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E3 2015: In The Long Dark, What Kills You Makes You Stronger

It's cold out there.<p>I froze to death in The Long Dark. New to its unforgiving sandbox world, I couldn’t organize my inventory efficiently enough to …

HoloLens' final version will keep limited field of view, says Microsoft

Microsoft enjoyed one of the most talked-about moments of E3 when it showed off <i>Minecraft</i> running on the upcoming HoloLens augmented reality hardware. The demo featured a bit of smoke and mirrors — the reality is far from the seemingly huge field of view shown in the demo — and it looks like the …

Neutrinos may not be faster than light, but they can shapeshift

About four years ago, CERN made a claim that sent shockwaves through the scientific community. During the course of an experiment, CERN scientists apparently discovered that neutrinos -- tiny subatomic particles that travel near light speed -- could possibly accelerate <i>faster</i> <i>than light</i>. That, …

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The FCC wants to help America’s poorest pay for Internet

By Brian Fung<p>Brian Fung<p>Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Major upgrades are coming to a federal aid program that helps low-income Americans connect to basic communications services.<p>The Federal Communications Commission voted …

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An intimate chat with Sony PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida

Sony PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida is the best kind of corporate executive. The Worldwide Studios head is affable, open-minded and, best of all, he embraces competition from rivals. I'm speaking, of course, about Microsoft's recent move to partner up with every other company working on virtual …

The new Oculus Rift is our first glimpse of real, mainstream VR

That's not to say the screen is perfect — it's still probably the Rift's weakest feature. Oculus has overcome the "screen door effect" of the original headset, but when every flat screen around it is dense with pixels, the magnified Rift image looks noticeably less sharp. It was probably a little …

How A Team Of Accomplished Entrepreneurs Plan To Revolutionize Your Television Experience

The company’s logo on the doorbell was so tiny that I wasn’t sure I was at the right door. After 18 months of hard work, I was the first journalist to see Molotov in action, a brand new way to watch TV. Behind the scene, AlloCiné co-founder Jean-David Blanc, Canal+ co-founder Pierre Lescure, former …

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Is Exactly The Wrong Move For Microsoft

Amid all the hype and hyperbole inevitably – and mostly entertainingly – emerging from this year’s E3 gaming show, Microsoft’s revelation that it’s introducing backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 titles to the Xbox One stands out like the proverbial sore gamer’s thumb.<p>Why? Partly because it’s one …

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Microsoft aims to shake up console wars with cheaper Xbox

As Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. battle for the hearts and minds of gamers, Sony has held one big advantage: the PlayStation 4 was cheaper than the Xbox One. But things are different now.<p>Xbox has steadily moved toward cheaper prices, and one of the things that Sony didn't announce at E3 this year …

Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller could be the ultimate console gamepad

Just take a look at that D-pad<p>Microsoft just announced what it's calling the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, described by Xbox boss Phil Spencer as "an elite controller for the elite gamer." It's basically the regular Xbox One gamepad turned up to 11, adding new features like four …

How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

Facebook's extraordinary Open Compute Project is doing for hardware what Linux, Android, and many other popular products did for software: making it free and "open source."<p>That means that anyone can look at, use, or modify the designs of the hugely expensive computers that big companies use to run …

Playing games on the PC is making a comeback

With a console, you turn it on, put your game in and you just play.<p>Brian Blau of Gartner

Virtual reality to get real at E3 video game show

Blockbuster video games will once again be the main event at the industry's biggest trade show, but in the wings attention will go to the promise of stepping into the games virtually and streaming them as spectator sport.<p>"Like every year, E3 will be about the marquee video game titles that will …

Paul Ford: What Is Code? | Bloomberg

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …

Why Apple Watch apps are about to get awesome

Last month, my colleague Steve Kovach made the argument that the biggest thing holding the Apple Watch back from its full potential is exactly what makes the iPhone so great — the apps.<p>Now, after using an Apple Watch for the past week, I too can attest to how underwhelming its apps are. Very few …

