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How Cat Memes Became A Language Learning Game

What do cat images, Impact fonts, and the gamification of language learning have in common?<p>London-based Memrise aims to utilize the charm and attention-grabbing nature of one of the most popular internet phenomenon, the ubiquitous cat meme.<p>Launching today on iOS, <b>CatAcademy</b> is a language learning …

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PS4 launch just the start Sony's gaming revolution, software boss says

Nintendo may have technically started the eighth-generation video game console war last year with the release of the Wii U, but it's Sony that is kicking it into high gear with the launch of the PlayStation 4 on Friday. Next week, the battle is fully joined with Microsoft's release of the Xbox …

7 Great Services for Taking Back Control of Your Inbox

Ever felt like you’re a slave to your inbox? Just when you think you’ve got everything under control, a slew of new messages just come flooding in, leaving you feeling helpless, disorganized, and frustrated.<p>Thankfully, you’re not alone. In fact, there are several services dedicated to help you …

Twitter Might Have Been Named 'Friendstalker'

In 2006, the service's founders weren't sure what to call their new product. Some errant text messages solved their problem.<p>Let us now take a moment to give thanks that Twitter was not named "Friendstalker." Or, for that matter, "Smssy." Or, for that matter, "Throbber." (<i>Throbber</i>?!)<p>It was 2006. …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

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State of independence: An inside view of Minecraft developer Mojang

King Games, maker of the popular Candy Crush Saga, just filed for an IPO expected to value what the founders call “The Kingdom” at $5 billion. Meanwhile, fellow Swedish game studio Mojang has trodden a determinedly indie path, making nearly $240 million in revenue last year with 35 employees and …

South Park's Minecraft episode hits the internet

An episode of Comedy Central's irreverent <i>South Park</i> focusing on Mojang's indie hit <i>Minecraft</i> is now available to watch online.<p>In the episode "Informative Murder Porn," the children of South Park fear their parents' addiction to racy dramatized-crime shows will lead to real-world violence. Using a …

Apple sells nine million new iPhones in three days

Apple just set a new all-time record for iPhone launch sales: it reports selling nine million total iPhone 5s and 5c units this weekend, well over the 5 million of the iPhone 5 launch last year. While the company isn't breaking down sales by individual models, it notes that the initial iPhone 5s …

Why We Probably Won't See A Game As Big As 'GTA 5' For A While

Grand Theft Auto 5 is, as Erik Kain points out, now the biggest entertainment launch in history, racking up over $1 billion in sales in just three days. Whether or not you like the game’s particular potrayal of a hyper-violent and sadistic American dream or not, it’s hard to deny that the game has …

Rocksmith 2014 and the fear of educational games

Following the launch of <i>Rocksmith</i> in 2011, an instructional tool-meets-rhythm game that followed the wave of Guitar Hero and Rock Band games of the era, the development team at Ubisoft San Francisco "weren't surprised" by the negative reaction from critics, creative director Paul Cross told Polygon …

PS4's The PlayRoom air hockey demo is actually kind of a blast

The PlayRoom, the pre-installed PS4 hardware tech demo that will be included with Sony's new console at launch, hides a surprisingly compelling game in its augmented reality trappings.<p>You've probably seen it in trailers and the like: It's a simple air hockey game played on a virtual field projected …

Sony: Gaikai could stream games to PCs, TVs, tablets, smartphones

Sony's cloud gaming service, Gaikai, could eventually be used to stream PlayStation games to devices like computers, televisions, Blu-ray players, smartphones and tablets, said Sony's Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Dengeki Online.<p>"We previously spoke about PlayStation going from hardware to …

Nintendo releases ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ remix music video for Pokémon

Nintendo is bringing back the “gotta catch ’em all” Pokémon catchphrase in a new remix music video intended to celebrate the impending launch of Pokémon X and Y.<p>The video, which features scenes from the various Pokémon television shows, is for the new song “Catchatronic” that takes the “gotta catch …

YouTube Will Enable Offline Viewing On Its Mobile Apps

YouTube has announced that it will launch a new feature on its mobile apps enabling viewers to watch videos even when they are offline. The new update will be available in November.<p>The feature will let viewers add videos to their devices to store and watch for a short period of time when they are …

iOS 7 Launches Today: Your iPhone and iPad Are in for a Big Change

Are your iPhone and iPad -- and more importantly you -- ready for a big change? A colorful, bright and more modern-looking change? Today Apple …

The new Guilty Gear is coming to PS3 and PS4 in Japan next year.

