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Velodroom Does What Every Bike Light Should – Responds To Your Ride And Turns On And Off Automatically

This embed is invalid<p>Tartu, Estonia-based startup Velodroom leverages tech to solve a problem any bike commuter can sympathize with – how to add lights to your ride that are convenient to use and require absolutely nothing from the rider besides a simple installation. The Velodroom light borrows …

Media revenues will be mostly digital by 2015: survey

Consumer use of technology is transforming media and entertainment companies with almost 60 per cent of their revenues expected to come from digital sources by 2015, a new global survey says.<p>The rise of tablets, widespread use of smartphones, social media and faster Internet connections are pushing …

All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in the Mental Hospital

The world doesn’t need more “strong” superheroes hiding the truth of who they really are beneath capes of perfection, shame, cruelty, snark, …

Roku raises $60 million, wants to become a smart TV platform

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Roku has raised an additional $60 million in funding, and the company is now looking to make the jump from its companion boxes …

Many people who buy smart TVs don't use web features, survey says

Smart TV manufacturers need more intelligent marketing, according to a survey by Analysys Mason.<p>Fewer than half of people who own a television set that comes with applications to stream content from the web have connected their TV directly to the Internet. That doesn’t bode well for manufacturers …

Smart TV

Russian hacker creates an unauthorized PC port of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, justifies it as a 'restoration of justice'

A Russian hacker who goes by "Barabus" created an unauthorized Windows PC version of Ska Studios' Xbox 360 game <i>The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile</i>and released it last week, characterizing his actions as a "restoration of justice" in a comment on Indie Statik.<p>Ska Studios released the side-scrolling …

Sphero The Robotic Ball Is Perfect For Fathers (Review)

Want the perfect gift for Dad? You need something that fathers can play with their kids. I recommend Sphero, the iOS or Android controlled robotic ball. It’s not cufflinks. It’s not a set of barbecue tools. It’s a toy that’s representative of what it means to be a 21st Century geeky dad.<p>About the …

JamStar Is A Cool Free App That Teaches You To Play The Guitar

I’ve seen plenty of guitar apps in my lifetime – enough for two lifetimes, in fact – but JamStar, an app by an Israeli programming house, has almost won my heart.<p>The premise is simple – you tune your guitar and then play notes or chords. The app (which runs on a phone or your browser) senses your …

New software brings face detection to stores and streets for $40 a month

Cara is a cheap, privacy-conscious tool that works on any standard webcam<p>If you run a website, you have access to a potential wealth of data about your visitors: their location, gender, approximate age, and maybe even their names, with the help of a simple cookie. If you run a retail store or a …

Evo 2K13 lineup now includes Injustice: Gods Among Us

NetherRealm Studios' fighter, <i>Injustice: Gods Among Us</i>, is now included in this year's Evo World Championship fighting game tournament, Shoryuken's Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar announced on the Wakeup SRK Live podcast.<p><i>Injustice: Gods Among Us</i> is the ninth game on the tournament's roster — originally …

Nintendo delayed its early 2013 Wii U titles to ensure they were 'delicately crafted' games

The Wii U's slow start to 2013 was in part a tactical decision by Nintendo leadership made in response to the rising tide of low-cost titles and designed to give their developers time to polish their games, Nintendo president Satoru told analysts at a recent meeting.<p>"We originally planned to …

Portal designer reveals new game

Portal designer Kim Swift and the team at Airtight Games have announced Soul Fjord, a downloadable game due out exclusively on the $99 Android-powered Ouya console.<p>Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman revealed in February that Swift and Airtight Games were working on an Ouya-exclusive, though its name and details …

The story behind DIAL: How Netflix and YouTube want to take on AirPlay

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Netflix (s NFLX) and YouTube (s GOOG) have teamed up to launch DIAL, a protocol that helps developers of second-screen apps …

Divekick will let you pit a pregnant skunk bear against a foul-playing fat man

The current fighter roster for <i>Divekick</i>, Iron Galaxy Studios and One Game Studios fighting game parody, includes a cigar-loving pregnant skunk bear and a bluegrass-obsessed, boots on hands-wearing retired fighter.<p>The roster of eight features the two main characters, Dive and Kick, as well as an …

Monaco’s co-op gameplay will steal your heart (review)

Co-op gaming is often magical. When done right, it enables gamers to team up and have a great time with friends and family that are not as skilled as they might be.<p>Monaco, out now for PC and soon for Xbox Live Arcade, does co-op right.<p>Monaco is a 2D stealth-action title that stars a number of …

Second-screen prototype hopes to boost couch commerce

Akamai Technologies demonstrated a prototype second-screen system that presents complementary content on a smartphone or tablet that is synchronized with what’s happening on the main television screen.<p>First users would need to sync their mobile device with their television. Akamai showed this using …

BII REPORT: Here's Why The "Second Screen" Industry Is Set To Explode

The mobile industry is working hard to create mobile apps and sites that relate to what's on TV, in order to capitalize on this behavior.<p>This approach is often referred to as the "second screen," the idea being that the tablet or smartphone becomes a TV companion device, allowing for added levels …

Second screen apps for your Android are here to stay

You’ve no doubt heard the term “second screen”. It really just refers to any device you use while watching your TV. According to the surveys, more and more of us are surfing the web or instant messaging on our smartphones, tablets, and laptops while we watch TV or play games. Content producers and …

Apps

Where Are All the YouTube Stars Now?

Do you remember the first time you saw Gangnam Style? Or the first time you laughed at Antoine Dodson? Or even Charlie bit my finger? What about …

Gangnam Style

How a genealogy project unintentionally produced an incest avoidance app

When anti-virus software entrepreneur Friðrik Skúlason teamed up with a genetics company to create genealogy website Íslendingabók (the Book of Icelanders), the idea was to map the family connections between the citizens of Iceland. However, since its launch in 2010, the project has morphed into …

How to become internet famous for $68

Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsome with high cheekbones and dirty blond, collar-length hair. Next to his name is one of social media’s most prized possessions, Twitter’s blue “verified account” …

Social Media

Sacred Citadel developer Southend Interactive separates from parent company

Southend Interactive, the studio behind futuristic sports title <i>Deathrow</i> and puzzler <i>ilomilo</i>, is now "100 percent indie" and has split from parent company Tactel Holding AB, the company announced on its website.<p>Southend reportedly moved out from under the Swedish IT consulting firm in late February, …