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Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade

Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade

Microsoft announced its successor to Windows 8, inexplicably skipping the number 9 and going straight to Windows 10. Regardless of the odd title scheme, the new operating system is now out, and it’s available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users for the first year. So what’s the...

08/01/2015 by eParisExtra
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies at 55

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies at 55

On July 11, Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, passed away at the age of 55, a victim of cancer. The following days have been full of mourning for one of the most influential people in the video game industry. Despite the fact that many had probably never even met the man in person, his...

07/15/2015 by eParisExtra
My Square Lady, a robotic opera starring an actual robot

My Square Lady, a robotic opera starring an actual robot

A peculiar performance has recently hit the stage at Berlin’s Komische Oper in Germany. My Square Lady will treat viewers to 2 hours and 45 minutes of a shuffling, singing robot, sharing the spotlight with its live human co-stars. The German/British art collective known as Gob Squad...

07/06/2015 by eParisExtra
E3 2015: Big news from the Big 3 in the world of video games

E3 2015: Big news from the Big 3 in the world of video games

If you’re a fan of digital entertainment, last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) probably dominated your attention. Over the three days of the show (and the days leading up to it), E3 exploded with an overwhelming amount of new information in the electronic entertainment space:...

06/24/2015 by eParisExtra
Apple’s WWDC 2015 Event: iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS 2, and Apple Music

Apple’s WWDC 2015 Event: iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS 2, and Apple Music

This June was the month of Apple’s annual World Wide Developer’s Conference. Much of the event was dedicated to showcasing software updates to existing devices: brand new operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. WWDC is also where Apple chose to unveil its long-rumored...

06/11/2015 by eParisExtra
Apple rumored to be working on 12-inch “iPad Pro” with “split screen” functionality

Apple rumored to be working on 12-inch “iPad Pro” with “split screen” functionality

9to5Mac, a reputable Apple news source, reports that Apple is working on a new 12-inch iPad, a considerable size upgrade from the current 9.7-inch iPad Air. Codenamed “J98” and “J99” (differentiated as the “Wi-Fi” and “cellular” models) these rumored new models are referred to...

05/27/2015 by eParisExtra
Ultra HD Blu-ray discs coming later this year

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs coming later this year

Just this year, I finally started building up my Blu-ray collection, despite having had a Blu-ray player in my PlayStation 3 for several years. The collection currently sits at 5 Schwarzenegger movies and a Studio Ghibli film. And, just my luck, I might have to rebuild this “vast”...

05/20/2015 by eParisExtra
VIDEO GAME PREVIEW: Splatoon (Wii U)

VIDEO GAME PREVIEW: Splatoon (Wii U)

Last weekend, Nintendo hosted a free online demo for their upcoming Wii U splatter shooter Splatoon. The Splatoon Global Testfire was a series of events held between May 8 and May 9 to allow players all over the world to test the online experience of Splatoon weeks before the game’s official...

05/12/2015 by eParisExtra
Tesla’s Powerwall battery gives a glimpse at a new way to power the home

Tesla’s Powerwall battery gives a glimpse at a new way to power the home

Tesla Motors, most famously known for their Model S electric car, is applying their innovative power technology to the home with a solar-powered home battery that can be used as backup power source, a way to save money on utilities, and potentially a way to remove yourself from the grid...

05/06/2015 by eParisExtra
Yahoo’s Bodyprint technology uses capacitive touchscreens for biometric authentication

Yahoo’s Bodyprint technology uses capacitive touchscreens for biometric authentication

In the early days of the iPhone, many users found themselves enamored by the device’s capacitive touchscreen. The naked human finger usurped the stylus and mouse cursor and claimed dominance as the one true input device for all our mobile computing needs. We began to use our fingers to tap,...

04/30/2015 by eParisExtra
Bring actual LEGO to life with the LEGO Dimensions video game

Bring actual LEGO to life with the LEGO Dimensions video game

Previously when it came to LEGO games like LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and LEGO Batman, every property was self-contained. You could play with LEGO versions of Superman and Batman in LEGO Batman, but you would never get to drive the Batmobile through Middle-earth. No, for that crazy...

04/14/2015 by eParisExtra
Amazon wants to install a “Buy” button in your home with the Amazon Dash Button

Amazon wants to install a “Buy” button in your home with the Amazon Dash Button

On March 31, a day before April Fools Day, Amazon announced the Amazon Dash Button, a one-trick device solely dedicated to re-ordering specific brands of consumable products. It’s a literal, physical “buy it now” button, making online shopping almost too convenient. It’s such a...

04/04/2015 by eParisExtra
Twitter brings innovation to livestreaming with Periscope

Twitter brings innovation to livestreaming with Periscope

Last week, Twitter launched, Periscope, their own livestreaming service to join the likes of Ustream and Meerkat. However, Twitter’s solution stands out with its robust featureset and unique concepts wrapped up in a blanket of intuitive simplicity. Broadcasting is simple Like other streaming...

03/31/2015 by eParisExtra
How Valve and HTC will create the most immersive VR experience yet with the HTC Vive

How Valve and HTC will create the most immersive VR experience yet with the HTC Vive

The virtual reality tech scene is a very peculiar thing these days. Three years ago, the Oculus Rift was the device headlining the latest VR revolution. Since then, Oculus got picked up by Facebook, and then every company out there, from Google, to Sony, to Samsung, had to have their own VR...

03/19/2015 by eParisExtra
Apple Watch and new Macbook launching April this year

Apple Watch and new Macbook launching April this year

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event earlier this week contained a multitude of announcements. Among them were concrete details on the release of the Apple Watch, including pricing, and a brand new addition to the Macbook line of laptops. The Apple Watch Apple will officially be entering the...

03/14/2015 by eParisExtra
Plastic Instruments are Back: Rock Band 4 Coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Year

Plastic Instruments are Back: Rock Band 4 Coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Year

The glorious days of Rock Band remain a golden memory of my college years. I remember stuffing my car’s trunk full of plastic guitars and drums to take to a small house party or school event so that friends could threaten to destroy these hundred dollar peripherals by jamming on them too hard...

03/08/2015 by eParisExtra
VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil HD Remaster

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil HD Remaster

Revival Horror In 1996, game designer Shinji Mikami gave the world the “survival horror.” Despite its likely origin as a silly nonsense marketing term, “survival horror” created an entirely new genre of video game, starting with Resident Evil. Players would associate the term with...

02/26/2015 by eParisExtra
This Apartment is Unreal: An Advanced Computer Graphics Tech Demo

This Apartment is Unreal: An Advanced Computer Graphics Tech Demo

The picture to the right is not a photograph. It is a screenshot of digital apartment rendered in real-time by a video game graphics platform. “Unreal Paris” is a virtual apartment tour demonstrating the technology of Unreal Engine 4, an engine that many game developers will be using to...

02/14/2015 by Alfredo Dizon
VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Life is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Life is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis

Strange is Good Ever since Telltale’s The Walking Dead, adventure games have undergone another renaissance. Life is Strange from Dontnod Entertainment (the same studio behind the ironically forgotten Remember Me) takes Telltale’s successful episodic storytelling format and puts its own...

02/08/2015 by eParisExtra
The Future of Apple’s Lightning Cable

The Future of Apple’s Lightning Cable

When the iPhone 5 debuted in 2012, it was also the introduction of Apple’s Lightning connector, a brand new charging cable for their mobile devices that left a lot of iPhone users with a bunch of useless 30-pin cables that had been the Apple standard since 2003. Three years have passed since...

02/02/2015 by eParisExtra