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Major FIFA 15 bug turns soccer matches into a crazy free-for-all

Looks like FIFA 15’s world-famous soccer players need some coaching in the fundamentals, as right now, they’re running around like headless chickens.<p>The latest installment in Electronic Arts’ all-conquering soccer series released yesterday in North America, and PC players are reporting a major bug …

PR Tech: The next automated marketing frontier

The business of marketing has moved from guesswork to a data operation in the cloud, or at least that is what Adobe and Oracle would have you believe. In the last few days, both of these tech giants have announced significant enhancements and additions to their marketing cloud operations.<p>But where …

Is Cambridge's start-up scene rivalling Silicon Valley?

As part of a series looking at places trying to replicate the success of Silicon Valley, BBC News considers Cambridge, in the UK.<p>The city has become known as Silicon Fen, thanks to the world famous tech firms which have come from here.<p>What has driven its start-up success?<p>Neil Koenig reports.

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Japanese megahit Puzzle & Dragons reaches more than 3M downloads in North America

One of the biggest games in Japan is slowly catching the attention of North American players.<p>The mobile role-playing title Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed 3 million downloads in North America. That’s a major milestone for the free-to-play puzzle game that has players traversing dungeons, matching …

Boom in personal health tech could be your lifesaver

Nick Ballard has had heart palpitations on and off since high school.<p>Always tech-savvy, Ballard started tracking his health with gadgets like glucose monitors, pedometers and heart rate monitors to see if he could detect anything that might explain why his ticker would suddenly start racing.<p>He got …

Extended Wii U and 3DS maintenance this Thursday, March 13

Nintendo has updated their network status page with some information on upcoming maintenance periods for both the 3DS and Wii U. The main window that …

Twitch Plays Pokémon inspires ambitious Zelda, Mario, and Street Fighter spin-offs

Collaboration and chaos. TwitchPlaysPokémon embodies both at the same time. But it’s almost over already. As an army of 50,000 players prepares for Pokémon Red’s final dungeon and bosses, several entrepreneurial Twitch broadcasters have applied TPP’s crowd-play format to other …

Manchester United Fans Can 'Be' At A Match Via Live Google+ Hangout

Manchester United has teamed up with Google to let a selected group of fans “be” at Old Trafford on March 16 for the kick-off of a match between United and Liverpool. Through ‘Front Row,’ these selected fans can witness the match via a live Google+ Hangout.<p>To have a shot at being selected, fans …

Valve open up in-home streaming beta to non-Steam games

Valve are so good at hiding revelatory new features in patch notes, that I worry they might have released Half-Life 3 years ago, and we just never …

Xbox One Will Stream Sports At Mind-Blowing 60 Frames Per Second

Microsoft recently partnered with streaming specialist NeuLion to bring the high-speed streaming service to Xbox One. They will be able to deliver …

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Chromecast Gets 10 New Apps, Including Songza, VEVO, And Revision 3

Slowly but surely, Google’s Chromecast devices is beefing up with content partners. The company just announced 10 new apps landing on the $35 smart TV dongle, including VEVO, Revision 3, PostTV, and Songza, to name a few.<p>For those of you who don’t already know, Chromecast is a device developed by …

Chromecast gets Plex, Vevo, RealPlayer, Viki and more with massive app update

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>A few months ago, a developer source told me that Google (s GOOG) planned to release apps for its Chromecast …

Square Enix seeks to solve Latin American puzzle

Most games companies treat Latin America as if it were an offshoot of its core North American business, but as the number of gamers grows in major economies like Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, the region is being treated more seriously.<p>Last year, Square Enix set up a subsidiary in Mexico and tasked …

Social casino game makers are tired of talking about ‘regulation’

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — It’s a panel featuring the makers of social casino games, talking about the moves and trends that are making their industry one of the hottest in video games. But one word kept coming up during the presentation, and as far as some are concerned, it’s a word they don’t want to …

iHealth Lab’s new app-enabled glucose monitor brings Apple-like sleekness to diabetics

