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Gamespy's impending server shut-down might be cutting off Wii and DS multiplayer at the head, but not all games have to suffer this fate: PC publishers are starting to migrate their multiplayer servers to new platforms. Three of EA's ...
Some companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp -- apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50 million from the time the social network snapped it up. According to Whatsapp CEO Jan Kuom, the app has seen the fastest growth in Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia in recent months.
Samsung loves to experiment with different types of designs for its gadgets and a new patent flagged by Galaxy Club shows that the company has come up with some truly wild smartphone designs that go well beyond anything it has released so far. The new smartphone design patented by Samsung reveals a device with an oval-shaped frame and a wraparound display that puts key function buttons on the back of the device. The patent is only for a design concept, so it’s going to be a long time (and maybe forever) before we see anything like it hit the market. The design shown in the patent is actually similar to a design patent that Apple won earlier this year for an
Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if Samsung lost), as well as cover part of the legal costs in the current trial. This would cover two of the five patents that Apple is fighting over.
If we're being civil, Japan's relationship with the Xbox could be described as "tenuous" at best, and the release date for Microsoft's latest game console probably won't do much to change that. Come this September 4th, gamers in the country will finally be able to claim an Xbox One for themselves. Yes, that's around 10 months after it launched in the US and other "first tier" countries, and seven months after the PlayStation 4's Japanese debut.
Gee, do you think that Netflix publicly coming out against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has struck a nerve with Comcast? Within hours of Netflix declaring its opposition to the proposed $45 billion merger, Comcast came out with a statement that accused Netflix of relying on “inaccurate claims and arguments” to make its case. In particular, Comcast accused Netflix of conflating net neutrality issues with the kinds of peering agreements that Comcast recently reached with Netflix to ensure higher streaming quality over Comcast’s network. The cable giant then went on to tout its own commitment to the “open Internet” by declaring that “there has been no company that has had a stronger commitment to openness of the Internet than Comcast
SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, expects investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "Our investment focus will be in LTE (Long-Term Evolution), 5G and cloud computing," Fan Chen, vice president of accounting, told an analyst conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen, China, where the company is headquartered. ...
If you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed that it will unlock devices for American use starting with those launched on or after February 11th, 2015.
Ads for mobile apps are rarely personal; they're more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly track your runs with fitness software, for instance, you may get ads offering to install a companion diet app.
An Apple advertisement airing on major networks tonight uses an alternative-rock classic to promote a new tagline for the iPhone 5S. A crowdsourced version of the Pixies' "Gigantic" plays in the ad, which unveils a new tagline: "You're more powerful than you think." The ad itself shows off the iPhone's content creation features — music is a major part of the commercial, but gaming, photography, videography, and even a language translation app are also highlighted. You can watch the commercial below.
One of the most iconic RPGs of the last generation will return to consoles and PCs this fall. BioWare announced on Tuesday that Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third entry in the series, will release on October 7th of this year. As the sole survivor of a cataclysmic blast that killed thousands, your character is tasked with the responsibility of leading the Inquisition, a force that aims to vanquish evil from the land of Thedas. Dragon Age has always threaded the needle between turn-based strategy and live action combat, and that trend looks to continue in Inquisition. Players will be able to rush into combat, swords swinging and magic charged if they like, or pause the action and designate specific tasks to characters in their party.
Roku has just announced that the YouTube app, once exclusive only to the Roku 3, is now available to all of the company's "current-gen" players. That includes the Roku LT, Roku 1, the Roku 2, the Roku HD, the Roku Streaming Stick... and, well, pretty much all of them.
We have no doubt the justices of the Supreme Court are well versed and prepared for any copyright law, but do they understand TV or the hows and whys it can be so frustrating sometimes? Like many of us, possibly not that well -- like why HBO can't keep its streaming service up during Game of Thrones? -- which could make reaching a decision in the case between Aereo and the broadcasters seeking to put it out of business especially difficult.
Apple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers ...
There's no word on another new season or movie for Arrested Development, but now the show's creator Mitch Hurwitz is working with Netflix on something new. As first reported by Deadline Hollywood, Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to ...
It's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 9PM. The big news we kick this week's show off with is from Time Warner Cable in the way of a Fan TV box that delivers content from multiple sources. The Aereo case has finally had its, so we'll discuss the latest news from the Supreme Court.
