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How Oculus Rift Won Comic Con

First, I was inside a giant mechanical suit preparing to fight off attacking monsters. My copilot, to my right, was ripped out of our machine and I found myself having to face the monster alone. Then I climbed into a rickety elevator and rose hundreds of feet up a wall of ice while the wind rushed …

How Tesla's battery 'Gigafactory' could change everything — not just electric cars

Serial entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to making waves in the technology sector.<p>Earlier this year he decided to allow anyone to, “in good faith,” make use of the automaker’s patent portfolio without fear of being named in a patent lawsuit. The goal, he wrote in a blog …

Al Qaeda gets serious about mobile and encryption — reportedly thanks to Snowden

Edward Snowden’s leaks of some of the National Security Agency’s darkest secrets have benefitted the group responsible for blowing up New York’s World Trade Center: Al Qaeda.<p>That’s according to a new report on Al Qeada’s embrasure of mobile by the intelligence organization Recorded Future. Its …

XBMC media center software rebrands as Kodi to free itself from its Xbox roots

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Pioneering media center software project XBMC is getting ready for a major brand refresh: Starting with the upcoming version …

Comcast Confessions: why the cable guy is always late

The recording of the “Comcast Rep from Hell” has now been listened to more than 5 million times, sparking a conversation about the largest player in the nation’s cable industry. That debate is a timely one: Comcast is in the process of acquiring the second-largest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, …

Verizon Wireless CEO fires back at FCC over throttling brouhaha

Daniel Mead says he was blindsided by the FCC's letter last week that berated the company over its network management policy. He defends the policy while making the case for continued lax regulations.<p>Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead says he was "very surprised" to receive a cutting letter from the …

Net Neutrality

Verizon response to FCC's throttling concerns: everyone's doing it

Verizon Wireless has officially responded to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his data throttling concerns. <i>The Verge</i> has obtained a copy of the carrier's response, dated August 1st, which was written by Kathleen Grillo, the company's SVP of Federal Regulatory Affairs. In it, Verizon underlines the …

Nintendo Says No to Gay Weddings in Upcoming Game

Dozens of countries across the globe now allow gay marriage, but it’s still verboten in some virtual worlds. Nintendo has resisted calls from gay …

LGBTQI

Dudes On Pinterest Are Even Rarer Than You Think

Most of Pinterest’s users are women; this we know. But as the visual social network grows and matures, its audience composition is actually becoming more and more female, to a remarkable degree, according to a new analysis of public data by RJMetrics.<p>In terms of total users, women outnumber men on …

FCC's new net neutrality rules opposed by 100+ internet companies (update: vote still on schedule)

Despite FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's insistence that he is on the side of an open internet, the controversy over proposed net neutrality rules continues to expand. Resistance to the new rules is now coming from voices within the FCC and major internet companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, …

Confr Helps You Create International Conference Calls In Scnds

Confr does what it says on the tin: it allows you to create conference calls with a few clicks, a trick that many have tried but few have achieved. How is Confr different? Well, it’s run by former telecom folks and features a team of international engineers who have had to use their own product in …

Bitcasa Now Supports Chromecast Streaming

So-called infinite storage platform Bitcasa has quietly introduced streaming support for Google Chromecast – though only on Android for now.<p>The company formally announced the news today, though it seems the update was actually rolled out a couple of weeks ago. We tested the feature out briefly …

In Aereo hearing, Supreme Court expresses concern for cloud computing – but doubt over tiny antennas

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Is Aereo, a service that lets consumers stream over-the-air TV, akin to a cable company or a hardware provider like …

Ironically, Anonymous App Secret Is Hatching IRL Meetups

On anonymous social media app Secret, you can be anyone you want — even yourself.<p>My new acquaintance, whom we'll call Steve, has just organized one …

LG tries to create a universal AirPlay for apps

A single tool for app developers to stream video to multiple types of TVs<p>LG today is releasing something it's calling "Connect SDK" to app developers. It's an open-source project that's designed to allow iOS and Android devices to stream video and photos to as many television devices as possible. …

LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Maxx-Studio<p>Mobile app developers just got a bit of a break when it comes to bringing their content to …

As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch

SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market. Sprig, currently dinner-only, will soon start serving lunch, according to a source who said Sprig now delivers 1000 meals per day. Sprig just raised a $10 million Series A two weeks ago, and is wasting no time in ramping …

It’s mission accomplished for Google’s Fiber roll out

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Google(s goog) may still have plans for the spread of its fiber-to-the home network to more cities, but on the search giant’s …

Apple iCloud sparks divorce cases

Apple’s iCloud is providing a new way for people to learn whether their partners are cheating on them<p>Cloud-based software, including Apple’s iCloud, is providing a new way for people to learn whether their partners are cheating on them, according to a leading divorce lawyer.<p>Sam Hall, family law …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

Facebook’s decision to spin off Messenger is the smartest, safest choice

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration adapted from Shutterstock<p>Social media companies are in a bind when presenting on mobile: While …

White House to Allow NSA to Exploit Some Internet Security Flaws

The White House has weighed in on the Heartbleed bug and its reported exploitation by the NSA.<p>In a <i>New York Times</i> report on Saturday, senior …

If Comcast gets TWC, three out of four Americans could get a broadband cap

Advertisement<p>31 Comments<p>As regulators attempt to sift through the possible public harms and benefits of Comcast’s(s cmsca) $45.2 billion plan to buy …

Outlast Whistleblower delayed to May release for PS4, PC

<i>Outlast'</i>s first piece of downloadable content, <i>Whistleblower,</i> has been delayed from its original April launch and will now be available in May, developer Red Barrels announced via its website.<p><i>Whistleblower</i> will launch May 6 for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in North America and May 7 for PS4 in …

EA won't let a server shutdown turn out the lights on old Battlefield games

Video games and movies crib ideas from each other quite a bit these days, but seeing Electronic Arts go back and save some of its fallen comrades is a bit unexpected. The outfit's announced that in the wake of GameSpy's back-end multiplayer tech going dark, it's transitioning three <i>Battlefield</i> games …

How can I use Windows XP safely now it's no longer supported?

Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system this week, which means users need to beef up their security practices to cope<p>My bet is that the vast majority of the Windows XP users reading this did not update their computers/operating systems by 8 April. What actions should they …

An oral history of the last 20 years of gaming, as told by PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida

The three weeks out of every month that Shuhei Yoshida's in Japan, he has the same routine every day. He wakes up, opens a tablet, and gets back to work on PlayStation consumer feedback via his favorite interaction tool: Twitter. The man who heads Sony's PlayStation group is incredibly, perhaps …

Drones Reveal Hidden Ancient Village Buried In New Mexico

Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.<p>Called Blue J, this 1,000-year-old village was first identified by archaeologists in the 1970s. …

While Sony Celebrates 'Infamous' Sales, Microsoft/EA Still Quiet About 'Titanfall'

Sony took to their PlayStation blog yesterday to congratulate Sucker Punch for Infamous: Second Son racking up a million copies sold just nine days after launch. While it’s no earth-shattering COD or GTA total, those numbers are quite good, and definitely the best in the series’ history.<p>The news …