Christopher Vera

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Twitch reduces livestream delays by about a third

Twitch offers a great way for gamers to interact with one another … as long as you’re willing to put up with a lengthy video delay. But the livestreaming company is now making some improvements to that problem.<p>The top website for live gaming video has directly addressed video delays by upgrading …

Your Xbox One will soon let you take in-game screenshots

Your Xbox One lets you livestream or record video to share your gaming exploits, but that's overkill when all you want to do is brag about a shiny new <i>Forza</i> car. Wouldn't it be nice if you could take a screenshot, like your PlayStation 4-toting friends can? You'll have that option soon. After months …

Xbox

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

There have been many attempts to unite console and PC gamers in cross-platform play, but this could be the one that works<p>Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry.<p>The story goes …

Windows 10

Up close with Google's new and improved Project Ara prototype

Google has come a long way since it first publicly demoed a "working" Ara Prototype during Google I/O last summer. That device was big and didn't …

SnapCam is iON's new $150 wearable lifelogging camera

What's the opposite of a selfie? Not sure? Well, we'd argue any photo from the SnapCam by iON (of Air Pro action camera fame) would fit that description. SnapCam is the latest entrant into the wearable lifelogging market (you may know Autographer, or Narrative already). The 1.5-inch square device …

Samsung just added a 360-degree video store to its VR headset

Since launch in early December, the virtual reality headset released by Samsung and Oculus VR has received a steady drip of new content. Each Tuesday, a handful of new apps launches for Gear VR -- new games (<i>Temple Run</i>!), new experiences (a Paul McCartney performance!). Thus far, nothing's been …

Sony will release The Interview online Wednesday to US viewers

The Interview,Sony Pictures,Film,Film industry,James Franco,Seth Rogen,George Clooney,North Korea,US news,Culture,Hacking,theguardian.com,News<p>Studio expands release plans for controversial film to include YouTube, Google Play and others while moving up release date to Christmas Eve

'Mario' creator: Nintendo's working on the new Wii

The successor to Nintendo's troubled Wii U may be on the way.<p>Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Nintendo classics such as "Mario Bros." and "The Legend of Zelda," says the Japanese gaming giant is at work on a new gaming console.<p>"For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip shows speed isn't everything

If you're already bored by the annual speed upgrades we're seeing in mobile chips (can you really feel the difference between a Galaxy S4 and S5?), Qualcomm's giving you a few more reasons to consider upgrading. Its octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, which will likely end up in many of next year's top …

Is This Psychedelic iOS Keyboard The Craziest UI In Design History?

WHAT IS THIS…I DON’T EVEN…WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MEEEEEE????<p>On December 16, 1997, an episode of the popular animated series <i>Pokemon</i> aired in Japan, during which the lovable electric gopher Pikachu spent a few minutes frenetically blasting rainbow-hued missiles out of the air with his rapid-fire …

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the <i>Cicret Bracelet</i>, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as “Like a tablet…but on your skin,” the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected …

Wearable Tech

Xbox One breaks the PS4's winning streak with 1.2 million sales in November

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been at the top of the next-generation sales charts for almost its entire lifespan, but Microsoft just broke through in a big way. According to the latest NPD data drop, the Xbox One was the number one selling console in both the US and the UK for November. The PS4 had …

The Nexus 6 was this close to having a fingerprint sensor

Google’s Nexus 6 offers just about every option you could want in the latest and greatest Android smartphone. It nearly had one more feature: A …

Sony's selling 20th Anniversary Edition PS4s for £19.94, but only in London

Anyone that remembers the glory days of Sony's first PlayStation console won't find it hard to look fondly upon the recently revealed 20th Anniversary Limited Edition PS4. Marking two decades since the OG PlayStation launched, Sony's also released a retro-inspired theme to pluck at the nostalgia …

A Chinese Startup Made The Thinnest Smartphone In The World — Here's What It Looks Like

The Oppo R5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world.<p>It's more than two millimeters slimmer than the iPhone 6, and it's so skinny it can't even fit a standard headphone jack.<p>The phone, which was unveiled at the end of October, is only available in a few select countries at the moment. It will …

iPhone

PSX 2014: The Forest Coming to PS4

Brave the wilderness on Sony's console.<p>The Forest, the survival horror game that puts players on a cannibal-infested island following a plane crash, …

PS4, Xbox One Turned Into Portable Laptops

A next-gen feature Sony and Microsoft didn't think of.<p>For those that wish their new-gen consoles were a little more portable, there is a solution.<p>A …

Oppo N1 Mini review

The Bottom Line<p>Nothing mini about it<p>Pros<p>Solid build quality<br>Great camera<br>Vivid display<br>Acceptable battery life<br>Good performance<p>Cons<p>Outdated version of Android<br>Steep price point<p>Bottom Line<p>With its innovative rotatable camera and good build quality, the N1 Mini is a compelling device – yet its lower end …

Phones

Nexus 6 reportedly to sport 5.92-inch screen

Motorola's upcoming Nexus 6 may stray even further into big screen territory, at least according to the latest rumor.<p>Without citing any specific source, the folks at 9to5Google say they've learned that the next Nexus, which may be dubbed the Nexus X, will be equipped with a 5.92-inch display and …

NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft.<p>The Sideline Viewing System …

With 45,000 Pre-Orders, The New Oculus Rift Will Start Arriving Around July 14th

Back in March, the second generation of Oculus’ work-in-progress virtual reality headset went up for pre-order for $350. No one knew exactly when the new headset would actually <i>ship</i>, outside of a target window of “sometime in July”.<p>Word on the Oculus fan forums was that the company would announce …

OnePlus says software problems are solved, phones to begin shipping today

Earlier this week OnePlus fans were disappointed to learn that shipments of the OnePlus One would be delayed due to software issues. Such delays happen all the time in the industry, and normally it wouldn’t be a huge deal. But OnePlus seems to be exhausting its reserves of public goodwill, after …

The Xbox One controller is now also a PC controller

Microsoft won’t ask you to keep using the Xbox 360 joypad for your PC gaming any longer.<p>The company released the Xbox One controller drivers for Windows today, which means that you can start using Microsoft’s latest gamepad to play BioShock Infinite, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and any other PC …

Apple partially fixed the issue that was making life hard for Android switchers

Last week, a lawsuit filed by a former iPhone user against Apple brought back to light an issue that has long tormented users switching from Apple to competing platforms.<p>The issue, which surfaced as early as 2011, prevents text messages sent to some former iOS users from reaching their intended …

Apple officially acknowledges the iMessage bug and says a fix is coming

Apple’s(s appl) iMessage bug — in which former iPhone users no longer receive text messages from current iPhone users — has been around since 2012, …

LG G3 QuickCircle is a wireless charging window on your phone

What's through the round window? It's the LG G3!<p>LG's new flagship phone the G3 will be revealed on Tuesday, and LG is releasing glimpses of the new phone in the lead-up. Today, the South Korean unveiled the QuickCircle case, a wireless charging case that lets you use the phone without opening the …

Your bills won’t pay themselves, so Google Now will remind you about them

Bills, bills, bills. They consume our month’s paychecks, especially when we forget to pay them and those nasty late fees show up! We all have our ways of keeping track of bills an payments, but Google wants you to get rid of all those archaic methods and opt for their virtual assistant, which will …

Google Now

Stuck in the iMessage abyss? Here’s how to get your texts back

About a month ago I switched from an iPhone(s appl) to a Nexus(s goog) 5. It was easy: I swapped the SIM card and synced my contacts. I was up and …