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Europe is poised to give Silicon Valley a run for its money, argues a new report

You might think Europe is treading water these days, with one of its biggest financial centers, London, hamstrung by Brexit and the uncertainty it has fostered.<p>You’d be wrong. So suggests a new survey by the venture firm Atomico that persuasively argues that Europe’s tech scene is instead being …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Hangouts adds GIF keyboard for Android 7.1 Nougat users

Fans of Google’s Hangouts chat client can expect to see a new 15.0 version of the app to roll out this week. The new version’s major addition is just for the very few smartphone owners who have Android 7.1 Nougat installed, as it adds the GIF keyboard to the app.<p>The GIF keyboard made its debut in …

Google Hangouts

HTC's Newest High-End Smartphone Works Extra Fast At A Strange Cost

HTC is at it again. The Taiwanese developer is trying to prop up its long-faltering smartphone business with a new high-end model that might stand out in a vast field of Android devices. Its HTC Bolt smartphone runs at an extraordinarily high speed on the Sprint LTE Plus data transmission network …

HTC

Massive Apple Leaks Reveal Radical New iPhone

Is Apple set to <i>Wow the world</i> with a radical new iPhone? A rash of leaks from a variety of credible sources strongly suggest so, and they promise a level of reinvention we haven’t seen from Apple in several years.<p>Here’s the breakdown.<p>The biggest news comes from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo (widely …

Mobile Technology

'Snooper's charter' bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance

Home secretary hails ‘world-leading’ laws, which include forcing web and phone companies to collect browsing histories<p>The “snooper’s charter” bill extending the reach of state surveillance in Britain was given royal assent and became law on Tuesday as signatures on a petition calling for it to be …

Surveillance

Amazon Plans Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen

Amazon.com Inc. is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a screen, a sign the world’s largest online retailer is trying to capitalize on the …

Smart Homes

Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games

Bored while you wait for someone to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 …

United Kingdom

April’s best games bring the return of Kratos and something exciting on Switch

If you’re still working your way through March’s stellar slate of games, you’re in luck. April is a bit on the slow side, and the must-play titles …

Nintendo Labo

At $10, “Super Mario Run” Could Be Great For Nintendo, Phone Owners, And The Industry

Charging 10 bucks for a smartphone game would doom lesser game developers, but it’s a smart strategy for a giant in transition.<p>After years of scornfully dismissing the potential of smartphone gaming, Nintendo has decided to make peace, not Wario, by releasing <i>Super Mario Run</i>, the first Super Mario …

Retrogaming

Will Games Continue To Dominate The App Landscape? | Articles | Chief Digital Officer

Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google Maps, and Uber, you might think that the app market is …

Here Are the Most Iconic 'Final Fantasy' Titles

A look back at the series's most memorable entries.<p><i>Final Fantasy</i> might be about to make its triumphant comeback. With <i>Final Fantasy XV</i> out this week, …

Final Fantasy

Way of the Passive Fist Launching On PlayStation 4 2017 (video)

Jason Canam from Household Games has taken to the official PlayStation blog this week to announce that their new game Way of the Passive Fist, a …

Gear & Gadgets

NME’s Games Of The Year 2016

18 quintillion planets, massive fighting robots, cargo ships frozen mid-crash and flicking virtual balls around Primark; it's been a mind-blowing 12 …

Deus Ex

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Added to Xbox One Backward Compatibility

Last week we reported on a snafu in the Xbox Store Black Friday sale that promoted <i>The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion</i> as Xbox One Backward Compatible. The …

Gaming Industry

NES Classic Will Be Back in Stock Soon at ThinkGeek and You Can Win One

With stock of NES Classic Edition systems still sold out at many retailers, ThinkGeek today announced that it's getting a shipment of the hard-to-find consoles in. Not only that, but the GameStop-owned store announced it's giving away five of these as part of a promotion.<p>To enter, you need to sign …

PS4 Outsells Xbox One in Record Breaking Black Friday Weekend Sales

PS4 Takes Back Top Spot After Cyber Monday Sales<p>After the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 for a 4th month in a row in October in the US, it seemed …

IPad Air

Florence and the Machine’s cover of ‘Stand By Me’ serves as backdrop of compelling Final Fantasy XV spot

To drum up excitement for the launch of the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV, LA agency Omelet has created a compelling TV spot that features Florence …

Watch Dogs 2 is an antidote to the grimness of GTA

I’ve been playing Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for most of a day and a night, and I haven’t killed anyone yet. The game’s recreation of San Francisco …

PlayStation Communities App Out Today on iOS and Android

Today we’re launching a PlayStation Communities app on iOS and Android, making it easy to stay in touch with your fellow PS4 gamers while away from …

20 Techy Gifts for Gadget-Heads

These gifts run the gambit — from futuristic (a semi-self-driving car, the best VR headset, an olfactory alarm clock) to reinvented old-school (a …

Nintendo Switch hands-on event set for January 13th in New York City

According to a new report, Nintendo will host the first ever hands-on event for its upcoming Switch hybrid console on January 13th in New York …

New York City

Everything in the live-TV-streaming universe: Channel lineups compared

Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV, DirecTV and PlayStation Vue are all vying for your cord-cutting dollar. Here's how their channel lineups stack up.<p>And then there were five.<p>With the runaway popularity of on-demand streaming video services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video and Hulu, more and more people …

Smart TV

Video game releases for December 2016

The Last Guardian, Steep, Super Mario Run and Dead Rising 4 are highlights<p>Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of December 2016. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2016. Also, check out the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold …

Lego Copies Minecraft, the Videogame That Copied Lego

In the new ‘Lego Worlds,’ players manipulate virtual bricks as they encounter friend and foe—just like in the wildly popular game franchise from Microsoft-owned Mojang<p>Lego wants a piece of Minecraft’s blockbuster videogame success.<p>Lego A/S and its videogame publishing partner, Warner Bros. …

Lego

This Week's Xbox One and Xbox 360 Deals With Gold Revealed

Another week, another set of deals on Xbox Live. Don't get too excited, though, as this week's lineup of deals--which follows last week's massive Black Friday sale--is quite limited. However, there are still some solid offers to be had.<p>As posted by Major Nelson, some of the Xbox One offers this …

Nintendo Is Building A Real-Life Mario World At Universal’s Theme Parks

There have been rumors going around for a while that Universal and Nintendo would be teaming up to build a real-life Mario World, but the rumors mostly said that it was going to be happening in Japan. That makes sense: Nintendo sees itself, first and foremost, as a Japanese company. But it turns …

Amusement Parks

What it takes to get a NES Classic

Finding a NES Classic anywhere is a difficult achievement these days. Nintendo’s $60 box of nostalgia is sold out nationwide, and although some stock …

Final Fantasy 15's Alleged 72-hour Boss Fight Attempted

Toward the end of Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segment on Final Fantasy XV, he skipped ahead to a quest about investigating unnaturally occurring earthquakes. As it turns out, those earthquakes were being caused by Adamantoise, one of Final Fantasy XV’s colossal post-end-game bosses, a tortoise …

What it's like to become a YouTube gaming celebrity at 80 years old

She didn't ask to become your grandma, but that isn't stopping her from trying all the same.<p>One morning in September of last year, Shirley Curry woke …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Producer and documentarian Alex Gibney and whistleblower Dan David speak with MarketWatch about Chinese reverse mergers and short-selling.<p>4:02 p.m. …

Mergers & Acquisitions