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Xbox One live gameplay broadcast feature could still be months away

Microsoft couldn't deliver one of the Xbox One's key features at launch: the ability to stream your gameplay, live, for anyone on the web to watch. Here's more bad news: the company behind that feature, Twitch.tv, has no idea when it will launch either. According to a tweet from the company, …

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

The NSA Collects 200 Million Random Texts A Day

wtf so random<p>According to a report just released by <i>The Guardian</i>, the National Security Agency has been collecting and storing 200 million text messages a day--at random, according to leaked documents--in the hopes of tracking down undesireables.<p>Sinister PowerPoint? Yes, sinister PowerPoint! This …

In Patagonia

• <b>Author:</b> Bruce Chatwin<p><b>The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight</b> <br>An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with …

Twitter Rolling Out Refreshed Site To Match Design of its Mobile Apps

Twitter is rolling out an update to its website in an effort to have it mirror the look and feel of its iOS and Android apps. Some users are reporting that they have the updated look now, but if you don’t, most likely you will soon.<p>Included in this update, users will be able to personalize their …

App Usage Exploded in 2013, Except for News and Magazine Apps

Which plodded along, but ultimately lost ground in the race to control the distribution of content.<p>If mobile is eating the world, as analyst Benedict Evans contends, then journalism should be worried.<p>The app analytics firm Flurry put out a new chart showing the year over year growth in app usage …

Google acquires Nest's line of home automation products for $3.2 billion, pledges continued support for iOS

We'll be honest: if you told us a big company was going to buy Nest, we wouldn't have guessed Google. After all, the home automation company was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both ex-members of the original iPod team. Heck, the Nest Thermostat is sold at Apple stores, and is referred to …

Microsoft may preview Windows 'Threshold' in April, launch it in 2015

Microsoft may have just released Windows 8.1 a few months ago, but it's reportedly on the cusp of previewing its <i>next</i> major Windows version, Threshold. The <i>SuperSite</i> <i>for Windows</i> hears from sources that Microsoft will provide a "vision" for the OS at its Build conference in early April. While there …

Facebook Acquires Social Discussion Startup Branch Media

Facebook today acquired the team behind NYC-based social startup Branch Media. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but The Verge pegged the price at “around $15 million.” The 10-person team won’t have to relocate as it will be forming a new Conversations group in charge of building …

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – review

The reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, which opened in 1997 and was designed by the late Theo Crosby, could be pure kitsch, a Madame Tussauds-grade piece of tourist tat. That it is not, that it manages to be a serious and adventurous theatre, is down to its artistic direction, but also …