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Video Games Live Kickstarter closes successfully with $285K

The Kickstarter campaign for the third Video Games Live album, <i>Level 3</i>, ended this morning as a success, with more than $285,000 raised.<p>The total came in at 14 percent above the funding drive's $250,000 goal, after reaching that number earlier this week. The final tally fell short of the …

Microsoft's Siri competitor to be called Cortana - Report

Microsoft is currently developing Siri-like virtual assistant technology under the name Cortana, GameSpot sister site ZDNet reports. The technology will be able to learn and adapt using "machine-learning technology" and the "Satori" knowledge base that powers search engine Bing.<p>Cortana is, of …

The DeanBeat: What will be gaming's best title: GTA V or Infinity Blade III?

In the console war, the PlayStation 4 will go head to head with the Xbox One in November. But before that, we’ll see a very different kind of competition across platforms. Grand Theft Auto V debuts on the consoles on Sept. 17. Apple’s iPhone 5S ships on Sept. 20, with Infinity Blade III (pictured …

Microsoft Secures 'Xbone' Domain Name

What’s a name? Or more specifically, what’s in an abbreviation? Over the years, gamers have adopted common, quick identifiers for their favorites systems like NES, SNES, N64, PS2, PS3, PS4 and 360. But what to do with Xbox One? There’s still no clear front-runner for how the system’s name should be …

Infinity Blade 3 gets a stylish animated opening, watch it here

<i>Infinity Blade 3</i>, the upcoming installment in Chair's mobile hack-and-slash RPG, will feature an animated cinematic opening wrapping up the series so far, which was released today by the developer.<p>The intro video, posted above, features the artwork of Axis Animation and director Ben Hibon, whose …

Prediction: Both Xbox One and PS4 Will Follow Steam With Family Sharing

One has to feel a little bad for Microsoft in the wake of recent news. A few months ago, the tech giant announced a new plan for how it was going to treat physical games on the Xbox One, and the internet crucified them for it. The company walked back most of those policies, but still suffered a …

BioWare talks up next Mass Effect

The upcoming and untitled Mass Effect game this week passed a milestone review, with various developers speaking positively about the shape of the game thus far.<p>"In a milestone review for next Mass Effect game. Team is doing outstanding work. Looks beautiful, fun, ambitious, and Mass Effect-y!" …

Cage: The future of game narratives will be designed with Scorsese algorithms

Video game narratives will continue to evolve based off of technology that mimics the style of film directors, according to Quantic Dream studio head David Cage during his BAFTA Games keynote in London.<p>In a lecture focusing on the artistic possibilities of games development, Cage looked to the …

Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS Still Top-Sellers, Says NPD

The best-selling gaming consoles in the U.S. are still the Nintendo 3DS and the Xbox 360, according to the NPD research group. For Nintendo, it’s the …

PayPal revamping its policies to better support crowdfunding

PayPal's commerce system wasn't built for crowdfunding, and that has created problems for some startups -- the company recently (if briefly) froze $45,000 of Mailpile's assets, for example. The PayPal team is determined to set things right, however, and just announced that it's reworking its …

Samsung: Of Course, Our Next Smartphones Will Be 64-Bit (Spoiler: Android Doesn’t Support 64-Bit, Yet)

When it ships on Sept. 20, Apple’s iPhone 5s will be the first and only smartphone on the market powered by a 64-bit processor — but not for long, if …

Intel's updated NUC squeezes in Haswell Core-i5, HD 5000 4K graphics

Intel has cranked up its NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini-computer to near gaming levels of power with the release of its 4th-gen Core-i5 D54250WYK kit. The new model comes with the latest HD Graphics 5000, for one, and also uses Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to kick the CPU into overdrive …

Orée Introduces Marble Wireless Charging Pebble and Wooden Touch Pad

Orée, the French company that combines technology with luxury craftsmanship, has launched new additions to its range of computer accessories in the form of a wireless marble charging pebble and a wooden touch slab – or touch pad, to you and me.<p>The wireless charger is made of marble and wood and …

Apple’s iPhone 5s, the A7 Chip, and That 64-Bit Question

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s on Tuesday, the company touted as one of its tentpole features the 64-bit desktop-class processing power of its new …

Windows XP's death is quickly approaching

On April 8, 2014, it's the "end of life" for Windows XP. Now, that doesn't mean XP will suddenly stop working. You can keep using it if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it.<p>End of life means Microsoft won't be releasing any more security updates to the average user. Any security flaws that hackers …

Xbox 360, 3DS again top the games industry in August

Total sales were up a bit in August, but hardware sales in the U.S. plummeted in anticipation of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.<p>Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's 3DS were tops in the US gaming business in August.<p>During the month, total US-based spending on physical game content -- discs, …

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No fingerprint sensor required: SilentSense knows it’s you from your taps and swipes

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Move over, Touch ID. Apple’s(s appl) new fingerprint sensing technology in the iPhone 5s may soon be joined by an alternative …

Google Street View car in 'accident'

<b>A Google Street View car hit two public transport buses and a truck in the city of Bogor, Indonesia.</b><p>Police said the car driver hit the first bus, appeared to "panic" when the bus driver responded angrily, and tried to drive off.<p>But in doing so the vehicle hit a second bus and then the truck, …

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Even If Someone Chops Off Your Finger They Won't Be Able To Unlock Your iPhone 5S With The Fingerprint Scanner

If someone chops off your finger and then tries to use the fingerprint to unlock the phone, it won't work. The iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader relies on "the living layer of skin under the surface of your finger, using an RF signal," Mary Branscombe at CITEWorld reports.<p>Via: Daring Fireball

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Medical identity theft up 20 percent in the last year – report

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Chad McDermott<p>You might want to start giving your health records and medical bills a closer look.<p>According to a new …

HTC to be at One with gold hue, too?

A leak out of China indicates that the next HTC One could come with a gold finish like the one Apple has unveiled for the iPhone 5S.<p>Apple's iPhone 5S might not be the only gold-colored smartphone on store shelves soon.<p>A China-based Sina Weibo user on Friday published photos of what the person says …

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