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How Valve's secret meeting got devs on board with Steam VR

Alex Schwartz expected robes. His development studio, Owlchemy Labs, received a cryptic email from Valve, one of the largest and most mysterious companies in the gaming industry, on an otherwise normal day in October. The message contained a secrecy agreement, plane tickets and the vague assertion …

The PS4 and Xbox One Have Nothing To Fear From $500-$5,000 Steam Machines

For the first time, Valve has come out with a detailed listing page for its partner-made Steam Machines. To date, promotion for the various boxes has been murky at best, and this is really the first opportunity fans have to see all their “home PC console” offerings in one place. The result? It’s a …

Living Rooms

The HTC One M9 Could Be One of the Best All-Around Phones of the Year

HTC One M9<br>HTC<p>1 of 6<p>HTC announced its new flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One M9, at the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain …

Phones

Hackers steal £650 million in world's biggest bank raid

Investigators uncover what is thought to be the biggest ever cybercrime with more than £650 million going missing from banks around the world<p>British banks are thought to have lost tens of millions of pounds after a gang of Russian based hackers spent the last two years orchestrating the largest …

The latest Mac mini is low-priced, but doesn't skimp on power

Mac mini (2014) review<p>Smallest Mac, big power<p>Machined perfection<p>Plenty of ports<p>Upgradeable no more<p>Retina-ready<p>Travel buddy<p>Desktop computers aren’t …

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Apple's next iPhone update may come next month, and it'll include Apple Watch support

The update will bring some general fixes, but the update will largely focus on making sure Apple's devices are compatible with its watch.<p>Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac previously reported that companion app for the Apple Watch would require iOS 8.2, so it's not too surprising to hear that the update will …

Apple Watch

Hands-on: Pantech Vega Iron 2 - the Galaxy S5 that Samsung couldn't make

Black or white? And what color trim would you like with that?<p>By now it’s no small secret that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 didn’t light up the sales charts like the Korean OEM may have believed it would. While sales in the USA were quite pleasant, elsewhere things were a bit less desirable. There is no …

Phones

New Samsung Galaxy flagship phone expected to be unveiled 1 March

Samsung has sent out invitations to its annual launch event, known as Unpacked, where the company will likely show off the Galaxy S6.<p>The next Samsung flagship device is set to be unveiled on 1 March. Samsung has licked the envelopes and sent out invitations to journalists for Galaxy Unpacked, the …

Electronics Industry

Microsoft Introduced A Product That Could Be As Big As The Personal Computer

With Windows Holographic, you put on a set of goggles that are about the same size as ski goggles. Then holograms appear before your eyes, and you can manipulate them with your hands.<p>When Microsoft introduced the product, it compared it to the personal computer. Microsoft thinks that this could be …

Augmented Reality

Walmart quietly launches its low-cost streaming video stick

Do you like the idea of a streaming media stick for your TV, but find that even Google's Chromecast or Amazon's Fire TV Stick costs more than you're willing to pay? You'll want to visit your local Walmart, then. The big-box retailer tells <i>GigaOM</i> that its Vudu Spark dongle, teased at the FCC back in …

Twitter gets court victory in Turkey but ban not lifted

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter said late Friday that it won a key victory for freedom of expression after a Turkish court reversed an order that forced the company to take down an account that accused a former government minister of corruption.<p>The Turkish government banned access to the social network …

Amid mixed messages, Malaysia airliner search resumes

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Sunday, but stormy weather may cause problems, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.<p>A Chinese aircraft took off at 6:20 a.m. local time (6:20 p.m. ET). Other aircraft, including a South Korean P-3 Orion and a U.S. P-8 Poseidon, …

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What's Oculus VR, and why did Facebook pay $2B for it?

On the surface, Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR, which develops virtual-reality technology, doesn't make a lot of sense.<p>Facebook is a social network. Oculus makes gear that enhances video gaming. How is this awkward marriage going to work?<p>Maybe it won't: Facebook moms and Millennial …

Helping 'smart' devices talk to each other

A house that tracks your every movement through your car and automatically heats up before you get home. A toaster that talks to your refrigerator and announces when breakfast is ready through your TV. A toothbrush that tattles on kids by sending a text message to their parents.<p>Exciting or …

Wireless electricity? It's here

Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.<p>Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils -- the kind you'd see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.<p>She …

The Week in Review: The Real March Madness Has Begun

Inside Flipboard / March 29, 2014<p>Hope you didn’t need to heed the Ides of March—it just meant that college basketball’s beloved tournament season was …