Vincent Mercado

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Kotoba Miners uses Minecraft to teach Japanese

I’ve seen Minecraft used for all sorts of different purposes. Recreating Westeros from Game of Thrones. Taking a tour through Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters. Teaching Japanese? That’s a new one.<p>James York is an English teacher at a Japanese university, as well as a PhD student researching …

3 Next-Gen Plug-In Cars That Could be Game Changers

The biggest complaints about electric cars are that they’re too expensive or have limited driving range, or that don’t have enough space for hauling …

9 Video Games You Can Beat in Under 10 Hours

9 Pint-Sized Video Games<p>1. <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i><p>2. <i>Gone Home</i><p>3. <i>Journey</i><p>4. <i>Portal</i><p>5. <i>Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare</i><p>6. <i>Heavenly Sword</i><p>7. <i>Costume Quest</i><p>8.</i> …

Nokia phone sales figures drop 30 percent, 'intense competition' to blame

Nokia's phone sales figures have dropped 30 percent since last year -- a dip that the company blames on 'intense competition'.<p>The ailing Nokia, which has just seen its phone-making business purchased by Microsoft, overall saw a net loss of €239 million in the January-to-March period, compared with …

Apple will replace your iPhone 5's faulty power button for free

If you've noticed that your iPhone 5's sleep/wake button isn't working reliably, you're not alone -- and you'll be glad to hear that Apple is doing something about it. The company has started a free program in Canada and the US (worldwide on May 2nd) that will replace buttons on phones made through …

Andy Warhol's Amiga computer art found 30 years later

The video of Warhol's forays into Amiga art piqued the interest of new media artist Cory Arcangel. In 2011, Arcangel contacted Tina Kukielski, a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Together, they asked Matt Wrbican, the Warhol Museum's chief archivist, if they could search for files on the …

Sportsetter Is A Fitness Experiences App That Helps Tackle Gym Apathy

You decide it’s high time you got yourself fit. You take out a gym membership as a way of commitment and enthusiastically attend a few times. Sooner or later, however, gym apathy begins to kick in. You skip a week. Then two. Suddenly you aren’t going to the gym very often. Or at all. Before long …

Play Nintendo DS games on non-jailbroken devices with the nds4ios emulator

nds4ios has released a special version of the app that runs on non-jailbroken devices using a sneaky workaround. As the app is not available in the App Store, previously the app could only be installed on jailbroken devices, such as through the Cydia jailbreak app store. The app gets around Apple’s …

Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …

Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 Update (pictures)

Free-to-play games don't have to suck

A little less Zynga, a little more Nintendo<p>This past weekend I spent much of my time switching between two fantastic games, made by two of the biggest game developers around. Blizzard's <i>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</i> is an addictive digital take on collectible card games that just launched on iPad …

Microsoft is finally catching up to the future

Satya Nadella sets the stage by backtracking on Windows 8's design and rolling out a free operating system<p>"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage at the company’s Build conference last week. The stakes …

Why Valve's Free to Play documentary wasn't one big promotion — but got me playing Dota 2 anyway

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Two weeks ago, Valve released its first documentary, <i>Free to Play</i>. The developer allowed viewers to preload and download the full film via its …

Fantastical 2, The Best iPhone Calendar App, Is Now Available On iPad

There are only a few companies whose mobile apps are so well done or engaging that they actually earn one of the precious few spots on your iPhone’s homescreen. Flexibits, the makers of Fantastical 2, one of the best mobile calendaring apps for iPhone, is among them. And today, the company will …

Non-poaching emails show Jobs was warring with Google long before iPhone was launched

If you’ve paid attention to the ongoing feud between Apple and Google in recent years, you might think that the conflict is the result of Google’s decision to create a competitor to the iPhone after working in tandem with Apple to create the iconic device. And you’d be forgiven for thinking …

Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?

When it comes to media, parents all want to know: How much is too much for my child?<p>Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, professor and father of two, has spent a lot of time thinking about the effects of media on young children.Christakis tells NPR's Arun Rath that not all TV is bad.<p>Some …