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45 Minutes With The First PlayStation 4 Game

Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's William Gibson vision of digital life.<p>When <i>Grand Theft Auto IV</i> came out in 2008, some carped about Rockstar's inclusion of a fictional internet in the game world. People play sandbox action games to act out their various antisocial fantasies, the argument went, not to engage in …

Grand Theft Auto

The Biggest Hacks Of This Year Weren't Hacks — They Were Tricks

The modern hack isn't a "hack" at all: It's a lie, another lie, and some simple web design.<p>Yesterday, <i>The Onion</i>'s tech team penned a blog post explaining Monday's social media hack in elaborate detail. It lays out in plain language exactly out how employees were duped by the Syrian Electronic Army — …

Google Earth enters fourth dimension, highlights humanity’s heavy hand

Satellite imagery lets you follow terrain changes over time.<p>Roughly four years ago, Google engineers started working with the US Geological Survey to …

Using Google Glass: at a Justin Timberlake concert

"OK Glass, bring sexy back"<p><i>Google's Glass Explorer Edition is finally shipping, and Verge staffers worldwide have been waiting to try out the new headset. So we're sending our editors out to live life with Glass, to explore the brave new world we're lurching into whether we like it or not.</i><p>"Those …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

Unlike the PS3, Sony isn't expecting to lose money on the PlayStation 4

Back when it launched, Sony's PlayStation 3 was something of a technological marvel for a home console — and it had the price to match. Despite a starting price of $499, Sony still lost money on the console, but it doesn't plan to have the same issue this time around with the PlayStation 4. As …

Google Launches Button to Save Files on the Web to Google Drive

Google on Thursday announced the launch of a “Save to Drive” button for its Google Drive service. The feature is available now: you can implement it on your site as well as start saving files from sites that have already done so.<p>For Web developers, the button means adding just two lines of HTML to …

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Bought Apple Stock Instead Of Its Gadgets

Did you buy an Apple product between those dates?<p>Ever wonder how much money you would have now had you invested in AAPL stock instead of the first iPod when it came out? (That's $399 in 2001).<p>You'd have tens of thousands of dollars (see image).<p>We put 10 of the most popular Apple products of the …

Amazon Is Reportedly Building a 3D Smartphone You Can Control with Your Eyeballs

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>The Wall Street Journal</i> says that Amazon is expanding its hardware offerings with a whole new line …

Google Wallet physical card plans reportedly axed last-minute by CEO Page

Google has scrapped plans to launch a physical Google Wallet credit card at Google IO next week, it’s reported, focusing instead on the digital …

Here's What iOS 7 Could (And Perhaps Should) Look Like [Video]

The folks over at digital agency Simply Zesty have been thinking about what iOS 7, the upcoming new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, will – or should – look like based on the typical rumours and speculation that precede every major Apple event.<p>With Apple’s WWDC 2013 conference just …

Report: Google's Unified Chat Hub Will Be Called Google Hangouts

Word on the street is that Google’s incoming unified messaging service has ditched its Babel moniker. According to a source talking to TechRadar it …

Google Hangout

Android Powers Almost 60% Of All Mobile Devices Sold, iOS Just 19.3%

Android doesn’t look like it’s about to lose any of its market share to competing platforms any time soon. During the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform powered a whipping 59.9% of all smart mobile devices sold as total shipments hit 308.7 million units.<p>Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was …

Beamcaster blasts the internet along lasers through the open air

Using only beams of light, a new networking hub is able to distribute gigabit internet to a receiver as far as 18 feet away, reports <i>Ars Technica</i>. Earlier this week, RiT Technologies unveiled its Beamcaster networking unit, which operates using a similar principal to fiber optics — that information …

The Pirate Bay now offering banned 3D-printed gun files

For those who worry that even 24 hours without the ability to download 3D-printed gun blueprints is too much, fret no more: The Pirate Bay is on the case.<p>On Thursday, the U.S. State Department successfully demanded the removal of a set of 3D-printed firearm files from Defcad, a file-sharing site …

U.S. State Department

How Is Facebook Home Really Doing?

It has been a month since Facebook released Home, the company’s take on a socialized operating system built atop Android. And at a press event this …

US government is now the biggest buyer of malware, Reuters reports

Former officials warn US hacking threatens cybersecurity<p>The US government is waging electronic warfare on a vast scale — so large that it's causing a seismic shift in the unregulated grey markets where hackers and criminals buy and sell security exploits, Reuters reports.<p>Former White House …

Why no iTunes for Windows 8 shouldn't surprise you

Microsoft on Friday said users shouldn't expect a version of Apple's iTunes that's been specialized for Windows 8's new Metro interface "anytime soon." Though if you've been paying attention to the battle between the two companies, it should come as no surprise that Apple's dragging its feet.<p>iTunes …

iTunes

Google: Mobile Web sites 30% faster this year

Performance improvements over the last year mean Web pages measured by the Google Analytics service load significantly faster for people using mobile devices.<p>The pages load 30 percent faster for mobile browsers now than they did a year ago, Steve Souders, Google's head performance engineer, said in …

Mobile

YouTube’s New Subscription Service: Stars Not Included

YouTube finally rolled out its paid subscription service yesterday, which generated a lot coverage.<p>But the YouTube folks went out of their way to …