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This is Valve's Steam Machine prototype and SteamOS (hands-on)

Take a good hard look at Valve's Steam Machine, because it's the last time you'll see it. Er, <i>something like that</i>. Only 300 of the metal beast above will ship to beta testers, and then Valve says it's cutting off its own supply of Steam Machines. "We're really building this as a test platform, and …

Nikon's $2,750 Df DSLR lets you shoot full-frame digital images like it's 1959 (hands-on)

Reincarnation is the new innovation -- the camera industry's latest salute to days gone by comes compliments of Nikon. The 16.2-megapixel Df blends a full-frame sensor and modern capabilities with a "timeless design." It may look like something you just dug out of your great grandfather's secret …

Sony Alpha 7 and 7R: the full-frame mirrorless ILC is finally here (update: hands-on photos!)

Photo junkies, brace yourselves for some very big news. Sony has finally announced its much-anticipated (and leaked) mirrorless camera, debuting not one, but two feature-packed models. The $1,700 Alpha 7, which is positioned as a step-up cam for APS-C interchangeable-lens camera owners, includes a …

New Far Cry Game Confirmed By Composer Cliff Martinez

Things like this are we we don’t have secrets anymore. <i>Drive</i> composer and former Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez has confirmed that he …

Alleged Silk Road mastermind will sit in jail while he awaits transfer to New York

Ross William Ulbricht, alleged founder of underground marketplace Silk Road, agreed to be transferred to New York to face the charges against him at a hearing today in San Francisco. In a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, Ulbricht's public defender said Ulbricht would not protest his …

DreamWorks Animation's CEO offered $75 million for three more 'Breaking Bad' episodes

The CEO of DreamWorks Animation wanted to see a few more episodes of <i>Breaking Bad</i>, and he was willing to put up a Walter White-style stack of money in order to make it happen. According to <i>Variety</i>, Jeffrey Katzenberg — who as CEO of DreamWorks Animation had no relationship to the series — offered to …

Lenovo IdeaPad A10 leaks reveal a cheap, convertible Android laptop

If convertible Lenovo PCs like the Yoga 2 Pro are well beyond your price range, we have good news. The company has prematurely uploaded PDF manuals that reveal the IdeaPad A10, a 10.1-inch Android 4.2 laptop with a fold-back display. The device is clearly focused on entry-level users between its …

'Completely oblivious' cellphone users didn't see a gunman in their midst

Passengers on San Francisco's Muni train were so focused on their smartphones that they didn't notice a man drawing and pointing his gun until he shot university student Justin Valdez, District Attorney George Gascón says. As <i>SFGate</i> reports, security footage from September 23rd captured "dozens" of …

Reddit user still playing game of 'Civilization II' after 11 years, inspires fan fiction and new RPG

When last we checked in with Reddit user Lycerius and his marathon, 10-year game of <i>Civilization II</i>, he'd been caught in a stalemate with no obvious path to victory. But after turning to the internet for help, it took just days for someone to come forward with a winning strategy — one that would …

Silk Road owner charged again, this time for hiring a hitman in Maryland

Unfortunately, the hitman was a cop<p>Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of running the underground drug marketplace Silk Road, has been charged with drug trafficking and hiring a hitman to knock off one of his employees. Of course, the hitman was actually an undercover federal agent in Maryland, and no …

Purported roommate of Silk Road owner: 'he was kinda vague about what he did for a living'

Yesterday afternoon, someone wrote a short post on the music and culture forum Hipinion titled, "My housemate got arrested for hacking." A recent San Francisco transplant posting under the handle "Jef Costello" claimed he came home to find his housemate gone, and a search and seizure order that …

HTC confirms first quarterly loss in company's history

HTC has released its unaudited earnings for the first quarter of 2013, and the results confirm what the company itself predicted in July — it's losing money. The smartphone manufacturer made a net loss of NT$2.97 billion (about $101 million) on revenue of NT$47.05 billion (about $1.6 billion). …

Apple one step closer to building new 'spaceship' headquarters

Cupertino's planning commission approved Apple's plans to construct its brand new corporate home. A city council vote comes later this month, and a final vote next month.<p>Steve Jobs' final legacy at Apple has cleared one more hurdle on its road to fruition. The Cupertino, Calif., planning commission …

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Valve Files for Half-Life 3 Trademark in Europe

You can take this news however you see fit. Valve has filed for trademark rights to <i>Half-Life 3</i> in Europe, once again stirring the pot and raising …

Ladies and Gentleman, We Present the Worst Pre-Order Bonus in Video Game History

I hate pre-order bonuses. I hate that they push customers towards an under researched purchase, and I hate when retailers get exclusive goods that …

