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Nintendo’s 1-Up

About that DeNA mobile partnership…

“I think that for most of you here today, our alliance may have been unexpected.”

That was Nintendo President …


Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-hour appointments, no lines

After hiring a new team of fashion sales and marketing experts from Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, Apple has developed a unique Apple Store purchasing experience just for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, according to sources briefed on the launch plans. When a customer …

Apple Watch

Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: ‘magical’ display tables, demo loops, sales process

While the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition has been receiving a lot of attention due to its premium pricing and aesthetic, Apple will sell far more of the lower-priced Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models, and has created a different customer journey for those customers, according to sources …

Apple Watch

Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook has used the editorial pages of The Washington Post to condemn laws that allow businesses to refuse service to homosexuals or other groups on the grounds of "religious freedom." Calling the legislation "something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Cook says …

Tim Cook

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

What Einstein termed "spooky action at a distance" has been successfully demonstrated for the first time.

For the first time, quantum entanglement of …

Quantum Mechanics

You Can Now Play Super Mario 64 In Your Browser

Well, the first level anyway

For millions of 90s kids, Super Mario 64 is the video game equivalent of Proust’s madeleine — evoking a simpler, more exciting and infinitely more awesome time. And the game’s first level — that lush green hillside with bright gold coins, giant rolling cannonballs and a …


Zelda delay could ruin Nintendo's 2015

Nintendo has simultaneously disappointed millions of gamers and surprised absolutely no one by announcing that its Wii U Legend of Zelda game will not be released in 2015.

Though it previously planned to give its troubled home console a boost with the new Zelda title this year, Nintendo now says it …


Airbnb goes mainstream with Rio Olympic contract

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - With an official contract to provide rooms for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is creating a model to solve accommodation problems at mega-events, co-founder Joe Gebbia said on Friday.

The company, one of Silicon Valley's …


Chrome OS beta is getting a new launcher with Google Now

Intrepid folks running Chrome OS beta will soon get to test a huge new feature that's not quite ready for stable release: Chrome Launcher 2.0. This version looks more like a new tab on the Chrome browser than the platform's current, more traditional one that's basically a windows that shows app …

Google Chrome

Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Lulu Zezza has played one of the toughest roles in Hollywood.

Ms. Zezza, who has managed physical production on movies like “The Reader” and “Nine,” also oversees the digital security of everything that goes into the making of a film, including budgets, casting, shooting …


GNC to Strengthen Supplement Quality Controls

GNC, the country’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, has agreed to institute sweeping new testing procedures that far exceed quality controls mandated under federal law.

The action to be announced Monday comes after the New York State attorney general’s office accused GNC and three …

Attorney General

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Never before has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer.

But there has been some concern that the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. …

Oil Prices

Mercedes-Benz to make a pickup truck

Mercedes-Benz plans to sell a midsized pickup truck by 2020, the luxury automaker announced Friday, calling it "the first pickup from a premium manufacturer."

The truck will initially be sold in Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. In those places, according to Mercedes parent company …


Proving Einstein Wrong with 'Spooky' Quantum Experiment

Quantum mechanics is one of the best-tested theories in science, and it's one of the few where physicists get to do experiments proving that Einstein …

Quantum Mechanics

Andrew Sullivan: Blogging nearly killed me

For years, Andrew Sullivan blogged at a prolific rate.

His prodigious output was supplemented by dispatches from readers, public debates with fellow bloggers and ruminations on everything from the Geneva Conventions to "South Park." Blogging was a medium -- and a lifestyle -- that he helped pioneer. …

Andrew Sullivan

Valve and HTC will let developers apply for a free Vive VR headset 'soon'

HTC and Valve are being pretty aggressive with their VR headset timing — the recently announced Vive headset is supposed to be available to consumers by the end of the year. But Ars Technica reports that there's some good news and some not-so-good news for developers who wanted to play with it …

Virtual Reality

A Most Violent Year

The Facebook Federation

Reading over the coverage of F8 this week, one thing is clear: Facebook the social network isn’t very interesting anymore…Continue reading on Medium »


Peering Into Far-Off Lands

Like swinging a Periscope around…Continue reading on Medium »


Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

What your food 'sounds' like affects how good it tastes, a new study says

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, according to new flavor research.

Flavor perception is multi-sensory. “The …


Soon Facebook Messenger Will Let You Reach Out To Businesses

During the opening keynote at Facebook’s F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg just announced that you’ll soon be able to reach out to businesses from within the standalone Facebook Messenger app.

Instead of emailing a company’s support line to change your order or check tracking progress, you’ll be able …


Meet Periscope, Twitter’s New Live Video App

The interactive video app is gorgeous and fast. But is it enough to beat Meerkat’s head start?

There’s a whistle and a vibration in my pocket, and I pull out my phone and it’s John Hodgman. He’s sitting in an airport, in a Delta Airlines lounge, nursing what appears to be a whiskey on ice. He wants …


Google taking augmented reality game 'Ingress' to TV

Google and its video game studio, Niantic Labs, are adding another layer to their augmented reality app, Ingress, by bringing it to TV, The Information reports. In Ingress, players travel -- in physical reality -- to marked locations called "portals," and they hack and defend those positions using iOS …

Augmented Reality

Facebook's ridiculously large drones will beam internet from the sky

Facebook showed off a preview of its Internet service-providing drone at its developer conference. The solar-powered flier will have a wingspan greater than a 737.

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Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available

Live-streaming apps are the thirstiest of all media. A Facebook post wants a like, a tweet begs for favs, and a snap means little without a response. But for sheer drop-everything, look-at-me arrogance, nothing beats the push notification that says "LIVE NOW." I’m doing literally anything, the …


The first Apple Watch apps are already here

You can't actually buy an Apple Watch for another month or so, but Apple has already opened the gate for apps. 9to5Mac points out a slew of freshly updated apps, including Twitter, WeChat, Evernote and the weather app Dark Sky (shown above), among others. While regular developers won't be able to …

Apple Watch

Apple Announces April 10 Grand Openings for Apple Watch Shops in London, Paris, and Tokyo

Apple today officially announced April 10 grand openings for its three dedicated Apple Watch shops located in high-end department stores in London, Paris, and Tokyo. As previously outlined, the store-within-a-store locations are at Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and Isetan in …


Periscope vs. Meerkat: Which live-video app is best?

Meerkat has enjoyed over a month of dominance in the streaming-video category, but Twitter's release of Periscope has changed all that. Here's …


Vice Media Expands HBO Partnership with Daily News, Weekly Series

Vice Media, known for its coverage of current affairs for the Millennial generation, will expand its partnership with Time Warner Inc's (TWX) premium cable network HBO to include daily newscasts and more weekly series and specials, the network said on Thursday.

Vice's half-hour show on weekdays will …