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Hardcore PC gamers spend twice as much as others on their obsession

Take a gander through the comment section of any gaming-related article here on Engadget<i>,</i> and you're all but guaranteed to find at least one person espousing how much better playing games on a PC is compared to doing so on, say, a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. But just who are those people? <i>Joystiq</i> has …

Leaked Windows 9 screenshots hint at a redesigned desktop

Slowly but surely, we're starting to get a clearer idea of what the next version of Windows will look like. Microsoft already teased a classic-style Start Menu, while <i>ZDNet</i>'s usually-reliable Mary Jo Foley has reported that the Charms Bar might be removed. Today, we're sifting through what might be …

EA Announces $5/Month Xbox One Subscription Program; Gives You Unlimited Access to Games

<i>This story has been updated with additional details about the service.</i><p>The first game available in an early trial version will be Madden 15 sometime ahead of its August launch.<br>• The program does not change EA's current plans for demo/beta access to games. An EA representative says, "Traditional demos …

Apple now mass-producing iPhone 6 ahead of fall launch

Production of the iPhone 6 has either just begun, or is days away from starting, according to a new report from Taiwan’s <i>Economic Daily News</i>.<p>The newspaper claims that mass-production of the eagerly-anticipated next generation 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset is set to begin during the third week of July — …

Mobile Technology

Google To Unveil Android 5 'Lollipop' At I/O Conference

Following Apple‘s announcements earlier this month, Google will unveil the next big update of its own mobile operating system, Android, at Google I/O – its developer conference that kicks off tomorrow morning in San Francisco.<p>Android is indeed due for a major update, as the latest one happened over …

The Sweetest Video Game Sale of the Summer Is Finally Here

Valve’s Steam video game summer sale just went live at 1:00pm ET. This is Valve’s annual summer discount run that reaches across its substantial …

US will auction bitcoins seized from Silk Road, bidders must deposit $200,000

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Julia Zakharova/Shutterstock<p>The United States government announced Thursday that it will sell the nearly 30,000 …

Sony’s new $99 PlayStation TV box could be key to its TV service plans

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Sony<p>Sony (S SNE) announced a new $99 gadget at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles Monday that could play an interesting role …

Apple iWatch Coming In October With Curved OLED Screen And Health Tracking, Says Nikkei

Apple revealed a lot of news at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this year, but it didn’t discuss or show off any iWatch. Still, a new report from Japanese newspaper the Nikkei says that an iWatch is indeed on its way, with a targeted ship date of October. The gadget will include a curved …

iWatch Component Production Said to Start Gearing Up This Month, September Launch Speculated

Production of components for Apple's iWatch is reportedly starting later this month, leading to speculation by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White that the device will see a launch as soon as September alongside the iPhone 6.<p>With the theme around wearable technology at Computex this year, our …

Microsoft Releases Windows Drivers for Xbox One Controller

Microsoft today released PC drivers for the Xbox One controller, allowing Windows gamers to use the device to play games on their computer. You can download them now directly from Major Nelson: Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit.<p>Microsoft says it plans to release the drivers as part of a Windows …

How Candy Crush gets you hooked - six addictive tricks

From colour theory to cultural awareness, psychologist Dr Simon Moore explains the compulsion secrets hidden in mobile games like Candy Crush Saga<p>Casual games like Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds may look simple, but underneath those bright colours, calming sounds and flashing messages, there's a …

Classcraft makes the classroom a giant role-playing game — with freemium pricing

Shawn Young has a class full of warriors, mages, and healers. Warriors get to eat in class, mages can teleport out of a lecture, and healers can ask if an exam answer is correct.<p>But this isn’t some <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>-style fantasy. This is education as it’s happening for over 7,000 kids in more than …

Dutch Scientists Successfully Teleport Data for the First Time

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists in the Netherlands have managed to reliably teleport quantum data for the first time, …

Apple reportedly near $3.2 billion Beats acquisition

Apple is reportedly negotiating the purchase of Beats for $3.2 billion, according to a new report from <i>The Financial Times</i>. The deal would include both the streaming Beats Music subscription service, as well as the part of the company that produces headphones and speakers. The move, which would be …

Netflix to Start Offering 'Breaking Bad' in Glorious 4K in June

Netflix will start offering <i>Breaking Bad</i> as a 4K streaming option starting this June, the company has confirmed.<p>The company has been licensed by Sony …

New Best Buy promo lets iPhone 4 owners trade up to a Verizon or Sprint 5s for free

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p><b>Update (5/8 3:00pm):</b> If you’re looking for an AT&T iPhone 5s your best bet would be to sell your old iPhone back to a service like …

Saints Row: The Third, Dust: An Elysian Tail go free on Xbox 360 in May

Volition Inc.'s <i>Saints Row: The Third</i> and Humble Hearts' <i>Dust: An Elysian Tail</i> are the two free Xbox 360 games under Microsoft's Games with Gold program for the month of May, Microsoft's Larry Hryb announced today.<p><i>Dust</i> (regularly $14.99) was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in August 2012. The …

Apple's WWDC 2014 to Focus on OS X 10.10 as Apple Pulls Resources from iOS 8 to Help

According to <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple may use WWDC 2014 to focus on OS X 10.10, giving the desktop OS more attention than iOS 8 during the annual developer conference. Apple allegedly has been moving iOS user interface developers to the OS X teams in order to finish up the new design in time for early June …

Google sends mystery gifts to those who found all 151 Pokémon in Google Maps

When Google announced the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge for April Fools’ Day, I immediately opened the app on my phone and began my hunt for little …

Android News

Heartbleed Hangover: Only 39% of U.S. Adults Have Changed Their Passwords

The Heartbleed security flaw that compromised swaths of the Internet has created surprisingly little resonance with U.S. adults, less than half of …

OpenWorm project wants you to help create the world’s first digital organism

Stephen Larson wants to create the world’s first digital organism, and he starting simple — with a worm. Larson has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money to create OpenWorm as part of an effort to accelerate our understanding of the human brain.<p>If his team succeeds, he says, …

Nvidia's Shield console can now stream games over the web

Promised two weeks ago and delivered today, Nvidia's big April software update for Shield is highlighted by the introduction of remote game streaming. Until now, the Android-powered handheld was capable of playing graphically intensive games that were being processed by and streamed out of your …

Exclusive: this is Android TV

Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up …

It had to happen: Jailbreaking a Tesla Model S

“Jailbreaking” used to mean, well, breaking out of jail.<p>In the modern world though, it typically refers to the process of cracking software to take greater control of applications and user interfaces.<p>It’s rife in the world of smartphones, and now it’s possible with electric vehicles too — such as …

Microsoft unveils Windows in the car, battles Apple CarPlay

Microsoft has been powering a lot of different car entertainment systems over the years. Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan, and Fiat have all used special versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but Microsoft is also focusing on its own "Metro" user interface for its Windows in the car …

Cancer breakthrough may kill all tumors

In each case the treatment allowed the mice’s own defense system to kill breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors.

Android extending to wearables - meet Android Wear

Google just announced Android Wear, a program that brings the power of Android to smartwatches and other wearable devices. Google will be working with consumer electronics makers and other companies to bring a lightweight and fast version of Android to wearables everywhere, and it all starts with …

Android News

Apple’s Upcoming Healthbook Software For iOS 8 Extensively Profiled Amid New Leaks

Apple is widely expected to launch health-monitoring software for its mobile operating system, possibly as soon as iOS 8, which should make its developer debut at WWDC this June. The software would monitor and track various aspects of a user’s health, and 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has a new report out …