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Apple reportedly scrapped a Sonos-like Beats speaker

Shortly after it acquired Beats, Apple spiked one of Dre and Co.'s pet projects, according to a report from <i>Variety</i>. The product was supposedly a WiFi-connected speaker that could directly play internet subscription music, similar to offerings from Sonos or Google's Cast. Beats wanted to make a …

Apple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine

The Apple Watch is set to become almost an entirely new device with the introduction of watchOS 2 this fall, but the changes set to arrive with the update seem like they’ll have extreme benefits for one group in particular: podcast aficionados, and podcasters themselves.<p>How does watchOS 2 achieve …

Apple Watch Is Becoming Its Own Platform, Not Just An iPhone Peripheral

One of the main complaints in nearly every review of the Apple Watch so far: for the most part, third-party apps have been slow and clunky. One reason for this is that the apps essentially perform as extensions of the iPhone. All of the processing happens in the phone and then is sent to the watch. …

Beats almost had a Sonos killer built before Apple bought them and killed it

According to a new report from Variety, Beats was developing a line of Sonos-like speakers before it was acquired by Apple. When the Apple acquisition occurred, development of the connected speakers was stopped, according to the report. Some of the engineers that were working on the project were …

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Patent hints at fixing Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor

The Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor is pretty damned cool, but it’s the one piece of the new smartwatch that’s seeing the most updates and tweaks since the hardware launched seven weeks ago.<p>A new patent suggests that Apple has even more changes in store for the health tech.<p>The filing, which comes …

Microsoft Moonraker is the Nokia smartwatch we almost got

If you were wondering what Nokia's take on a smartwatch would have been, take a look at the Microsoft Moonraker, a cancelled watch that attempted to bring in some of Windows Phone's style. Microsoft nixed it when it acquired Nokia's phone arm, <i>The Verge</i> reports, but now we've got an idea of what it …

Google puts Twitch on notice with launch of YouTube Gaming

For awhile, the rumor was that Google would buy Twitch. That didn't happen (Amazon did that instead), but that doesn't mean it's given up on gaming. Today at an event held in YouTube Space LA, the company is taking the wrapper off its very own video game-centric effort called, appropriately enough, …

At E3, console video games still rule the roost

The death of console video games has been forecast for years.<p>But games played on TVs and computers are like the corpse tossed onto the cart in <i>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</i> who declared, "I'm not dead."<p>In fact, heading into the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry's annual …

Moving people to the wrist: The historic challenge of the watch

And he would be proven right.<p>Like Apple, Rolex was not the first company to attempt to move its technology from the pockets of the masses to a place …

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Apple's Support of Ad Blocking May Upend How the Web Works

Apple is coming for ads. It's coming for publishers. And, in the process, it may be gunning for the web.<p>At its Worldwide Developers Conference this …

Microsoft Moonraker was Nokia’s smartwatch before it was killed

Images of the Microsoft Moonraker, a codename for the smartwatch, surfaced on a Tumblr blog today and were discovered by Evan Blass. The Tumblr is run by Microsoft design employee Pei-Chi Hsieh, and <i>The Verge</i> understands the images were made for marketing purposes rather than just concept art. …

E3 2015: will living room PCs and virtual reality shake up the console war?

Smartphones were once the major disruptive force in the games industry, but now Steam Machines and immersive entertainment technologies are set to stir things up again<p>For the past 30 years, the console wars have always played out in pretty much the same way. A new set of machines arrives with more …

Oculus Unveils Consumer Rift Headset With Wireless Xbox One Controller

This is no developer kit. Oculus today gave the world the first look at its Rift consumer virtual reality headset which will ship with a wireless Xbox One controller. It also comes with a small, table-top camera on a stand that watches a constellation of LED markers on the Rift to track your head …

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Apple's most important service is about to get so much better

Apple Pay is currently an exclusive feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. It allows for easy and secure contactless payments, simply by holding out your device to an NFC terminal and authenticating the purchase with either your wrist or your finger via the iPhone's fingerprint …

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