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How Cloudhead Games 'fixed' VR movement, and created an adjustable-sized holodeck

Cloudhead Games has been working on <i>The Gallery: Six Elements</i> since 2013. The idea of working on a game built for virtual reality where you stood up and interacted with the world using your hands was certainly interested, but the company was investing in a future they were never sure was …

Anna Faris Says Rumor That Chris Pratt Cheated With Jennifer Lawrence 'Stung'

"We have an incredible relationship. It has been weirdly stinging.”<p>Anna Faris got candid when discussing recent tabloid gossip about her husband Chris Pratt cheating on her with Jennifer Lawrence.<p>"I had always kind of believed that part of the rumors of celebrity couples were sort of true because …

Soul Electronics' new sport headphones double as a walkie talkie

App-based personal trainers are great, but they usually lack the yelling abilities of a real live human. Soul Electronics has a solution for that, and it allows you to keep your headphones on. The company is leveraging Kickstarter for its Combat+ Sync wireless headphones that not only keep you from …

Verizon abandons contracts: Everything you need to know (FAQ)

Confused about Verizon's shake-up of the way you pay for wireless service? CNET has you covered with all of the answers.<p>Verizon has made some big changes to how it sells wireless service. But that has also left a lot of questions.<p>On Friday, Verizon said it would eliminate its long-standing practice …

Marvel Universe

Study: People Who Eat Spicy Foods Are More Likely to Live Longer

Thank you, Science.<p>Can't get enough hot sauce? The heartburn is worth it: all that spiciness might just be extending your life. The <i>New York Times</i> reports that a new study links eating chili peppers with living longer.<p>Harvard researchers analyzed a Chinese health study of 485,000 people, who were …

Holistic Medicine

A Glimpse Into the Alliance Between Sony and Zeiss

Sony and Zeiss are two brand names that appear together on many of Sony’s cameras and lenses. For the past two decades, the Japanese and German …

Eminem replaced pill addiction with exercise after weighing in at 230 lbs

Eminem replaced one addiction for another, only this time it was a healthy habit.<p>The 42-year-old rapper tells Men's Journal that after he overdosed on pills in 2007, he was "close to 230 pounds."<p>"I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas," he said. "The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium …

Fitness

How Nikon Film SLRs Were Made in the 1990s

Want to see how Nikon SLR cameras were made two decades ago? Back in 1998, the Japanese TV show “The Making” — an international predecessor of <i>How</i> …

New Xbox dashboard and backwards compatibility come in November

At E3, Microsoft unveiled a revamped dashboard for the Xbox One that put an emphasis on speed and community. It's now here at Gamescom when the company has revealed when exactly this revamped user interface will be filtering down onto your console: this November. The biggest additional feature is …

Apple will make us wait until 2016 for the iPhone 6c

Apple’s long-rumored (and eagerly anticipated) iPhone 5c successor, the iPhone 6c, may not have been shelved after all — but instead pushed back to the second quarter of 2016, according to a new report.<p>Sources in the supply chain say Apple’s next-gen budget smartphone will also boast advanced …

Nextgen

All future Xbox 360 Games with Gold freebies will be backward-compatible on Xbox One

Microsoft announced that all future Xbox 360 offerings in its Games with Gold program will be backwards compatible on Xbox One, meaning that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have four games available each month — that's two for Xbox 360 and two native to Xbox One — included in the price of their …

Xbox One getting free DVR functionality in 2016 (update: only for over-the-air TV)

Microsoft is bringing "full-featured DVR functionality to Xbox One" next year, announced Mike Ybarra, director of program management for Xbox, during the company's Gamescom 2015 press briefing today.<p>The feature, which will not require a subscription of its own, will allow Xbox One owners to "record …

Instacart Makes Its First Acquisition With “Acqui-hire” Of App Maker Wedding Party

On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart has made its first acquisition since raising hundreds of millions in venture funding for its growing business. The company is “acqui-hiring” the team from NEA-backed Wedding Party, a mobile application that allowed wedding guests and friends to …

Hackers Could Go After Medical Devices Next

Nothing, it seems, is safe from hackers — not Yahoo’s ad network, the federal government, or even electronic skateboards. Another item to add to the …

