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All News for March 2014

Samsung introduced its PRO line of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets at CES in January. We had a brief chance to check out these new tablets while at CES and now we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 in house for a full hands-on review. As you may recall, this tablet features a 10.1-inch WQXGA display that supports... Read more...
The White House and its most important denizen have never exactly been bastions of hot new technology, but this current president has always at least appeared to live in the 21st century. President Obama famously refused to give up his BlackBerry when he took office, but now the White House may be ditching BlackBerry... Read more...
Where does the time go? I can remember playing Wolfenstein 3D as if it weren't all that long ago, though it's actually been a long 22 years since it was released. Fast forward to today and we've seen a handful of followup titles, though the forthcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order will be the first not to bear the Id... Read more...
After reading through the latest rhetoric by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, you get the feeling that he views his company's recent deal with Comcast as essentially sleeping with the enemy. The multi-year agreement ensures that Comcast subscribers will enjoy higher quality Netflix streams and less buffering, but Hastings... Read more...
Last week I was sent a rather bizarre picture of my likeness, doubled over as if I was being reflected in a mirror.  The message read "wouldn't you agree that two is better than one?"  This week, two cans of potato chips, a bottle of Hawaiian Volcanic water and specific details of a mission assignment were... Read more...
Valve is still working on the final edits to its new Steam Controller, and it’s showing off the device at GDC where we got to spend some time snapping pictures of it on the show floor. We’ve already discussed what the new controller will look like, particularly compared to the original, but what we... Read more...
One of the most anticipated announcements of GDC this year has been Microsoft's unveiling of DirectX 12. The event today was light on some details, but didn't disappoint -- DirectX 12 looks like a huge step forward for gaming. The problem DX12 wants to solve is the same issue that drove Mantle. DirectX 11 isn't very... Read more...
Were you just about to upgrade your phone to something newer? Hold the boat, player. Before you proceed with your order, be advised that AT&T will begin taking pre-orders for Samsung's Galaxy S 5 smartphone tomorrow in the U.S. You can stop by AT&T's website or one of the company's retail stores to place your... Read more...
If running around your house, office building, or a public space with your smartphone strapped into a gun-like gaming accessory while you and your pals engage in augmented reality video game that overlays gameplay in real time over whatever environment you’re in, you might be a person that wants to drop some... Read more...
Somewhere in the land of missed opportunities are millions, if not billions of fantastic photographs and videos that were never taken. Maybe not Pulitizer Prize worthy, but definitely some real gems that we'll unfortunately never get to see. Why not? Think about how many times a fleeting photo opportunity presented... Read more...
Charlie Rose sat down with Google’s Larry Page to talk turkey about the present and future of Google and technology at a TED talk, and the main takeaway is that the most exciting innovations are yet to come. If there was any doubt about Google’s intentions in the AI space, making computers smarter, Page... Read more...
For a lot of people, their first 3D printer may well be an HP printer. The company is readying a big announcement for June that will pertain to 3D printing technology, and although there’s not much else to go on in terms of details, the company has revealed to Reuters that it has figured out some of the... Read more...
Microsoft's been pushing its OneNote app pretty hard in the last few months, first by updating it for Windows 8.1 with new features, and more recently by porting it over to Mac and iOS where users can download and use OneNote for free. Apparently the offer of using OneNote for free was too good to refuse, as it... Read more...
Good news, fowl obsessed gamers, the casual game that became a bizarre phenomenon is coming back. We're of course talking about Flappy Bird, the creation of Dong Nguyen, who once revealed his addictive title was generating $50,000 per day through in-game ads. It was that revelation that made his decision to yank Flappy Bird from iTunes and... Read more...
For as much hype as the Oculus Rift has garnered, it's almost impossible to believe that the actual product still isn't out. Yes, prototypes have been around, but a finalized edition for the masses has yet to see the light of day. Of course, perfecting the art of virtual reality is no small chore, and it looks as if the team is getting tantalizingly... Read more...
Earlier this month, Microsoft acknowledged that it would debut DirectX 12 at GDC this year, with promises that it would offer many of the same features as AMD's Mantle. Fast on the heels of that announcement came news that the API would also be deployed on the Xbox One, presumably as part of a future update. Now, a... Read more...
Intel used the backdrop of the Game Developers Conference currently taking place in San Francisco to make a handful of interesting announcements that run the gamut from low-power technologies to ultra-high-end desktop chips. In addition to outing a number of upcoming processors—from an Anniversary Edition... Read more...
Nvidia may have just announced GameWorks support will be baked into Unreal Engine 4, but the Red Team is firing back with its own announcement today: Upcoming versions of Cryengine will support AMD's Mantle API. Just to be clear, this announcement refers to an upcoming engine that hasn't been used for a shipping title... Read more...
It's not uncommon to see a new game title come out that touts that the "best" experience will be on either AMD's or NVIDIA's (or Intel's in rarer cases) GPUs, but it is uncommon to see a game engine as a whole being given the nod by its developer to one or the other. In this case, the engine is Unreal Engine 4, and it... Read more...
Pictures, videos, and other forms of digital data aren't getting any smaller, and you may find that your tablet or smartphone is suddenly short on space. There are a variety of solutions available, one of them being Toshiba's new Canvio Wireless Adapter, a simple yet creatively designed gadget that adds wireless... Read more...
Every now and then we need a reminder that technology is more than games and gadgets, and this is one of those times: To help in the bizarre and tragic case of the Malaysia Flight 370 jet that has mysteriously vanished without a trace, a company called DigitalGlobe is using satellite images and crowdsourcing to help... Read more...
Apple has snagged a patent from the USPTO for what amounts to Siri, evolved. The “method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant” appears to be a situation where your whole home or office is littered with sensors that track where you are and what you’re doing while always being... Read more...
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