With its PlayStation Vita TV, Sony might have solved the puzzle for making a must-have budget console. Now, when will it come to the States? Read more »
Swype co-founder Randy Marsden is testing a better typing experience again, this time for the tablet. Read more »
It’s big week for messaging app Path, which has announced some new features and a big foreign partnership to boot. Read more »
It seems that demand for smartphones has risen considerably, as IDC reports today that the worldwide mobile phone market is expected to grow 7.3 percent year over year in 2013 — a big jump from last year’s stagnant report. Overall, vendors are expected to distribute 1.8 billion smartphones this year. IDC attributes the jump in demand to a variety of factors, particularly big device subsidies mobile from carriers and a growing depth of lower-priced smartphones.
After months of silence, Microsoft finally unveils the date for its latest console, the Xbox One. Read more »
Less than a year after launching Mega, the file-storage successor to the raided MegaUpload, embattled internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has stepped down to work on other projects. Specifically, he will continue to fight against extradition to the United States, where he is expected to stand trial for many crimes. In addition, Dotcom is creating a music product, formerly known as Megabox, and forming an internet-focused political party in New Zealand, where he currently resides. Despite relinquishing his position, Dotcom will likely remain the face — and opinionated voice — of Mega.
Apple seems to be getting serious about China, throwing the country its very own standalone iPhone event. Read more »
Researchers have hacked a Kinect to help users finally make eye-contact during video calls. Read more »
Nostalgic games score another win on Kickstarter, as the creator of Mega Man raises major funds for a game that’s just like Mega Man. Read more »
Fast Co Design has released the first in a six-part history of Apple’s design team, centered on Senior Vice President of Design and company icon Jony Ive. Comprised of stories from dozens of former Apple employees, the history puts personal spins on the development of some of the most design-forward Cupertino company products — most notably, the early iMac. It’s a much more human view of the company and of Ive, who is well on his way to becoming an enigma not unlike his late boss, Steve Jobs.
HTC was embroiled in a scandal this weekend, as a group of its top designers allegedly tried to make off with the company’s latest designs. Read more »
When you’re looking to crowdfund your latest project, does it matter who you list with? Two Silicon Valley workers scraped the data to compare Indiegogo and Kickstarter, but results are mixed. Read more »
The man, the icon, the Instagrammer. Paul McCartney joined the hot social media platform on Wednesday, and one of his first few posts teased music from his forthcoming album, New. This isn’t the first time the former Beatle has been hip to social media, as his Twitter page is regularly tended to for more than a million followers. His Instagram feed has already seen a healthy jump — courting an audience of more than 9,000. Maybe young people know good music, after all.
After a two-month delay, Sim City for Mac launched with another host of problems. Is it any wonder why always-on isn’t accepted? Read more »
Foursquare’s new, “smarter” app utilizes passive location technology to push recommendations — and its new features could dress it up enough to intrigue major tech companies.. Read more »
Facebook’s proposed changes to its Data Use and Privacy policies give the platform more control and knowledge of a user’s image and likeness. Read more »
Nothing is fragmented in the mobile app space quite like SMS alternatives. Is there a possibility for a company to surge and become the one messaging app to rule them all? Read more »
Ready for the future? Skype wants to bring 3D calls to the masses, but is patiently waiting for technology to catch up. Read more »
Nintendo has surprised once again with its latest handheld console — the low-cost, tablet-fighting Nintendo 2DS. Read more »
Real-time TV social engagement firm Trendrr has officially announced that it will join the flock at Twitter. The move is another one of Twitter’s big overtures at the television space, as the company has inked huge deals and hired big names all this year. The incorporation of Trendrr’s proprietary products, Trendrr.tv and Curatorr, will bring some extra analytics power to the Twitter team in its attempt to woo companies to ad buys.
Nissan wants the self-driving car to make its appearance in 2020, and is testing it all with the emissions-free Leaf. Read more »
Facebook released its new report on data requests from governments around the world and the U.S., perhaps unsurprisingly, sends in the most by a wide margin. Read more »
After claiming responsibility for the outage at the New York Times, the Syrian Electronic Army has boasted of takeovers at Twitter and the Huffington Post Read more »
Don’t worry, Google isn’t purposefully squashing apps that support local streaming on Chromecast. Read more »
A Samsung executive has confirmed the company’s much-rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be revealed on September 4. Read more »
While scholars and pundits are concerned about the negative affects gaming can have on brain development, a study conducted at University of Texas at Austin proves that it can also expand the mind. Students were divided into two groups — one played strategy game StarCraft while the other played The Sims. After two months of playing, the StarCraft gamers showed increased mental flexibility and multitasking abilities compared to The Sims players. Picking strategy games may be the right way to go for some brain-boosting exercises.
America has seen a steady increase in broadband connection, but one in five Americans still live without faster internet speeds. Read more »
What role does social media have in protecting its users from questionable content? Utilizing the Instagram API and popular hashtag lists, The Data Pack uncovered a large NSFW list of hashtags banned from the platform’s search. They range from inappropriate (#porn) to potentially destructive (#proanorexia), but some simply provide little value to the site, like #photography. Instagram is obviously preventing a role in facilitating porn or abusive subcultures, perhaps to morally police its users for the greater good.
A DDoS attack in China early Sunday morning is the “largest ever,” according to the nation’s government. Read more »
Citi Bike is overwhelmingly popular and turning New York into a biking-oriented city. But the side effects aren’t pretty, and they expose the problems that collaborative consumption services will face as they grow. Read more »
In honor of Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he will soon retire from Microsoft, here are a few of his must-watch videos. Read more »
Disappear quickly from social media with Justdelete.me — but don’t be surprised if some of your information is not erasable. Read more »
Facebook has partnered with Shutterstock to bring good-looking stock images to its flagging ad stacks. Read more »
Photo sharing app Cluster is releasing a new look and a new cash flow to fight for the right to get on your phone. Read more »
Apple’s iCloud service is causing trouble for a pocket of users, affecting iMessage, Photo Stream and backup capabilities. Read more »
For the first time since May 2011, Yahoo tops the list of most trafficked websites in ComScore’s Media Matrix. Read more »
Some of your most private and important information could be on the black market for less than a tank of gas. Read more »
One Laptop Per Child’s newest offering, a low-cost tablet, will get an Internet boost thanks to a crucial partnership with Open Garden. Read more »
Has social media made the news toothless? That’s the charge made by Time reporter Eliana Dockterman in conversations with Buzzfeed’s Jack Shepherd and Upworthy’s Eli Pariser, both of whom preside over overwhelmingly positive news sites and stress the importance of upbeat news. While MIT research shows positive influences make news go viral, social media is only part of the feel-good echo chamber of the online news cycle — as publications jockey for news scoops, a positive angle sure helps the chance for an earlier embargo.
European gaming show Gamescom 2013 is in full-tilt in Cologne, Germany, and some big news about hardware has already filled the show floor with buzz. Read more »