<b>The new Guilty Gear is coming to PS3 and PS4 in Japan next year.</b> Arc System Works, in a short and sweet one-minute trailer, announced that their next</i> …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

The best Android phones you can buy for 2018

If you are searching for a new phone, Android will be one of your main choices when picking a device. Fortunately, there has probably never been a better time to join team Android.<p>Devices running on Google's Android operating system offer far more choice and variety and some of the best Andoird …

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How Sony Could Beat Microsoft At Its Own Game And Win The Living Room War

Sony has wisely marketed its PlayStation 4 as a system designed with the “core gamer” audience in mind.<p>The PS4 has social apps, video streaming, and all the other bells and whistles the competition has, but first and foremost it’s a machine designed to play games. Or at least that’s the …

Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S

Is it too soon to start building an iPhone 6 wish list?<p>Because the iPhone 5S, which Apple announced today (along with the cheaper iPhone 5C) to the surprise of no one, represents perhaps the least exciting and most disappointing iPhone update yet.<p>Indeed, just as the iPhone 4S was little more than …

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Disney magic turns your ear lobe into a speaker

A new project from Disney Research Pittsburgh lets you transmit sound through your body. Inshin-Den-Shin, which takes its name from a Japanese idiom for "unspoken mutual understanding," consists of nothing more than a voice-activated microphone, a computer, and a thin wire. After you talk into the …

Galaxy Note 3 benchmarks leak ahead of release next week

Look on my benchmarks, ye mighty, and despair! Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 looked to be the company's most powerful phone yet when it was launched at …

How Minecraft became one of the biggest video games in history

It became a word-of-mouth sensation. As of Monday, Minecraft has sold 12 million copies for PCs. That makes it the fifth bestselling PC game of all time in less than two years.<p>And that doesn't count the Xbox 360 edition, which has passed sales of 6 million, and the Pocket Edition for iPad and …

iPhone 5S: Apple's new hope?

A fingerprint sensor and a model specially aimed at China could be among Apple's new plans for the iPhone announced this evening.<p><b>iPhone 5S and 5C release - live</b><p><b>Apple</b> will launch its new <b>iPhone</b> today amid a wave of rumours that the device will feature a fingerprint sensor, and could be accompanied by …

This Tiny Box Could Be Your PlayStation 4

Sony's new PlayStation Vita TV lets you play over 1,300 PlayStation Vita games on your television, essentially transforming the handheld platform …

Super Mario World score goes symphonic via Video Games Live

<i>Super Mario World</i>'s score has been given a classical music makeover in a track that Video Games Live creator Tommy Tallarico premiered this morning in a Kickstarter blog post.<p>The symphonic medley of music from <i>Super Mario World</i> made its debut this morning on the blog, before even Nintendo heard it. …

Sony announces new PlayStation Vita, Vita TV

<b>At a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Sony has unveiled two new Vita products: the Vita 2000 handheld console and the Vita TV, which plays Vita</b> …

Crowdfunded fighting game Yatagarasu having its money held by PayPal

<i>Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm</i>, the PC fighting game from former SNK and The King of Fighters staffers, was the subject of a successful fundraising campaign through Indiegogo this summer. The fundraising drive pulled in more than $118,000 during its month-long campaign, ensuring the continued …

Balky carriers and slow OEMs step aside: Google is defragging Android

Versions don't matter, because Google now controls the platform behind the platform.<p>Android 4.3 was released to Nexus devices a little over a month …