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CEO Gabe Newell explains why Valve created Steam Machines

LAS VEGAS — Gabe Newell has been the de facto face of PC gaming for years. But now the Valve CEO is the face of one of the greatest threats Microsoft is facing to its Windows PC business.<p>Valve chief Gabe Newell built up a full head of steam over how Microsoft was running the Windows gaming …

Full-body virtual reality is here, but try not to puke

The latest version of the Virtuix Omni is sickeningly immersive<p>When a Combine Soldier throws a grenade at you, your instinct is to run. In the Virtuix Omni, you can.<p>At CES 2014, Virtuix showed off the latest version of its virtual reality rig, which features 40 capacitive sensors in its base to …

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Tech ads of 2013: Google best, Apple, Microsoft worst

Tech saw a very competitive atmosphere that was reflected in much of the advertising. Some companies clearly put thought into their work. Others occasionally panicked.<p>I am told that 2013 was a lost year for tech.<p>Apparently, there was no innovation. There was merely a concentration on such moving …

Spotify debuts Spotiamp, an ode to Winamp that streams your tunes

Just in time for Winamp's untimely demise, Spotify has announced Spotiamp, a Spotify client for Windows built by one of its engineers. It's "a small tribute to honour the great legacy of Winamp," the company says, and lets you play your music within the comfort of everybody's favorite jukebox app. …

15 best eBook reader apps for Android

Finding the right eBook reader apps (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a variety of eBook types, plenty of file formats to deal with, and then there are different kinds of books (novels, comics, etc) that make the whole experience a little complicated. However, with the right app, …

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How to easily root an Android device

Free utility KingoRoot makes it a snap to take total control of just about any Android smartphone. Here's how to use it.<p>Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace …

National Geographic Travel

The 20 Most Amazing PCs Ever Made

The personal computer has been a popular household tool for several decades. I’ve been building my own for nearly as long, but aside from being powerful devices for all-manner of tasks, the ability to customize a PC to your personal needs is something that fascinates millions of people the world …

GOG Promises Free Videogames for Furloughed Government Workers

Never discount the Internet’s ability to highlight the silly side of serious things, even if only for a marketing gimmick.<p>Case in point: Today’s …

U.S. Government

Molly: The Dangerous Drug That’s Too Good to Quit

Despite recent deaths, fans tell Abby Haglage the trip is way too fun to give up.<p>The first time Adam tried Molly, he was 19. He loved it.<p>“I was …

Ariel Castro's family claims body, coroner says - U.S. News

In video obtained of Ariel Castro's FBI interrogation, the now deceased kidnapper of three Ohio women describes the chilling details of their capture and how he came close to getting caught on several occasions. NBC's Kate Snow reports.<p>By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor<p>The family of kidnapper …

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear marks official start to smartwatch war

At a press event Wednesday in Berlin, Samsung revealed three products — the new Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. There are many smartwatches out there, including the Pebble and a handful of others. But Apple and Samsung currently dominate the …

Smartwatches

NSA having flashbacks to Watergate era

Not since the domestic spying scandals of the 1970s has the NSA faced such a crisis. But intelligence officials say the problems are fundamentally different.<p>August 24, 2013|By Ken Dilanian<p>Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, says,… (Mark Wilson / Getty Images )<p>WASHINGTON …

Surveillance

Justdelete.me Wants To Help You Pull The Plug On All Those Pesky Online Accounts

It’s tiring, isn’t it? Doing everything online, I mean. Everyday you log into services tailor-made for shopping, searching, sharing, watching, chatting, curating, reading, bragging — that’s a lot of places to keep your personal information, and no one could blame you if you wanted to try to pare …

OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $40 shipped

Amazon has the OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Cambridge SoundWorks for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $20 less than anywhere else and 43% off the list price of $70. Amazon’s customers also gave the Oontz 4.5/5 stars with good reviews.<p>The Oontz features a 10 hour rechargeable …

The Genius of Whisper, the Massively Popular App You Haven't Heard Of

It's anonymous. It's ephemeral. It's PostSecret optimized like FarmVille.<p>I have a secret to tell you: There is a mobile app you've probably never heard of that gets 2.5 <i>billion</i> page views a month, substantially more than all of CNN. It's called Whisper, and the youths just love it.<p>Here's how it …

Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

19 Photos That Will Change The Way You Look At Victoria Beckham

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Artist pranks LA Best Buy stores with 'useless' gadget

Five Best Buy stores unknowingly played host to a thought-provoking art exhibit that questions our obsession with gadgets.<p>Consumers visiting five select Los Angeles-area Best Buy stores last Friday encountered a "useless" gadget unlike any other.<p>Intending to inspire people to think twice about …

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Portal app brings Paranoid Android's Halo multitasking feature to all

As a big fan of Paranoid Android’s Halo multitasking feature, it brings me great pleasure to inform you that the feature is now available to a much wider audience.<p>After the PA team made their code open source, other developers have been working away to port Halo over to other systems. Portal is one …

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GameStop is "taking everybody for a ride" says God of War dev

The boss of God of War: Chains of Olympus and upcoming The Order: 1886 developer Ready at Dawn Studios has said retailers like GameStop are "taking everybody for a ride" with their preowned schemes.<p>"I think the problem is right now there are retail outlets that are really taking everybody for a …

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