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Valve's virtual reality headset might be better than the Oculus Rift

Valve has been vocal in its support of virtual reality technology, saying that "compelling, consumer-priced VR hardware" could "transform the entertainment industry." Valve says it has offered help to Oculus as it works on the Rift headset, but the Bellevue-based developer is also apparently …

Five unusual ways in which Indians use mobile phones

<b>The mobile phone in India has many uses other than making calls and sending messages. For hundreds of millions of people, a mobile phone is sometimes the only piece of technology in their homes. This has led to unique uses for the phone in the country - the world's fastest growing market for mobile</b> …

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Nokia Loses All Its Social Media Points with 'F*** You' Tweet

Last week, we gave Nokia props for its mastery of Twitter with a zing against rival BlackBerry, but we’re now rescinding those points after the @NokiaNZ account tweeted a simple “F*** you” today.<p>As you’d expect, the post has since been deleted. We can think of a few explanations for it, such as …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

The Super Mario Of Resumes Unlocks A New High Score In Job Seeking

Web designer Robby Leonardi‘s resume is unlike any other we’ve seen. It’s a side-scrolling <i>Super Mario</i>-esque video game adventure that sees our hero–one R. Leonardi–run and jump through various levels until the climax: his contact details. Go ahead and play it yourself.<p>How does it compare to other …

Résumés

The smartphone companies that shook up India and China are ready to colonize the world

You’ve never heard of Micromax (slogan: “Nothing like anything“) but in just five years it’s gone from a standing start to commanding over a fifth of the Indian smartphone market, behind only Samsung. Its stated ambition to is to control a third of the market. Its swift rise mirrors that of China’s …

Mobile

The 20 Most Amazing PCs Ever Made

The personal computer has been a popular household tool for several decades. I’ve been building my own for nearly as long, but aside from being powerful devices for all-manner of tasks, the ability to customize a PC to your personal needs is something that fascinates millions of people the world …

Get GLAZED: Kyle Ellicott on the Business of Wearable Technology

Wearable Technology has captured the public imagination, raising hopes, fears, and expectations. While there has been much speculation about the capabilities of next generation wearables, their potential applications, and the issues they raise, there has been much less discussion about how the …

Wearable Tech

Perfect Weather for iPhone puts animated radar at your fingertips

There are countless weather apps for the iPhone (and with iOS 7, a legitimately great built-in app), but that hasn't stopped developers from coming up with new ways to tell you when it's going to rain. The latest of these ambitious apps is Perfect Weather, the newest creation from Contrast, …

Why are these disturbing GIFs so beautiful?

Bill Domonkos is a filmmaker, artist, and animator like no other. Recently, he's crafted a collection of striking, humorous, and occasionally disturbing GIFs, the hallmark of which is the juxtaposition of old and new. Domonkos is one of a number of artists that appropriates public domain archival …

Cyanogen goes from Android mod to legit startup with $7M from Benchmark

CyanogenMod is growing up.<p>Over the past few years, the custom Android ROM CyanogenMod (CM) has become the go-to tweak for Android phone owners who want updates faster, or who simply just want to get rid of the junky custom software from phone manufacturers and carriers.<p>Today, founder Steve Kondik …

Apple Store in Tokyo saves queuing iPhone buyers from approaching typhoon

Hardcore iPhone fans in Japan already queuing for the 5s and 5c going on sale on Friday weren’t going to be put off by a mere typhoon (hurricane) warning: they continued their vigil outside Tokyo’s Ginza store. Apple Store staff opened the doors at 7.30am, shortly before the typhoon hit, to bring …

The Frog That Got Caught in the Crossfire of a Rocket Launch

This brings a whole new meaning to "amphibious vehicle."<p>On Friday evening, NASA's Minotaur V rocket blasted off from its launchpad at a spaceport in Virginia, carrying the LADEE spacecraft on the first leg of its trip from Earth to the moon. The scene that resulted was beautiful. It was inspiring. …

Hugo Barra Talks About His Future at Xiaomi and Why He Really Left Google

Lauren Goode/ATD Hugo Barra shows me Xiaomi.<p>“First, let’s begin with the name,” said Hugo Barra to me, in his first extended interview since he was …

Juicies Takes A Second Kick At The Kickstarter Can With Juicies+, Aluminum-Tipped Charging Cables That Won’t Tangle

This embed is invalid<p>When a Kickstarter project goes well enough to inspire a sequel a few years down the road, it’s generally a positive sign. In the case of Juicies, a startup that originally built itself up on the back of a successful campaign to build 30-pin dock connector cables in a range of …

Acer is first to put a 4K video camera in a phone

Despite being among the world's top laptop makers, Acer has yet to make a name for itself internationally as a smartphone manufacturer. While its latest smartphone is unlikely to change that, one feature will certainly pull people's attention away from Samsung, Apple and the rest: a 4K camera. …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will ship with Snapdragon 800 in South Korea

With two days to go before the official unveiling, or rather, unpacking, of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the company’s pre-IFA event, the leaks and rumors surrounding the device are coming in thick and fast. Previous leaks have given us some idea of what we can expect from the upcoming smartphone …

Phones

The PS4 will have Kinect-like voice commands

Sony says PlayStation 4 will support voice command through the PlayStation Camera's built-in microphone. Speaking with <i>Polygon</i>, Sony confirms that the optional accessory "allows for voice recognition," adding that it looks forward "to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation …

DICE+ digital gaming cubes now shipping

After a year's wait, DICE+ is finally shipping its Bluetooth game die. The chance cube is available for $40 in the US, and €40 ($53) in many other parts of the world. While the selection of compatible Android and iPad games is limited to a handful of party and strategy titles, the developer kit …

Oppo N1 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

The hype surrounding the Oppo N1 continues to grow, with the device expected to offer some amazing features, including a great camera, plug-in camera lenses, and an unique rear touch panel. While we’ve heard a lot about these features, there was no information on the hardware of the device, until …

Mobile

Meizu MX3 hands-on: a significant improvement from the MX2 (video)

Having sat through Meizu's entire launch event in Beijing, we have to admit: the new MX3 took us by surprise. We weren't expecting much after knowing some of the key specs from the leaks, and to be frank, the Chinese company lost its way with the MX2; but Jack Wong's team seems to have put its …

Pressy: the one-button Android controller so cool it was Kickstarted in under a day

If Kickstarter had a 24-hour funders club, Pebble and the Bolex Camera would be welcoming Pressy today. In under a day, the multifunction Android controller has more than doubled its $40,000 goal (raising $108,435 from 4,889 backers as of this writing) and with 45 days left to go, the numbers keep …

16 Smartwatches You Should Know About

With confirmation from a company exec that Samsung will formally unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in just a few days time, the tech world is whipping itself into a fervor at the thought of what the South Korean electronics giant will unveil.<p>Likewise, Apple’s much-rumored and never-spotted ‘iWatch’ …