart in developing wearable computing devices through Glass, there are two major competitors possibly on the horizon, waiting for the right opportunity to pounce.<p>Reports indicate that Microsoft and Samsung are both keenly interested in competing against Google in …

Wearable Tech

What Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Really Thought About Each Other

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates said. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always …

Curiosity sated: Peter Molyneux reveals winner of gaming experiment

Curiosity is over. The bizarre multiplayer gaming experiment, which required players to tap away at billions of tiles on a vast online cube, finished …

Facebook Home And Windows Phone Are Making The Same Apps-Related Misstep

Facebook Home is dying. Or it would be, if it had ever actually lived. I’m not going to pronounce it dead quite yet – there is a chance Zuck & Co. can revive it, with the right kind of updates and by dialling back the experience so it’s not such an absolute mobile takeover. As just a lockscreen …

Google Glass code reveals always-on listening mode

A number of experimental features in Google Glass have been uncovered by the Android hacking community, including one that puts the headset in a constant listening mode awaiting an owner's command. Another lets you quickly snap a photo with an eye wink. These and other experiments remain hidden …

Roads no safer with hands-free devices, study finds

Using a hands-free device does not eliminate driving errors, but in fact increases them, according to a growing body of research, which suggests new technology is not making the roads safer and that distracted-driving legislation may not go far enough.<p>A study from the University of Alberta released …

HTC One Google edition: It's real and coming in summer

HTC is planning a Sense-free version of its flagship phone, CNET has confirmed.<p>The HTC One will indeed get the Nexus treatment.<p>HTC will sell a Google Edition version of its flagship One smartphone with the stock Android operating system, CNET has confirmed.<p>Word of a version of the phone without its …

Android News

Gmail For Android Could Soon Get A Navigation Drawer

The folks over on Android Police must have spent some of their time rewatching I/O videos. While they were doing that, they spotted a potential leak during the “Structure in Android App Design” session. In it, it seems, Google quietly leaked screenshots of what looks to be a revamped interface for …

Xbox One games will require internet 'spot checks', but Microsoft won't charge to authenticate used games

Does the Xbox One actually require an internet connection? Will used game buyers or sellers have to pay an extra fee? Microsoft hasn't made it clear, but a report at <i>Polygon</i> now claims that the answers are "yes" and "no" respectively. According to the publication's sources, Xbox One games will phone …

Xbox One: A disappointing introduction to next-generation gaming

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Following Microsoft’s 60-minute press conference on Tuesday, in which it revealed the Xbox One to much anticipation, an unfortunate feeling of melancholy grew …

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

Englishisms in France: Readers' franglais favourites

<b>A row over plans to teach some courses at French universities in English has outraged some defenders of the language of Moliere - but plenty of French people habitually sprinkle their speech with franglais. Here, readers share their favourite anglicisms.</b><p><b>1.</b> On a recent visit to an aerospace company …

France

HTC One 'Google Edition' with stock Android reportedly in the works

HTC may follow Samsung's lead and produce a "Google Edition" of its latest flagship smartphone running stock Android. According to sources that spoke to Russell Holly at <i>Geek</i>, work on a version of the HTC One without its Sense software customizations is underway, with a US launch said to be …

Google engineer publicizes Windows zero-day bug, claims Microsoft is 'difficult to work with'

A Google engineer has once again disclosed a Windows flaw. In a Full Disclosure posting to the SecLists mailing list, Tavis Ormandy — an Information Security Engineer at Google — details a vulnerability in Windows 7 and Windows 8 that can be exploited by local users to gain escalated privileges. …

Why the HTC One Lacks a Micro SD Slot

According to technical reasons we are not clever enough to be able to argue with, the version of the HTC One sold in the US lacks an SD card slot due …

Twitter security braces for further attacks

Micro-blogging site Twitter has upgraded security features in a bid to combat the growing number of hacking attacks.<p>Aiming to make it harder for outsiders to gain access to accounts, Twitter will introduce a new, optional two-step log-in process, similar to that used by some UK online banking sites.<p>…

Social Media

'Around 5 million' HTC One phones sold since launch

HTC has sold "around five million" of its flagship smartphone, the One, since launch. The impressive figure will abate fears that HTC is dead in the water (the company is struggling internally) but does confirm what we all suspected: it isn't able to keep up with Samsung in sales. The company's …

Xbox One confusion: Microsoft leaves used games and 'always-online' requirement unclear

Microsoft's Xbox One announcement focused on hardware, entertainment, and gaming, but a controversial aspect of the new console — a rumored always-online requirement — has been left floating amid a sea of confusion. Microsoft sparked the hubbub with a vague answer on its Q&A section for the Xbox …

Teens are tired of Facebook 'drama,' find refuge on Twitter and elsewhere, says Pew

According to the latest data from Pew, teens find Facebook to be more an extension of their daily interactions at school and home than a place where they can relax and be themselves. The unease isn’t from concerns about third parties accessing their data, or even their parents discovering …

Scanadu finalizes Scout tricorder design, wants user feedback to help it get FDA approval

We first saw a prototype of Scout, the tricorder and companion app built by Scanadu for the Tricorder X-prize competition late last year. Today, the company is unveiling Scout's final version and launching an Indiegogo campaign to let folks order Scout and sign up to participate in a usability …

Foc.us gaming tDCS headset uses electrical pulses to overclock your brain

There’s a category of technology that is still more or less in the fringe – the kind designed to improve one’s own physiology, exceeding typical …

Overclocking

Sony mulls investor proposal to sell off movie, TV, and music units

Report says sale could finance a reinvigoration of Sony's electronics units<p>With Sony under increasing pressure to get out of the entertainment business and get back to making great gadgets, company managers have begun to evaluate whether to sell off part of the unit that oversees movies, TV and …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

Line Set to Begin Censoring its Users in China

Earlier this year, Tencent-owned WeChat, a mobile messaging app with more than 300 million users, came under fire for censoring ‘sensitive’ topics that its users were discussing. Now, Line, a rival app developed in Japan which has 150 million users, is the next in line to pal up to the Chinese …

After being abducted, Chinese man finds his way home on Google Maps

Chinese media outlets are today reporting the (quite incredible) story of a 28-year-old man who found his way home more than two decades after being abducted.<p>At the age of five, while on his way his kindergarten in Guangan City, Sichuan Province, Luo Gang (not his birth-name) was abducted and taken …

Here's How Apple Is Spending Its $145 Billion Pile Of Cash

This is why the Cupertino-based company chose to fund its recently expanded capital return plan with a $17 billion bond offering. This also allowed Apple to increase its quarterly dividend by 15 percent in the second quarter. Apple now pays approximately $11 billion in total annual dividends, …

Income Tax

Will Google Glass finally make doing this gauche?

If you’ve tried to look at something exciting in public lately, you may have noticed that there were some objects in the way. Maybe you were at a concert. Or perhaps it was your one chance in life to meet the president.<p>In a desperate race to capture every moment before our fallible memories are …

Google Glass