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External HDD Support Finally Coming to PS4 With New Update

8TB in theory means no more battling for space.<p>The PlayStation 4 is getting external hard drive support in the next system update.<p>System Update 4.50, …

Super Mario Run’s buying population is already declining

Super Mario Run may be the first mobile app to pass 40 million downloads in four days’ time on Apple’s App Store, but the game’s payment model has been controversial for its high price of $10 for the full version and limited free play. This has led to roughly half its audience leaving one-star …

What 29 Top Entrepreneurs Are Doing Differently in 2017 (and You Should Too)

Marketing masters and entrepreneurs share their New Year's resolutions for their businesses.<p>The end of the year is always a time for reflection for me, and I know the same is true for many entrepreneurs. As we share our achievements and challenges with family over the holidays and wait for our …

Big Data Analytics: Eating An Elephant

Of all the disruptive technologies we track, big data analytics is the biggest. It’s also among the haziest in terms of what it really means to supply chain. In fact, its importance seems more to reflect the assumed convergence of trends for massively increasing amounts of data and ever faster …

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Could PlayStation VR be what virtual reality was waiting for?

“This is the year it all begins.”<p>Speaking with some of the most well-regarded innovators, scientists and creators in VR of the past four decades, many point to the potential of the console-powered headset.<p>Today is the turning point for VR, says Nonny de la Pena, the creator of VR-driven immersive …

The new era of PlayStation starts today

April 1st marks the official first day of business for Sony Interactive Entertainment.<p>Today marks the first day of Sony's new PlayStation-centric division, Sony Interactive Entertainment. Over on the <i>PlayStation Blog</i>, SIE president Shawn Layden says that it's going to be a bit before we see exactly …

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The Internet of Things That Talk About You Behind Your Back

Your computerized things are talking about you behind your back, and for the most part you can’t stop them—or even learn what they’re saying.<p>SilverPush is an Indian startup that's trying to figure out all the different computing devices you own. It embeds inaudible sounds into the webpages you read …

Fitbit is officially scared of Apple

Blaze isn't the first smartwatch that Fitbit offers, but it does show that Fitbit is serious about its continued move upmarket into full-featured wearable territory.<p>This strategic shift has already translated into meaningful increases in average selling prices, and the market for smart wearables is …

YouTube's money man says the future is live virtual reality

Robert Kyncl is setting his sights on building a richer, more immersive YouTube<p>YouTube is the world's biggest video platform, and its most popular content is still relatively short video clips. But over the last year Robert Kyncl, the service's chief business officer, has begun to lay the …

Snapchat is so popular investors are giving up on certain privileges in its latest $650 million round

And according to an SEC filing on Friday, Snapchat has already raised $537 million of the $650 million it plans to raise.<p>But what makes this round different from previous rounds is that the investors are taking common stock, instead of preferred stock, foregoing certain privileges they typically …

NASA – are certain they will find life on Europa soon! – Strange Unexplained Mysteries

Nasa has given details on how it hopes to find life on Jupiter’s moon Europa in a mission launching in the 2020s that will seek to determine if the …

Brillo is Google's Operating System for the Internet of Things

Google today announced its first operating system for the Internet of Things: Brillo.<p>Brillo is based on a stripped down version of Android that can run on minimal system requirements, perfect for devices like lightbulbs, and offers a protocol for synchronizing data between devices called …

Apple bought a company that hints it's exploring a new form of computing

Augmented reality, or AR, is the concept that allows developers to overlay digital information on top of the real world. Many companies are working on AR including Microsoft with its HoloLens project and Google through its major investment in the secretive startup Magic Leap. AR and virtual reality …

Everything Google announced at Google I/O 2015 in one handy list

That’s a wrap on all things Google. In case you missed the keynote, here’s a recap of all the highlights you may have missed.<p>Android M<p>Kicking off the keynote, Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai announced that HBO Now is officially on the Play Store before bringing ‎VP of Engineering …

NVIDIA Shield Android TV set-top box is now available to order

Just a few months after NVIDIA announced its Shield Android TV console, today the device officially goes on sale.<p>The NVIDIA Shield boasts 4K resolution video complete with a 64-bit Tegra X1 processor. The device will be available in two configurations: $200 for the standard version or and SHIELD …

Switzerland is a banking capital. But a Bitcoin capital?

Switzerland has long been home to some of the world’s biggest banks. Now it’s home to a major player in Bitcoin, the upstart digital currency.<p>Xapo, a …

Here is the proof that Apple is secretly developing a car battery

This week, the Cupertino company reportedly will settle a lawsuit brought against it by A123 Systems— a large-battery company that alleges Apple deliberately poached its employees to develop its own car battery technology.<p>Final details of the settlement are yet to be established. But court …

Automattic Buys WooCommerce, The Popular Plugin For Turning WordPress Into A Store

If you’re looking to turn your WordPress site into an online shop, one option reigns supreme: WooCommerce. With roughly 7.5 million downloads, it’s easily the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin — hell, it’s one of the top 10 most popular WordPress plugins overall.<p>And now it’s officially a …

Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

Microsoft is now offering an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner designed for the console, thought a partnership with TV tuner manufacturer Hauppage. The arrival of the dedicated hardware marks the wider launch of over-the-air TV support for Xbox One owners across the U.S. and Canada, following a preview …

NASA captures best photo yet of strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has done it again. The prolific probe has captured its best image yet of the strange bright spots on the dwarf planet …

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer …

Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might …

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Incoming PayPal CEO Ready To Do Battle In Mobile Payments

Incoming PayPal CEO Dan Schulman is ready to take the company independent, and he’s brought out the footwear to do it.<p>Speaking at a company event in San Francisco on Thursday, the former American Express executive sported his signature tan leather cowboy boots while laying out his vision for …

Google is reportedly building a new version of Android to power the Internet of Things

Google’s interest in software for low-spec devices might take it through the emerging market and straight to the Internet of Things.<p>According to The Information, Google is preparing to release an Android build capable of running on devices with as little as 32 megabytes of RAM, codenamed “Brillo”. …

Workflow Hints At The Future Of The Watch As A Computing Platform

Both the Apple Watch and Android Wear provide plenty of value for certain wearers thanks to decent implementations of actionable notifications. But after a few weeks with the Apple Watch, it’s apparent that most apps haven’t quite figured out how to be useful on your wrist.<p>For developers who didn’t …

On Apple's Enterprisey Focus--They Just Might Be The Enterprise Software Outlier

Apple isn’t really known as an enterprise vendor, but rather as a consumer one that people like to use in an enterprise setting. Apple traditionally hasn’t set itself up well to sell into enterprise – they don’t follow the technology enterprise norms. If we look to Oracle as the exemplar (for …

R&D spending surge indicates Apple is working on something positively massive

Apple normally keeps is cards very close to its vest but we still can find some indications about when the company is working on something truly big. …

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Hands-On with Samsung's Gear VR for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Headset

The number of mobile VR headsets has increased, but the flood of virtual reality is yet to come.<p>Less than six months after the release of the Gear VR …

We're going to detect alien life in the next decade, but not where you might think

The bad news is that the first alien life forms humankind will likely discover will be too far away to ever visit. But the great news is that we could detect these exotic beings extremely soon:<p>"I think we're probably going to be able to detect life on another planet in the next decade or so," …

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