IHealth Labs’s new glucose monitor doesn’t look like a medical device — and that’s exactly the point.<p>The tiny device, dubbed the “Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System,” measures and records user’s glucose levels, making it invaluable for managing diseases like diabetes and prediabetes.<p>But while …

How video can help businesses drive engagement and revenue on mobile

<i>This is a guest post by</i> <i>Ujjal Kohli, the CEO of Rhythm New Media.</i><p>That mobile ad revenue is lagging behind consumer usage has become a common refrain. Every day, someone proclaims in the trade publications that publishers and advertisers have yet to crack the code on mobile monetization and achieve …

Sony’s PlayStation 4-compatible mobile app launches Nov. 13

Sony is giving its players a way to interface with the PlayStation Network and its upcoming PlayStation 4 through a new mobile app.<p>The company will launch the PlayStation App for iOS and Android on Nov. 13 in North America. That’s two days before the PS4 launches in that territory. The app will …

The Digital TV Endgame: 10-Year Transition to All Things IP

While Internet TV is already technically feasible, commercial challenges are keeping it from becoming a mass-market reality. Services like Hulu, …

The top online health services for consumers

Digital health is booming. A number of web-based and mobile service companies are bringing transparency to health care.<p>Instead of selecting a doctor based on a friend’s recommendation, you can now peruse anonymous reviews. Rather than calling a doctor’s office and waiting on hold, you can book an …

GamesBeat panel spotlight: Social casino games move to the main stage

Social casino games have become a hot market in the past couple of years, but some of the froth is gone and big acquisitions have brought major players into the space. What will happen next? Was it a fad, or will it keep on gaining market share on other kinds of games? What’s the best way to make …

The Football App helps 10M soccer fans feed their obsession on mobile

Covering your entire body in paint, yelling like a maniac, and drinking excessive mounts of beer are perfectly acceptable modes of behavior, if you are a football fan.<p>The Football App (for soccer, not American football), a mobile news and social network for football fans, has closed $7 million in …

Microsoft to offer dedicated servers for all Xbox One games

Dedicated servers will be offered for all Xbox One games, Microsoft has announced. Dedicated servers for the Xbox One versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Titanfall were previously confirmed.<p>Senior Xbox director Albert Penello shared the news on Twitter, simply stating "yes" when asked if the Xbox …

Xbox Fitness: how Microsoft plans to use big names and big data to whip you into shape

Fitness has been a part of the Kinect experience since the sensor was first released, but Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One reinvents the experience from the ground up. In the past, users were stuck in a fitness video game featuring digital avatar hosts and odd virtual worlds. But Microsoft's new and …

For just $20 more than a Nexus 7, you can get a tablet that is also a game console and smart TV

German device manufacturer Sunflex announced the Unu, a new Android tablet that doubles as a microconsole and triples as a smart TV. It’s an all-in-one slate that only costs slightly more than Google’s own top-of-the-line Nexus 7.<p>The Unu is a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.2 and features a 1.6 GHz …

Xbox One's Data Treasure Trove Could Reshape Marketing

Forty-nine days from an Xbox One rollout that could make or break one of Microsoft's most successful brands, the key marketing executive behind the …

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Dragon Quest 10 coming to mobile devices with Ubitus this winter

Cloud gaming company Ubitus is collaborating with Square Enix to bring <i>Dragon Quest 10</i> to mobile devices through Ubitus' GameCloud service, the companies announced today.<p>Through GameCloud's streaming service, users will be able to play the fully-featured massively multiplayer online role-playing …

With a huge game like Candy Crush Saga, bad ads will happen

Some people are getting fed up with Candy Crush Saga ads hijacking their phones.<p>The “match three” puzzle game has dominated the mobile charts for the past year, but not everyone is happy with its creators, London-based King. Ads for Candy Crush Saga will sometimes take over a phone and redirect a …

How the studio behind ‘Candy Crush Saga’ found success as the anti-Zynga

Matching candies is big business<p>Time hasn't been kind to Zynga. Once the largest game developer on Facebook, the company has since endured a series of mistakes and poor decisions that have forced it to shed both jobs and users, while its profits have dwindled. This past July, Zynga revealed that …