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Apple’s October 2014 Event: iPad Air 2, Retina 5K iMac, iPad Mini 3, and OS X Yosemite

Apple’s October 2014 Event: iPad Air 2, Retina 5K iMac, iPad Mini 3, and OS X Yosemite

On Thursday, Apple unleashed a mix of new software and hardware upon an audience of press at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California. Among the new announcements were 2 new iPads, a stunningly high-resolution 5K iMac, and a refresh on the Mac Mini. Software iOS 8.1 iOS 8.1, the first of three...

10/18/2014 by eParisExtra
REVIEW: Vib-Ribbon (PlayStation 3, Vita, PlayStation Portable)

REVIEW: Vib-Ribbon (PlayStation 3, Vita, PlayStation Portable)

At E3 this year, one tiny cult classic PlayStation game had a large stage presence at Sony’s press conference. Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Shawn Layden took the stage to wax nostalgic on Vib-Ribbon, a 15-year-old PS1 game that Layden had a personal investment in back when...

10/14/2014 by eParisExtra
Microsoft skips Windows 9 and announces Windows 10

Microsoft skips Windows 9 and announces Windows 10

At a small press event in San Francisco this Tuesday morning, Microsoft unveiled their latest operating system, Windows 10. What happened to Windows 9? For those of you who have been following the Windows timeline, you’ll notice that Microsoft has skipped the number 9 entirely. Terry Myerson,...

10/01/2014 by eParisExtra
Researchers Develop Robotic Fabric

Researchers Develop Robotic Fabric

Researchers at Purdue University are developing a robotic fabric for use in clothing and “soft” robots. Such technology could be find application in clothing that adds strength and endurance to the wearer or lightweight robots durable enough for planetary exploration in space. The robotic...

09/26/2014 by eParisExtra
Microsoft buys Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, for $2.5 billion

Microsoft buys Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, for $2.5 billion

Microsoft announced on Monday that they will be acquiring Mojang, the studio behind the popular Minecraft computer game, for a total of $2.5 billion. Mojang will be joining Microsoft’s stable of game developers at Microsoft Studios. Along with the purchase of Mojang, Microsoft will gain the...

09/18/2014 by eParisExtra
Apple unveils the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch

Apple unveils the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch

For many months, rumors of Apple-branded large phones and smart watches ran wild on the Internet, and this Tuesday at Apple’s iPhone event, the truth has finally been revealed. Big surprise, it included a big iPhone and a smart watch! The September iPhone event was the stage debut of the...

09/10/2014 by eParisExtra
Nintendo announces another a pair of new 3DS systems, called the “New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS XL”

Nintendo announces another a pair of new 3DS systems, called the “New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS XL”

Historically, Nintendo has always reiterated on their handhelds with constant incremental redesigns. There were at least 4 different Game Boys back in the day, and the Game Boy Advance saw no fewer than 3 revisions. So, it should be no surprise that Nintendo is adding yet another iteration to...

09/04/2014 by eParisExtra
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