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This week's games news

Games out this week include <b>Luigi's Mansion 2</b> (3DS), the delightful puzzle game in which Mario's younger, slimmer brother trembles his way through …

The Dash Car Dongle Wants To Make You A Better Driver By Syncing With Your iPhone

[protected-iframe id=”217bc209ffe08720110bb197e9990aef-24588526-25415105″ info=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shred444/drive-with-dash/widget/video.html” width=”640″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″]<p>I love my tiny little Mazda, but I’ll be honest — I still don’t completely understand how it <i>works</i>. …

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

China

That Apple Flexible Display For a Future iPhone, Cool And Cute

A couple of days back the US Patent and Trademarks Office published Apple’s application for a wrap-around form factor for electronic devices. It looks like a curvy, future iPhone.<p>I’ve read a number of interpretations of the application, some of them suggesting this is an Apple invention. Clearly it …

Where Have All The Physical QWERTYs Gone?

It’s approaching three years since I emailed and got a reply from the late Steve Jobs. The topic of my caffeine-fueled missive that sunny day in June 2010 was the industry’s move towards touch-based interfaces and, specifically, Apple’s one-size-fits-all approach regarding the iPhone’s lack of a …

When will Apple kill the iPod?

Physical music formats were so 20th century, so we put our music on computers. But even that was too much of a burden, so music is going up, up, and away, into the cloud and streaming. The iPod Classic is firmly rooted to the ground, and I like it that way.<p>I can live without Siri, iCloud, a camera, …

Endangered Species

Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter’s ad revenue is expected to skyrocket in 2014. The social network has seen a huge rise in mobile advertisement revenue, and is expected to …

Digital Advertising

Why Apple Doesn't Own the iPad Mini Trademark

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Apple is usually very protective of their intellectual property, so they're probably pretty pissed …

Microsoft reportedly bringing WebGL support to Internet Explorer 11

A leaked copy of Windows Blue suggests Microsoft may finally be ready to embrace WebGL in its Internet Explorer browser. To this point — and even with the impressive (and creepy) tech demos we've seen that showcase the web API — the company has refrained from enabling WebGL in IE. In June 2011, …

Total value of Bitcoin surpasses $1B

The total value of the P2P currency, Bitcoin, has surpassed $1 billion. On Thursday, the exchange rate for the currency surpassed $92, and there is …

The Facebook Phone Puts Text Messaging Profits At Risk

While the tech world waits to see what exactly Facebook is going to be doing with Android next week (An updated application? A new UI layer for people to install? An entire phone built around Facebook?), there is one group that should be worried about the disruption Facebook’s mobile play will have …

Microsoft Lync 2013 for Android now available for download

When Microsoft Lync for Android was first released back in 2011, it was still stuck in the 2010 era of user-interface design. As you can imagine, it looks severely outdated now when compared with Microsoft’s other mobile applications. Fortunately, a much needed updated has finally been released by …

Android game development is loathsome, says Geomerics founder

With Android accounting for the lion’s share of mobile device operating systems worldwide, you might think that developers are absolutely head over heels in love with it. But the truth tells a different story, at least according to the founder of one company that develops games for Google’s …

Ouya Launches June 4th: Can The $99 Video Game Console Capture The Casuals?

“As much as we appreciate the console’s clean interface and developer friendly environment,” writes Game Informer’s Matt Bertz, “if Ouya expects gamers to migrate to its platform, it needs to offer experiences we can’t get anywhere else. ”<p>That’s one of a number of problems the soon-to-launch …

Why Samsung holds the lion's share of the smartphone market

Img Source: Flickr:iam_photo<p>Have you ever wondered how Samsung got to where it is today? A few years ago, it barely had any presence at all in the worldwide smartphone market. In fact, its very first smartphone was a huge flop. But it slowly rose to become not only one of the biggest names in the …

Mobile

Phone unlocking soon legal, but lawmakers have different ideas how

A few months back, we featured a string of articles about mobile unlocking and the fight to make it legal. The premise is this: starting this January, it has been illegal to network-unlock your mobile phone because the Librarian of Congress says it’s a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright …

Verizon HTC One to replace apparently retired four-month old HTC Droid DNA?

There has been much talk about Verizon carrying the HTC One later this year, with some reports saying the mobile operator would launch the One as a Droid DNA Plus version, and with HTC saying at one time on Twitter than Big Red wasn’t going to get the HTC One.<p>But now it looks like Verizon is ready …

Google Glass Early Adopters Want To Build Learning, Healthcare, Accessibility & Safety Apps

Wondering who has won a Google Glass? Stanford PhD student Andrej Karpathy has used Twitter’s API to compile a partial list of the so far close to 4,000 winners of Google’s Glass Explorers first adopter competition who applied to buy the high tech specs via Twitter. Google still hasn’t confirmed …

China’s Lenovo is doing innovative things—But its plans to topple Apple seem farfetched

Chinese tech companies have a tendency to copy instead of innovate. Lenovo is one company that appears to break this mold.<p>Here, the UK’s Daily Telegraph details how Lenovo brought PC usage to the Chinese masses by coming out with hardware that translated English script into Chinese characters.<p>And …

12 Useful 'Easter Eggs' Hidden In Your iPhone

Iterations: Calendar Frenzy, Google Now, and Apple’s “Anticipatory Computing” Problem

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah is a contributor to</i> TechCrunch<i>. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Now that the Mailbox sale to Dropbox is complete, let’s move on to the next native iOS app that everyone wants to replace: The Calendar. Yes, the calendar. Nearly every other conversation I had this …

Google Cesar Chavez doodle on Easter ignites furor

Twitter is lighting up with tweeps questioning Google's choice of doodle for this Easter Sunday. The main search page today features no mention of the Easter Bunny, brightly colored eggs (which are on full, beautiful display on Bing), or Jesus, but instead commemorates what would have been the 86th …

Easter Bunny

64GB HTC One available exclusively to AT&T

AT&T subscribers will apparently be able to purchase a 64GB version of the HTC One when the device heads to the United States. In its promotional …

Apple application to trademark iPad Mini denied

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's bid to trademark the term "iPad Mini," contending that "mini" is "merely descriptive" of goods or services sold in miniature form.<p>In a letter sent to Apple in January but only recently published, the USPTO reviewer denied Apple's application …

iPad Mini

Next generation: Android and Steam in the living room

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The next generation of household consoles has already started, and boy, are we in for a treat. Not only do we have the big three companies (Nintendo, Sony, and …

The Week Everyone Became Magazine Makers

Inside Flipboard / March 29, 2013<p>It’s been an epic week here at Flipboard HQ, in sunny Palo Alto, California. The team had been working long and hard …

How The iPad Mini Became A Stealth Success

When the iPad Mini was released in November of last year, there were few opening-bell lines at Apple stores, few foaming-at-the-mouth fanboys crossing out the days on their calendars, and few folks who viewed the device as much more than Apple getting in the seven-inch tablet game because, well, …