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Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook.

Facebook is buying VR headset company Oculus for $2 billion. The paycheck gets the founders a massive payday, but leaves a bitter taste for its …

Valve's new Steam controller feels familiar, but strange

Valve's original vision for a PC gamepad was an arresting deviation from the norm: touch-sensitive control pads in place of dual analog thumbsticks and a full-on touchscreen in lieu of actual buttons. The company's latest revision -- codenamed "D0g" after the character from <i>Half-Life 2 --</i> skews a …

Now You Can Make Your Own Internet-Connected Gadgets, No Engineering Skills Required

The littleBits Cloud Module–debuted at TED–lets you create your very own objects that are part of the larger Internet of Things.<p>Why pay $250 for a Nest Wi-Fi-connected thermostat when you can build your own? It sounds complicated–the kind of thing that might require at least a little bit of …

Internet of Things

Articles about 10 dwell houses their own words on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tiny houses are spreading like proverbial wildfires across the world—and probably because it really just makes sense.<p>The end of the year is the perfect time to celebrate change and renewal.<p>We celebrate the architecture firms that have led the way in Dwell's online community.<p>These 10 modern …

Architecture

Nipping At Spotify, Deezer Passes 5M Paying Subs, Adds ‘Hear This’ And ‘Explore’ For Music Discovery, Unveils New Mac App

Spotify may be the world’s biggest music streaming company, but rival Deezer is inching closer to its terrain: today the company revealed that it now has 5 million paying users globally and 30 million tracks on its platform; and taking a page from Spotify’s playbook, it also took the covers off two …

Brazil

Networked Intelligent Bicycles Are Transforming Urban Riding

<i>ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.</i><p>The world’s first open source piece of hardware was the bicycle, according to the Open Source Hardware Association. To be more precise, it was the draisine, introduced as a two-wheeled human-propelled walking machine in …

PLAiR 2 Launches To Take On Chromecast With Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify, And Pandora Apps For $49

What do you do when your startup launches a product in a nascent category and then a behemoth like Google enters the space and validates it? And eats your lunch in the process? If you’re video-streaming startup PLAiR, you go back to the drawing board and start from scratch.<p>To review, PLAiR had …

How to Increase Your Sales Through Long Tail SEO

SEO isn’t just about driving traffic to your website. It can actually be used to increase your sales. Just think about it: what’s one of the main …

Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”

But before we change the world, we need to change the way we think.<p>When I was asked to edit an issue of the <i>New Statesman</i> I said yes because it was a …

OS X Mavericks: Tips, Tricks, and Details – MacStories

Mavericks is the latest version of OS X that builds upon the foundation of Mountain Lion to offer new apps like Maps and iBooks, redesigned system apps, and new energy-saving technologies like App Nap and Safari Power Saver. For power users, Mavericks sports additions like improved multiple …

Operating Systems

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars Technica

No longer an apex predator, OS X takes some time for introspection.<p>After a dozen years and nine major releases, OS X has had a full life: the …

As the underlying tech becomes a commodity, design emerges as the answer

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Smart Destinations, Creative Commons<p>The technology industry is undergoing a creative transformation. A large amount of …

Creative Commons

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.<p>There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.<p>The reSTART center was set up in 2009. …

This Valve demo shows the Steam Controller in action

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Valve<p>In creating the Steam Controller, gaming development company Valve has its work cut out: The hardware needed to …

Gaming Consoles

The complete guide to using Android with a Mac

Learn how to sync your Android device with a Mac like a pro.<p>For some reason it's a common belief that Android devices and Macs just don't get along. This misconception may have been true back in Android's infancy, but nowadays there's a long list of methods, apps, and services that let you use your …

Apps

'Top five physics discoveries' chosen by magazine

<b>Five physics discoveries with the potential to transform the world have been selected by a leading science magazine for its 25th birthday issue.</b><p>Quantum computing and science that could enable shoes to charge a mobile phone are among the list compiled by Physics World.<p>A potential new tumour …

Higgs Boson

Steam Controller in use: game developers sound off on the beta version's highs and lows, how it feels

We've only known about the Steam Controller for 24 hours, but it turns out a variety of developers already got a chance to put the controller to use ahead of the lucky 300 beta participants later this year. The devs we spoke with didn't use the final format of the controller, but instead used the …

BlackBerry Z30 'has missed the touchscreen boat'

BlackBerry's belated attempt to join the touchscreen party is too little too late, according to Matt Warman.<p>The <b>BlackBerry</b> Z30 smartphone has a 5-inch Super Amoled display and runs on a 1.7 GHz processor with quad-core graphics that makes browsing web pages faster and games more detailed, according …

Mobile Technology

Advancing the state of the art for in-ear headphones, at a lower price

The 1964 Ears V6-Stage is a tour de force of in-ear headphone design, and they're hand-crafted in Portland, Ore.<p>When I first reviewed the 1964 Ears V6custom in-ear headphones earlier this year I not only loved the sound, I got the distinct feeling the company tries harder to please its customers …

The Legends Behind The Legend of Zelda

Eight talented designers who have helped craft one of our favorite series.<p><i>March 3rd, 2016: To celebrate the return of Twilight Princess, now in HD on</i> …