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US renews five-year gaming education grant for Becker College

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:49:20 GMT

To maintain its interest in gaming education , the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration renewed a five-year grant this week with Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Becker College is the home of MassDigi , an academic program that focuses on the entrepreneurial side of game development, including a 12-week summer program where attendees take a concept to a market ready title.

The United Nations is turning VR into a tool for social change

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:41:10 GMT

Virtual reality is lauded as an empathy generator . The ability to transport viewers to a setting that would otherwise be inaccessible, or even unfathomable, lends a sense of poignancy to the medium.

Intel's Wearable Shows A Model's Stress Levels On The Runway

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:23:42 GMT

There are some people who think that being a model is easy. You show up, people dress you up, they put your makeup on, they do your hair, and all you have to do is walk down a runway a couple of times, get your photo taken, and that's done.

Man In Japan Arrested For Selling Jailbroken iPhones

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:19:00 GMT

It is easy to see why some people might consider jailbreaking to be illegal. After all you're essentially hacking the operating system through security loopholes to gain deeper access into a system you weren't supposed to.

HTC Vive launches dedicated VR store for everything besides games

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:20:44 GMT

HTC is launching a new app store for its VR hardware. Viveport escapes beta testing today, showcasing all the other VR possibilities besides survival horror, shooting and such.

Nintendo's Famicom Mini is Japan's NES Classic

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:32:09 GMT

Nintendo fans in its home country are getting their own teensy retro console, as well. Today, Mario's creator has revealed the mini Famicom, a shrunken version of the original NES the company released in Japan.

This Is Why Yahoo Did Not Reset Passwords Following Data Breach

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:26:07 GMT

As you might have heard by now, especially if you're a Yahoo user, the company has recently experienced a massive data breach . Usually in the case of such things, one of the first things a company would do is to reset the passwords of its users.

Samsung Says One Million Customers Have Received Safe Galaxy Note 7s

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:11:50 GMT

Samsung confirmed earlier this month that there is a battery cell issue in the Galaxy Note 7 . It then halted sales of the new flagship and launched a replacement program to replace every single Galaxy Note 7 unit shipped since the handset was released.

An iPhone 7 Has Apparently Exploded

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:57:30 GMT

Samsung is often accused of copying Apple but could the same claim now be made against Apple? One would hardly call having the tendency to explode a "feature" of the Galaxy Note 7 but given the widespread battery cell issue, that's what it's most likely to be known for now. There has now been a similar report about Apple's latest smartphone.

Lose It app promises to log your meal just by taking its photo

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:19:07 GMT

Keeping track of what you eat has proven to be a pretty effective method in aiding weight loss. Studies show that food diaries not only help people manage their daily caloric intake, but it also just helps them be more aware of what they're putting in their bodies.

Google hires industry vet Lyor Cohen as YouTube's head of music

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:41:07 GMT

In a music world where exclusives and direct ties to artists are increasingly important, Google is hoping to give YouTube a boost with its latest hire: Lyor Cohen. The former Def Jam president has most recently been heading up his 300 Entertainment label that started in 2013 with financial backing from companies that included Google.

Watch the Rosetta probe fall into its death spiral this Friday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:34:46 GMT

On September 30th, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will cap off its 12-year career surveying Comet 67P by slowly descending to its surface. There the spacecraft will join its lander Philae, given up for lost and recently re-found , before losing all power upon landing.

Spotify is in 'advanced talks' to buy SoundCloud

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:22:26 GMT

Those rumors that SoundCloud is shopping itself around ? They just got more substantial. Financial Times sources understand that Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy SoundCloud.

'FIFA 17' marks a new beginning for the soccer franchise

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:59:49 GMT

I've been playing FIFA since its first title launched on Super Nintendo, when characters on the screen looked like nothing more than colorful stick figures. Nowadays, thanks to the power of modern gaming consoles , the visuals and gameplay are as close to the real thing as it gets .

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa remote for $40

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:31 GMT

Amazon's next take on the Fire TV Stick looks pretty much the same as before , but it brings along some useful upgrades to keep it current. The biggest difference? It now includes an Alexa-enabled remote at the same $40 price.

IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:25:29 GMT

IBM's famous supercomputer has accomplished many, many things these past years, from making movie trailers to saving a person's life. Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the American Federation of Teachers.

Moscow will replace Microsoft's products with local offerings

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:18:07 GMT

Microsoft might lose a whole city of customers in Russia. According to Bloomberg , Moscow will begin replacing Redmond's products with homegrown software as a result of Vladimir Putin's urging to stop depending on foreign tech.