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Over the past 20 years, special effects houses (typically known as VFX studios) have risen from an occasional tool used in science fiction or fantasy movies to a mainstay of the entire industry. The term "VFX" refers to more than the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) -- it also references live-action shots or... Read more...
As the World Wide Web rounds the quarter-century mark, the Pew Research Internet Project conducted a survey on trends surrounding the Web, what it’s made possible, and what sort of adoption it enjoys. It’s perhaps no surprise that Internet use has skyrocketed among American adults since the mid-1990s; Pew has those numbers pegged... Read more...
It can feel like the growing cadre of wearable fitness tech is just so much noise, but some of these products will inevitably rise to the top. The Moov fitness tracker, a compact, cleanly designed wrist-mounted fitness device, might just be one of those wearables. The Moov team is comprised of former Apple and... Read more...
Want to know what’s trending on Google? Now you can, with a screensaver. Google outed the nifty new tool in a Google+ post, and you can see it in action for yourself here. You can set up the look of the Google Trends screensaver in a couple of different ways. There’s a little 25-square grid in the upper left part of the screen.... Read more...
Minecraft is headed to the silver screen. Warner Bros. has secured the movie rights, and the film adaption of the game will be helmed by Jon Berg, with Roy Lee producing, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The title is one of those insanely popular games whose appeal is a mystery on its face--you build stuff in a... Read more...
As any mobile user can attest, there are no shortages of free games to download from the various app market places, though many of them try to attach their tentacles to your wallet or purse through in-game purchases (some are worse about it than others). These can range from weapon and armor upgrades, to gems that can... Read more...
Retired pro skater Tony Hawk hinted earlier this week that there would be a new skateboarding game based on his brand, and when pressed for information, publisher Activision confirmed to media outlets that it has "something in the works," followed by a promise to offer up more information soon. Activision wasn't ready to drop the bombshell... Read more...
The long awaited "Update 1" to Windows 8.1 is reportedly scheduled to arrive on the MSDN channel on April 2, 2014, and via Windows Update on April 8, which is Patch Tuesday. Perhaps not coincidentally, Windows 8.1 Update 1 rolls into town just as support for Windows XP is coming to an official close after more than 12... Read more...
Amazon's Prime service has gained a lot of traction from avid users who appreciate quick shipping and discounted overnight options, but what about the other aspects? Prime customers also have access to free books and video streaming, though outside bandwidth reports suggest that many don't take advantage of those... Read more...
Earlier this week, we talked about Geeksphone's Blackphone, a smartphone that puts privacy and security front and center. In some ways, the goals of that phone might sound a little overkill for some, but after learning about Boeing's upcoming offering, it will seem like child's play. Boeing's phone doesn't seem to... Read more...
Nintendo said it's planning to disconnect its Wi-Fi Connection service for Wii consoles and DS handhelds on May 20, 2014. That means no more online play, matchmaking, or leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and DSi games. In addition, users will no longer be able to share their own generated content, exchange... Read more...
The smallest member of MakerBot’s 3D printing platform, announced at CES, is now available to order at MakerBot’s website or at one of the company’s three store locations in New York, Boston, and Greenwich, CT. The Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer (the build volume is 10x10x12.5 inches) is designed... Read more...
It's said the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and towards that end, the daughter of a mafia kingpin is accusing Rockstar Games of having used her story without her permission in Grand Theft Auto V. Her name is Karen Gravano, daughter of Salvatore Gravano (otherwise known as Sammy the Bull) and former star of... Read more...
Intel has established a strong record in the solid state storage space, dating all the way back to 2008 with its debut of the excellent X25-M series of drives. Back then, Intel upped the ante in enthusiast-targeted solid state storage, and they want to do it again with the drive we’ll be showing you here today, the upcoming Intel SSD... Read more...
At the intersection of awesome and banal, there’s this: Code.org, a terrific site that helps kids learn coding from an early age, has a fun 8-step “puzzle” that lets kids program their own custom version of “Flappy Birds”. It’s a simple drag-and-drop sort of programming with blocks... Read more...
There's mounting evidence to suggest that Apple has put Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) out to pasture, thereby leaving users of what's become a legacy operating system to fend for themselves out in the wild. For the second time, Apple rolled out a security patch for present and past OS X builds dating back to OS X 10.7, or... Read more...
When Google unexpectedly sold off Motorola to Lenovo after investing heavily in the Moto X and Moto G smartphones and owning the Motorola brand for less than two years, the fate of the Project Ara modular smartphone seemed doomed, but it appears that the project is very much alive and well. According to Time’s... Read more...
The wild and wonderful state of West Virginia isn't so wild about Bitcoin, Litecoin, and every other type of virtual currency that's hotter than a southern summer day. More specifically, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat) takes issue with crytpocurrencies and asked the U.S. to ban Bitcoin and any other... Read more...
While Sony managed to hit a home run with its PlayStation 4 being priced $100 below the baseline Xbox One, the company's other divisions aren't faring as well. The mega-corporation has largely struggled ever since the economic downturn began in 2008, and things have finally come to a point where it's going to have to... Read more...
Given the fact that it was a promised feature, the lack of Twitch.tv support on Xbox One has no doubt miffed a big number of its users. But, the right to complain is soon to be purged, as March 11th will be the date that will see the feature introduced. According to Microsoft, the delay might have been unfortunate... Read more...
We’ve seen our share of wild chassis designs, and Lian Li is giving the world another with the DK01, which is a chassis that serves double duty as a PC case and a desk, which brings new meaning to the phrase, “sitting at your computer”. The funky DK01 looks like a brushed-metal chassis turned on its side and mounted on legs... Read more...
MiiPC, a kid-friendly, cloud-managed, Android-based computer has offered both desktop use, media center applications, and it also offers a new level of Android gaming by incorporating Cannonball from 18th Parallel. The MiiPC now supports Android gaming with a number of third-party gamepads, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Logitech controllers.... Read more...
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