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Microsoft's 'Project Spark' beta launches in October, lets anyone create a game

Microsoft first unveiled its <i>Project Spark</i> game maker project back at E3 with a promise of a launch later this year. Today at Gamescom, Microsoft is revealing it will launch <i>Project Spark</i> beta for Windows 8 in October. <i>Project Spark</i> is essentially a game maker within a game, letting players build …

Fan TV revealed: is this the set-top box we’ve been waiting for?

Built in secret, Fanhattan is finally showing off its Yves Behar-designed device to the world.<p>In June 2011, a Silicon Valley startup released a well received iOS app named Fanhattan to serve as a central place for finding streaming video. More recently, Fanhattan brought its service to the web. But …

GE’s Jeffrey Immelt Would Love to 3-D Print Jet Engine Parts Someday

If you’re into the 3-D printing craze consider this: Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of the industrial giant General Electric, is one of you.<p>The practice of …

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A gigabit is not enough. New research takes us to 400Gbps.

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p><i>This article was updated at 11:46 a.m. PT to correct the bandwidth measurement in the article’s excerpt and to clarify a</i> …

Bio-Hackers, Get Ready

When I speak to technical founders, they often look back with fondness to days of tinkering with a Commodore 64 or Hypercard.<p>But perhaps tomorrow’s founders will experiment with a very different kind of code — the genetic code that underlies how everything from one-celled organisms to humans …

Noise-canceling twin signals could lead to a faster, more reliable internet

Researchers have discovered a way to dramatically improve the reliability of high-speed internet. Fiber optic lines use light waves to transfer data, but sending high-speed long-distance communications requires a lot of power. The more power used to transmit a signal, the more interference, or …

New Xbox Fails To Excite Investors As Microsoft, AMD Stocks Stays Flat While Sony Shoots Up 9%

Wall Street apparently wanted something more revolutionary out of the Xbox One that launched today, as Microsoft’s stock is down 0.66 percent. In turn, investors on news of a potential spin off, pushed Sony shares up 9 percent, coincidentally just after Microsoft announced its answer to the Sony …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

Can Microsoft's Xbox Get Hollywood To Help Reinvent Gaming?

Tuesday’s unveiling of newest Microsoft Xbox will be a technological wonder. The game console will likely connect to other devices. It’ll feature that utterly cool hands-free Kinect controller, which may let users wave in the air to communicate online with friends, change TV stations, write texts, …

Microsoft's new TV project: The Music Room on Xbox, a user-driven show

Microsoft’s efforts to create in-house content for its Xbox ecosystem appears to be ticking right along. News recently broke that Microsoft intends to release a two-part show for Xbox Live subscribers that will see them having a hand in its ending.<p>The musically-focused <i>The Music Room</i> will allow for …

Apple iWatch Rumors: Late 2013 Release Date Expected As 1.5-Inch Smart Watch Display Features Tested Overseas

Ever since The New York Times reported in February on Apple’s plans to create a smart wristwatch that could rival “science fiction comics and spy …