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US issues 'athlete' visas to League of Legends players

By Jonathan Blake<i>Newsbeat technology reporter</i><p>The US has issued League of Legends players with athlete visas, effectively recognising the video game as a professional sport.<p>Players have been issued with P-1 visas, intended for "individual athletes".<p>Developer Riot Games has been campaigning for …

Nintendo's Famicom turns 30: a look back at the console that saved gaming

Without Nintendo's Famicom there would be no NES. And without the NES, chances are, the video game industry as we know it would never have existed. It's hard to appreciate history while you're living it, but thirty years ago today on July 15, 1983, Nintendo's Japan-only Family Computer debuted and …

Nokia's inexpensive Lumia 520 is now the most popular global Window Phone handset

Last week AdDuplex teased that the Nokia Lumia 520 handset had become the most popular Windows Phone handset in the world, but declined to publish its formal statistics at that time. The company, which provides advertising solutions to both Windows and Windows Phone applications, has put out the …

Lost-and-Found Bluetooth Accessory 'Tile' Passes $1 Million in Pre-Orders

Tile is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that connects to the iPhone to assist users in finding lost items like keys, wallets, computers and more. The company is offering Tiles for $19 each via a Kickstarter-like preordering process.<p>The company has more than 18,500 backers and just passed $1 million …

Is Hulu lost? Latest nixed sale shows owners have no clear plan

Another sale pulled back, another sign that the web TV service is directionless<p>Hulu's owners have clearly shown they don't know what to do with the web TV service.<p>First they planned to take the company public. Then they explored a sale, only to pull out. Then they put Hulu on the market a second …

Facebook insists you don't care how many people saw your posts

Do you really care how many people actually saw your Facebook posts? The answer is no, says Facebook engineer Lars Backstrom, who insists that a majority of the company's social networkers just want to know who "liked" their updates.<p>Backstrom, who works on Facebook's News Feed, made the general …

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How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.<p>This is a group of good-guy, or "white hat", …

Jaguar F-Type squares off against Porsche 911, Aston V8 Vantage with Chris Harris

Chris Harris is back on the job, taking on really really difficult car questions like: Which enormously sexy and good-to-drive, high-performance convertible is the top of the heap? As one of the hottest cars in the luxury space right now, the Jaguar F-Type S is, of course, in on the action. …

Microsoft’s Xbox One policy reversal is bad for gaming

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Forcing Microsoft to reverse some of its key plans for the Xbox One console maintains the status quo for the gaming industry — one that needed to grow and …

Overlooked at E3 2013: The Mag II Gun Controller

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Introducing the Mag II Gun Controller, which works with 95 percent of all PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 games. If I remember correctly, game-accessory brand …

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