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Nvidia trims price of Shield gaming device to $299

Gamers eyeing Nvidia's Shield will be able to buy the device on June 27 to the tune of only $299.<p>Officially unveiling the date and the price drop via a blog on Thursday, Nvidia explained why it cut the cost from $349.<p>We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home …

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Amazon Video Games Store Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Pre-Orders Top 2,500 Per Minute Following E3

Amazon has seen a significant amount of interest in upcoming next-generation consoles, with pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 skyrocketing in the wake of E3 and their initial availability on the site. The pre-order volume broke records for the Amazon Video Games store, resulting in a …

'Heartbroken MS employee' bemoans Xbox One changes

At least one Microsoft employee -- or somebody posing as one -- is none too happy with the company's about-face on the Xbox One.<p>In an anonymous Pastebin post on Thursday, a self-dubbed "heartbroken MS employee" vented on Microsoft's decision to remove at least two of the more controversial features …

James Martin

Court documents reveal secret rules allowing NSA to use US data without a warrant

NSA's information gathering practices have been further detailed in court papers revealed by <i>The Guardian</i>. While the agency has continued to reiterate that it doesn't collect its data indiscriminately, the leaked papers detail several loopholes that allow it to gather data from both American and …

Why Praise For The PS4 And Criticism Of Xbox One Are Vastly Overdone

A couple of days ago Steven Spielberg and George Lucas sat on the stage at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and bemoaned the state of the movie industry – and in the process articulated a view on the future of video games: it will be dominated by women’s tastes and priorities.<p>It’s worth listening …

Top Shelf: the future of the Xbox One, PS4, and home entertainment

iOS 7 and the continuing gamification of interface

iOS 7 is not only the most skeuomorphic and liberating version of Apple's mobile operating system to date, it's also potentially the most fun. (I say …

iOS

Google’s Plan to Use Balloons to Blanket the World in Bandwidth

As much as we like to think the Internet is a global and universal experience, it isn’t.<p>In North America, nearly 80 percent of the population has …

Chinese Supercomputer Is Now The World's Fastest - By A Lot

Every six months, the Top500 organization reveals its list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. And for the past few lists, there’s been a lot of movement. In June 2011, it was Japan’s “K” supercomputer. In June 2012, it was IBM‘s Sequoia. In November 2012, Cray took the lead with its Titan …

GE wants to use artificial intelligence to predict the future of hospitals

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / discpicture<p>Around the world, the health care system is rife with inefficiencies, and General Electric …

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'The Last of Us' Has The Biggest Launch Of The Year With 1.3M Sold

We can talk about the review scores and the ending all we want, but there’s one more aspect of The Last of Us that we should be highlighting here. It’s the biggest game of the year so far, selling 1.3M copies in its first week, besting BioShock Infinite’s 1.16M sales over the same period, though …

Jimmy Fallon test-drives the Xbox One

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon got his chance to play with the Xbox One on his show Monday night.<p>Microsoft's upcoming new console made its late night appearance courtesy of Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Studios. Spencer touted the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment center with games, …

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What's new for designers, June 2013

The June edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, JavaScript resources, Photoshop scripts, web development …

The creepier web tracking technology that will replace cookies

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it's only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

Destiny preview: Bungie says Halo, goodbye with their new blockbuster

Seven years in the making, but developer Bungie is only just beginning to reveal some the shape and detail of its forthcoming blockbuster Destiny. …

PS4's lead architect disses Xbox One on Fallon show

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One received a not-so-subtle dig courtesy of a spot on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."<p>Continuing video-game week on his show, Fallon invited Mark Cerny, chief system architect of the Sony PS4, to appear Tuesday to discuss and demo Sony's upcoming game console. Before …

Late Night

After PRISM, private search engine DuckDuckGo breaks 3 million queries

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>In the wake of the U.S. PRISM scandal, one thing seems clear: more people are researching (and using) websites that are much …

Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy

Microsoft backtracked Wednesday on its much-derided policy that would have required Xbox One gamers to connect their consoles to the Internet once a day to prevent game piracy.<p>Microsoft faced a huge backlash when it announced the policy, just before the E3 video game conference earlier this month. …

James Martin

FBI Drones, Obesity Disease, and Chipotle: 90 Seconds on The Verge

Xbox One-Eighty! DRM VANQUISHED!

Can a tablet replace your laptop? We used an iPad for three months to find out

The personal computer has changed dramatically over the last decade. Desktops haven’t disappeared, but they’ve been replaced in popularity by …

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Robots: The droids we are looking for

The robot revolution has yet to take off. Why? Roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks this is because we have to feel we need them in our lives.<p>In decades past, science fiction writers believed the homes and workplaces of the future would include teams of labour-saving robots who would perform most menial …

Sony hints a new SmartWatch is coming next week

Sony's SmartWatch was part of a rush of smartphone-connected watches released between 2010 and 2012, as developers looked to update Dick Tracy's wristwear for a world full of Android and iOS devices. But the Kickstarter-funded Pebble swept many of them away, gaining the kind of cultural cachet that …

As Big Data Explodes, Are You Ready For Yottabytes?

The inescapable truth about big data, the thing you must plan for, is that it just keeps getting bigger. As transactions, electronic records, and images flow in by the millions, terabytes grow into petabytes, which swell into exabytes. Next come zettabytes and, beyond those, yottabytes.<p>A yottabyte …

Blind Chinese dissident at NYU given iOS devices loaded with tracking software and spyware

not an iPad<p>Reuters has an interesting story on Chinese dissident/activist Chen Guangcheng who currently is at NYU on a Fellowship. Apparently he was given an iPhone and an iPad with tracking and spying software aboard.<p>The devices were screened by NYU technicians within a few days and were found to …

Greg Wohlwend cautions indies: 'Don't quit your day job'

One indie's advice to others<p>Greg Wohlwend, a full-time independent developer of six years who has worked on titles like <i>Ridiculous Fishing</i>, <i>Hundreds</i> and <i>Gasketball</i> recently published a blog post where he wrote of the realities of being a full-time indie developer, cautioning others that the job is not …

Sony says it will fix unusable PlayStation 3 software with a June 27th patch

A couple of days ago, many PlayStation 3 owners found that the latest version of Sony's firmware locked up their systems, causing the PS3 to hang indefinitely at startup. Sony quickly took version 4.45 of the software offline, saying it would work to resolve the problem. Now, PlayStation Europe has …

Something Else Revealed At Samsung's Launch Event: Disdain For Windows RT

Another glamorous party in London; another influx of Samsung PCs to suit every conceivable taste. But one sort of machine was conspicuous by its absence. Out of five new computers revealed by the manufacturer, not a single one ran on Windows RT.<p>In fact, Samsung executives gleefully turned RT’s …