How do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV's best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish's ad-skipping dispute also gave the TV-provider the rights to stream Disney-owned channels over the internet. Sources close to Bloomberg are now saying that Dish is hoping to launch the service before the end of the summer.
Roku is recognized as the set-top box with the most online video content (now about 1,500 channels). But until today most of its devices were missing one of the world's biggest video providers, YouTube, which was available only on the Roku 3 and Roku streaming stick. Now the firehose of video — from best to worst — is available as an app on all of what Roku calls its "current generation" boxes —those made after July, 2011 (more details on that in a moment).
Now that Apple has been seen further extending its company trademark to cover Class 14 devices including watches, a new piece of evidence seems to indicate that there’s apparently little doubt as to what Apple’s smartwatch will be called. French publication Consomac has discovered that Apple has quietly applied for “iWatch” trademarks in many markets around the world, including the U.S., by using a discrete dummy company called Brightflash. Registered in Delaware, Brightflash USA LLC has filed for iWatch trademark registrations in the U.S., European Union, U.K., China, Australia and many other countries. Apparently Brightflash has the same address Apple is suspected to have used in the past for a similar company to covertly register potential iPad name iSlate. Similarly, a “Carplay
NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.
By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. "Mobile and tablet and television are where the majority of the views are happening." A growing number of people watch music videos from the platform on smartphones, tablets or web-connected TVs using Apple TV, Roku and XBox devices. Google Inc is a minority stakeholder in New York-based Vevo, which was founded in 2009.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.
In case you were wondering who would splurge for Sony's $1,100 Digital Paper, it looks like the company has found another suitor: movie and television studios' HR departments. Sony has already targeted lawyers with the 13.3-inch E ...
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades.
Don't worry, Droid DNA fans -- HTC may have given the One series its first batch of Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades, but it still has plenty of love for Verizon's late 2012 flagship. Mo Versi, Executive Director of ...
Apple cares about the environment and it really, really wants the world to know it. The company is making its renewed efforts to be more environmentally conscious known and in the process, Apple launched a new website and a used gadget recycling program. “We want to leave the world better than we found it,” Apple stated at the top of its new site. As part of that effort, the company will immediately begin accepting any and all old Apple devices at its retail stores to be recycled. The company also said that if the devices being traded in appears to be resaleable, Apple will give customers a store credit in exchange for the gadget. No details were provided as far as
The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support today, but things haven't exactly gone as planned. Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for. Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD?
(Reuters) - AOL head of communications Peter Land left the company on Tuesday after a year working there, marking the latest public relations executive to depart the company. AOL Inc attributed Land's departure to a reorganization of the communications department. "We are investing in our communications function by promoting two of our most talented up and coming leaders - connecting the entirety of our internal and external communications," an AOL spokeswoman said in a statement. Eoin Ryan, currently head of investor relations, will become senior vice president of investor relations and communications.
T-Mobile under CEO John Legere never, ever stops trolling. Now that BlackBerry has decided to completely cut the “Uncarrier” off from selling its devices, 9to5Google points out that T-Mobile has decided to hit back by giving yet another special offer to BlackBerry fans by offering them gift cards of up to $200 if they switch to a new Samsung smartphone such as the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 3. This isn’t a short-term offer, either: Any T-Mobile customers who bought a BlackBerry at any time up until April 3rd this year can take advantage of this deal from now until the end of the year. This direct targeting of BlackBerry customers with offers for rival phones was what got T-Mobile
Samsung’s ad blitz for its latest flagship smartphone has begun in earnest and the company is producing TV spots for just about every notable feature of the Galaxy S5. The latest commercial shines a spotlight on the S5′s water and dust resistance, taking direct hits from watering cans, squirt guns, baking powder, a bottle of juice and a few other potentially ruinous substances without sustaining any harm whatsoever. We’ve already seen third-party torture tests that have literally put the Galaxy S5 through the ringer without causing any permanent damage, so it’s no surprise that Samsung would want to boast about the survivability of the device. That said, it remains to be seen whether or not the durability of the S5 will give it
No one likes finger prints and smudges all over their smartphone screen. Amazon might have a solution, if you believe the latest reports. Amazon's hotly rumored smartphone may sport a combination of cameras and sensors that let you navigate the device by tilting.
