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Tobii and SteelSeries team up to launch eye-tracking game controller

After spending the better part of a year fine-tuning its technology for Windows 8 machines, eye-tracking specialist Tobii is looking to conquer new market: gaming. With CES just days away, the Swedish company announced today that it has partnered with gaming accessory maker SteelSeries to launch …

The DeanBeat: More terrible predictions for the game industry in 2014 (poll)

As the author of the DeanBeat column, I enjoy exploiting my high office to make terrible predictions about the future of the game business. The time has come again, as the new year has arrived and the Consumer Electronics Show is about to begin next week in Las Vegas.<p>Kaz Hirai, chief executive of …

Visualized: Inside the Vertu workshop, where phones are made by hand (video)

While not everyone's comfortable with splashing out on a fancy Vertu phone, there's no stopping us from appreciating the company's craftsmanship and engineering expertise since its Nokia days. We're talking about dealing with various luxurious materials -- pearl, ruby, sapphire, titanium, gold, …

Could LinkedIn give students an 'in' with college admissions?

If it's been awhile since you applied to college, here's a bit of news to make you feel your age: it's not just about SAT scores, transcripts, and personal essays these days.<p>Social networking plays a role, too.<p>Starting this college admissions season, teens can use the professional networking site …

Social Media

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Apple reportedly acquiring the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect sensor

Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli fabless semiconductor company, for $345 million. Israeli newspaper <i>Calcalist</i> claims Apple has finalized the acquisition, with plans for an announcement within the next two weeks. Primesense worked with Microsoft to include its technology, chips, …

Walter in the Middle: what if 'Breaking Bad' were just a dream?

During Breaking Bad's remarkable run, there was a theory that at the end of the show, Walter White would be sent into witness protection — and he'd take on his new identity as Hal Wilkerson, the <i>Malcolm in the Middle</i> patriarch.<p>But what if, instead of a prequel to <i>Malcolm in the Middle</i>, <i>Breaking Bad</i> …

Samsung makes the case for 'bended' phones and side displays

Apple wins another chance to ban Samsung phones for infringing its patents

In a ruling delivered today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has given Apple another chance at halting sales of Samsung smartphones that infringe on its patents. The court has vacated District Court Judge Lucy Koh's earlier denial of Apple’s request for a permanent …

The long road to Google's self-driving car

This week <i>The New Yorker</i> offers a rare look at the engineers leading Google's self-driving car project, focusing on engineer Anthony Levandowski's decades-long quest to master the subtle demands of vehicular automation. His obsession began with a series of ill-fated DARPA challenges (including more …

Valve to reveal virtual reality prototype, big plans for Steam support

If the Steam Controller and Steam Machine don't have you convinced that Valve's serious about getting into the gaming hardware business, how about throwing in a virtual reality headset as well? The company's Steam Dev Days event, scheduled for mid-January in Seattle, includes the tantalizing …

Putting Pencil to Paper: FiftyThree debuts the best iPad stylus yet

In the two years since Paper for iPad launched, creator FiftyThree has witnessed dozens if not hundreds of styluses compete for the crown of “best stylus.” Today, the company has finally thrown its hat in the ring with Pencil, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) stylus for tablets. FiftyThree’s first …

Report: Nexus 5 to start at $299, battery size will increase with storage

One of the best features of Google’s(s goog) Nexus line of smartphones has been the price, and it looks like the upcoming Nexus 5 could be a better …

Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image

The last time I picked out new eyeglasses, I spent about an hour trying out different pairs in the store. Of course I had to drive there, find and pay for parking, and get soaked in the rain.<p>I would have much rather used Smart Vision, an Australian technology that can create an augmented-reality 3D …

Augmented Reality

True&Co Raises Another $4 Million To Help You Find The Perfect Bra

E-commerce company True&Co launched last year to apply a bit of personalization and technology to aid women in their searches for new bras. The company just raised a little bit more funding to invest more in its algorithm for matching customers with bras that not only fit well but also look …

Google Play Games: Key Player Stats, Alerts, More Cloud Save Storage

Google today announced three new features in Google Play Games Services: key player stats, alerts, and double the Cloud Save storage. In other words, the company is making it easier for developers to understand what players are doing in their game, manage their game features, and store more data in …

