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Maker Studios Finishes Buying Blip, and Looks for New Pile of Money

YouTube heavyweight Maker Studios has finished acquiring Blip, the video network and distributor.<p>This is the deal I told you about late last month. …

New Report On Apple’s App Store Algorithm Change Shows How Even A Minor Ratings Shift Affects Top Apps

A new report released today confirms earlier findings indicating a mobile app’s ranking in the iTunes App Store is now taking into account ratings and other metrics in order to help determine its place on the charts. According to Appurify, the Google Ventures-backed startup behind an app debugging, …

Facebook video ads delayed again, says report

Facebook is pressing the pause button on an initiative to put video advertisements in News Feed as it considers how not to disrupt the user experience, according to Ad Age.<p>The social network has long been rumored to be shopping around a high-priced ad unit that marketers could use to run 15-second …

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Moto X to strut its stuff on New York fashion runway

This season, nothing is more "on trend" in the fashion world than algorithms and engineers. At least, that's what you might be led to believe based on the face time Google products have been receiving lately -- in the pages of Vogue, and now on the runway in New York for the second year running.<p>But …

On Chrome Web Store, Real Games Mix With Mario Knockoffs

We’ve heard it over and over again (and arguably for good reason): Nintendo does not make games for platforms it does not control. So, imagine my …

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Princess Rescue for the Atari 2600: Sorry Mario, But Our Princess is in Another Console - Technabob

Demakes are one of the ways that creative gamers to express their nostalgia for the games they grew up with. Though I must say, I never expected I’d …

I think from time to time we can expose a little fun, Internet art on the site. So whoever is behind this Tumblr/Blog page dedicated to 8-bit Mario-izing Rene Magritte's famous surreal paintings, we say bravo. Mostly what this work does for us is wish we had a Nintendo in the office to play Super Mario Bros 2. That one was our favorite: http://bit.ly/12Nr5po

Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug

Pac-Man isn't up to play without his coffee<p>Full-color image from your favorite arcade game<br>• Heat-activated ghosts and Pac-Man<br>• Hand wash to preserve the …

Mario Power-Ups In The Style Of A Classic Still Life

Okay so they're not all power-ups, but they are all items from Mario games. I just didn't want to run the title onto two lines because sometimes I …

10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

Legend of Zelda Music Rings

This is a great design concept for fans of The Legend of Zelda video game franchise. Christian Griffin's rings show the musical notation for popular …

If Disney Princesses Were Old-School Street Fighter Characters...

Yes, that's a Chun Li x Cinderella mash-up. Oh, there's more—artist Mike V took the ever-iconic Disney princesses, and re-imagined them as many of …

Why video games may be good for you

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.<p>The spreadsheet was seven feet long. Printed in …

'Mega Man' creator takes to Kickstarter to fund spiritual successor

Keiji Inafune has taken to Kickstarter to fund his next project, a side-scrolling action game called <i>Mighty No. 9</i>. Inafune is best known for his work on the <i>Mega Man</i> franchise, and his latest effort has quite a bit in common with the Blue Bomber. Not only does the game star a similar-looking young …

UCSF study shows gaming makes you cognitively younger (video)

A slew of negatives plague video games -- Peter Pan Syndrome, hyper-violence, camping -- but their youthfulness could do just what Nintendo's <i>Brain Age</i> promised: improve elderly brain function. Over four years, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco had a group play a custom game …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Xbox One availability "should feel a lot better than it did for 360," says Microsoft

Microsoft executive Phil Spencer has said the company is holding back stock of the Xbox One so that more consoles will be available in stores at launch.<p>Speaking to address rumours that Microsoft was having difficulty producing the machines, Spencer said to Game Informer that "you want people to be …

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Report: Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, more Ubisoft games leaked

Ubisoft is reportedly working on a high-definition port of <i>Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation</i> and other digital titles including <i>Assassin's Creed: Pirates</i>, according to an image leaked on A9VG.<p>The image, which you can see below. supposedly refers to an upcoming Ubisoft Digital Day 2013 press event where …

Grand Theft Auto V's in-game commercials prey on your fears of the apocalypse and middle age

Rockstar has always used its Grand Theft Auto games to satirize America, and Grand Theft Auto V is no different. One way that GTA V will lampoon the U.S. is through the use of in-game television ads that players will see if they decide to watch the tube in-game.<p>GTA V will include commercials for …

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky sequel coming to PC, PSP

<i>The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC</i>, the follow-up to the beloved PlayStation Portable role-playing game, will be released digitally on PSP and Windows PC in 2014 by publisher Xseed Games, the company announced today.<p><i>Trails in the Sky SC</i> (the abbreviation stands for "Second Chapter") will be …

Google Calendar app gets color labels in new update

The Google Calendar app for Android is the latest app from the Mountain View company to receive an update, after the last few weeks have brought us a flurry of news on this front.<p>Just after the Google Play app has been updated, and to go with the news about the new Gmail update still ringing in …

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20 of the Best Apps Released in August 2013

As August draws to a close, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>From Android through iOS and onto the Web, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>New on Android<p><b>Tunester</b><p>Tunester is a minimalist, gesture-based …

Notable New iPad Apps: Disney Animated

<b>Disney Animated</b> is a wonderful new iPad app that takes us into the world of Disney and their great animated films. It’s a fascinating look into Disney’s fantastic animated feature films – all the way from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs right up though an early look at their next upcoming movie, …

Apple Ad Campaign Highlights iPad Apps You've Never Heard Of

If you don't recognize some of the apps in Apple's latest iPad ad campaign, you're probably not alone.<p>Earlier this month, Apple's ad agency …

With Nymi Wristband, Your Heartbeat Unlocks Your Devices

Could be convenient<p>Here's a twist on knowing thy heart. A startup is looking to manufacture a wristband that recognizes its wearer by his or her heartbeat. The wristband, called Nymi, then communicates with wearers' other devices—laptops, tablets, smartphones—to unlock them when their owners pick …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

AppAdvice App Of The Week For September 2, 2013

Every week, our staff will handpick an app from the past two weeks that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always …

Microsoft buying Nokia's phone business in a $7.2 billion bid for its mobile future

That's one way to become "a devices and services company"<p>One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's devices and services unit, bringing the Lumia lineup under the Redmond roof. The move unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware …

HTC executives arrested over leaked trade secrets

Three HTC design executives were arrested on suspicion of leaking trade secrets, sending the Taiwanese smartphone maker's shares tumbling on Monday as its troubles deepened amid a wave of senior staff departures and disappointing sales.<p>Taipei prosecutors confirmed that HTC vice president of product …