Jamie Smyth

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Your robot army, controlled by Arduino and Bluetooth

Open-source hardware project shrinks Arduino, adds wireless, creates awesome.<p>Soon, you could make everything in your life …

'Minecraft' developer's new game 'Scrolls' out in beta next month

<i>Minecraft</i> developer Mojang is about to release its second computer game, <i>Scrolls</i>, a digital trading card game. As with <i>Minecraft</i>, Mojang will release Scrolls in beta, giving eager players an early look at the game<i>.</i> <i>Polygon</i> reports that the game will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for …

DICE+ launches $99 developer kit, pre-orders for $40 consumer model start this summer

Game Technologies, the Poland-based company behind the little electronic die that is DICE+, has just announced a $99 developer edition that bundles a transparent-cased model along with its software development kit. As a reminder, the DICE+ is an inch-sized rubberized cube packed with Bluetooth, an …

Can Mark Zuckerberg and his friends convince conservatives and labor unions to support immigration?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is joining with like-minded US tech execs, including LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, to fund a $50 million political organization backing comprehensive immigration reform, and down the road, education and funding for scientific research.<p>The group will be an issue advocacy …

Silicon Valley

A Sirious matter: Apple hit with patent lawsuit in China while media bay for blood

Apple is appearing in a Shanghai court today to face China’s Zhi Zhen Internet Technology, which says that Apple’s dulcet-toned voice interface violates its patent. Zhizhen started developing the Xiao i—or “small i”—robot, a “voice-activated personal assistant”, in 2003 and was granted a patent in …

China

Gamers Turn To FTC With New SimCity Petition Aimed At Protecting Consumers

In a story that continues to draw the ire of PC gamers, despite the positive reviews the game itself is getting from the media; there’s a new petition by gamers to help prevent future SimCity launch debacles from ever happening again. Care2.com, which has over 22 million active members, has stepped …

Bloomberg: Intel nearing TV service deals with Time Warner, Viacom and NBC

It's a very poorly kept secret that Intel is looking to bust in the pay-TV business. Rumors have been circulating since at least December that the chip giant is working on its own set-top box and hopes to pair it with a "virtual cable" service that offers unbundled channels. Of course, content …

T-Mobile Tears Up Service Contracts And Adds The iPhone

Underdogs must make bold moves to stay in the game. America’s third-place operator Sprint has been backing progressive wireless companies like Republic Wireless and FreedomPop. But T-Mobile, which is even further behind in fourth place, is taking “bold moves” to a new level. On Tuesday the carrier …