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PS4 vs Xbone

Playing the sales game: Do game releases actually increase console sales?

If a platform is struggling, our first assumption is that there just aren’t enough games available. Conventional wisdom has it that offering up a plethora of games is what matters most to any console, and everything else is secondary. By … Continue reading

Cooling Lasers

UK military creates quantum compass that could be the successor to GPS

The UK Ministry of Defense is exploring the development of a quantum compass that could effectively replace GPS in submarines and other military applications. If it pans out, a quantum compass could end up in your smartphone one day too.

Energous wireless power transfer demo, to an iPhone

The futuristic dream of wirelessly charging your smartphone while you stand in line at the coffee shop may soon come to pass

A new company, called Energous, has devised a method of wirelessly transmitting power over long distances. Its prototype system can beam 10 watts, more than enough to charge your smartphone or tablet, over a distance of 15 feet — and, … Continue reading

Geminid meteor shower, December 2012. 61 meteor frames from a time lapse shoot.

Tonight’s brand-new meteor shower could turn into a meteor storm, with 1,000 shooting stars per hour

Fellow Earthlings! We may be in for a stellar delight tonight. For the first time ever, Earth will pass through the tail of comet 209/P LINEAR, creating a brand new, never-before-seen meteor shower. Because we don’t know anything about them, … Continue reading

MIPS

Qualcomm, Oracle, Imagination team up to optimize Java, OpenWRT, Internet of Things for MIPS architecture

Imagination Technologies wants to reinvigorate MIPS with its own new collaborative effort but is there any room for the once-mighty titan of supercomputing? Open source or not, it’s got a tough road ahead.

Geminid meteor shower, December 2012. 61 meteor frames from a time lapse shoot.

Tonight’s brand-new meteor shower could turn into a 1,000-meteors-per-hour storm

Fellow Earthlings! We may be in for a stellar delight tonight. For the first time ever, Earth will pass through the tail of comet 209/P LINEAR, creating a brand new, never-before-seen meteor shower. Because we don’t know anything about them, … Continue reading

Steam In-Home Streaming: Dark Souls 2

Steam In-Home Streaming: At last, you can play PC games on the toilet (video review)

After a few months of closed testing, Valve has released a public beta version of Steam with In-Home Streaming enabled. In-Home Streaming allows you to stream any game from a host PC to a client (a Mac laptop or wimpy … Continue reading

Steam Machine

Out of Steam: Upcoming Steam Machines won’t be very profitable

Hardware manufacturers remain committed to Steam Machines but are publicly grousing about the low margins and limited profit upside. Is Valve the only company that stands to make a profit on this new type of system?

Frankenstein and his monster: ARM and AMD architectures, merged together in a single chip

AMD’s next big gamble: ARM and x86 cores working side by side on the same chip

AMD has already announced that it plans to build ARM and x86 cores on a common platform going forward — but what if that’s just the first step in the company’s long-term plan? We examine the case for a future … Continue reading

XPS 8700

ET deals: Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 desktop with 24-inch display for $900

If you’re interested in video production, image editing, or high-end gaming, you’ll definitely want to invest in a desktop and a high-res monitor. Dell is currently offering this pre-configured Dell XPS 8700 with a 24-inch monitor for just $900, so … Continue reading