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Microsoft rolls out first Xbox One ad, highlights NFL features and Skype integration

Now that we know the release date for Microsoft's Xbox One, it's only natural for the company to start an ad campaign showcasing some features that are part of its next-generation console. Unlike what most would expect, however, the first video advertising the Xbox One isn't touting one of its main …

How to back up your Android phone

Android doesn't offer a native backup service, so it's easy to ignore the need to do so. But don't wait until it's too late to start thinking about backing up your phone. Many of us rely on our phone cameras to snap day-to-day photos of our lives and save text messages to have some of the most …

Don't Worry, You Can Yell At Your PS4 If You Want To

Microsoft‘s big job over the next few months is going to be convincing players that the added functionality of the Xbox One is worth $100 more up front than the PS4. The bulk of that price and feature differential is for the Kinect, and so far, Microsoft is proving me wrong by not offering a …

Playstation 4 supports voice recognition

The PlayStation 4 will support voice commands, a Sony representative has confirmed.<p>"Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 29 [in …

Sony

Xbox One game Below launching in 2014

Below, the all-new roguelike from Super Time Force studio Capybara Games, will be released on Xbox One in 2014, studio president Nathan Vella told GameSpot at PAX Prime.<p>"It's not a launch game at all. It'll be 2014," Vella said. "Yeah, I'll say 2014 because I hate release dates. I want to finish …

E3

How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

By many measures, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world. Conservative estimates hold mosquitoes responsible for hundreds of millions …

Mosquitoes

What Google And Uber Have In Store For The Future

Last week, I published a piece of speculative fiction about how I saw Google and Uber evolving as companies and taking advantage of new technology 10 years from now. That “Dispatch From The Future” got quite a lot of attention, in part because more than a few people got very excited about the …

Xbox One voice commands not available in all regions at launch

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft issued a statement on the matter. Voice control will be available in 10 of the Xbox One's 13 launch markets, though the specific "Xbox On" voice command will be available in only five regions.<p>"Our vision is to bring conversational voice …

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PAX: Microsoft's Albert Penello On Xbox One's Creation, Cable Cutters, A Launch Date, And Ben Affleck As Batman

It’s PAX this weekend here in Seattle, and one would think that early afternoon on a Friday would be a fine, slow time to meet with executives from the likes of Microsoft and Sony and Nintendo, but that person would be wrong. By noon it was already a mad house, with many Marios, Luigis, and several …

Octodad gets PlayStation Move support

Octodad gets PS Move support<p>Young Horses' third-person adventure game about a wobbly Octopus dad, <i>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</i>, is getting PlayStation Move support, the developer announced today at a PlayStation showcase in Seattle.<p>The Move motion controller has been integrated in such a way that players …

VVVVVV Coming to PS Vita

“Pronounced like the letter ‘V’ six times.”<p>Today, Sony revealed that indie hit VVVVVV will be coming to PlayStation Vita. It originally came to PC in …

Samurai Gunn Announced for PS4, PS Vita

Play at home or on the go.<p>Today, Sony revealed that Samurai Gunn (not to be confused with the old manga Samurai Gun) would be coming to both …

Sony launches Third Party Productions to bring new and existing IP to PlayStation platforms

Sony announces new third party relations group<p>Sony Computer Entertainment America announced last night that it is launching Third Party Productions, a new group within its Third Party Relations team that will work with third party developers to bring their IP to Sony' platforms.<p>In his announcement …

Dead Rising 3

Microsoft Says Xbox One Is Worth $100 More Than PS4

<i>It’s only a Benjamin.</i><p>The pre-next-gen console wars are all fiery and hot even before product release.<p>Fans and corporations alike continue to throw punches, defending their system and attacking the other.<p>One of the major remaining differences between the next consoles on offer from Microsoft (MSFT) …

Xbox One Vs PS4: Xbox One May Have An Early Edge Partly Because Of PS3's Amazing 2013 Lineup

<i>It’s been an amazing year for PlayStation gamers.</i><p><i>This post is a part of a long series discussing the relative merits of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.</i><p>Recently I wrote that Microsoft’s strong Xbox One video game lineup gave them an early edge over the competition.<p>This is partly because Microsoft …

PlayStation 4 Hardware revealed

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter: 'Mixes the threat of Lovecraft and Silent Hill’s decaying, subliminal rot' (Xbox One update)

<i>[Update: The Xbox One version of the game currently appears to have some minor frame rate issues, with a constant stuttering effect while moving. The</i> …

PAX: Mtn Dew Giving Away Xbox Ones -- Unless You Use Windows Phone

At PAX in Seattle this weekend, Mtn Dew (pronounced “Mountain Dew”) is giving away Xbox One consoles as part of a promotion with Microsoft. There are QR barcodes hidden around the Washington State Convention Center and, when scanned with the PAX Guidebook app, can be used to collect points. The …

Rainbow Six Vegas and Magic 2013 free on Xbox Live in September

Microsoft today revealed September's free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.<p>From September 1-15, gamers can pick up Magic 2013 (normally $10), while Rainbow Six Vegas (normally $20) will be free from September 16-30.<p>Gamers in South Africa will receive Shadowrun instead of Rainbow Six Vegas, …

Rainbow Six

Facebook reveals governments asked for data on 38,000 users in 2013

Government agencies around the world demanded access to the information of over 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, and more than half the orders came from the United States, the company said on Tuesday.<p>Facebook's first "global government requests report" covers the first six …

A Travel Tripod that can Also Act as a Light Stand

by Sarah Hipwell. I brought two cameras on a recent vacation to France. My trusty DSLR and my new fab Sony RX100. I don’t normally bring a tripod on …

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Transform Your Photos Into 1990s Sierra Games

Because your selfies aren’t that attractive anyway.<p>I was supposed to be writing this story 30 minutes ago, but then I got caught up playing with an app that I was supposed to be just “testing.”<p>The app is called Belowrez (and it’s free). By Adam Mathes, Belowrez is basically a pixel filter, a way to …

Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Game Store

Microsoft seems intent on sanding away the Xbox brand's rough edges before launching the One this November. Following the recent switch from its arcane points system to local currency for digital purchases, Redmond has subtly changed up where you'll spend that money. What we used to know as the …

Apple TV snags Vevo, Disney channels in major update

The Apple TV hardware may be old, but a steady stream of updates are keeping the box fresh.<p>Tuesday morning a software update added five new apps to Apple's streaming box: Vevo, the Disney Channel, Disney XD, the Smithsonian Channel, and the Weather Channel. It's a major update for the Apple TV, …

Blickfang Media – Corporate Design by Ramin Nasibov

Blickfang Media Identity.<p>Dortmund, Germany-based graphic designer Ramin Nasibov was hired to develop the logotype and corporate identity for …

Graphic Design

DIY: Transform an Old Film Canister Into a Tiny Flashlight for Your Camera Bag

Here’s a good weekend project for those of you who have some old film canisters lying around, and a bit of DIY know-how up your sleeves. Those old …

Character Portrait Photography Techniques in Very Low Light

Impressing commercial clients involves scouting out unique locations and working expertly with lighting equipment. Photographers who go the extra …

Photography

A Lake and a Forest