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Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC

After years of ignoring Near Field Communications, or NFC, Apple appears to readying the technology for the iPhone 6. Sources told <i>Wired</i> on Thursday …

Shutterstock Adds 4K Video

Shutterstock, the publicly traded stock photography and video site, has quietly launched support for 4K video. As the company tells us, it has already amassed a catalog of over 11,000 videos that are now available for anybody who needs ultra high-res images of somebody scrolling on an iPad or …

iWatch, Galaxy Gear 2 and Google Gem: is 2014 year of the smartwatch? | The TechRadar Show

Facebook's Parse helps mobile developers build for the Web

Less than two weeks after announcing its sale to Facebook, mobile app development platform Parse has expanded its product suite to include hosting for app makers who want a Web presence, no servers required.<p>Parse plays host to 80,000 iOS, Android, Windows, and HTML5 apps, whose makers have …

Anti-abuse ad displays special message just for kids

When you're young and observing or experiencing abuse, especially when it involves people close to you, it can be hard to find the strength to talk to someone about it. An innovative new advertisement could help direct children -- without alerting their parents or others who may be threatening them …

Adria Richards’ Response, Facebook’s New Ad Plan and Finding the Next Steve Jobs: The AllThingsD Week In Review 3/24/13 — 3/30/13

Photo by Asa Mathat<p>For our readers who are not inclined to constantly hit the refresh button, here’s a quick look back the top 10 stories that drove</b> …

Samsung Says Apple's Patent Damages Could Still Exceed $1 Billion

If you’re still following the back-and-forth between Apple and Samsung over their long-running patent fight: Samsung says it’s possible that Apple …

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In your face, Facebook style

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Apple fanboys mercilessly tweaked in cider ad

We're in an Apple store.<p>All the employees are terribly agitated. They're wearing green. Is it St. Patricks' Day? Not quite. It's a new ad -- sent to me by reader Marrec Selous -- that tweaks, pokes, teases, and tickles at Apple's softer parts.<p>The ad is on behalf of a British cider called Somersby. …

Apple application to trademark iPad Mini denied

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's bid to trademark the term "iPad Mini," contending that "mini" is "merely descriptive" of goods or services sold in miniature form.<p>In a letter sent to Apple in January but only recently published, the USPTO reviewer denied Apple's application …

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Police said to use Facebook to stop punk rock house parties

Police going undercover on social media to catch gangsters and murderers is one thing, but posing as punk rockers to catch bands playing illegal house parties?<p>That's just what Boston police are allegedly doing, according to Slate.<p>After a nuisance control ordinance (PDF) passed last year, the city …

Dell CEO said to mull Blackstone buyout only with CEO assurance

It was assumed just a couple of months ago that Dell would go private with a $24.4 billion buyout under founder and CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake.<p>But several wrenches have been thrown into that plan.<p>Dell confirmed earlier this week that it had two possibly "superior" buyout …

Panasonic subsidiary at center of U.S. bribery investigation

A unit of Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is under investigation by U.S. authorities for allegedly paying overseas bribes to secure business contracts, according to a Wall Street Journal report.<p>Panasonic Avionics, a subsidiary that makes in-flight entertainment and communications systems for …

Saudi Arabia threatens to ban Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber

Saudi Arabia is threatening to block several popular Internet chat, call, and messaging services if they don't get in line with the country's regulatory requirements.<p>The apps in question include Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber, according to the country's official news agency SPA.<p>Apparently, the Saudi …

Did Da Vinci Invent Google Glass?

Leonardo Da Vinci, the 15th-century Renaissance man, is credited with envisioning or outright inventing hundreds of modern-day devices; facsimiles of …

Create Your Own 'Game of Thrones' Coat of Arms With HBO Tool

HBO is drumming up more online buzz for <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 3 with a tool that lets you build your own family arms — sigil, house name and motto …

'Journey' Sweeps Game Developers Choice Awards: Some Alternative Winners

<i>Journey took home top honors at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards. Here are some alternative picks.</i><p><i>Journey</i> swept the Game Developers Choice Awards last week, taking home six awards, including Game of the Year. While I loved the game, and was genuinely moved by my experience with it, I’m …

Time Sink: Columbia Tourism And Gaming Photojournalism In 'BioShock Infinite'

I recently played through the opening 20 minutes of Irrational Games’ <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, but nearly 2 hours of real-world time ticked away. This protracted session wasn’t caused by protagonist Booker DeWitt dying, nor by any work distractions pulling me away from the PC. No, I simply couldn’t stop …

Metal Gear Solid movie director talks Cyborg Ninja, Sniper Wolf, fourth wall moments, and more

The Metal Gear Solid movie will feature a character near and dear to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' heart, at least if he has anything to say about …

Far Cry 3 lead writer advocates for Method acting in video games

Jeffrey Yohalem, the lead writer of <i>Far Cry 3</i>, began his panel conventionally enough, making an aspirational call to action. To improve games writing, he said, developers should treat players like Method actors.<p>Video games, Yohalem said, are the latest and most evolved form of performance. As …

The surreal, inspiring and beautiful games of GDC's experimental panel

Wrapping up the 2013 Game Developers Conference, the Experimental Game Design panel showcased over a dozen unusual, exciting, wacky, funny, scary, sad, ugly and sometimes profound video games.<p>The Castle Doctrine<p>The panel began with the latest game from Jason Rohrer, who won the Game Design …

Forza Horizon's Top Gear Car Pack launching April 2 with six new cars

<i>Forza Horizon</i>'s April Top Gear Car Pack is headed to Xbox 360 Tuesday, April 2, bringing six new cars to the digital Colorado countryside, according to a press release from the game's developers.<p>The cars, which were selected by a team from Top Gear Magazine and the developers at Turn 10 Studios, …

Here’s a chart of every choice in The Walking Dead: Season 1 (image)

<i>Note: This article contains every spoiler for Season One of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead.</i><p>Developer Telltale’s The Walking Dead was our pick for the best game of 2012. GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb describes it as “Regret: The Video Game” because at every point, the adventure throws difficult …

Top iPhone apps gone free

If you are looking for some exciting apps, then check out our list of the best iPhone apps that have just gone free for a very limited time only. …

Top iPhone apps gone free

Only here can you find the latest and best iPhone apps gone free today. Our proprietary appPicker Minestore™ algorithm finds you the best free iPhone …

Samsung Galaxy S4 costs £156 to make, screen drives up cost

The Samsung Galaxy S4 costs £156 to make. The S4's bill of materials (BOM) -- the actual cost of the components in the phone, not what you'll pay for …

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 'definitely' coming, Samsung confirms

Samsung is working on a smart watch, the company has confirmed, even as speculation mounts that a wrist-based gadget will be Apple's next …

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