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Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Back when it was first announced, Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch enjoyed considerable hype as an enormous leap forward for mobile technology. Unfortunately, early reaction to the product hasn't exactly been glowing. Matter of fact, most critics have panned it as a 'limited, overpriced toy.'

Video Games Shown To Improve Brainpower In Older Players

We already know that games can be used to treat a wide array of illnesses and afflictions, but as it turns out, they can help healthy individuals, as well. A growing body of evidence suggests that games - if designed carefully - can actually dramatically boost brainpower, particularly in older individuals.

Carnegie Mellon University Has Developed A Computer-Operated Car

A computer-operated car developed by Carnegie Mellon University saw its first run yesterday as it gave a Pennsylvania Congressman a ride to the airport. The driverless Cadillac SRX is the product of five years of work by researchers, and could kick off a whole new era of transportation.

Microsoft Will Enable Digital Game Trading In The Future

When Microsoft backpedaled on the Xbox One's 24-hour authentication, it also removed one of its most promising features: digital games trading. Turns out, that decision wasn't permanent: Microsoft's Albert Penello today announced the studio will bring the feature back "when the time is right."

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.