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Motorola Moto G Offers A Solid Low-End Smartphone

When Google purchased Motorola, their intentions were a little bit unclear. Why would a powerhouse like Google want to buy out Motorola, a struggling company? It seems that today's announcement and soft launch sheds some light on the acquisition. Meet the Moto G, a high powered Android phone for a low price.

This Robot Will Never Stop Drawing

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Robo Faber. Designed by LA-based Matthias Dörfelt, this little robot is designed to be a self-portrait of the artist's creative style, and is programmed to replicate it until the end of time...or until it breaks down and stops working. Whichever comes first; really.

Why I Don't Plan To Go "Next Gen" Any Time Soon

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the launch of the PS4 is just a few days away, with the Xbox One following soon after. Virtually every publication is buzzing about them; people are already lining up to buy them. Me? I think I'm going to wait - and maybe you should, too.

The Unity Engine Is Diving Into The Second Dimension

Unity is one of the leading development engines in the world, and with good reason. It's compatible with a wide array of operating systems and features a powerful, visually-lead editor, to boot. That engine today just got even more attractive for game devs - the Unity team has added 2D game development tools.

Gigabyte's G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard Serves Up Premium Onboard Audio

Dodging the need for a separate sound card, Gigabyte's new Intel board offers a Sound Blaster chip baked right on, among a few other curious audiophile-targeted features.

Facebook's About To Get A Whole Lot Smarter

In a Q3 earnings call yesterday afternoon, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a rather fascinating announcement to make: Facebook is looking into developing artificial intelligence. The organization has founded a new Artificial Intelligence Unit, and is separately also working on speech recognition.

Independent Obsession: The Over-Romanticization Of Indie Development

Being an independent game developer is a lot like being an inventor. You need no small amount of creativity, skill, and persistence. There's more pitfalls than you might encounter in most any other career.  It's not as easy - and nowhere near as glamorous - as everyone seems to think.

Making Friends With Your Bot: Researcher Explains Robot-Human Relations

The age of robots isn't just coming. It's already arrived - none of us really noticed. Truth is, most of us have probably interacted with a robot very recently. The interaction just didn't register, claims former Willow Garage Rsearcher Leila Takayama, because we expect too much from machines.

Blockbuster U.S. Rings Its Final Death Knell, Closing 300 Stores

Rental shops were hit pretty hard by the birth of digital distribution. With platforms like Steam and Netflix around, no one bothers to rent anymore - no one really needs to. That's bad news for Blockbuster - which today finally signed off for good; its parent company plans to leave physical retail.

Nintendo Takes Things Down a Notch With The $99 Wii Mini

Though the Nintendo Wii is still being sold in Canada and the United States, across the ocean in Europe it's been discontinued - replaced with the smaller, cheaper Wii Mini. Nintendo might intend on that same course, in the West. Yesterday, it announced plans to bring the Wii's little sister to the States.