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Future Of Work: Using Gamification For Human Resources

2015 will be the year gamification inside the workplace migrates from a few isolated pilots to a new way to engage and recognize high performing employees. Gamification takes the essence of games — attributes such as fun, play, transparency, design, competition and yes, addiction— and applies these …

1108 North Hillcrest Drive

'Minecraft' creator Markus "Notch" Persson has just closed on a $70 million home on tony Hillcrest Drive in Beverly Hills.

Movie piracy app Popcorn Time thinks it can thwart a shutdown

About a year after Popcorn Time's death and resurrection show, comes news that the app is taking even <i>more</i> of the legwork out of watching pirated movies online. To further stretch the meaning of "legal," the service is moving to a peer-to-peer streaming system so that its userbase (which is …

Popcorn Time

Apple Working On New Apple TV With Siri, Its Own App Store

Apple Inc. plans to unveil a new version of its Apple TV in June, according to a new report. The updated set-top box will come with its own app …

'Candy Crush Saga' maker sued for allegedly inflating user numbers

LOS ANGELES — The makers of addictive mobile gaming sensation <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> are the target of a class-action lawsuit that claims the company …

Class Action

Angry Birds creator Rovio saw profits fall 73 percent last year

Finnish mobile games behemoth Rovio, best known as the team behind Angry Birds, saw a 73 percent drop in profit in 2014, according to the company's latest financial results.<p>The company experienced a fall in sales by 9 percent, as operating profit slumped to just over $10 million from $38 million. …

Apple is cracking down on antivirus apps

One of the first casualties of Apple's crackdown was VirusBarrier iOS. A blog post published by the app's developer explained that "several companies" were affected by Apple's decision.<p>Mac Rumors published an interview with Intego, developer of VirusBarrier iOS. CEO Jeff Erwin explained that Apple …

Why Microsoft Is Giving Away Windows 10 To Pirates

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free, automatic upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, it was an unusual move. The company has never been known for handing out its operating systems, but the running theory was that Windows 8 was generally so poorly received, they simply wanted to move on, …

Apple will fight iOS bugs with first-ever iOS Public Betas: 8.3 in March, 9 in summer

In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans. Following the successful launch of the OS X Public Beta program with …

Beam is an Android-powered projector that fits into a light socket

We’ve certainly seen some awesome projectors in the tech world lately, but none quite like this. The Beam smart projector is powered by your Android device, and has a ton of functionality like waking you up in the morning with the latest news, showing you your social updates when you come home, and …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple working with record labels on something bigger than subscription streaming

It’s supposed to be better than Spotify. Nobody knows exactly what it is. It will definitely involve a subscription streaming service, but it’ll be more than that.<p>So says a report in the Hollywood Reporter today. Apple executives attended a Grammys pre-party thrown by music legend Clive Davis, …

Vinyl Sales Grew More Than 50% In 2014

It should come as no surprise to almost anybody that sales in the music industry have been declining for over a decade, and with the advent of streaming services, it looks like the trend that was started by piracy sites like Napster isn’t going to end anytime soon. One small bit of good news for …

Will Bethesda Announce 'Fallout 4' At Their First Ever E3 Event?

Bethesda made a short, but significant announcement today, a mere 80 words on their blog. Despite the length of the post, what they said was completely unprecedented: Bethesda will have an E3 press event for the first time ever.<p>Major software companies like Ubisoft and EA have had E3 press events …

Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games

<b>UPDATE:</b> There will be "limited" redundancies at Sega of Europe, the company has told Eurogamer.<p>"We are under consultation with a limited number of …

SEGA

The iPhone may be starting to steal Android’s lower-income customers

When I was working in Tajikistan, a desperately poor country, my driver had an iPhone. He’d saved extensively to afford it, and prized it as a status symbol. And when things got tight, he didn’t trade it for a cheaper, equivalent Android model — he traded it in for an older iPhone.<p>Apple has begun …

Self powered "smart keyboard" identifies users through keystrokes

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an innovative keyboard that can accurately identify users based on their typing …

Nanotech

Pirate Bay Returns: Torrent Website Comes Online Over 7 Weeks After Police Raid

Like a phoenix, the Pirate Bay has risen from the ashes yet again. The torrent site came back online Saturday after being down nearly two months …

Drone operator fined after posting flight videos on YouTube

An Australian man has been fined for breaking aviation regulations whilst flying his drone, after authorities discovered his flight footage posted on YouTube.<p>The news comes as Australians prepare for the Australia Day national holiday long weekend, when the country heads outdoors for barbecues and …

Drones

Blackberry CEO Wants Regulators to Force Apple to Port iMessage to BlackBerry Platform

- Jan 22, 2015<p>BlackBerry CEO John Chen has called on authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their apps and services …

Microsoft is turning Skype into its own version of iMessage in Windows 10

Microsoft is integrating Skype directly into Windows 10, and the result looks a lot like Apple's iMessage service. While the company unveiled some of its Skype integration at a special Windows 10 press event in Redmond yesterday, the software maker didn’t show its new Messaging app on the PC …

Xbox One Sold Just 300 Units In Japan Last Week

Microsoft’s Xbox One had its worst week ever in Japan last week.<p>Since the video game console launched (with just over 23,000 sales in its first, sad week) last September, the Xbox One has consistently languished at the bottom of video game hardware sales charts. This is no surprise, as non-Japanese …

Google discloses three severe vulnerabilities in Apple OS X

Google's Project Zero security team revealed the existence this week of three vulnerabilities with high severity that have yet to be fixed in Apple's OS X operating system.<p>Although each of the flaws requires an attacker to have access to a targeted Mac, they could all contribute to a successful …

Information Security

PC-to-Xbox One Game Streaming Inevitable, And Will Accelerate The Death Of Steam Machines

<i>Here’s a bold prediction: Microsoft will deliver the ability to stream your PC game library to an Xbox One console, and they’ll make the official announcement by the time E3 2015 rolls around.</i><p>Xbox One to PC streaming – a feature already announced by Microsoft for Windows 10 — is an awesome perk. …

Windows 10

Fan Overhauls Steam UI, Valve Should Take Notice

I’ve been using Steam since its inception, and I’ve never much minded its interface.<p>It used to be more bare-bones and simple, and now it’s a bit noisier and messy. It looks nicer than it used to but the trade-off has been a loss of minimalism (in its default view) that I find distracting. The last …