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Drug Detox Center For Internet Addicts Gives Rise To Small Business Start-up?

Remember that ole Amy Winehouse refrain: "they tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no!"? While there's drug detox centers for those addicted to drugs, do centers for Internet addiction exist? The answer is yes, and they've been around for a while. In my 2009 post, "Internet Rehab For NetAddicts" post, I researched one such center located in SE Fall City, Washington that followed the same principles as drug rehab centers.

What We Can Learn From New Zealand's Ban On Software Patents

Last week. New Zealand passed a law that prohibits patents on computer software. This will, it hopes, foster innovation and competition (and kill the efforts of a whole gallery of patent trolls). Seems to me that we can learn a thing or two from this move.

Nine Awesome Old School Party Games

It's a shame that Nintendo seems to be one of the only studios that remembers the meaning of the term 'party game.' These games demanded in-person interaction: the Internet was irrelevant. Today, it's time for a bit of nostalgia - time to pay homage to some of the best party games of ages past.

Facebook Updates Android SDK To Draw More Developers; Adds 3D To All Apps

Recently, Facebook has been making a concerted push to bring more Android developers into the fold, in addition to making its mobile game stronger overall. To that end, it's announced several updates to bring the Android SDK in-line with iOS, and added 3D capabilities to both.

Microsoft Says Kinect For Xbox 360 Was "Too Inconsistent"

According to Microsoft, Kinect on the Xbox 360 never really reached its full potential (that seems rather obvious, in hindsight). The experiences simply weren't as rich as the studio was hoping for. That'll chance with the Xbox One - at least, that's what they want to happen.

The Five Smallest Computers Ever Made

Size counts. If you want proof, just look at the way our society develops technology, how obsessed everyone seems to be with making everything smaller and more portable. Today, we're going to take a look at this obsession. Today, we're going to examine some of the smallest computers ever created.

The Unfortunate Reality Of The Surveillance Age

Online privacy has always been a nebulous thing, particularly given the culture of paranoia that's grown around western society in recent days. Nowhere is this more clear than with the saga of Edward Snowden. Today - in a bit of a departure from my usual fare -I'm going to explain to you why the Snowden saga should concern you.

Was The Backlash Against The Xbox One Fair?

Ever since its less-than-stellar showing at E3, Microsoft's Xbox One has been a rather popular whipping boy for the games industry. The backlash suffered by Microsoft was downright legendary, and it's something they're not going to live down for a very, very long time.

Question is, was it justified? 

How Gesture Controls Could Change The Way We Compute

Flashy technology has always been a staple of science fiction films -and there's not much flashier than the gesture-controlled computers seen in Minority Report. At the time the movie was released, those must have seemed positively outlandish. Now, though?

Now we're rapidly approaching a point where such outlandish technology is becoming commonplace, and it's got the potential to completely change how we compute. 


DARPA's Looking To Develop Processors That Can Learn

One of the primary things that currently separates man from machine - aside from the obvious factors - is the fact that, software aside, machines are incapable of growth. Oh, certainly, software can learn - quite effectively, too. But no matter how advanced the software gets, the hardware is still going to stay the same.

DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - is looking to change that.