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XBMC renames its media app as it leaves its Xbox roots behind

XBMC's name (which stands for Xbox Media Center) isn't really relevant these days. The media center app only runs on the original Xbox through hacks, and it does a lot more than play your music and videos. Accordingly, it's getting a long, long overdue rebranding: meet Kodi Entertainment Center, …

Guardians of the Galaxy game and comics on sale this weekend

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has finally landed in theaters, and to help celebrate, the official game and a collection of Guardian comics are on sale in the Google Play Store. The collection of Guardian comics is running at 50% off, and the game, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, …

Feature: Breathing New Life Into The Original Monochrome Game Boy

Despite being one of Nintendo's oldest systems, the humble Game Boy continues to bring joy and entertainment to dedicated players all over the world. …

Zotac ZBox EN760 Mini PC Review -- Tiny Footprint, Powerful Gaming Performance

Until recently the mini-PC form factor has suffered a bad rap, albeit a justified one. Diminutive boxes like the Zotac ZBox line and the Xi3 Piston are necessarily confined to embedded graphics solutions like AMD’s APUs or Intel's HD and Iris graphics platforms, simply due to restrictions on size …

Oddball space-station simulator Habitat is coming to PS4, too

A construction sim in which players assemble space stations from all kinds of floating space crap has confirmed it will launch on PlayStation 4.<p><i>Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit</i> is being built by Seattle-based 4gency and published by Versus Evil (publisher of <i>The Banner Saga</i>). In addition to …

What if Rockwell illustrated Resident Evil, Captain America, Optimus Prime?

Canadian freelance illustrator and multimedia designer Marco D'Alfonso imagines what Norman Rockwell's take would have been on modern heroes in this trio of amazing faux Saturday Evening Post covers.<p>My favorite among the bunch has to be his take on <i>Resident Evil 3</i> and the gear all video game …

Today’s apps gone free: A Dark Room, Crush, Fingerpaint Magic II and more

Find out what’s beyond the darkness in the hugely popular text-based role-playing game, A Dark Room. We also have a highly difficult puzzle game, and …

The Word Monsters: Learn to Read app review: fun learning for your child

Introduction<p>The Word Monsters: Learn to Read is an iPad app to help your little monster learn to read. There is one free book, and additional books …

Feline is an arcade platformer turned into a cat-and-mouse game

As a feline silhouette runs through a black and white house, the red mouse is its target. The game’s controls are unique as they use the scene of the …

Deemo Song List, Strategy Guide, Walkthrough, Hints, and Tips

Deemo is a piano music game that allows you to “play the piano notes” as the piano keys drop from top to bottom during gameplay. As you tap on each …

The Walking Dead: Season Two- The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Continues in Season 2

Editor’s Pick: Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2<p>If you didn’t get a chance to grab Season Two of the Walking Dead Game back in August from IGN’s Free …

Best Free Apps of the Day on Aug 2. The Walking Dead: Season 2 Ep 1, Touch2Day, Aerofly FS, & More

If you have enjoyed Walking Dead: The Game Season 1, we have a treat for you today. The Walking Dead: Season 2 is IGN’s Game of the Month. That means …

WorldMessage app review: exchange messages in any language

Introduction<p>Are you looking for a way to exchange messages with people on a variety of platforms using an app that is also able to translate into …

The best shooting games for iPhone

What fun would an iPhone be without shooting games? From simple 2D games to highly detailed first-person shooters, there are thousands of shooting …

In-App Purchases

Wifi Hot Spot app review: a waste of time

Introduction<p>Wifi Hot Spot is the kind of iPhone and iPad app that promises a lot but unfortunately doesn’t do a great deal to deliver on those …

Squares-X app review: a throwback puzzle

Introduction<p>While high-tech games are pretty fun and incredible, who says the throwback styles aren't as fun; in fact, they can be more entertaining. …

Microsoft sues Samsung over royalties

Samsung allegedly refused to pay Microsoft royalties, claiming Nokia deal breached a licensing agreement<p>Microsoft is suing Samsung after the South Korean smartphone maker allegedly refused to make a royalty payment on patent licenses after the US firm announced its intention to buy Nokia's handset …

Could Snapchat really be worth $10 billion?

"Dumb move." "Zero sense." "Remarkably stupid."<p>That's just a sample of the reaction last year to news that disappearing-message app Snapchat had turned down a whopping $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook. But with news from Bloomberg this week that Snapchat is in funding talks with China's …

France requests most 'right to be forgotten' removals from Google

France has submitted more “right to be forgotten“ removal requests than any other European nation, Google revealed in a 13-page response to European data regulators.<p>About 17,500 individual requests involving around 58,000 URLs were received from France, with Germany second with 16,500 requests. The …

Microsoft May Be Readying A New Service Called Sway

A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN.<p>Jamie Zoch …

Programmed to succeed: coding in the classroom

From September schoolchildren will be taught computer coding. Rhiannon Williams meets the youngsters getting a head start<p>How many eight-year-olds do you know who can write computer code? Unless you mix in particularly techy circles, the answer is likely to be “not many”. Yet that’s all set to …

Farewell Fotopedia: Travel Photography Site Will Shut Down

Aficionados of high-end professional travel photography, brace yourselves for some bad news.<p>Fotopedia, the award-winning, curated travelog photo Website, which launched more than a dozen companion iPhone and iPad apps, is closing down on August 10. On that date, all servers and services will be …

Chinese Hackers Did Not Steal Israel's Iron Dome Blueprints Claims Former Israeli Intelligence Officer

Top-secret data for Israel's sophisticated defence system, Iron Dome, was not stolen in cyber-attacks by hackers working for the Chinese military, it …

Hitchbot thumbs rides across Canada, makes human friends

Hitchbot, the yellow glove- and Wellies-wearing robot, has started bumming rides across Canada, and by the looks of it, its hosts are having a blast ferrying it to its next drop-off point. The machine with a perpetual LED smile began its journey in Halifax, and it'll travel 4,000 miles until it …

Console gaming is approaching an evolutionary dead end

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The “next gen” consoles are now current generation, and sales have been fairly disappointing. The largest problem is a two pronged attack from the worlds of …