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Leap Motion's new Muse app lets you create music with in-air hand gestures

Leap Motion is diving deep into the world of electronic music with the release of Muse, a new Mac desktop app that lets you create and perform original ambient music via hand gestures as you sit at your computer.<p>Muse was created jointly by musician BT and Dr. Richard Boulanger of the Berklee …

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BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter the classroom

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.<p>With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, …

WonderVoice Now Has Pocket and Glimpse integration

Remember WonderVoice, the app that wants to be Siri for Facebook? Well, it’s recently been given a bit of a spit-shine in the App Store.<p>To recap, WonderVoice lets you ‘speak’ a command to like a post, listen to comments, save for later and more. And it’s not just Facebook it works with, you can …

Mobile App Developer Movile Doubles Down On Kids Content

Movile, the Brazilian mobile shopping and entertainment company is doubling down on its investment in kids programming and entertainment with a new $5 million investment.<p>The move, which occurred earlier this month, is the latest in a series of investments meant to bulk up the company’s mobile …

With Microsoft's Project Spark, Anyone Can Build A Video Game

Microsoft wants gamers build their own worlds—playable game worlds, in fact. Microsoft’s Project Spark, in open beta now for Windows 8 and the Xbox One, splices together a Minecraft-like sandbox with actual developer tools, enabling budding game makers to actually build a playable game from scratch …

GameStop looks to tech, not games, to expand

GameStop might generate the vast majority of its revenue from gaming, but the company is looking to expand rapidly in tech.<p>Speaking during a conference call after releasing fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, GameStop said that its Technology Brands division -- which includes all of the company's …

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Japanese phones will soon get alerts for inbound missiles and other attacks

The Japanese get phone alerts for natural disasters, but they have more than that to worry about these days with an occasionally belligerent North Korea just a stone's throw away. Accordingly, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency says that it will soon warn phone owners when there's a …

'Uncharted 4' Game Director Leaves Naughty Dog

Yet another departure from Sony’s video game division: This time, Justin Richmond, the game director on upcoming PS4 exclusive <i>Uncharted 4</i>.<p>“I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog,” Richmond told IGN. “I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome …

St. Petersburg From Above

Recently, photographer Amos Chapple spent some time in Saint Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city. He used a small drone to lift his camera high above the cathedrals and fortresses, capturing some amazing aerial photos. Chapple: "There's a legend in Russia that Saint Petersburg was constructed …

A Table That Charges Your iPhone

Designer Marjan van Aubel’s Current project, based on photosynthesis, uses a solar-powered table to charge electronics.<p>Think of the new project from London-based designer Marjan van Aubel as a multiplication table. Utilizing a dye-sensitised solar cell, which absorbs light in a fashion similar to …