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Apple designs iPhone with wraparound 3D display

Apple has patented a new iPhone design featuring a wraparound display and no buttons.<p>The display would cover the entire surface of the devices and could include two AMOLED screens one on top of the other, according to a patent filing published this week, allowing it to give "an illusion of depth …

Electronics

HTC One vs iPhone 5 drop test! (video)

If there’s one thing we at Android Authority are famous for (or is it infamous?) is the way we do our drop tests. Yeah, we love to send shiny new gadgets to their premature deaths, which usually involves a stretch of hard concrete and a generous serving of slow motion.<p>Last year in Hong Kong, our …

iPhone 5

Media perception of video games can be changed with diversity, say industry veterans

Video games have a less-than-stellar public image, earning a bad rap over the past several years and accused of being everything from an immature medium to a dangerous one, according to a panel held by industry veterans today at the 2013 Game Developers Conference.<p>Georgia Institute of Technology …

Hideo Kojima Announces 'Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain' [Updated]

<i>Please read the update below for clarification on Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain.</i><p>Hideo Kojima showed up at his GDC event this morning head fully wrapped in bandages. That was the final giveaway that Moby Dick Studios was a ruse, and that <i>The Phantom Pain</i> was a Metal Gear game.<p>Turns out, it was …

Dishonored co-creative directors advocate attracting players, not dictating their actions in GDC panel

In a GDC 2013 panel today, <i>Dishonored</i>'s co-creative directors Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith described how allowing players to improvise within a video game world creates a richer experience by attracting them to the goal.<p>They worked to accomplish this in <i>Dishonored</i> by producing non-linear …

EA says DRM a 'failed, dead-end strategy'

Digital rights management (DRM) is a broken system, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told GamesIndustry International this week at the Game Developers Conference.<p>"DRM is a failed, dead-end strategy; it's not a viable strategy for the gaming business," Gibeau said.<p>The EA executive's comments came in …

DRM

Ubisoft Toronto starts collaboration on future Assassin's Creed title

Ubisoft Toronto developers have started collaborating with Ubisoft Montreal on the next, next Assassin's Creed game, the title that will be released following recently announced <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i>, studio managing director Jade Raymond told Polygon.<p>With their work on the multiplayer maps …

Does Nvidia’s position on consoles really matter?

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Nvidia’s explanation for why the graphics hardware company — for the first time — passed up offers to develop chips for any game console basically ended with …

Assassin's Creed 3's cross-studio work 'holds the keys to next generation development'

<i>Assassin's Creed 3</i> was a collaborative process that spanned four different studios, Ubisoft developers revealed today during a GDC panel.<p>Ubisoft Quebec game director Marc-Alexis Cote, Ubisoft creative director Alex Hutchinson, Ubisoft game director Damien Kieken, Ubisoft Montreal senior producer …

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay footage

Gameplay footage for Hideo Kojima's The Phantom Pain shown at GDC today, obtained by Youtube user GamesHQMedia, shows off the tutorial level where an injured Snake and Ishmael escape from a hospital.<p>In the video Snake has just awoken from a nine-year coma and has momentarily lost the ability to …

Warren Spector says gaming can only borrow and steal so much from other narrative media

In a far-ranging talk bursting beyond its 25-minute running time, newly unemployed game designer Warren Spector discussed the "role, forms, problems, and potential" of narrative in games, beginning with a simple question: "What can we learn from other narrative media?"<p>First, Spector asked the …

Magicka: Wizard Wars streamlines the PvP experience of the original and makes it 'twitchier'

Magicka: Wizard Wars – depth in PvP<p><i>Magicka: Wizard Wars</i> will take the player versus player experience of the original <i>Magicka</i> and turn it into its own complete game with streamlined design and twitchier gameplay, according to developers from Paradox Interactive.<p>In a demo shown to Polygon at the Game …

Free-to-play publishers & game developers throw down at GDC

SAN FRANCISCO — At GDC today, game publishers in the free-to-play arena had a powwow to discuss the niceties of publishing and distribution and where we’re headed next.<p>The panel in question was a slew of heavy-hitters, including Rob Carroll of 5th Planet Games, Barry Dorf of DeNA, Pany Haritatos of …