Forget Terabit networks; new multicore fibers could signal the Petabit age

Some interesting experiments in fiber optics could dramatically improve the data rates of our backbone internet networks. Researchers at the …

How Apple has changed since Steve Jobs

Since Steve Jobs passed away two years ago Saturday, Apple has experienced no shortage of scrutiny.<p>Investors, the media and the public alike have targeted the company, accusing it of failing to innovate. Critics claim the company has lost its edge, merely updating existing products and not creating …

Nexus 5 spec leak confirms it's similar to LG's G2

What appears to be an internal repair manual for Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 flagship phone reveals pretty much everything there is to know about the device, filling in what blanks remain after an LG FCC filing went public last month. The draft document was leaked to <i>Android Police</i><i>,</i> and between the …

What's your take on the new iPhones? Do they change anything for Android?

The iPhone 5s and 5c are a mess of contradictions, which seems to reflect Apple as a whole right now. For every really awesome thing they do with these devices, you can find one equally terrible thing they do with these devices. So the question shouldn’t be whether or not these phones are good, but …

Oppo N1 teaser train continues - new trailers, leaked images, and more

In the build up to its official launch on September 23, Oppo has continued to post teaser trailers of its upcoming flagship, the Oppo N1, on the company website. With every trailer, we get a clearer picture of what we can expect from the device, and coupled with various leaks and rumors, there’s a …

Samsung starts ad campaign for the Note 3: first spot (video)

Everyone agrees that one of the core strengths that allowed Samsung to become the biggest smartphone maker in the world is marketing.<p>Part of a mammoth marketing push over the last couple of years, a series of smart, relatable, and poignant ads have made the Galaxy brand a household name for …

Images of possible Nexus phone spotted in FCC filings

The case for the LG-made Nexus is getting stronger by the hour. Just today we reported that the confusion concerning the LG D820/821 codename is now a thing of the past, and now we get what appear to be actual images of the upcoming LG-made Nexus.<p>The images below were spotted by the folks at <i>Phone</i> …

Chair Games Releases New Cinematic Trailer For Infinity Blade III [Video]

We got a glimpse of the incredible graphics and gameplay of Chair’s upcoming <i>Infinity Blade III</i> during the Apple’s keynote on Tueday, but Chair released a cinematic trailer for the new game this morning that dives into the Infinity Blade mythology of the first two games before setting up the …

Verizon Lumia 1520 variant leaked in China, teases 20MP PureView camera and Zeiss lens

An oversized smartphone with Zeiss optics and PureView camera technology? We wouldn't expect anything less from Nokia, but it's nice to see the rumors roll in, all the same. Noted Weibo leaker Houdabao has managed to get his hands on a large Lumia device with a PureView 20-megapixel camera, Zeiss …

Phonebloks: Modular, upgradeable smartphones - ExtremeTech

By on September 14, 2013 at 10:12 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In an odd quirk of fate, a …

Android this week: Moga Pro reviewed; Nexus 5 spied; an Asus Android/Windows hybrid outed

After last week’s craziness with the debut of new Android(s goog) smartwatches and phones, this week was one of rest. And that means time for some …

What do Nokia and Denny's have in common? Apple envy

It's not unusual for companies to try to ride each other's coattails during notable events, but Apple days are particularly ripe for corporate PR maneuvers that are always too clever by a half. It doesn't seem to make a difference if you're selling pancakes or polycarbonate phones: as long as they …

'Jurassic Park 4' becomes 'Jurassic World,' coming summer 2015

Following months of speculation, <i>Deadline Hollywood</i> reports that the movie formerly known as <i>Jurassic Park 4</i> is moving ahead, it's just coming to theaters a year later than previously announced. The newly renamed <i>Jurassic World</i> is now set for a June 12th, 2015 release, with director and co-writer …

Gigabyte's tiny new gaming PC is smaller than an Xbox controller

It used to be difficult to find a computer that could play games and still fit underneath your TV. Now, devices like the Alienware X51, Falcon Northwest Tiki, and Digital Storm Bolt can handily fill that role. But what if you want a gaming PC that can fit in your hand? That's where the Gigabyte …