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The Real Undiscovered Godfather In Bitcoin: FinCEN

The controversy roiling the Bitcoin community continues with the outing and then cloaking of the man fingered by Newsweek as Bitcoin’s Louis Pasteur. But the unassuming Dorian S. Nakamoto, a Japanese-American man in California, denied having anything to do with the digital currency in an interview …

PayPal adds new accelerators, incubators, and Braintree features to Startup Blueprint program

PayPal is sweetening the pot for its ambitious startup initiative.<p>Today at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Paypal announced that it’s adding a new round of incubators and accelerators to its Startup Blueprint program, which waives up to $50,000 worth of PayPal processing fees for selected …

Microsoft hints DirectX 12 is coming to the Xbox One

A few days ago, Microsoft posted up a teaser site that announced the company will be unveiling the next version of DirectX at Game Developer Conference on March 20.<p>We don't shill.Check out TNW's Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>Today, the company added the Xbox One logo to the site and tweeted a second …

Titanfall Arcade adds a Titan touch to retro Atari games

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment have reimagined classic Atari titles with elements from upcoming first-person shooter, <i>Titanfall</i>, as part of <i>Titanfall</i> Arcade.<p><i>Titanfall</i> Arcade currently offers only <i>Asteroids</i>, though <i>Missile Command</i> and <i>Centipede</i> are listed as "coming soon." In this new version …

Rovio teases medieval-themed 'Angry Birds' game

Fresh off the announcement of the upcoming <i>Angry Birds Stella</i>, developer Rovio has revealed that yet another new game in the series is in the works. No name was revealed, but a brief teaser describes it as "the next epic <i>Angry Birds</i> game." The video doesn't even hint as to what type of game it will …

Report: Xbox Live could feature targeted political ads

Xbox Live could become a host for targeted political ads in the midst of midterm elections, along with platforms such as Skype and MSN, The Washington Post reports.<p>According to the publication, Microsoft officials were seen handing out promotional materials for the campaign at the Conservative …

Kids' Headphones Soothe Parents' Headaches, Protect Little Ears

Sometimes a dad just wants quiet. That’s when I ask my little gamer kids to put on headphones.<p>I write this piece with trepidation. I have to put all my idealistic recommendations about active engaged parenting aside for a moment. Sometimes I want to eat breakfast without a soundtrack of beeps and …

Who Has The Edge Between 'Titanfall' And 'Call of Duty'?

The Titanfall beta wrapped up rather abruptly yesterday (I thought it was running until Friday), and so with no more mechs to ride, I popped in Call of Duty: Ghosts instead. It’s an odd experience going from one game to the other, and it really served to highlight the major and minor differences …

'Legend of Zelda' remake for the Oculus Rift lets you become Link

<i>The Legend of Zelda</i> series may have gone 3D many years ago, but an enterprising Oculus Rift developer is taking things a step further by recreating the original, NES <i>Legend of Zelda</i> game in a virtual reality world. The combination of the original game's blocky, 8-bit style plus a first-person …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

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Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

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Co-op survival horror Obscure heading to Steam in March

As good as the current crop of first-person horror games are, I sorely miss the days of tankwalking, fixed-perspective survival horror. Hydravision's …

A rumored PS4 virtual reality headset needs to be treated like a console, not a peripheral

A PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset, created by Sony, has been rumored to appear at just about every major trade show in the past year.<p>Vague reports circulate that it will be shown to the public for the first time at [NAME OF NEXT EVENT], but it somehow always fails to materialize. The latest …

There's A Reason Only 16% Of Gamers Play Downloaded Games Exclusively

There’s a new report out from the NPD Group called “Exploring Digital Gaming” which says that 16% of American gamers download their games exclusively, favoring digital and ignoring disc-based games altogether.<p>Elsewhere in the survey, 25% of respondents said they preferred downloading games while …

If You Need More Power, This Backup Battery Can Survive Even When Your Phone Can’t

I like backup batteries – I carry more than a few, and they all get used eventually, especially when I travel. But sometimes I worry: What will happen to my portable backup power in case of the The End of Days? Should the world be buried in a never-ending blizzard, or should a meteor impact block …

Report: LTE speeds drop in US over the last year

The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from network monitoring app OpenSignal.<p>In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, losing ground as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps …

Nearing $1M in bitcoin sales, Overstock CEO says he wants to 'further the cause of Bitcoin'

For those hoping to buy real goods with bitcoin, Overstock.com is still the biggest game in town, and a new CEO profile by <i>Forbes</i>'s Kashmir Hill helps explain the story behind the early adoption and the company's newfound devotion to cryptocurrency. With new Bitcoin reward programs and plans for a …

YouTube's Redesign Smells a Lot Like Mobile

YouTube took the wraps off a site redesign on Friday, one that borrows heavily from the service's mobile apps. Its new site is better designed to …

Apple releases iOS 7.0.6, iOS 6.1.6, & Apple TV 6.0.2 with fixes

After releasing iOS 7.0.5 at the end of last month to fix network errors for Chinese users, Apple has just released iOS 7.0.6 (Build 11B651) alongside iOS 6.1.6 (build 10b500) for the iPhone 3GS and 4th-gen iPod touch and Apple TV version 6.0.2 with a security fix related to SSL connection …

Netflix's internet provider claims Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing streaming bottlenecks (update)

In the ongoing he said/she said saga surrounding Netflix streaming potentially being throttled, we've got a new, potentially volatile piece of information: The CEO of the company that provides Netflix's bandwidth (Cogent) straight up says that Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing the …

Average WhatsApp User Sends More Than 1,200 Messages Each Month

Ever since Facebook announced that it will acquire popular social messaging app WhatsApp, there has been a lot of buzz about its impressive user base.<p>…

6 Things You May Not Know About Tencent

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>China’s Internet giant, Tencent, is a dominant force in the online and mobile market across China, with a market cap above $100B.<p>The company is best known for its top social offerings:<p>QQ …

Changers Raises $1.5M To Turn Charging Your Phone Via The Sun Into An Infectious Game

Ever thought about what might happen if you got rewarded, not for a Foursquare check-in, but for generating electricity? Changers, a startup that allows people to turn the creation of solar power into a game that encourages green behaviour, has closed $1.5 million in Series A financing. German …

What did the Titanfall beta achieve?

<i>Titanfall</i>'s short beta last weekend and earlier this week was a major collective event in gaming, an opportunity for two million fans to finally get their hands on one of the most anticipated titles of the new console generation.<p>Few came away from the experience without some solid opinions on the …