Sphero targets the education market with a redesigned robot

Sphero's road to becoming more than a toy began last year with SPRK, an educational program that let kids build up their coding skills. Fast forward to today and the company, formerly known as Orbotix, is introducing a new edition of its robot to keep growing that initiative. This model offers …

Watch Out, Pinkberry: I'm Making 3-Ingredient Frozen Yogurt at Home

<i>There are those things we eat, make, read, and gush over that are just too good to keep to ourselves. Here, we resist the urge to use too many exclamation points and let you in on our latest crushes.</i><p><i>Today: Once you realize homemade frozen yogurt takes only 3 ingredients and 2 hours to make, will</i> …

Breakfast

How To Make Banana Ice Cream, The Healthiest And Easiest Dessert Ever

This is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.<p>If you're a living, breathing human and you've ever laid eyes on Instagram, you probably already know about banana ice cream. At its core, this trendy dessert isn't really ice cream at all, but rather a creamy dairy-free dessert made of nothing but frozen bananas.<p>Aside from …

New Horror Game Looks Like Spiritual Successor to P.T.

P.T., the teaser/demo for the canceled Silent Hills, was taken off of PlayStation Network in April, but a small group of designers and fans are trying to make what looks to be a spiritual successor to the ill-fated game.<p>Called Allison Road, the game tasks players with exploring a house and …

Oculus Rift

Halo, Game of Thrones, and More Get Custom Xbox One Systems You Can Win

Much as it did last year, Microsoft is giving away 20 custom Xbox One systems as part of San Diego Comic-Con, including consoles themed around Gears of War, Halo 5, <i>Game of Thrones</i>, and more.<p>While you will need to attend Comic-Con next week in order to see all 20 systems in-person, you can still win …

Steve Ballmer

Nintendo master designer Miyamoto doesn’t know how Sony, Oculus will sell VR to consumers

Nintendo is the only major console manufacturer that doesn’t have some sort of augmented or virtual reality device that we know about, and now some of the company’s top names are starting to express some of the reasons why that is.<p>During a June 26 meeting with investors, Mario creator and Nintendo …

Shigeru Miyamoto

Warner Bros. suspends PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight, retail stores pulling it from shelves

You can no longer buy the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, one of this year’s biggest game releases.<p>Publisher Warner Bros. has taken drastic action in light of the PC port’s problems — it is more or less unplayable on anything other than cutting-edge hardware — suspending digital and physical …

Comic Books

New Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay Video Explains GTA-Style Dual Play

<i>Be warned, the embedded video contains Batman: Arkham City story spoilers.</i><p>Rocksteady Studios on Friday released the latest Arkham Insider video, this one offering an in-depth look at Batman: Arkham Knight's new, Grand Theft Auto V-style Dual Play mode.<p>On display in the video is a fight sequence …

Oculus Rift vs. Morpheus vs. Vive VR

Virtual reality gaming has gained momentum in the last few years, with the Oculus Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus, and Valve's HTC Vive each pitching forward their own take on the virtual space. As VR hardware draws closer to a consumer launch, which are you most interested in picking up? To help …

Ex-Mass Effect Director Joins Microsoft For HoloLens

Ex-BioWare veteran Casey Hudson has joined Microsoft as a creative director to work on "HoloLens, Xbox, and other awesome projects."<p>Hudson, who was project director on the Mass Effect series and worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, will be reporting directly to Kudo Tsunoda.<p>He will …

Augmented Reality

3 Ways To Teach Kids To Think Critically About Video Games

Thankfully, the discussion of media literacy is very prominent during Superbowl season. At this point, we are used to analyzing the commercials.<p>It must be one of the greatest accomplishments in advertising—talking about the ads is considered part of the tradition. People even say proudly, “I only …

Game Design

GDC 2015: The Best Virtual Reality At The Show

Virtual reality will soon be your reality.<p>Virtual reality was all over the Game Developers Conference this year, and soon it’ll be all over your …

Virtual Reality

Opinion: The Amiibo Frenzy is Getting Ridiculous

The scene: it's right after the latest Nintendo Direct. I'm hunched over my laptop, humming with excitement over trailers for new Fire Emblem games. I love Fire Emblem. Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword was my first tactical role-playing game. I devoured every game in the series.<p>There were four years …