Lytro today unveiled its second so-called light field camera, a system that lets you refocus a picture after it has been taken. The Illum is an upgrade from its predecessor, and you can pre-order it now for $1,499 (retail $1,599 after July 15). You may never have heard of light field cameras, since the technology has mostly been limited to labs and specialized studios until Lytro brought it to consumers in 2011.
The "Watch Dogs" know — or at least they want you to think they do. "Digital Shadow" is a website, and accompanying Facebook app, that analyzes your Facebook posts and pictures, then presents that information as part of a promotion for the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs." Set to be released May 27 on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, and PC for $59.99 (Wii U release date coming later), "Watch Dogs" is an action/adventure game in which players take the role of a rogue hacker who exploits the social networks, databases and surveillance equipment around him to achieve his own goals.
I want to share with you my top SXSWi security takeaways, gathered from some interesting and engaging panels and discussions at the festival.
The Supreme Court heard arguments today for and against Aereo, the startup that streams broadcast television to subscribers over the internet without paying copyright fees to broadcast networks. The court didn't give many indications of which way it will rule, but the questions centered around a few themes: the impact of the ruling on cloud computing, whether Aereo is transmitting content or merely providing equipment, and whether the company's antenna farm is more than a sleight of hand to skirt copyright law. Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox sued Aereo two years ago, alleging that the company should have to pay fees to deliver their content, just as cable and satellite networks do. Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor seemed most concerned that a ruling against Aereo would endanger cloud services such as Google Music or Dropbox, a question that remained unsettled by the close of the arguments.
Last summer Fanhattan showed off its Fan TV box that promised to put cable TV on the same level as internet streaming services, but with the odd twist that cable TV providers would be the ones to sell it. ...
If you want a new Android phone but aren’t interested in either the Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8) then you might want to check out LG’s upcoming G3 flagship device. Digital Trends has scored some leaked pictures showing off the G3′s revamped home screen that the publication says features “flatter and brighter icons, a revamped weather widget with built-in suggestions, a much cleaner looking notifications screen, and circular icons.” In addition to the leaked home screen pictures, Digital Trends also lays out some cool-sounding new software features LG is planning to add to the G3, such as the Concierge feature that will give you suggestions on your home screen for how to dress given current weather forecasts; a
HBO is looking to convince even more people to watch its TV shows by promoting HBO Go as a solid way to avoid all those awkward moments that may pop up while watching TV with the whole family. The company released seven short ads centered around various popular HBO shows including Game of Thrones, True Detective, True Blood, Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm, highlighting certain scenes that may spark unusual family conversation. The fix, in all those cases, is HBO Go, which would let users watch any HBO programs on other devices instead of the TV, thus leaving them undisturbed by potentially annoying conversations. What the ads don’t really say is that users will need an active HBO subscription in order to actually
Sometimes you don't need an original idea to make a killer app, as long as you get the presentation right. Take Tinder, for example, which managed to put a whole new spin on internet dating thanks to its slick, simple mobile interface. Now, there are innumerable quiz apps out there for mobile devices, but none quite like QuizUp.
Last week’s rare blood moon eclipse was amazing, but it also took place in the middle of the night so most people in the U.S. probably missed it. But there is no need to fret, of course — that’s why Al Gore invented the Internet. We have all undoubtedly seen photos of the blood moon eclipse that took place in the wee hours of the morning on April 15th. It was the first of four coming eclipses where the moon will glow red in the sky, so three more opportunities to catch one are coming. Those who don’t feel like waiting for October to see the next blood moon are in luck though, because Wired posted a great little GIF on
By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said Tuesday it would partner with The Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a joint venture for web-based video services, making it the latest company aiming to tap the growing consumer demand for online video. The move follows announcements by Verizon Communications, Disney and Dish Network Corp which have plans to roll out video products outside a traditional TV subscription. Chernin Group, former News Corp president Peter Chernin's holding company, produces films and TV shows, and has a stake in Crunchyroll, a subscription and video-on-demand service. "AT&T's massive reach on those platforms across mobile and broadband and their commitment to the online video space make them the perfect fit for this venture with us," Chernin said.
Oh, Sony. Its earliest Android tablet efforts were a little odd (and that's putting it politely), but the company eventually managed to get its act together. Last year's Xperia Tablet Z? Easily the finest Android slate that Sony's ever made. When it came time to craft an upgrade, though, Sony was faced with a choice: Should it try to push the envelope in a different direction? Or simply stay the course and apply a healthy dose of polish to an already-good device?