‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ and its origins in the Kinect-hacking scene

The developers at Harmonix aren’t afraid to hit the reset button if something isn’t working correctly. Chances are, strumming a plastic Stratocaster changed quite a bit before you ever even started playing “Creep” by Radiohead in Rock Band. Same goes…

Here’s how Nintendo’s Amiibo toys work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Nintendo was dropping Smash Brothers info-bombs left and right last night, but the company also felt compelled to dive a little deeper into how the Wii U version of the game will play with those curious little Amiibos. You know, the Nintendo…

London Science Museum catalogs 200 years of communication tech

Her Majesty the Queen took to Twitter for the first time today, but not to complain about the amount of ice in her post-brunch frappĂ©. Instead, Liz was announcing the opening of a new permanent gallery at London’s Science Museum that takes visitors…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shooting a 4K film with Samsung’s NX1

In an effort to make a push for its recently unveiled Samsung NX1, the South Korean company is now recruiting celebrities to help along the way. As part of this, Samsung has revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for roles in movies like 10 Things…

‘Don’t freak out!’ and other tips for surviving layoffs as a video game developer

The game industry is capable of building incredible worlds, engrossing us with believable characters, and empowering us to destroy (or create!) both. The unfortunate side of all that enchantment is the shaky business models that much of the industry…

Which gaming mice are worth buying?

The peripherals you play with can be just as important to your gaming success as actual skill. A suboptimal keyboard or sluggish mouse can open the door to defeat, which is why it’s a good idea to pick up equipment specifically made for the job. But…

Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize

If you’d just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on Orange is the New Black. Eric Betzig, however, had other plans, since shortly after he was told he…

Procter & Gamble plans to spin-off Duracell

Consumer product megacorp Proctor & Gamble has just announced that it’ll spin-off Duracell into its own separate company. The announcement comes as part of a move to pare down brands and focus on the 70 to 80 most profitable. Though P&G said that the…

A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago

Mapping out the ancient universe is a major astronomical goal, but there’s a huge challenge: the galaxies there are so dim, scientists can’t make out any of the dark parts. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute and US Berkeley/Berkeley Lab…

Queen Elizabeth II takes to an iPad to send her first Tweet

Queen Elizabeth II of England is pretty seriously old-school. She casually signs her name, “Elizabeth R.” (the “R” stands for “Regina” or, in English, “Queen”). She wears killer matching outfits (as seen above) that would be at home in 1962. But…


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