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How the highest-paid eSports pros' six-figure winnings stack up

The tournament earnings of the highest-paid professional eSports players reach as high as six figures, according to eSports Earnings' ranking of the top 100 players and their competitive gaming cash hauls.<p>The list shows that more than 60 eSports players have earned over $100,000 in prizes from …

Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy

Microsoft backtracked Wednesday on its much-derided policy that would have required Xbox One gamers to connect their consoles to the Internet once a day to prevent game piracy.<p>Microsoft faced a huge backlash when it announced the policy, just before the E3 video game conference earlier this month. …

NSA Domestic Spying Program Makes Xbox One Even Scarier

<i>The government has been spying on US citizens by tapping into the servers of American tech giants according to The Guardian—so much for making privacy a priority.</i><p>Revelations that the government has access to all of Verizon’s call ‘metadata’ have widened.<p>The Guardian is reporting that the government …

Goji's Smart Lock snaps pictures, welcomes you by name

Burglars of the future beware: the age of the smart lock is coming. There's no shortage of entries into the space these days -- in fact, it was just under a week ago that we spotted the lovely Yves Behar-designed August lock. Goji's (whoever heard of a company named after a fruit?) got a pretty …

DARPA is developing a video game-like program to make cyberwarfare easy

For the past year, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Pentagon have been working on a touch-based video game-esque program called <i>Plan X</i> aimed to make cyberwarfare easy, according Wired.<p>DARPA believes the "digital battlefield has to be as easy to navigate as an iPhone" and "attacks …

Anatomy of a hack: even your 'complicated' password is easy to crack

In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars Technica deputy editor and a self-admitted newbie to password cracking, downloaded a list of …

Rumor: New Gmail UI launching on Wednesday

Google is reportedly going to unveil the new Gmail user interface on Wednesday, with the new UI expected to include some of the features seen in previous reports.<p>Earlier this week we found out that potential Gmail UI changes were revealed at Google I/O and then we saw a bunch of screenshots …

Xbox One, EA, Watch Dogs, Resident Evil: Revelations, Human Angle: Speed Run

Microsoft's Xbox One will offer remote play, and its second-generation Kinect will respond to users like iPhone's Siri, according to Polygon's sources. Electronic Arts will likely release most of its future games on two game engines. We now know what the box art for Xbox One games will look like.</i> …

Microsoft's new Kinect is so awesome that it monitors your heartbeat (video demo)

<i>For more on the Xbox One reveal, check out our complete coverage.</i><p>Microsoft’s new Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox One game console is so good that it’s creepy. Using its sensors, the Kinect can detect your heartbeat, simply by perceiving the pulsing of your skin.<p>That’s one of the cool — …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

First Round Of Xbox One Vs. PS4 Goes To Microsoft

Microsoft revealed its new console, the Xbox One, today, and the console race is officially on. It’s not close to finished, but both Sony and Microsoft have had a chance to give us a first look at their new consoles, and I’m handing this first round to Microsoft. Neither company exactly blew it out …

Inside UBIQ Sneaker Store

AT&T dumps Facebook phone as Home limps past 1m downloads

Facebook Home, the app intended to turn Android phones into a sort of "Facebook phone", is struggling. Having taken almost a month to hit a million …

Sandvine report confirms: video makes bandwidth hogs of us all

<i>The story below was updated on Wednesday May 15 to reflect a correction in the original Sandvine report. Apple manufactured devices consume over 35%</i> …

US government is now the biggest buyer of malware, Reuters reports

Former officials warn US hacking threatens cybersecurity<p>The US government is waging electronic warfare on a vast scale — so large that it's causing a seismic shift in the unregulated grey markets where hackers and criminals buy and sell security exploits, Reuters reports.<p>Former White House …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Wonder Woman Joins Smallville Season 11

Diana finally meets Clark in Smallville Season 11.<p>Since the launch of Smallville Season 11 at DC Comics, writer Bryan Q. Miller has slowly started to …