A Steam Machine without Valve: life with the iBuyPower SBX

It was gaming’s hot topic for 2013: Steam Machines. Otherwise known as Valve’s plan to take on the living room. The project had my attention for months, with Valve teasing a revolutionary controller, a custom operating system and even an army of…

Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces

Did you get a G Watch R or Moto 360 and promptly give it a watch face that simulates a mechanical timepiece? Don’t count on doing that again. TorrentFreak understands that watchmakers like Omega, Panerai, Swatch and Tissot are sending takedown…

T-Mobile’s data-free streaming adds Google Play Music and more

Google Play Music was absent from T-Mobile’s Music Freedom options… until now. After a public vote to see who should be next, Mountain View’s streaming library will no longer gobble your data on the UnCarrier’s network. Google’s music service is…

Game controller takes your real blood whenever you lose (update: suspended)

Forget playing games for cash — if you really want to raise the stakes, try losing your actual blood when you lose in the virtual world. That’s the concept behind Blood Sport, a crowdfunded project that modifies game controllers to drain your body…

Redbox rentals will get a price hike on December 2nd

If you’re looking to snag a DVD or Blu-ray from Redbox while out gathering holiday supplies, you’ll soon be paying a bit more for the rental. On December 2nd, the red kiosks will increase rates from $1.20 to $1.50 for DVDs and from $1.50 to $2 for…

Costa’s iPhone app gains Passbook support, but doesn’t use its best features

Costa might be the coffee shop king in the UK, but updates to its mobile apps have been slow going. After finally launching a digital version of its points card, the company today added some fresh iOS functionality in the form of Passbook support….

The FAA wants you to have a pilot’s license to fly commercial drones

If you’re planning to shoot your next movie using a drone, beware: you may need to meet some stringent conditions to stay in the Federal Aviation Administration’s good books. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the agency will propose…

HTC RE Camera review: a fun personal shooter with room to grow

My father’s camcorder was a common sight on childhood vacations. Trips to Mount Rainier, the Oregon Coast, Disneyland, skiing, weddings — you name it, there’s video evidence of my siblings and I enjoying time together. I’m lucky to have grown up in…

Exiled Tinder co-founder comes back with another dating app

Earlier this year, Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe left the company after launching a sexual harassment lawsuit against her colleagues. One of the allegations leveled was that co-founder Justin Mateen stripped her of her credit because her age and…

The Big Picture: our clearest view yet of Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon

It’s going to be a long, long time before anyone gets to see Jupiter’s moon Europa first-hand, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory just provided the next best thing. It has released a “remastered” image of the icy celestial body that shows what it…


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