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Microsoft's Xbox DRM reversal not the first: 12 tech mulligans

Microsoft changed its controversial stance on always-on connectivity and game DRM on Wednesday, a reversal that comes after more than a week of harsh criticism from consumers, press and especially competitors.<p>The move comes just a few months before the console is set to hit store shelves, and is …

Lumosity analyzes brain function of 40M people to push neuroscience forward

Lumosity is pushing the frontiers of neuroscience. Today, the brain-training startup revealed findings from its Human Cognition Project — an initiative that gives researchers access to its data to conduct experimental research.<p>Lumosity creates brain-training exercises designed to give your brain a …

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders …

Silicon Valley Wants to Come Clean on Government Spy Requests

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In a letter posted to Google's company blog Tuesday afternoon and addressed to the attorney general …

Epic announces Oculus Rift support for Unreal Engine 4

Epic Games has officially announced support for the Oculus Rift on the Unreal Engine 4. In a release today, the company announced the members of its UE4 Integrated Partners Program, a group of companies whose technology will be tightly integrated with the latest engine. Among Autodesk, Intel, …

Kickstarter must not fund biohackers' glow-in-the-dark plants

Who wouldn't want a flower that can glow in the dark? And what if it were pitched as the coming wave of a sustainable future, in which luminous …

The Evolution of Facebook's Entity Graph

Software engineer Eric Sun has revealed the evolution of Facebook’s Entity Graph, a complicated data set which maps the social network’s 100+ billion connections between people, places and interests.<p>Writing on Facebook’s blog, Sun detailed how the Entity Graph became the backbone for the entire …

Samsung Galaxy S 4 wireless charging pad, cover arrive in US with Qi standard

We already knew Samsung’s latest flagship would eventually support wireless charging and a month after launch, it does. On Thursday, Samsung …

Microsoft details Xbox One 24-hour online check, used game policies, and Kinect privacy

Microsoft is confirming today that its upcoming Xbox One console will need to connect to the internet every 24 hours for games to work. "Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection," says a statement from the software maker. Microsoft explains …

Listening To The Future With A 3D-Printed Ear

The campus of Washington State University in Southeast Washington’s agricultural region looks like a typical land-grant university. The connected mix of art-deco, modern, and post-modern buildings that collectively house the College of Engineering and Architecture hide a strange and incredible …

Future proofing: Xbox One to support 3D and 4K content

The Xbox One is a next-generation console, and as such, it's built with some future proofing in mind. It can do things you're not quite ready for just yet, such as play back 4K resolution games, movies, and TV. And it'll support 3D visuals too, despite the fact that 3D in the home has yet to catch …

Xbox One second-hand games could cost as much as £35

Pre-owned Xbox One games will cost almost the same as new games, according to reports. An alleged leak from within a games shop suggests Microsoft …

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Microsoft explains Xbox One cloud gaming in an effort to justify online requirement

Microsoft created confusion over its Xbox One online requirement this week, but fresh details are emerging that offer an insight into why the next-generation console needs an internet connection. Microsoft is increasing its number of Xbox Live servers to 300,000, up from only 500 at launch and …