The future of mobile graphics: Better, faster, cheaper, & way more 3D

SAN FRANCISCO — A panel discussion on the future of mobile graphics at today’s Game Developers Conference drew a standing-room-only crowd eager to hear what our smartphones will be showing us next.<p>Envisioning a near future when smartphones and tablets are as powerful as the current but elderly …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Character diversity means better games, says Microsoft Studios writer

Creating stories with a range of characters spanning different ethnicities, sexual orientations and genders will help developers make more satisfying, richer game experiences, according to Microsoft Studios narrative designer Tom Abernathy.<p>Speaking in a panel at the 2013 Game Developers Conference …

Todd Harris Talks SMITE At PAX East 2013

Third-person MOBA <b>SMITE</b> has carved itself a niche within the growing assortment of genre offerings that are continually coming to market. With the 1v1 Joust mode and the battle-centric Arena mode alongside the more traditional style map, <i>SMITE</i> is looking to distance itself from other titles in the …

Battlefield 4 goes for a human feel in the middle of its incredible carnage (preview)

What’s the one song you don’t want to die to?<p>Electronic Arts has a lot riding on its upcoming military shooter Battlefield 4 — one of the few genuine top-tier franchises left in its arsenal. It’s got to have a few secret weapons of its own to compete against its traditional competition, Call of …

Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud 'just work'?

Frustrations mount as developers deal with Apple's inability to manage another cloud service<p>iCloud, perhaps more than any Apple software product, is meant to "just work." When Apple introduced iCloud, it made clear its hopes to eradicate settings menus and file systems in favor of automation. Steve …

T-Mobile's iPhone 5 Reviews: LTE Speeds Are Impressive, HD Voice Difference Notable

T-Mobile announced that it will carry the iPhone 5 this morning at its "Uncarrier" event in New York City, alongside new pricing plans. Though the iPhone 5 is not a new device, several media outlets went hands-on with the device after the event to test out the phone's speeds, pricing, and feature …

Your robot army, controlled by Arduino and Bluetooth

Open-source hardware project shrinks Arduino, adds wireless, creates awesome.<p>Soon, you could make everything in your life …

'Minecraft' developer's new game 'Scrolls' out in beta next month

<i>Minecraft</i> developer Mojang is about to release its second computer game, <i>Scrolls</i>, a digital trading card game. As with <i>Minecraft</i>, Mojang will release Scrolls in beta, giving eager players an early look at the game<i>.</i> <i>Polygon</i> reports that the game will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for …

Russians Make iPad-Controlled Car

If you’ve ever seen <i>Tomorrow Never Dies</i>, you’ll know this is cool. Remember the scene where Bond gets out his phone, controls his BMW remotely to get …

IDC: Smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion device shipments in 2012

According the the IDC, smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion shipments in 2012, with around 1.2 billion devices being shipped worldwide. Smart …

Mobile

Sony open to letting indie devs charge for early access to PS4 games

Sony is open to the idea of letting indie developers charge for early access to unfinished PlayStation 4 games, reports <i>Joystiq</i>. According to Sony America’s VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes, the company would "absolutely support" buy-in alphas, so long as they don’t "have any bugs …

First-Known Targeted Malware Attack On Android Phones Steals Contacts And Text Messages

Malicious software is nothing new to the cyber security world. So-called malware is what unscrupulous folk use to disrupt or gather sensitive data from our desktop computers. Targeted attacks with malware have been relatively unseen on smartphones, those other computers we carry around that are …

Yahoo sale makes UK schoolboy millionaire

A British schoolboy's hobby has turned him into one of the youngest self-made multi-millionaires in the world.<p>Yahoo! announced on Monday that Nick D'Aloisio, 17, had sold his news-condensing mobile app Summly to the US tech giant for an undisclosed sum, reported to be £20m ($30m).<p><b>"It was</b> …