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Kandu Teaches Kids How To Make iPad Apps, No Coding Required

Whenever a challenge lies before you, and you feel like you can’t go on any further, I implore you to remember this article, and this startup, and realize that you, in fact, “Kandu” whatever you set your mind to.<p>Kandu, the latest venture out of betaworks, founded by David Bennahum and Gerry …

Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. …

Kano Interview

Minecraft creeps to PlayStation 3 on December 17th

The extensive console exclusivity period Microsoft enjoyed with <i>Minecaft</i> on Xbox 360 is coming to a close, as the first-person world-building game digs in on PlayStation 3 tomorrow. Like its 360 brethren, <i>Minecraft</i> on PS3 is limited by the console's minuscule RAM -- the procedurally-generated worlds …

Duolingo Updates Its iOS App With A Gamified Virtual Store

Free language learning platform Duolingo has launched an updated version of its iOS app today, introducing a virtual store and a language coach, as it seeks to further engage its users and keep them using the app.<p>The virtual store features additions to help further engage Duolingo users by letting …

High School Story Game Tries to Fight a Real School Problem -- Cyberbullying

According to one of its co-founders, the game studio Pixelberry’s longtime goal was to make a popular, fun game first, and then “leverage it for …

Middle School

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Review: The Lumia 2520 Is the Tablet Nokia Was Born to Build

Like Apple — and unlike most other tech companies — Nokia has always had an overarching, distinctive sense of style. Phones such as the Lumia 1020 …

The Next-Gen USB Plug To Be Smaller And Finally Reversible

Our long worldwide nightmare is almost over. The next USB plug will finally be reversible just like Apple’s Lightning connector. No more blindly jamming the connector towards the receptacle, just knowing that it’s not going to work. In the near future, the plug will always be the right side up.<p>The …

Microsoft's 'Project Spark' beta arrives on Windows 8.1, lets you create an Xbox One game

Microsoft is launching a beta version of <i>Project Spark</i> today, its game-maker project for Windows 8.1, Xbox 360, and the new Xbox One console. <i>Project Spark</i> is essentially a tool to allow developers, enthusiasts, and gamers to build a game within a game. Players can build custom worlds, characters, …

Google sheds light on Glass in new FAQ

Those of you still in the dark about Google Glass will find a host of details via a new online FAQ.<p>Posted Tuesday, the FAQ addresses a slew of questions apparently sent to Google by people curious about the eyeware. Divided into four sections, it first addresses such basic questions as what exactly …

Personal Assistant App Donna Goes Live, With Better Battery Performance And Instant Uber Requests

Personal assistant app Donna is ready to help simplify users’ lives, and is being launched on the Apple App Store today to do just that. With the general release also comes a few new features, like instantly hailing an Uber or sending email notifications to people you’re meeting to tell them that …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

Playing Angry Birds on a $21K 82-inch touchscreen is awesome (video)

SAN FRANCISCO — At Microsoft’s Build conference today, a lot of the talk centered on developer-focused cloud services and new Windows 8 apps. But Build thankfully also included a whole “gaming section” with some really fun demos.<p>One such demo was an 82-inch Perceptive Pixel touch screen running the …

With new Android gaming console, Google goes to war on Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Apple

It looks like Google is working on a video game console based on Android, the same operating system that already runs a majority of the world’s smartphones, as well as a zillion other devices.<p>A proof of concept already exists in the Ouya, a $99 Android-powered video game console with a lot of …

Operating Systems

Android 4.3 coming in July, spied on Galaxy S4 Google Edition

The next major update to Google's mobile operating system is coming soon, it appears, after screenshots of Android 4.3 running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 …

Microsoft's secrecy is a growing problem for Xbox One apps

The next-gen console might run Windows, but devs aren't being told how<p>For four years now, Microsoft has been telling us that the future would be Windows, running across "three screens and a cloud." Now that Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the Xbox One are all being built on top of the same common …

An iPhone 5S with better camera? Bring it

Word is that the iPhone 5S is a minor upgrade. But if it's got a better camera, it's major.<p>Smartphone camera competition is getting stiff. And a phone's photo shooting prowess is increasingly the focus at dedicated camera review sites.<p>CNET Reviews recently did a shootout of the cameras on the …

Sony SmartWatch 2 review: Better, but still not the best - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Sony SmartWatch 2</b> screens phone alerts, Gmail, and call info in real time. The device also has a modern, water-resistant design that's compatible with standard watch bands.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Sony SmartWatch 2 is tricky to set up on non-Sony phones. The watch has a small clock face selection, …

Gear & Gadgets

Input lag: How important is it?

Recently, CNET started measuring input lag. This is the amount of time it takes for a TV or projector to produce an image. In the worse case, excessive input lag can cause lip sync issues. In most cases, it can lead to worse performance with certain games.<p>Since the article hit, there's been a surge …

Telefonica inks deal with Microsoft to break Android, iOS 'duopoly'

Telefonica, one of the world's largest carriers, has signed a deal with Microsoft to promote far more heavily the software giant's Windows Phone 8 operating system and devices running it.<p>The carrier said in a statement on Wednesday that over the next year, it will enhance its marketing efforts for …

Microsoft Windows 8.1 review: Improved Windows still torn between tablet future and PC past - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Windows 8.1</b> adds many useful tweaks and fixes, including a new version of the missing Start button, better searching, the ability to boot directly to the desktop, and a much-improved app store. Plus, it's free for current Windows 8 users.<p><b>The Bad</b> The split between the touch-friendly tiles …

Is it a motorcycle? Is it a disco? It's a discomocycle!

Wouldn't it be great if you could have your very own disco everywhere you go? Forget the shoulder-borne boombox -- student Yuhan Zhang from Sweden's Umea Institute of Design has brought mobile music into the 21st century.<p>Called the Marshall Dicycle, the concept is designed around amp maker …

Nokia brings Augmented Reality to the employment market with JobLens

Once Sesame Street starts using Augmented Reality, you know the tech is no longer considered a niche affair. Strangely enough, however, we haven't actually seen an AR app that caters to job seekers, but Nokia's got that covered with JobLens -- an app we've tested at Nokia's UK-based Lumia 925 …

Poppy, A Device That Turns Your Phone Into A 3-D Camera, Launches On Kickstarter

Every now and then in this job I see something that’s just fun and new and interesting and I think, “Wow, why hasn’t anyone else thought of that?” That’s kind of how I felt when I first saw Poppy, which is a cute little device that lets you view and record 3-D photos and videos from your …

The Real Reasons Microsoft, Sony Chose AMD For The Xbox One And PS4

It has been two weeks since E3, the world’s largest gaming show, and the final pieces of the game console puzzle are starting to come into place. The public knows what the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 look like, what they will run, what they won’t, digital rights management and their price. …