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04/01/2015 08:07 PM
Pew: 7 percent of Americans only use their phone for internet access
You probably lean heavily on your smartphone for internet access these days, but for some Americans it's not a nice-to-have convenience... it's their only way of getting online. Pew Research Center's latest survey estimates that 7 percent of American...
04/01/2015 07:12 PM
Daily Roundup: PlayStation originals, super intelligent AI in movies and more!
In today's Daily Roundup, you won't find any cheap jokes or fake stories having fun at your expense. It's all serious news and wholesome fun! Read about PlayStation's push into original programming with a new series called Powers, get the details on ...
04/01/2015 06:37 PM
Create better 3D models by waving your smartphone around
Sure your smartphone makes for a passable 3D scanner, but it still can't determine the size of an item. Fortunately, Carnegie Mellon researchers are able to discover the scale of an object using a smartphone's camera and its IMU (inertial measurement...
04/01/2015 05:59 PM
A peppy, neon look at 'Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem' for Wii U
"Thank you for waiting, everyone." That's how Nintendo capped the new trailer today for Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, a Wii U game it's developing with Japanese publisher Atlus, announced back in January 2013. While the video is fairly gorgeous a...
04/01/2015 05:55 PM
Acer's Chrome OS all-in-one is the first with a touchscreen
Intrigued by the idea of an all-in-one Chrome OS computer, but were hoping for something a little more exciting than the likes of LG's Chromebase? You've got it: Acer has just unveiled its own Chromebase. The system has a 21.5-inch 1080p display like...
04/01/2015 05:28 PM
The new 'Fire Emblem' game alights on 3DS in 2016
A brand new Fire Emblem game is on its way to 3DS in 2016, Nintendo announced during its live stream today. This new entry in the acclaimed role-playing series will be the first to star each player's customized character as the main protagonist. "The...
04/01/2015 05:15 PM
Next 'Animal Crossing' adds characters via amiibo cards, not toys
Nintendo said it'd offer different ways to handle amiibo shortages and a new Animal Crossing is where at least one of them will debut. With Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, you'll use cards rather than plastic toys to insert characters into the n...
04/01/2015 05:01 PM
EE giving all customers portable chargers they can refuel in stores
Carriers are forever looking at new ways to incentivise customers -- whether it be with a subscription to this, or discounts on that, and so on -- but we can't recall any perk that's quite as practical as the one EE's introducing shortly. (Unless you...
04/01/2015 04:55 PM
'Mario Kart 8' adds 'Animal Crossing' DLC earlier than expected
The next round of downloadable content for Mario Kart 8, a pack featuring tracks and items from the Animal Crossing series, will hit the Wii U on April 23rd, Nintendo announced today. The DLC pack was originally scheduled to launch in May. Hooray! A...
04/01/2015 04:37 PM
'Xenoblade Chronicles 3D' starts its new 3DS chapter on April 10th
Xenoblade Chronicles, the Japanese role-playing game that launched to great success on the Wii in 2010, is on its way to Nintendo's latest handheld hardware, the new 3DS, on April 10th. Nintendo announced the date during today's Nintendo Direct live ...
04/01/2015 04:36 PM
'Fatal Frame' and its photo-based horror hits Wii U this year
It isn't a Pokemon Snap sequel, but Nintendo just announced a new Fatal Frame for the Wii U. The camera-based survival horror title hits sometime this year, and, well, that's about all we know for now. Is it a port of the game that was slated for las...
04/01/2015 04:28 PM
'Yoshi's Wooly World' snuggles up to a fall release window
Yoshi's Wooly World races to the Wii U in the fall, Nintendo announced during its live-streamed presentation today. A set of amiibo figures made out of yarn will launch with the game, even though that level of cuteness shouldn't be legal. Yoshi's Woo...
04/01/2015 04:23 PM
'Amiibo Greatest Bits' offers the best of Nintendo's past
You know that Amiibo collection of yours? It's about to get a bit more useful. Nintendo's just announced Amiibo Greatest Bits, a series of bite-sized chunks from the company's gaming history that're unlocked via tapping your collectible figures to th...
04/01/2015 04:19 PM
'Splatoon,' Nintendo's quirky Wii U shooter, launches May 29th
Splatoon, the rapid-fire, multiplayer paintball game for Wii U, launches on May 29, Nintendo revealed today. We got our hands on the game at E3 last year and found it to be simply joyous....
04/01/2015 04:15 PM
'Mario Maker' level-design game launches in September
Mario Maker is due out for the Wii U in September, Nintendo announced today during its live stream. Mario Maker allows players to design their own Mario levels, featuring styles from across the series' storied history....
04/01/2015 03:44 PM
Watch today's Nintendo Direct right here!
Did you know there's a Nintendo Direct today that's all about its upcoming Wii U and 3DS games? Well, if not, now you do! Even better, you can watch it right here by clicking on the video above. The stream starts at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific, so ch...
04/01/2015 03:23 PM
Basics of quantum teleportation now fit on a single chip
Until now, quantum teleportation (that is, sending quantum data from one place to another) has required a room-filling machine. That's not going to usher in a brave new era of quantum computing, is it? However, a team of British and Japanese research...
04/01/2015 02:52 PM
Security conference effectively bans booth babes from its show floor
The issue of booth babes -- scantily clad people attempting to lure unsuspecting buyers towards second-rate products -- has once again reared its head within the industry. This time out, cryptography and information security gathering RSA has effecti...
04/01/2015 02:30 PM
Tiny geolocators track birds flying 1,600 miles across the Atlantic
It's easy to prove that big birds like gulls will cross oceans when they migrate, but tiny birds are another matter -- the trackers you need are usually enormous in comparison. The Vermont Center for Ecostudies wasn't daunted, though. It successfully...
04/01/2015 01:58 PM
TweetDeck for Mac finally gets features the web version already has
Over the past few months, Twitter has added a load of useful features to TweetDeck on the web, leaving the desktop app to age. Well, the Mac version of the 140-character social network software is finally getting some of those tools. With an update t...
04/01/2015 01:33 PM
Crashing this 80-megapixel drone camera is a $60K mistake
Phase One has debuted what it's calling "the world's smallest" 80-megapixel medium format camera. The Phase One iXU 180 weighs just two pounds and its body is barely bigger than the Schneider-Kreuznach lense it's attached to. That means the entire ri...
04/01/2015 01:00 PM
The maker of 'Eve' is betting big on VR and it might pay off
It's been a very rough 18 months for the makers of Eve Online, CCP. The company has lost money, canceled the long-delayed World of Darkness MMO, laid off well over 100 employees and said goodbye to two high-profile execs. It also hasn't released any ...
04/01/2015 12:19 PM
Facebook Riff has you making videos with your friends' help
No, Facebook isn't done experimenting with mobile apps yet -- meet Riff, a just-launched app for Android and iOS that has you building collaborative videos. You start by recording a short clip (under 20 seconds) and giving it a topic. After that, you...
04/01/2015 12:03 PM
Sling TV will have HBO before 'Game of Thrones' premieres
Add another one to the slate of Sling TV options: subscribers to the streaming TV service will be able to get HBO soon. There's no word on an exact launch date, but Sling says it will be in time for the new season of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valle...
04/01/2015 11:37 AM
Judge says AT&T can't stop FTC lawsuit over data throttling
AT&T's attempt to turn the tables on the Federal Trade Commission's mobile data throttling lawsuit hasn't exactly worked out as planned. A federal judge has rejected the carrier's claims that it can't be sued because its status as a common carrier fo...