'Cyber Monday' shoppers spent record $1.46 bn
Online sales for "Cyber Monday," the traditional debut for US holiday Web shopping, jumped to $1.465 billion this year, a research firm said Wednesday.
Wired SKorea to stem digital addiction from age 3
(AP)—Park Jung-in, an 11-year-old South Korean, sleeps with her Android smartphone instead of a teddy bear. When the screen beams with a morning alarm, she wakes up, picks up her glasses and scrolls through ...
Minecraft iOS app takes models to new places
Software enables avatar to reproduce our emotions in real time
(Phys.org)—You move, he moves. You smile, he smiles. You get angry, he gets angry. "He" is the avator you chose. Faceshift, from EPFL's Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory, now offers a software program ...
Wii U: New console launches in a sea of gadgets
In the six years since the last major video game system launched, Apple unveiled the iPhone and the iPad, "Angry Birds" invaded smartphones and Facebook reached a billion users. In the process, scores of ...
Qeexo screentouch experience puts knuckles and nails to work (w/ video)
Review: Nintendo Wii U blows up dual-screen gaming
When Nintendo first broached the idea of multiple-screen video games in 2004, many critics were skeptical that players could focus on two images at once. Yet the handheld DS, blending one touch-sensitive ...
How computational scientists are rethinking US elections, and making e-commerce smarter
Though voters may have tired of the U.S. election season well before November 6, there's some solace to be found in the fact that the voting itself typically lasts only a day.
Sony adds live broadcasting to videogame play
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) on Friday announced an alliance with Twitch to let gamers broadcast online play live for others to watch.
Xbox Music to offer on-demand music free on tablet
Buyers of tablets that run Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8, are in for a pleasant musical surprise: they'll be able to handpick from a selection of millions of songs and stream them for free ...
Immersive game showcases new Internet Explorer
Microsoft teased the release of the next generation of Internet Explorer by unveiling an online game crafted to show that websites can be as richly playful as "apps."
Free program makes computer graphics more realistic
(Phys.org)—Computer-generated images can be a little more realistic—and a lot cheaper to make—with a rendering program created by a Cornell graduate student.
Games play into Facebook's future
As investors agonize over Facebook's future, the online social network used by a seventh of the world's population isn't forgetting the importance of play.
Researchers unveil new technique to detect bots in casual online games
(Phys.org)—Casual online games, such as FarmVille and Fantastic Contraption, have thousands of enthusiastic followers – but the use of automated "bots" to give some players an advantage is short-changing ...