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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f hits PS Vita in March

<i>Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f</i>, Crypton Future Media's rhythm game starring the titular virtual singer, is headed to PlayStation Vita this March.<p>According to a post on the PlayStation Blog by Aaron Webber, associate brand manager at publisher Sega of America, the PS Vita version will arrive on the …

Oculus Rift And Thalmic’s Myo Armband Are A Match Made In Heaven, Say Founders And Investors

Total video game immersion might not be as far away as you think: The Oculus Rift is a huge step in the right direction, and it may have an optimal bedfellow in Thalmic’s Myo armband, the gesture control wearable that picks up on electrical impulses from your arm to deliver fine-tuned control over …

Updated: Can Susan Wojcicki help YouTube creators make money?

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Asa Mathat | All Things Digital<p>Longtime Google leader Susan Wojcicki has left her post at Google Ads for the top spot …

Apple reportedly hires sleep expert for iWatch team

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Apple(s aapl) has reportedly hired an expert on sleep research for its rumored iWatch project, according to 9to5Mac. Roy J.E.M …

The backstory: Sony’s 2001 offer from Steve Jobs to run Mac OS on Vaio laptops [Updated]

<i>Update: the rumor was true, Sony confirmed that it is selling its PC business and the VAIO brand to Japan Industrial Partners, with the deal set to complete by the end of March.</i><p>Former Sony President Kunitake Ando says that Sony turned down an offer from Steve Jobs back in 2001 to allow it to run …

An Exclusive Look At The BotObjects ProDesk3D Color 3D Printer

The ProDesk3D by BotObjects has been one of the most controversial 3D printer products over the past few years. Built by a small firm in London and purported to print in full color – albeit only in bands of mixed color that appear in gradations along the length of the printed objects – pre-orders …

German patent troll demands $2B from Apple for using a mandatory emergency phone standard

Demands from patent trolls – companies that invent nothing, but simply buy up patents in order to demand cash – are just a fact of life for any large company, and Apple doubtless receives hundreds of them each year. Some are, however, audacious than others.<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports that German patent troll …

YouTube clamps down on 'fake video views'

YouTube has warned users who buy “fake views” for their videos to make them appear more popular that they will be clamping down on the practice and may delete offending clips<p>YouTube has warned users who buy “fake views” for their videos to make them appear more popular that they will be clamping …

Sprint, Nokia squeeze a 2.6 Gbps connection out of a Spark network trial

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Ase<p>Nokia’s(s nok) network division is returning to work at Sprint(s s) after a multiple-year hiatus, …

Toshiba Chromebook lands in the U.S., arrives to UK on February 10th

Arriving ahead of it’s original February 16th launch target, the Toshiba Chromebook is now available from Amazon for $279.99, at least for those in the United States. The Chromebook is also listed on Amazon UK for £249, though it’s not expected to land there until the 10th of February.<p>Priced around …

Consumer Tech

FTC Charges Marketer $185,000 for Sending Millions of Spam Texts

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced it has charged affiliate marketer Jason Cruz more than $185,000 for sending millions of spam text messages to random phone numbers. The unwanted text messages sent to consumers falsely promised “free” gift cards and electronics.<p>Cruz has agreed …

Handcuffs For Hacker Schools? Why A “Code Of Conduct” For Coding Bootcamps Could Actually Be Good For The Ecosystem

The explosion in both online and offline programming platforms over the last year has made one thing clear: Learning to code is hot. (With two “t’s.”) Well, that and the fact that our traditional education system doesn’t seem to be pulling its weight as far as computer science education is …

Skit!, An Animated Video App For Telling Silly Stories, Comes To Android

Skit!, an animated video app in the same general category as Bitstrips, the cartoon-making app which recently scored $3 million in Series A funding, is coming to Android. Like Bitstrips, Skit! is also focused on letting users create characters, and share stories to social networks like Facebook, …

Android stats: Gingerbread still on 20 percent of devices, KitKat only on 1.8

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Google(s goog) might be doing the best it can to combat Android fragmentation, but it’s still alive and well according to the …

Windows 8.1 Update 1 now rumored to arrive in April

Microsoft is currently preparing a PC-focused "Update 1" to Windows 8.1. While an early version of the update leaked online earlier this week, the software maker is now believed to be preparing a final release in April. Initial reports suggested Microsoft would aim to deliver Windows 8.1 Update 1 …

Apartment List Raises Another $6 Million To Improve Your Apartment Hunt

Apartment List wants to build a better end-to-end experience for people looking to find apartments. That will come as a welcome departure from the current apartment hunt process, which involves Craigslist and filling out applications in front of a dozen other people also filling out applications …

Netflix's sales are now basically on par with HBO's

Time Warner released numbers for HBO today for the first time, revealing that the network generated $1.3 billion in revenue in the last quarter of 2013, and $4.9 billion for the whole year. Those are the numbers of a very healthy business, and that's why Time Warner decided to publish them, citing …

Beaconic Releases An iOS App For Its iBeacon Retail Kits

Beaconic has published the accompanying consumer-focused iOS app for its iBeacon-based retail platform. The company began shipping its first retail kits to customers throughout Europe and the US last week.<p>Apple introduced the iBeacon standard for indoor Bluetooth transmitters at WWDC last year. …

And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism

In one chart!<p>The graph above tells maybe the most interesting—and definitely the most surprising—story of the past year of digital media.<p>It shows two years of referrals from Facebook and Google to the Buzzfeed Partner Network, a collection of websites (including this one!) that share their traffic …

Verizon denies throttling Netflix traffic after net neutrality ruling

A suggestion by a Texas engineer that Verizon may be throttling some internet services following last month's net neutrality ruling has quickly been denied by the company. In a post earlier today, iScan Online engineer David Raphael noted that he discovered issues with performance on his Verizon …

Critics say Facebook is erasing pieces of history by deleting pages about the war in Syria

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Richard Engel, NBC<p>As we discussed in a recent post on “viral” content, Facebook’s (s fb) power and reach as a media …

Olympic Athletes Requested to Cover Apple Logos During Opening Ceremony Because of Samsung Sponsorship [Updated]

Olympic athletes are being asked by Samsung to cover any Apple logos on their devices during the Parade of Nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony because Samsung is a lead worldwide sponsor of the Games.<p>The report, from a Swiss site (via <i>SlashGear</i>) [Translate], does not go into much …

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Could Launch This Month

Samsung is expected to introduce the latest generation of the Galaxy S line at Mobile World Congress this month.<p>According to the NYT, the Galaxy S5 is a more conservative flagship offering than earlier generations, which had seemingly gimmicky software features. If you recall, the Galaxy S4’s …

Twitter beats earnings expectations, but stock slides as user growth plateaus

Twitter beat expectations today in its first earnings report since going public in November, earning 2 cents per share on $242.7 million in revenues last quarter. They company had 241 million monthly active users, up only slightly from 232 million the previous quarter. The stock declined more than …

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Super Retro to launch in March with Genesis, NES, SNES support

Retro-bit's Super Retro Trio, a three-in-one console designed to play Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games, is slated to launch in "mid-to-late March 2014," according to a press release from distributer Innex.<p>The $69.99 system will include …