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Supreme Court To Decide When A Facebook Death Threat Should Send You To Prison

<i>“There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. Hurry up and die, bitch, so I can bust this nut all over your corpse from atop your shallow grave.” — Anthony Elonis in an October 2010</i> …

The U.S. government wants to regulate Google Maps & all other car navigation apps

If the U.S. government has its way, the Transportation Department will have full oversight over apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze.<p>The Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill would allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate all types of vehicle …

Amazon's big bet: How a smartphone intensifies war with Apple, Google

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is rolling the dice once more with his riskiest wager yet.<p>When the Seattle e-commerce giant introduces its smartphone -- which is widely expected to happen at a company-hosted event on Wednesday -- it will be only Amazon's fourth device in the last seven years.<p>But where its …

Samsung Reportedly Explored Acquiring Company That Powers Siri

Siri, can you say "complicated"?<p>Nuance Communications, a software company that develops speech recognition tools and powers Apple's Siri personal …

Parrot MiniDrones get US pricing, August release date

In case you missed it back at CES 2014, Parrot unveiled a new MiniDrone line to go along with its larger AR.Drone models such as the upcoming BeBop .<p>The Rolling Spider (pictured above) and Jumping Sumo (seen below) are the first two in the line and will be available by the end of August.<p>A …

High-speed maglev toys are coming in 2015

Takara Tomy promised us that maglev technology would make its way to playsets next year, when we spoke at this year's Tokyo Toy Show. It had two very different toys on hand, one a train that the company claims can reach up to 600 KPH (relative to its scale, at least). To our untrained eyes, all we …

Twitter's Mobile Apps Now Let You Embed Tweets in Tweets

In what looks like an effort to clean up how tweets appear in your timeline, Twitter for iOS and Android both actually embed tweets that have been linked in a tweet.<p>To embed a tweet in a tweet, just drop the link of the update’s URL in the tweet you’re composing. When the tweet goes live, instead …

Bill Gates Just Blew Our Minds In A Single Tweet

For the past several years, China has been building stuff at a mind-blowing pace. Just how mind-blowing? Here, let's let Bill Gates put it in perspective:<p>Think about this for a second. Between 1901 and 2000, the U.S. built an entire interstate highway system, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam …

Amazon’s 3D smartphone is a gimmick—but it could present a huge retail opportunity

It’s rumored that Amazon will launch its own 3D smartphone on June 18. While it may be compelling, a sexy 3D feature won’t catapult Amazon into the lead of the cut-throat smartphone category. If this were true, the EVO 3D, introduced two years ago by HTC and the W960, introduced by Samsung four …

eCommerce

SteamBoy Project is a Portable Steam Machine

A teaser video for SteamBoy Project posted to YouTube gives us a first peek at a Portable Steam Machine.<p>Developed by SteamBoy Machine Team, a third party not affiliated with Valve, the video shows off brief, close-up shots of a portable device with the Steam Controller’s signature round track-pads, …

Steam Machines

Minecraft on PS4 will make use of the DualShock 4's touchpad

<i>Minecraft</i>'s PlayStation 4 edition will make use of the DualShock 4's touchpad, Mojang said Thursday in a progress report on this version of the game, which is due to arrive in August.<p>In addition to the touchpad, which can be used for crafting and menu navigation, <i>Minecraft</i> will feature worlds "36 …

The Number One Problem With 'Destiny'

I agree with just about everything Paul Tassi has written about Activision and Bungie’s upcoming space shooter MMO <i>Destiny,</i> both in his in-depth critique of the game’s Alpha and his wishlist for future improvements.<p>One of Paul’s major complaints was the voice work from <i>Game of Thrones</i> star, Peter …

E3 2014: A Staggering Number of Xbox Fans Have Converted to PS4, Says Sony

That doesn't mean you have to focus on 3rd party and buy exclusive content from 3rd party games, like MS did last gen. I hate that.<p>This doesn't …

The Sims 4 Digs Emotionally Deeper

For years, the Sims franchise has not only served as a form of entertainment for millions, but as a means of escape from an unmanageable world and …

The Resurrection of Diablo 3

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Diablo III lost me.<p>It had me, lost me, had me again (very shortly), and then lost me indefinitely.<p>This ship had sailed LONG ago, Blizzard; there was no way in …

Bitcoin miner's control over minting new coins creates security risks, researchers say

A single bitcoin-mining network has repeatedly supplied more than half the computational power necessary to mint new bitcoins, undermining the decentralized nature of the digital currency and creating new security concerns. <i>Ars Technica</i> reports on new research from Cornell University showing that …

Brand death: Microsoft will phase out iconic Nokia brand name

Microsoft closed its deal to acquire the mobile and services division of Nokia last fall, and it now appears ready to put Nokia’s iconic mobile brand name out to pasture.<p>The Nokia name dominated a huge chunk of the early history of mobile phones, and its demise will take some getting used to.<p>The …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Check Out These Awesome Gadgets From the Tokyo Toy Show

The world's smallest multicopter, "QuatroX", measuring approximately 2.5 inches wide and 1 inch high, is demonstrated at<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Kiyoshi Ota—EPA