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Kid leaks HTC phone, receives threat, denies everything

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>A kid posted a 12-minute hands-on review of HTC's …

Xbox One could get photorealistic rendering system for "amazing visuals"

The Xbox One could one day make use of a powerful rendering technique called "real-time ray-tracing," an advanced system used to achieve photorealistic lighting effects. Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer has confirmed that internal tests are already underway.<p>"We've done experiments with …

Game Development

Mobile apps overtake PC Internet usage in U.S.

Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet last month -- the first time that has ever happened.<p>Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States in January. Apps made up 47% of Internet traffic and 8% of traffic came from mobile browsers, …

Minecraft to Clarify “Trolling”

Majong, the “makers of Minecraft”, are changing the terms and conditions of their ever popular game to clarify what constitutes as “trolling”. …

Here’s a List of Most Breakable Gadgets, iPad Mini Tops the List

Recently, SquareTrade Europe carried out a research to test how fragile and durable the gadgets are, with the help of drop and dip …

Xbox One Was The Best Selling Console In The US In December

According to a recent report by NPD, Microsoft’s Xbox One console was the best selling games console in the US in December, outselling the Sony …

Microsoft Denies Cheaper Xbox One In The Works

Last week we heard a rumor that Microsoft would be launching a cheaper version of their Xbox One console without a Blu-ray player.<p>Now it appears that …

Apple said to be studying solar, motion charging for iWatch

The company has apparently spent a lot of time studying charging methods for the iWatch, according to a report in The New York Times.<p>A New York Times report is providing more fodder for iWatch speculation, including the purported use of solar power.<p>Apple has been testing both solar and wireless …

Study Skills

Apple Said To Be Exploring Inductive Charging And Solar Power In iWatch Testing

Apple’s work on an upcoming smartwatch includes explorations of induction charging and solar-powered batteries, according to a new report from the New York Times. As part of a larger piece about battery tech in general, the NYT revealed that Apple has been working on tests involving wireless …

Apple eyes magnets to attach camera lenses to iPhone

A newly published Apple patent application explains how an external camera lens might be integrated with the iPhone.<p>iPhone owners who want to take better pictures with their phones may be interested in a new patent filing.<p>Published Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent …

Patents

Poisoned: why West Virginia's water crisis is everyone's problem

When 35-year-old Jason Eldridge arrived home last Thursday from his job as a systems administrator with a healthcare company in Charleston, West Virginia, he acted no differently than he normally would: he made dinner (that night, it was tacos) for his wife, his two-year-old daughter, and himself. …

Think Software Keyboards Don’t Work On Smartwatches? Check Out Minuum’s New Video

As smartwatches become a device category that most major hardware makers are turning their attention to, there’s a question of how much smartphone utility we’ll be able to translate to the wrist. One big convenience hurdle is making it possible to reply to texts and emails quickly from the wrist, …

Gaming finally has its day at CES 2014

After years of taking a back seat at the world's largest consumer electronics show, gaming finally rises to the occasion.<p>LAS VEGAS -- CES 2014 will go down as a landmark show for gaming. Normally a stage reserved for the newest TVs, laptops, phones and other tech, CES had plenty up its sleeve for …

Consumer Tech

Tobii's new EyeX Kit lets developers build eye-tracking into games

Tobii is back at CES this year with eye-tracking that has now been updated for gaming. Last year the company fine-tuned its eye-tracking technology that controls your desktop, and now it has released the EyeX Developer Kit that allows developers to create games with eye-tracking integrated into the …

Whirlpool imagines a kitchen of the future with a touchscreen stovetop

Whirlpool is showing off a couple of its ideas for the kitchen of the future here at CES 2014, including an interactive touchscreen cooktop that can display recipes, Twitter and Facebook updates, news, weather, and more. If it ever becomes a reality, it could change the kitchen.<p>A simple mockup …

The First Look at the New Oculus VR Prototype

Every time virtual-reality company Oculus brings a prototype of its Rift headset to a show, it takes another big step forward. And the prototype at …

