Sony Expects the PlayStation 4 to Shatter — or Equal? — PS3 Launch-Window Sales

Bloomberg’s running a story this morning in which Sony games boss Andrew House says he expects the $399 PlayStation 4 to sell five million units worldwide by the end of March 2014. That’ll be something to crow about if it’s what it sounds like: five million units sold through, meaning systems purchased by customers. The PlayStation 3, by comparison, sold (through) […]

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Wearable Tech Is Free from Monthly Connection Costs, for Now

Smartwatches and smart glasses will have a tough time taking off if they require a monthly data charge. Thankfully, wireless carriers aren’t trying to collect any tolls right now. Representatives from AT&T and Verizon Wireless told me that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch will not require a tethering plan or any other separate charge beyond your smartphone’s existing plan. The same will […]

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How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems

Bluetooth is a popular method of wirelessly transferring data between two devices such as your phone and your headphones, your media player and a speaker, or your iPad and a keyboard. It’s one of the most widely used wireless technology in the world, according to Suke Jawanda, chief marketing officer for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. He says about 2.5 billion Bluetooth products […]

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I’d Be Skeptical of Reports About the PlayStation 4 Being ’50% Faster’ than Xbox One

There’s an Edge story picking up steam about the PlayStation 4 being “around 50% faster” than the Xbox One. There’s no question about it if you ask Edge — the author of the piece doesn’t even bother to use the word “allegedly.” Computing performance, like human intelligence, is a slippery, subjective metric that can mean different things to different people (developers or otherwise). If you’re going […]

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Apple Innovative No More, Says Man Who Helped Shape the Company

The scrappy, disruptive Silicon Valley company that revolutionized the way we think of the personal computer is no more, says the man who helped Steve Jobs design the Mac in the 1980s, Quartz reports. Harmut Esslinger was an established industrial designer who had worked on hundreds of Sony products when he signed a million-dollar-a-year contract with Apple in 1982 to help Jobs […]

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The iPhone 5C Helps Make a Strong Argument for the iPhone 5S

Even though Apple’s iPhone 5C was well-expected ahead Tuesday’s press event, it still managed to be a surprise in one area. At a starting price of $100 on-contract, or $550 without a subsidy, this is not the inexpensive iPhone that pundits and analysts anticipated. The price isn’t low enough to stand in for the iPhone 4S, which now becomes the least expensive option […]

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A Sobering Look at Mobile’s Impact on Console and Handheld Gaming

I hadn’t heard of Asymco before last night, but I noticed it on Twitter by way of Kotaku, then started reading and couldn’t stop because, you know, numbers and charts and carefully composed critical text. I suppose by the end my eyes must have looked like Kylie Sven Opossum’s in Fantastic Mr. Fox, swirling away in little spirals of dismay. I can’t vouch for Asymco’s figures, but the […]

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