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This is what game devs are saying about Valve's prototype VR hardware

We've seen quite a bit the Oculus Rift, but another major player in the coming virtual reality revolution has eluded us: Valve. Save for adding an experimental VR mode to the Steam Client Beta, the company's experiments in the space have been kept largely under wraps. That changed this week during …

China Mobile iPhone launch could lead to subsidy wars, say analysts

Analysts say that the official launch of the iPhone on China Mobile could lead to subsidy wars as Chinese carriers compete to attract buyers. The predictions, quoted by <i>Business Insider</i>, follow price cuts by rival carriers China Unicom and China Telecom as China Mobile reports 1.2 million pre-orders.<p>…

One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

A graphic making its rounds on the web this week offered a glimpse of what the Internet might look like if net neutrality disappears. The takeaway? Not good.<p>A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an Federal Communications Commission order that required Internet service providers to abide by …

Snapchat Says It’s Improving Its App, Service To Prevent Future User Data Leaks

Snapchat has released an official post about the recent leak of 4.6M usernames and phone numbers from its servers. The post blames what it says was ‘abuse’ of its API on the leak, but acknowledges that the way that it stores the information made it possible for a database of numbers to be used to …

Facebook Updates Its Policy Documents Regarding How It Uses And Shares Your Data

Today Facebook proposed a raft of changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data-Use Policies, two separate documents that govern the way the company handles advertising, user data, and third-party retention of that data.<p>The updates are “proposals,” Facebook tells me, and so they …

PayPal announces Customer First, a sweeping plan to ‘catch more sharks and fewer dolphins’

Two weeks ago, Indiegogo project GlassUp raised over $100,000 only to be told that PayPal would not release the funds — leaving the project in the tough circumstance of having led a successful crowdfunding campaign but being unable to pay for the product they had promised to deliver.<p>Today PayPal …

Best Buy lops half off iPhone 5 in trade-in deal

The company is offering the deal from Friday through Monday for customers who trade in an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.<p>Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S owners can get their hands on a new iPhone for a pretty sweet price.<p>Best Buy on Thursday announced that current iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S owners who trade in a …

Mobile Technology

Steven Sinofsky Joins Enterprise Cloud Storage Firm Box As An Official Adviser

Today enterprise cloud file and document storage company Box announced that it has brought former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky on board as an adviser. The move matters, as Sinofsky has deep experience with both Microsoft Office and SkyDrive, two products that Box competes with.<p>Box, which …

Xbox One to bring higher quality voice chat through dedicated hardware and the power of Skype (updated)

It's anti-climactic when you destroy someone in <i>Madden</i>, yet your victory chants are muffled by substandard voice chat. Today, Major Nelson revealed that with the Xbox One and the Xbox One Chat Headset, your taunts and condolences will be heard loud and clear by all. How? Well, the console has …

Doo Releases iPhone App For Its Paperwork-Killing Platform

Back in 2011 Doo closed a $6.8 million round for its big play to attack the world of collaboration and documents. Basically they want to kill off paperwork and make everything digital. To that end they have released an Android app earlier this year and today they have launched their iPhone version, …

Verizon Wireless Deal Could Happen Within a Week

Verizon Communications Inc. is in talks to pay as much as $130 billion for Vodafone Group PLC’s stake in their U.S. wireless venture in a deal that …

Sprint will sunset U.S. Cellular’s network in St. Louis Oct. 31, Chicago on Jan. 31

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Rudy Balasko<p>U.S. Cellular(s usm) customers in St. Louis and Chicago don’t have switch over to a new …

The real plan for Google Glass may be to sell it to businesses, not consumers

Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected …

Google Glass

Android Microconsole GameStick Planned for September 30 Worldwide Release

GameStick, an Android-based gaming microconsole made by PlayJam that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, will be released on Sept. 30, according to its …

SimCity Finally Launches on the Mac With Native Version and Cross-Platform Servers

