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Amazon buys Twitch for $970 million

Amazon buys Twitch for $970 million

Well here’s something very few people saw coming, and it happens to involve two things I write about very frequently! This Monday, on August 25th, online retail giant Amazon announced that they will be acquiring the popular video game streaming service Twitch for $970 million in cash. The...

08/27/2014 by eParisExtra
An example of brilliant video game marketing: P.T.

An example of brilliant video game marketing: P.T.

Last week’s instance of the annual Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany was host to a dump truck of exciting announcements in the video game world. It was your standard fair of a deluge of video game promotional media: trailers, demos and screenshots. With so many games vying for...

08/22/2014 by eParisExtra
USB Type-C specifications finalized, which could mean no more flipping USB cables

USB Type-C specifications finalized, which could mean no more flipping USB cables

This is a common tale experienced by pretty much everyone: you try to plug a USB cable into your phone or computer, but it doesn’t seem to fit. This probably means the connector is upside down, so the obvious solution is to flip it over. Whoops, it still refuses to go in the socket. You flip...

08/14/2014 by eParisExtra
Controversial changes to Twitch video game streaming service causes panic in the online community

Controversial changes to Twitch video game streaming service causes panic in the online community

This week, the landscape of video game livestreaming radically transformed as online broadcasting giant Twitch announced and implemented some major changes to its video on demand services, including a content ID system similar to YouTube to filter out copyrighted material. What is...

08/08/2014 by eParisExtra
Spanish physicist creates color-changing ice cream

Spanish physicist creates color-changing ice cream

Manuel Linares, a 37-year-old Spanish physicist, has performed ice alchemy and created an ice cream that changes color as you eat it. The ice cream, named “Xamaleón,” after the color-shifting chameleon, slowly changes color as it melts. It goes from a periwinkle blue while being...

07/31/2014 by eParisExtra
Apple granted patent for “iTime” smartwatch

Apple granted patent for “iTime” smartwatch

With companies like Samsung and Google hopping aboard the “wearable” train, people have been wondering when Apple will get a ticket to ride, too. Rumors of an Apple “iWatch” go as far back as February of last year when Bloomberg reported that Apple had a team of 100 designers...

07/24/2014 by Josh Allen
Journalist’s experiment to prove that passwords are dying goes horribly wrong

Journalist’s experiment to prove that passwords are dying goes horribly wrong

Wall Street Journal journalist Christopher Mims attempted to prove the dwindling importance of passwords by giving out his Twitter password to the public. The results were not what he expected. Mims claimed that passwords as a form of authentication were becoming obsolete by heralding...

07/19/2014 by eParisExtra
Nations digitally duke it out this weekend at Evo 2014, the world’s largest international fighting game tournament

Nations digitally duke it out this weekend at Evo 2014, the world’s largest international fighting game tournament

This weekend, from July 11 to 13, thousands of players from countries all over the world will be competing in various fighting video games at the Evo Championship Series in Las Vegas, Nevada. Officially, there are 8 games that make up the Evo 2014 line-up: Ultra Street Fighter IV, Killer...

07/10/2014 by eParisExtra
Summer Games Done Quick 2014 raises more than $700,000 for Doctors Without Borders

Summer Games Done Quick 2014 raises more than $700,000 for Doctors Without Borders

For video game fans, last week contained seven days of entertainment, charity and good will. When folks didn’t have their eyes glued to the World Cup, they could tune into Summer Games Done Quick 2014, the video game speed run charity marathon. It proved to be a very popular event, with...

07/03/2014 by eParisExtra
Amazon enters the smartphone market with the Fire Phone

Amazon enters the smartphone market with the Fire Phone

During a press event in Seattle last Wednesday, Amazon announced their long-rumored phone hardware. They’re keeping up with similar branding to their Kindle ebook reader and Kindle Fire tablets. Their new device is appropriately named the Fire Phone, perhaps in attempt to set the smartphone...

06/25/2014 by eParisExtra
Video game charity marathon returns with Summer Games Done Quick 2014

Video game charity marathon returns with Summer Games Done Quick 2014

It’s that time again. Starting Sunday, June 22 to Saturday, June 28, the Speed Demos Archive will be hosting Summer Games Done Quick 2014, the second part of their annual charity video game marathon series. You’ll be able to watch speedrunners run through more than 150 games live on...

06/19/2014 by eParisExtra
E3 2014 Wrap-Up: Tons of new video game announcements, most for 2015

E3 2014 Wrap-Up: Tons of new video game announcements, most for 2015

Last week, from June 10 to June 12, most of the video game industry was concentrated to the Los Angeles Convention Center for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. Ever year, big game publishers like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft show off the latest in...

06/16/2014 by eParisExtra
Apple shows off OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 at WWDC

Apple shows off OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 at WWDC

This week is Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, and Apple took Monday as an opportunity to show off what their designers have been hard at work on since last year’s WWDC: Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Apple used the stage to demo their latest operating...

06/04/2014 by eParisExtra
First human trials for “suspended animation” to start this month

First human trials for “suspended animation” to start this month

Doctors at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh are on call this month to start the first trials of “suspended animation” on humans. No, this isn’t for space travel, but for medicine. Dr. Samuel Tisherman, a surgeon at UPMC Presbyterian, spoke with New Scientist earlier this year...

05/29/2014 by eParisExtra
Microsoft unveils the Surface Pro 3 tablet to compete with laptops

Microsoft unveils the Surface Pro 3 tablet to compete with laptops

When Microsoft announced an event for their Surface line of tablets for the 20th of May, most people were expecting a Surface Mini. This Tuesday, however, Microsoft debuted the exact opposite: a tablet big and powerful enough to take the place of you laptop. “Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that...

05/21/2014 by eParisExtra
Microsoft cuts Kinect from the Xbox One and tears down Xbox Live paywall for entertainment services

Microsoft cuts Kinect from the Xbox One and tears down Xbox Live paywall for entertainment services

The last bastion of Microsoft’s original vision for the Xbox One has finally fallen to consumer demands. Microsoft has cut the Kinect from the Xbox One, lowering the price of admission for their next generation video game experience from $499 to $399. The price cut finally fills in the large...

05/15/2014 by eParisExtra
Symantec says antivirus “is dead”

Symantec says antivirus “is dead”

In a piece first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Brian Dye, Symantec’s senior vice president of information security, called the traditional concept of the anti-virus “dead.” The Symantec Corporation is best known for their Norton Antivirus suite of protection software that has, to...

05/07/2014 by eParisExtra
Xbox documentary crew uncovers the legendary “E.T.” Atari burial site in New Mexico desert

Xbox documentary crew uncovers the legendary “E.T.” Atari burial site in New Mexico desert

If you ask the question “What was the worst video game of all time?” 1982’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” for the Atari 2600 will probably be the most common answer. The game was virtually unplayable. Instead of being treated to a grand adventure of E.T.’s attempt to phone home,...

04/29/2014 by eParisExtra
Google’s Project Ara: The Modular Smartphone

Google’s Project Ara: The Modular Smartphone

Last week, Google held their first developer conference for Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone. The concept of this particular modular phone started off as Phonebloks, an initiative by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens to reduce electronic waste. Google and Motorola adopted the concept into...

04/22/2014 by eParisExtra
PAX Gaming Expo Comes to Texas in January 2015

PAX Gaming Expo Comes to Texas in January 2015

Gamers in Texas who want to share their passion with a crowd of like-minded individuals have had a few limiting options to do so in the past. There’s QuakeCon in Dallas, which is mainly focused on PC games. If you’re into pinball and classic arcade games, there’s the Texas Pinball...

04/16/2014 by eParisExtra