The FBI busted Silk Road, but not the 'dark web' behind it

'Dread Pirate Roberts' wasn't as smart as he — and everyone else — assumed he was<p>Silk Road, the underground website where dealers sold illegal drugs, was supposed to be safe. The site was nestled deep in the dark web, accessible only through the anonymizing network Tor. All transactions were done …

Insert Coin: Split, a diminutive, bite-controlled music player in earbud form

<i>In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please with "Insert Coin" as the subject line.</i><p>With Split, developer Greenwing Audio is Kickstarting Moore's Law to your ears. What you see in the image above …

Microsoft's 18-year-old 'Hover' game is reborn inside the browser

You remember <i>Hover</i>, right? If you're one of our many, many readers born after 1995, you probably don't. But that's OK: we're here to educate you, dear millennials. The game, which came installed on Windows 95 in the "Fun Stuff" folder, is making a comeback: Microsoft just came out with a web version …

August smart lock delayed until Q1 2014, available for pre-order now

The August smart lock was set to ship to customers beginning later this year, but for reasons unknown, it's now delayed. The $199 Yves Behar-designed deadbolt, which can be controlled via a smartphone app connected over Bluetooth, is available for pre-orders beginning today, and will now debut with …

FBI seizes black market website Silk Road, arrests its founder

Light just reached one of the darker corners of the web: the FBI has seized Silk Road, a site infamous for hosting anonymized, Bitcoin-based drug and gun sales. The move follows a sting operation that also led to the arrest of site founder Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) for alleged …

D-Wave's quantum computer overcomes key math challenge, doesn't silence skeptics

D-Wave has long wanted to show that its quantum computing technology is the real deal, and it may have just come closer to proving its case. The company now says that its computer has calculated Ramsey numbers, or solutions to optimization-based math problems that are sometimes difficult to find …

Before PRISM, the NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali

The NSA has a long history of tapping into overseas communications, and it turns out that some of its targets have been widely known public figures. Newly declassified documents show that both Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali were targets of NSA surveillance during a portion of the Vietnam …

$999 Xi3 Piston gaming console will finally be available on Black Friday

We've been hearing about Xi3's modular gaming console for years now — it was originally pegged as one of the first "Steam Box" consoles until Valve broke its association with the company. Regardless of that past drama, it looks like Xi3 is finally ready to get its hardware out into the hands of …

US government shuts down after Congress fails to agree on budget

The US government shut down at midnight, after House Republicans refused to budge on their effort to link the passage of the 2014 federal budget to a delay in the implementation of health care reform. When they wake up this morning, 800,000 workers — about 40 percent of the government's civilian …

J.J. Abrams apologizes for overusing lens flare: 'I know it's too much'

J.J. Abrams is proud of the last two <i>Star Trek</i> films, <i>Super 8</i>, and <i>Mission: Impossible III —</i> all of which he directed<i>.</i> However, he is sorry for the rampant lens flares streaking across the screen in each of those films. In an interview with <i>Crave Online</i>, the man who will helm <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i> …

John McAfee wants to NSA-proof the internet with a device called Decentral

The name McAfee is synonymous with the ubiquitous anti-virus software, but in recent years, John McAfee has kept a relatively low profile in the tech industry, preferring instead to take up leisurely pursuits like yoga and evading Belizean police. Until now. Last Saturday, McAfee took the stage at …

1.26 billion Facebook profiles become a clickable monument to humanity

"Creative Technologist" Natalia Rojas has mapped the profile photos of Facebook's 1,267,191,915 (and counting) users on just one web page. "The Faces of Facebook" is organized from top left to bottom right by the date each user joined Facebook, and in total creates a glitchy, vibrant, and …

Valve's Steam Box teased for Monday reveal on official countdown page

Valve is counting down to Monday morning at 10AM PT. That's when the company will likely reveal the Steam Box, its plan to create a video game console that runs Linux and plays PC games.<p>Earlier this week, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said that we should expect the company to share more information …

Pizza, programming, and starting an industry: Bill Gates, the college years

Bill Gates' presence as a titan of the computing industry is now taken for granted, but before all that he was just a (rather extraordinary) college student. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at the software mogul's earlier years at Harvard for the <i>Harvard Gazette</i>. It's a look back at a human …

Nokia's Stephen Elop to make more than $25 million for jumping to Microsoft

Earlier this month Microsoft announced that it would be buying the phone division of Nokia for $7.2 billion. A leadership shuffle at Nokia was part of that, with the company's now-former CEO Stephen Elop heading to Redmond after the close of the deal — and as <i>The New York Times</i> points out he'll be …