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Dark Souls

GameFly acquires cloud-gaming company to establish itself as the ‘Netflix of games’

Renting games is not as popular as it once was, and that’s got one of the top players in that space adding something new.<p>GameFly, the rent-by-mail company for games and movies, has acquired cloud-streaming company Playcast. This will enable GameFly to build an online gaming platform for games very …

Why Can't Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the …

Flute

The 15 Most Anticipated Video Games of Summer 2015

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Gaming

Apple TV content refresh serves up Tennis Channel Everywhere

Following the addition of the official Cricket Australia channel for Apple TV users down under earlier this week, Apple refreshed its video streaming box for US users Friday night with new content through the Tennis Channel Everywhere service. The new Apple TV channel features both on-demand tennis …

Apple's Swift programming language soars in popularity

Just months after the first ever app created by it, the Swift programming language from Apple has leapt up the rankings of the technologies to watch from 68th place to 22nd<p>The programming language created by Apple for developers to make iOS and OS X apps with has made an “unprecedented” jump up the …

France: 19,000 websites hacked since Charlie Hebdo attack

Hackers have attacked 19,000 French websites in the aftermath of the raid on the office of <i>Charlie Hebdo</i>, according to France's cyberdefense chief.<p>The …

Man held in connection with Sony and Xbox hack bailed

<b>An 18-year-old man arrested in a joint British and FBI-led operation following cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Xbox systems has been released on bail.</b><p>The man was arrested in Southport, near Liverpool, on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material on Friday.<p>He was also detained for …

PlayStation

New Microsoft patent could make phones less annoying in theatres

A patent granted to Microsoft this week could automatically adjust the settings on your phone to make it less annoying in movie theaters.<p>Granted on January 13, the patent details an “inconspicuous mode” which would automatically adjust brightness, mute sounds and offer reduced information on the …

Google's Massive New Android Update Is Coming To The Galaxy S5

The Lollipop upgrade launched in the United Kingdom on Jan. 13, according to reports from Tech Radar, Phone Arena, and a few other tech blogs.<p>There's still no word on when it will come to the United States, but Samsung seems to be spreading the upgrade rather quickly.<p>In a reportedly leaked email …

Android Lollipop

How This Teen Turned Her High School Internship Into A Game Design Career

Paulina Raguimov never expected to get paid to make video games when she walked into her high school’s career fair at 16.<p>She played them, sure. But when she walked up to the JumpStart booth to chat about the internships they had available, she had absolutely no experience with making games. “I …

High School

DEA kept records of US phone calls for nearly 15 years

The NSA isn't the only American government agency keeping track of phone call metadata... or rather, it wasn't. A Department of Justice court filing has revealed that the Drug Enforcement Administration maintained records of every call made from the US to Iran and other nations for nearly 15 years, …

Dear Google Glass, bye for now (and maybe forever)

Technically Incorrect: Google insists that Google Glass is moving onward and upward. But in withdrawing it from sale, isn't the company admitting that people really didn't want it?<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Some revolutions …

Wearable Tech

See the beautiful, nightmarish patent illustrations for a Google-funded augmented reality device

It's been almost three months since Google lead a $542 million round of funding for the Magic Leap, an augmented reality project shrouded in mystery. Aside from vague claims about a "biomimetic Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal," the CEO of Legendary Pictures calling it "jaw-dropping," and Neal …

Augmented Reality

UK's 5G could make video holograms a reality

Futuristic 5G networks with speeds of 50 Gbit/s could be up and running in the UK by 2020, with holographic video one of many applications for the …

CC BY-SA

This artificially intelligent Mario learns how to chase coins and navigate the Mushroom Kingdom

Anybody can make Mario, Nintendo’s world-famous little plumber, race through the Mushroom Kingdom, chasing coins. But what if Mario could do it on his own?<p>That’s the goal of the Mario A.I. Project: to develop an artificially intelligent Mario agent that becomes aware of himself and his environment, …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

AstroPrint’s Cloud Platform Lets You Manage 3D Printing From Anywhere

500 Startups-backed AstroPrint has made a combination of cloud platform, local software and hardware to enable the management of 3D printing from any device that can connect to the web with a modern browser.<p>For those not aware, the actual process of 3D printing is about as interesting to watch in …

3D Printing

Technology offers no magic solution to bulk data collection issues, says panel

Advisory body says ‘technological magic’ cannot resolve security objectives and privacy concerns about phone records and details of other communications<p>No “technological magic” can reconcile the security objectives and privacy concerns sparked by the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of …

Surveillance

Intel CEO Sure His CPUs Can Hang On in Apple's Mac

Although there is increasing talk that Apple may be looking at using its own home-grown A-series ARM processors in place of Intel CPUs in their Mac …

Brian Krzanich

Crash Override wants to help survivors of Gamergate and other online abuse

Gamergate's first target wants to help other survivors<p>Thanks to the actions of contemptible online gangs like Gamergate, online abuse has recently gained unusual mainstream attention. But survivors of online harassment and abuse are fighting back.<p>Crash Override is a new "online anti-harassment task …

Feminism

Leaked US report says encryption “best defense” to protect data

Image copyright Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock.A newly leaked document courtesy of Edward Snowden revealed that some U.S. officials are encouraging the …

James Comey

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc (FB.O) that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company’s website.<p>President, founder and CEO …

San Francisco

Vodafone boss says customers 'don't care' about 4G speeds

The head of Vodafone in the UK has said that reliability and not speed is the most important issue for 4G networks. Jeroen Hoencamp claimed that high …

Customers

Tech Q&A: Camera hackers, blocking phone contacts, erasing data and more

<b>Hackers watch through cameras</b><p><b>Q.</b> My son gave me a wireless indoor security camera so I can keep an eye on my dogs while at work. I heard you talking on your national radio show about hackers who spy using these cameras. How can I make sure no one sees my cameras?<p><b>A.</b> It’s not very difficult to spy on …

Home Security

What You Need to Know About SEO Going Into 2015

<i>Sujan Patel is the VP of Marketing at thisCLICKS, the makers of</i> <i>When I Work –</i> <i>an employee scheduling software solution for small businesses.</i><p>Any good marketer or business owner trying to leverage the Web to connect with more prospective customers knows that SEO is always changing. As the new year …

MIT researcher on internet misogyny and programming for privacy

Image copyright (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com .Jean Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT and the creator of a language called Jeeves that …

Computer Science

How to Gather Quantitative Data on User Behaviors

For the closed card sort on Yelp’s homepage, we asked participants how often they used Yelp, and how often they used the search filters, so that we could filter our data based on users with more or less experience. Knowing how many people used search filters would also give us an insight into how …

UX Design

This is the best Chromebook you can buy

If you were trying to pick out a new Chromebook two or three years ago, your choices would be much easier and more limited. But now, every major PC manufacturer has started making its own Chromebooks in different sizes and configurations, making the buying decision a lot more difficult.<p>A Chromebook …