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Xbox designers review Sony's PlayStation 4

Design consultants Teague were responsible for the green and black monolith that was Microsoft's original Xbox. Now two designers from the firm have used their console-creating experience to review the aesthetics and ergonomics of Sony'sPlayStation 4 for <i>Fast Co. Design</i>. They judge its positives — …

Honda starts testing Walking Assist device in large-scale US trials

Honda's Walking Assist is finally getting a large-scale test run in the US. The company has started clinical trials of the leg-boosting device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where it will (hopefully) help stroke victims regain their mobility. While Honda hasn't said how long the study …

Microsoft Says Over 1,000 Unity Games are on Windows, Windows Phone

Microsoft today announced a big milestone for its Unity partnership: over 1,000 games have been published in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. That number was achieved in less than four months; in July, Unity’s cross-platform game developer tools began supporting the Windows and Windows …

Major League Gaming launches MLG.TV online network to stream e-sports in high definition

Major League Gaming's been tinkering with better ways to show and monetize its Call of Duty and Starcraft battles for years, occasionally showing up on ESPN and utilizing myriad online streaming solutions to get its premium content to the people. However, MLG decided that YouTube and its ilk aren't …

Sprint, Best Buy give students a free year of talk, text, and data

If you sign up for a new Sprint line at Best Buy, you can score one year of talk, text, and data. The catch is, you must be a student.<p>Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and …

As Bitcoin prices surge past $750, a new high, U.S. agencies set to argue in favor (updated)

Bitcoin prices have exploded over the past week, and just in time: Federal agencies are gearing up to defend the digital currency’s legitimacy in a Senate hearing today.<p>The United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchanges Commission will argue in favor of Bitcoin’s viability, with …