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Here's what you need to know about streaming Xbox One games to PC and tablet

First things first. Streaming games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 desktop PC or tablet won't be available right away, when Windows 10 is fully launched later this year.<p>During a GDC demo, I asked Mike Ybarra, one of the Xbox program directors, when it might arrive. He said the company would …

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The games industry is wrong about kids, gaming and gender (update)

The results of a new study, revealed yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, show that today's young consumers are far more progressive than the games industry gives them credit for.<p>To ignore this study, say its authors, will inevitably lead the games industry astray. They …

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Dead or Alive Producer Asks PC Modders to be 'Good and Moral'

Be good, everyone.<p>Dead or Alive: Last Round is coming to PC next month, but if modders do unsavory things with its characters, the franchise may not …

RadioShack will close over 1,700 stores following bankruptcy filing

Long-running electronics company RadioShack, which filed for bankruptcy last week, will see the closure of 1,784 stores across North America by March 31, the company confirmed in court documents.<p>RadioShack plans for the closures to come in three waves, the first of which will be completed by Feb. …

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Sky is blocking adult websites by default

Sky is now blocking adult websites by default for all<p>broadband customers yet to make a decision about parental controls. The internet provider said …

Why isn't the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Nintendo of America announced that it will bring the New Nintendo 3DS XL stateside next month, but not the smaller-sized New Nintendo 3DS that's already been released in Japan and Australia. That means no retro-Super Famicom styling and no interchangeable faceplates. So why isn't Nintendo of …

Australia Bans 'Hotline Miami 2' Over Sexual Violence

When I first heard of the scene in <i>Hotline Miami 2,</i> portraying a brutal killer apparently raping his one female victim, I thought it sounded pretty distasteful. After all, this sort of mix of graphic violence and sexual violence is, by its very nature, an unpleasant and horrible thing, especially to …

2015 will be about zombie hunting for the entire app ecosystem

<i>This sponsored post is produced by SimilarWeb.</i><p>The app market has become bloated with loads of unnoticed, unused, and undiscoverable apps. As of July 2014, according to Statista, there were 1.3 million apps in the Google Play Store and 1.2 in iTunes. The pace at which smartphone users are …

Why these Nordic game developers believe in PC and console over mobile

Here’s something crazy: a game developer in Northern Europe that doesn’t really want to make mobile games.<p>Poppermost Productions is the Swedish game studio responsible for the Early Access skiing hit Snow that debuted on Steam last year. Now the company is planning to release Snow into closed beta …

Will Russian Online Music Listeners Go Legit?

It’s interesting to note that in the past year the social network’s users added about 180 million songs after a huge number of songs were removed in June 2013 in an attempt to reach an agreement with copyright holders.<p>That’s why the main legal sound streaming services are not really competing with …

Developers say it's far too easy to crack Snapchat's API

Developers and security researchers say the company has done little to close the technical loopholes allowing unsecure third-party apps to flourish<p>Last Friday, tens of thousands of pictures pulled off a third-party Snapchat app began circulating on the internet, raising privacy alarms and drawing …

FBI director continues push against Apple & Google on smartphone encryption (Video)

FBI Director James Comey isn’t backing down from his position that Apple and Google are wrong to encrypt customer smartphone data preventing law enforcement agencies the possibility of access if requested. After last month sharing that the FBI was in talks with the two companies to discuss concerns …

World's Broadband Gets Broader, but U.S. Still Lags Many Countries

Broadband Internet is creeping into all corners of the world, but there's a lot left to be done, according to the latest report from networking services company Akamai. The second quarter of 2014 marks the first time the global average broadband speed jumped over the 4-megabit mark, an arbitrary …

Hackers charged with stealing over $100m in US army and Xbox technology

Indictment unsealed on Tuesday reveals Department of Justice charged four people in international computer hacking ring<p>Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that …

NSA working to repair relationships with US tech firms

The National Security Agency is working to repair its fractured relationship with major tech companies following disclosures by former agency contractor Edward Snowden that the NSA had been secretly pulling data from company servers for surveillance purposes.<p>“The outreach is happening. It’s …

Reddit community reacts with uncharacteristic civility to forced relocation of employees

C’mon. You didn’t believe that headline, did you?<p>After all, this is Reddit. And there’s nothing Reddit’s users seem to like more than unleashing their vitriol at Reddit. So when news broke Wednesday that the company was forcing all of its employees to move to San Francisco, well, it was like having …

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick …

China Is The World's Top Source Of Internet Attack Traffic [Infographic]

China is the place where the vast majority of Internet attack traffic originates from, according to Akamai’s most recent “State of The Internet” report. Denial-of-service or DDoS attacks overwhelm computers and networks with high levels of online activity, usually through a network taken over or …

Twitch establishes guidelines for broadcasters accepting money to promote games

Online video is the untamed frontier when it comes to the line between editorial and promotional content, but one of the industry leaders is laying down some new rules to help ensure audiences can trust that they know when a corporation has bought and paid for a livestream.<p>Twitch posted a blog …

How to take this strange protest over Apple’s giveaway of the U2 album

U2 have a new album – and it’s all over the web. There are 14 downloads points. It’s all over BitTorrent, available for free. People are exchanging notes about how to download it for free. There’s a certain element of glee that the album, which wasn’t going to be available, has suddenly leaked …

ISIS Uses 'GTA 5' In New Teen Recruitment Video

Terrorist group ISIS has combined brutality with social media acumen to become one of the most feared and reviled organizations on earth in recent months, publicly releasing videos of beheadings of American and British hostages in addition to broadcasting other unspeakable acts of violence.<p>Their …

Scientists Find That Martian Soil Is Actually Pretty Good For Growing Stuff

Now our space settlers can have local, organic produce. It just might not be super healthy.<p>Dutch ecologist Wieger Wamelink couldn’t believe what he was seeing. There, in one of the 840 pots he had been monitoring since April, a mustard plant had sprouted a greenish knob. <i>No, this can’t be</i>, he …

The Escapist #GamerGate Forums Brought Down In DDoS Attack

Earlier this week, Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart London published an article containing emails between a group of video game journalists, all members of an email list called GameJournoPros.<p>The Breitbart piece suggested collusion between these journalists to provide a specific spin on news during …

Report: China Hacked Defense Contractors 20 Times in One Year

China committed about 20 cyberattacks across a year-long period on defense contractors working with the government agency responsible for the …

Want Google Play Music on your iPad? It’s hiding in the iPhone version

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>For iOS users, tuning in to Google(s goog) Play Music currently means using an iPhone(s aapl) app, even if your device is an …

The billion-dollar game dev trading post

David Helgason believes his Unity Asset Store has saved game developers a total of $1 billion in the last year.<p>The store allows game makers to share tools, editors, art, audio, anything really; sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. "My calculation is that we unlocked a billion dollars worth …

The Guilt of the Video-Game Millionaires

One night in March, 2013, Rami Ismail and his business partner Jan Willem released a game for mobile phones called Ridiculous Fishing. Ismail, who was twenty-four at the time and who lives in the Netherlands, woke the following morning to find that the game had made him tens of thousands of dollars …