Sony Goes All-In On Cloud Content With “PlayStation Now” And A Cloud-Based VOD TV Service

The cloud has covered Sony in a big way: at CES today the company announced a pair of new services that will bring a new wave of cloud-based content to use across its range of devices. PlayStation Now will be a new network for cloud-based games, and a new video service will deliver both live and …

T-Mo CEO John Legere crashes AT&T’s CES party, gets kicked out

Probably the most colorful executive in the industry – though it’s not hard to stand out among all those buttoned-up suits – T-Mobile’s John Legere is known for his straight talking, competitor bashing, and love of everything magenta.<p>T-Mo is currently in a spat of sorts with bigger rival AT&T, …

T-Mobile

Fireweb, LG's first Firefox OS handset shows up at CES

LG's first-ever Firefox OS handset has already been making the rounds in Brazil, where's it been since October. And while we haven't heard much about US availability on the Fireweb (no real surprise there), the handset did show up here at CES, alongside a smattering of other already-announced …

ZTE's Projector Hotspot combines a little bit of everything into one strange device

A Swiss Army knife of mobile technology<p>ZTE is announcing a number of traditional smartphones at CES this year, but it's also showing off some less-than-conventional devices. The most interesting of these devices is its plainly-named Projector Hotspot, which combines a mobile hotspot with a pico …

CES Roundup: 16 Cool Gadgets from Sunday at the Vegas Tech Show

It’s tough to numerically pinpoint which days of CES are which. If you’re in the tech media, Monday’s really the first full day of CES, but you show …

Gaming exoskeleton to pair with Oculus Rift headset at CES 2014

PrioVR, the full-body tracking suit, rebounds from its failed Kickstarter with a fully-functional prototype at CES 2014 that will pair with the Oculus Rift headset.<p>LAS VEGAS -- The future of gaming, at least to those banking on the rise of virtual reality, lies not just with better graphics or …

Virtual Reality

CES: Nvidia Bridges Mobile and PC Gaming with 192-Core Tegra K1

Kepler-based SOC offers significant gains over Tegra 4.<p>Tonight at its press conference at CES, Nvidia introduced its next-generation mobile …

Nvidia tears into CES with new Tegra K1, talks PC gaming and car tech too

"Games. Chips. Cars."<p>Nvidia CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang croaked out the company press conference's key themes Sunday night at CES 2014.<p>Huang, …

CES

iOptik augmented reality contact lens prototype to be unveiled at CES

We first learned of Innovega's vision for augmented reality back in 2012 when the company received a contract from DARPA to develop the iOptik …

New Samsung Smart Home Platform Announced AT CES 2014

Samsung has announced a new Samsung Smart Home platform at CES, this new platform is designed to connect various electronic devices around your …

The 5 Most Interesting Things at CES Unveiled 2014

The first major press event at this year's CES showcased a ton of new health and wellness gadgets, gaming gear, headphones and music, home automation, and lots of other weird stuff.<p>The first major press event at this year's CES showcased a ton of new health and wellness gadgets, gaming gear, …

Hands-on with the Meizu MX3 at CES 2014

Meizu is one of the up and coming Chinese companies that harbor international ambitions, even if still few in the Western markets are familiar with its name.<p>At CES Unveiled, a pre-show event held on Sunday, we had the opportunity to take Meizu’s latest flagship, the MX3, for a quick spin. The MX3 …

Mobile Technology

Valve's Steam Machine gaming PC partners tipped ahead of CES reveal

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show should be Valve’s big coming out party for the SteamOS gaming platform and third-party Steam Machines, which aim to drag PC gaming into the living room. The company’s CES keynote is scheduled for Monday afternoon, but early details about Valve’s Steam Machine …

Sony Plans a 4K Fest for CES

Sony may not use the term “4K” 4,000 times during its CES press conference and keynote. But it will surely come close.<p>The electronics giant is …