After being delayed for six months, EA has finally released the Mac version of the new <i>SimCity</i>. The game was originally set to come out in February of this year, but EA decided to delay it to "ensure a great experience" for players.<p>EA has repeatedly emphasized that the Mac version of <i>SimCity</i> is not a …

IBM Regains #1 Server Market Share Position

For five of the past six quarters IDC estimates that server revenue has declined between 2.3% and 7.2% and that the December 2012 quarter (up 3.1%) is the only time it has risen. It also projects that server units decreased 1.2% to 2 million, the third quarter in a row of lower unit …

Tablet sales take a hit from lack of sizzle

IDC trims its forecast for tablet shipments in 2013 and says the pressure's on tablet makers to come through in the remaining months of the year.<p>There's nothing like a hot new device to goose tablet sales. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case lately.<p>That lack of sizzle has given market …

Wearable Tech

Nobody Is Quite Sure What to Make of Nintendo's New Handheld

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Wednesday, Nintendo — home of Mario and maker of the Wii — announced a slightly baffling addition …

Yahoo updates its Flickr iOS app with new filters and tools to take on the new generation

Yahoo has updated its Flickr app for iOS to include new tools and filters as it battles with rival services to become the defacto place for tweaking photos, as well as storing them.<p>The company released the update today on the App Store but it doesn’t look like the new features have made their way …

Skype Building 3D Video Calls That None Of Us Will Likely Use

Skype is working on a technology that will no doubt be impressive when used once and then promptly ignored for the rest of time – 3D video calls. The project was revealed in an interview with the BBC to commemorate Skype’s 10th anniversary (which makes me feel old), but it could be another decade …

Why Twitter’s new Conversations view is a big deal and why it matters for its IPO

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Credit: Rani Molla<p>No one in Silicon Valley has any doubt that San Francisco-based Twitter is on a road to a public offering. …

Android’s Hugo Barra Departs Google for China’s Xiaomi

One of Google’s top Android executives is leaving the company.<p>Hugo Barra, whose official title is vice president of product management for Android, …

Adobe Reader arrives for Windows Phone 8, featuring copy and paste, search, and zoom

This morning Microsoft announced that Adobe has released an official PDF reading application for Windows Phone 8. According to its short blog post, the app, named Adobe Reader, will include the ability copy and paste, zoom in on PDFs, and open password protected files.<p>Bookmarks are also supported, …

MSI introduces three tablets, all very Apple-esque

We haven’t heard about MSI in a while, since January to be more precise when the Taiwan-based company brought the low-price Enjoy 71 tablet to market. At this year’s Computex event, MSI introduced several tablets under the Primo brand. One of them, the Primo 81 has an interesting concept in mind; …

Gear & Gadgets

Verizon's Innovation Center: Incubating the next generation of connected devices keeps the 'dumb pipe' naysayers at bay

It's no surprise, really. Offline devices just don't carry the allure that they once did, and in fact, yours truly would argue that they simply lack the requisite functionality to become runaway hits in the modern era. It's genuinely difficult to think of a flagship consumer electronics product, …

Chrome 27 for iOS is Out: Voice Search, Faster Page Reloads

Almost two weeks after releasing Chrome 27 on the desktop and Chrome 27 for Android, Google today announced the release of Chrome 27 for iOS, significantly improving voice search and speeding up page reloads. You can download the latest version now directly from Apple’s App Store.<p>The biggest …

ARM introduces new designs for affordable smartphones, tablets

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Denys Prykhodov<p>ARM, the company’s whose chip designs are a mainstay in the mobile world, has introduced …

Fracture Raises Another $500K For On-Demand Printing Of Photos On Glass

Fracture, a digital “maker” startup offering an on-demand system for printing your photos on glass, has raised an additional $500,000 on top of its previous $1.5 million in outside funding, following a year that saw the company’s revenue double.<p>Though photo printing on glass is not new, the company …