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The beautiful aluminum NES that Nintendo didn't build

In 1983, Nintendo introduced the Famicom, which became the Nintendo Entertainment System when it hit North America two years later. Now, a company is reimagining Nintendo's original game console as a vision clad in shining silver. Analogue Interactive, the boutique that turned the NeoGeo arcade …

Watch the star of 'Archer' fix his girlfriend's grandparents' Wi-Fi and be hailed a hero

Mike Lacher's <i>McSweeney's</i> article "In which I fix my girlfriend's grandparents' Wi-Fi and am hailed as a conquering hero" is a tale of internet tragedy and redemption. Two years after it was first published, the article has been immortalized as a short film. Created by animator Jesse Benjamin and …

Mutant dual-boot Android and Windows Phone coming to US this spring

Huawei is no stranger to Windows Phone, having released a handset in the US last year, but the company is now planning to combine Android and Windows Phone into a single smartphone. Speaking to <i>TrustedReviews</i>, Huawei’s chief marketing officer, Shao Yang, reveals the firm is still committed to …

Free 'Crazy Taxi' sequel coming to iOS and Android later this year

Sega's eccentric, energetic, and exhilarating arcade classic <i>Crazy Taxi</i> is getting a new sequel this year, and it'll be free to play on iOS and Android. The new title, <i>Crazy Taxi: City Rush</i>, comes from the series' original creator and will be the first entry made specifically for mobile …

Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google

Google is readying a version of its Android OS tailored for wearable devices. Google’s Sundar Pichai told the SXSW conference Sunday that it would be releasing an SDK for makers of wearable devices such as smartwatches in two weeks’ time.<p>The SDK will be aimed at other makers of smartwatches and …

Xperia Z2 tested in audio comparison with HTC One and Xperia Z1

Superior sound quality is one of the main features that Sony promotes when it comes to the new Xperia Z2. According to the company, the Xperia Z2 delivers “a crisp and clear audio experience,” with its stereo speakers that offer “a more dynamic sound with a depth that replicates real, natural …

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Samsung Demos The Galaxy S5 And Gear Watches With These Boring Official Videos

Get a cup of coffee. You’re going to need it. These official Samsung videos show off nearly every feature and function of the Galaxy S5 and Gear watches, but they’re rather mundane. Dull would be another word.<p>The videos do, however, make up in info what they lack in excitement. They run through …

Surface Power Cover due March 19th, boosts battery life by up to 70 percent

After announcing the Surface Power Cover, which acts as both a keyboard as well as an external battery, back in September, Microsoft is finally releasing the accessory later this month. The Power Cover is almost double the thickness and more than double the weight of the Type Cover 2, but it will …

Apple releases iOS 7.1 with reboot fix, UI tweaks, and CarPlay

The long-awaited iOS 7.1 update is now available. While this is a point release, Apple has made several tweaks to the iOS user interface, alongside the usual bug fixes and some feature additions. The main visual changes can be found in the phone dialer and power off features. iOS 7.1 switches to …

Leaked HTC One cover turns your smartphone into a Lite Brite

The official announcement of the next HTC One should happen soon, and it looks like the upcoming flagship phone will support at least one intriguing new accessory. Twitter account @evleaks has posted what appears to be a press image of the new One, with a sleek cover that can display information …

Classic 'Star Trek' episode revisited as a comic book using original script

One of the most beloved episodes of the original <i>Star Trek</i> series is getting a remake — only this time, it'll be a comic book. The award-winning episode "City on the Edge of Forever," written by Harlan Ellison, originally debuted on April 6th, 1967, but the show that aired was very different from …

Neil Young's high-fidelity iPod competitor will cost $399

The age of the iPod might be over, but music artist Neil Young doesn't believe portable media players are dead. On March 15th, he'll offer pre-orders on Kickstarter for the PonoPlayer, a $399 triangular digital music player designed to sound worlds better. The company describes the sound as "studio …

This Week’s Top Photos: The 2014 Geneva Motor Show Edition

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, and boy what a show it was. A handful of new supercars, numerous luxury coupes and some very exciting …

