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Bitcoin Billionaire

<b>Quick! Sit down and start tapping!</b><p>Bitcoin Billionaire is an idle clicker that's all about raking in bitcoins and building up a massive fortune! You …

Watch these adorable robots dance better than you

We're used to seeing robots like MIT's Cheetah that are <i>absolutely terrifying</i>, so starting day two of Expand New York with an android dance party was a welcome change of pace. It came, of course, by way of the folks at Aldebaran Robotics who brought a trio of their fifth-generation Nao bi-peds to …

Is the PS4 and XBOX One Lifespan Set To Be Much Shorter Than Previous Consoles?

Xbox

Xbox One November Update Adds Custom Backgrounds

Microsoft will not be releasing an update in December.<p>The Xbox One November system update outlined last month is now rolling out to all consoles, …

Xbox One is getting screenshots, themes, and backgrounds

Xbox head Phil Spencer confirms Microsoft is working on UI changes<p>Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed that Xbox One owners will eventually be able to take in-game screenshots and customize the look of their console's dashboard. Speaking on the Inner Circle podcast, Spencer said that "themes and …

Halo: The Master Chief Collection White Xbox One Bundle Revealed

"No plans" for a U.S. release.<p>During Microsoft's conference at the Brazil Game Show, the company revealed a Halo: The Master Chief Collection white …

Evan Spiegel and Mike Bloomberg on Sexting and Dealing With the Haters

"First -- Mike, have you ever sexted on Snapchat?" Couric inquired.<p>Evan Spiegel, Mike Bloomberg and Katie Couric took the stage together at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit Wednesday evening, probably because the magazine’s editor, Graydon Carter, thought it would be funny.<p>And it was!<p>The …

Forget Apple. Make your own smartwatch with TinyScreen

A Kickstarter campaign for a miniscule color screen gives you a shot at building your own smartwatch or teensy gaming console.<p>The tech world has seen a trend toward bigger screens. There are increasingly large televisions. There's the iPhone 6 Plus. The aptly named TinyScreen from Tiny Circuits is …

Wearable Tech

Nvidia's new graphics cards keep the game going longer when you unplug

The GeForce GTX 980M and 970M offer more bang for your watt<p>Gaming laptops and long battery life aren't often used in the same sentence. High-end gaming laptops can offer awesome desktop-like gaming performance in a package that can be moved from place to place, but never far from a power outlet. …

Microsoft’s ‘RoomAlive’ transforms any room into a giant Xbox game

Kinect brings your living room to life<p>When Microsoft first demonstrated its IllumiRoom research project at CES last year it generated a huge amount of attention ahead of a next-generation Xbox unveiling. A video showed off a projection system that was linked to the Xbox to extend games from a TV to …

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

Augmented Reality

This Guy Convinced Google, Dropcam, Pinterest To Let 10,000 Hackers Attack

When they find a bug, they get paid.<p>The more bugs they find, the more they are invited in to hack ever-more sensitive parts of a company's network. They hack companies like Google, Dropcam, Pinterest, even some banks.<p>And these companies couldn't be happier about it.<p>In the two years since Australian …

Security Testing

The graphics on Intel-based tablets are going to impress you

Intel has committed over 60 percent of the surface area on the new Intel Core M system-on-chip to the graphics processing unit (GPU). That is an enormous change in attitude for the processor giant and indicates they clearly get it about what you do with a tablet—you look at it. And the tablets …

Apple's old DRM policies are about to go on trial

Once upon a time, music purchased in Apple's iTunes store was saddled with a DRM technology called "FairPlay." It did just what you'd expect: keep unauthorized computers and devices from playing music purchased on the service. It's gone from Apple's music store now (but can still be found in eBooks …

Five Video Game Worlds it Would Suck to Live in

Being a civilian in a video game has to be a tough life. You unfortunately do not get all the awesome stuff the popular guy wrecking the streets …

Grand Theft Auto

Bible Videogame Submitted to Sony for PS3, PS4, PS Vita

Upcoming Kickstarter-funded The Bible Videogame has been submitted to Sony for approval across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. The game's creators, The Tornado Twins, announced the news in an update to their Kickstarter page.<p>"Our game is submitted to Sony, pending approval for …

Gaming

This is how you build the scariest video game monster ever

1979's <i>Alien</i>, the Ridley Scott-directed film that kicked off the series, only required a single alien to create an enduring sci-fi horror masterpiece. Just the idea of being stuck on a ship with a towering, dangerous, and cunning xenomorph was terrifying, and all it took was a glimpse of the shiny …

Nokia Here Auto displays trip info in more places

Nokia first trotted out its Here Auto connected car platform just over a year ago, and at this week's Paris Motor Show, the company is showing off the latest developments. In order to properly equip the rise in heads-up display tech, Here Auto now shows its info in more places around on the dash. …

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick …

Ubisoft opens Moscow office to serve growing Russian gaming community

Everyone knows that people make vodka is Russia, but now they also make Ubisoft games in that country as well.<p>The publisher is opening a new office in Moscow. This new wing of the giant game-making corporation will serve as an outpost to provide region-specific support for Ubisoft’s games in the …

Microsoft says free Windows is a success, with 50 new companies making Windows phones and tablets

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>On Tuesday, Microsoft introduced Windows 10, a new version of its desktop OS that it hopes will continue to blur the lines …

Hackers charged with stealing over $100m in US army and Xbox technology

Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that netted more than $100m in intellectual property, the US Department of Justice said on Tuesday.<p>The four, aged between 18 …