Nintendo Video Game Titles Reimagined as Classic Little Golden Books

Los Angeles artist Joey Spiotto (aka “Joebot“) has released a Nintendo edition of his ongoing illustration series where he reimagines modern video …

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'Pokemon' gets a virtual reality makeover for Oculus Rift

With <i>Pokemon X</i> and <i>Y</i>, Nintendo finally brought the long-running series into the world of 3D — but not like this. Much like the recent <i>Legend of Zelda</i> remake, <i>Pokemon 3D</i> takes a Nintendo classic and reimagines it for the Oculus Rift. The result is a game that looks sort of like a mashup of <i>Minecraft</i> and …

George W. Bush plans on putting artwork revealed by hacker on display

George W. Bush's private experiments with art became embarrassingly public last year when hacker Guccifer broke into the Bush family's personal data and managed to unearth some of the former president's awkward bathroom self portraits. Now, with Guccifer apparently behind bars, Bush is looking to …

Samsung drops Android for Tizen in new Gear 2 smartwatches

A "significant improvement" over the original<p>A mere six months after the introduction of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung is returning to the smartwatch market with two new models: the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Announced at Mobile World Congress today, the new watches remain faithful to the original's look, …

NBC resurrecting 'Heroes' for miniseries in 2015

<i>Heroes</i> is coming back to TV. Four years after unceremoniously canceling the show, NBC revealed during its Olympic coverage that the series will return for a 13-episode miniseries run in 2015. Creator Tim Kring is already on board, but plot details are currently slim.<p>Even though <i>Heroes</i> flamed out in …

LG is reportedly building Google's smartwatch

LG is building Google's long-awaited smartwatch, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Citing "a person familiar with the situation" in Barcelona, the <i>Journal</i> claims that LG's hardware partnership with Google will soon expand to include the wrist-worn device. But it may not be the only manufacturer …

Sony's Xperia Z2 introduces a brilliant new display to the company's flagship phone

Launching in March with a bigger battery and screen, more RAM, and new 4K video recording<p>Sony hasn't seen fit to alter the design or size of its flagship Android phone for 2014, with the newly announced Xperia Z2 occupying the same footprint as last year's Z1, and has instead focused on making …

'Tron' designer creates a real-world superbike

Lotus has a new superbike called the C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon, whose work you'll know from <i>Tron: Legacy</i>, <i>Oblivion</i>, and <i>Captain America</i>, the bike balances the Lotus form of old with a decidedly modern finish.<p>Although Simon is better known for his concept work, and the C-01 certainly looks like a …

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it

Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the …

Steve Jobs will appear on a US postage stamp in 2015

Many of his creations reduced the need to send physical mail, but late Apple founder Steve Jobs will still get a fitting tribute from the US Postal Service: his likeness will appear on a postage stamp beginning in 2015, according to a document obtained by <i>The Washington Post</i>. Other deceased icons …

Samsung allegedly pressures Korean newspaper to kill coverage of anti-Samsung film

The president of an online newspaper in South Korea allegedly ordered editors to take down an article about the anti-Samsung film <i>Another Promise</i>, then sent apologetic text messages intended for Samsung executives who had apparently complained about the paper’s coverage. But the texts from <i>NewDaily</i> …

HTC will now replace your phone's busted screen for free

It's a one-time offer and is only available in the US<p>Starting today, HTC customers in the US no longer need to worry about cracking their smartphone's screen. No, the company's devices aren't suddenly invincible; they'll still shatter if dropped on a sidewalk, just like always. Instead, HTC has …

Android News

Pokémon TV will retell the story of Pokémon Red and Blue in 4-episode series

Even as Nintendo presses forward for the release of Pokémon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS, the company is looking back on the legacy of its popular franchise.<p>The publisher is revealing today that it will premiere a four-part miniseries that retells the story of the original Pokémon Red and Blue …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Minecon 2016: Minecraft console edition gets polar bears and beetroot, and Max Brooks is writing a Minecraft novel

It's been a big weekend for Minecraft. Minecon 2016 has just finished in California, bringing with it a slew of blocky news. There's an official …

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