The biggest and best games we saw at Tokyo Game Show

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Tokyo Game Show isn’t just about chocolatey in-jokes and embarrassing booth disasters — there’s a ton of actual video games to play as well. While the Japanese games industry doesn’t have the global status that it once enjoyed, TGS is still the biggest annual stage for local developers and publishers. And as the last major event on the gaming calendar each year, it’s also a good chance to check in on some of the biggest releases coming out this holiday season. Read on for our thoughts.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

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IMG_0089 Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time. The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory, if not ever for an iPhone launch, and by all accounts this is shaping up to be probably the most successful iPhone launch day in history, provided there’s plenty of stock… Read More

Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

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notionink32 I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load of nothing. And now they’re back. The company is setting their sights a little lower. Their next product is the Notion Ink Cain (irony… Read More

Nvidia and AMD bring out their big new guns for the holidays

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The last few months of the year are an exciting time whatever sort of electronics you’re into. For those of us still clinging on to the glories of PC gaming but feeling the need for more graphics power, both Nvidia and AMD have new graphics cards coming out — looking to address different parts of the market with faster and more efficient silicon. First out of the gate is AMD’s Radeon R9 285, a $249 card with a new internal architecture that is nevertheless “functionally speaking … just an R9 280 with more features,” according to AnandTech. Still, the very presence of the new mid-range card is driving down prices of the older model and creating some fine bargains for gamers on a budget. Plus, the new efficiencies found in the Tonga…

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PCs get access to iCloud Drive before Macs

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Apple has started rolling out its improved iCloud Drive feature with iOS 8 this week, providing a Dropbox-like file system for storing documents in the cloud. While Mac users will need to wait for OS X Yosemite to take advantage of iCloud Drive, Apple is letting Windows PC users upgrade early. An updated version of iCloud for Windows includes iCloud Drive support, enabling a folder within the Favorites section of the Windows File Explorer. It’s very similar to Dropbox and OneDrive, allowing iCloud users to view and edit data directly from the cloud storage service.

If you’re a Windows user with an iPhone then you’re clear to enable iCloud Drive, but if you use a mix of Windows, Mac, and iOS then it’s worth waiting for Yosemite. If you…

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Sony’s Google Glass rival will be on sale by the end of March

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With all the hype and interest in wearables these past few months, you’d think more companies would be looking to compete with Google’s Glass headset, but up until now that hasn’t really been the case. Sony teased an alternative to Google’s gear in the form of a SmartEyeglass prototype first shown off at CES 2014, which aims to be as versatile as Glass while bettering it in some respects as well. The rather awkward-looking SmartEyeglass is peppered with sensors — there’s an accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, ambient light sensor, and a 3-megapixel camera — and comes with a wire connecting it to an external battery pack equipped with an extra touch sensor and microphone.

Sony is releasing the software development kit for…

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Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are being torn apart so you can look at their insides

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Apple’s newest iPhones are on sale, which means it’s time — once again — for iFixit to tear them to pieces. It’s not doing this in malice, but to determine how good (or bad) a job Apple’s done at letting people repair them, as well as to note changes in how the company puts its devices together.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review: Maxwell Mark 2

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At the start of this year we saw the first half of the Maxwell architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. Based on the first generation Maxwell based GM107 GPU, NVIDIA did something we still can hardly believe and managed to pull off a trifecta of improvements over Kepler. GTX 750 Ti was significantly faster than its predecessor, it was denser than its predecessor (though larger overall), and perhaps most importantly consumed less power than its predecessor. In GM107 NVIDIA was able to significantly improve their performance and reduce their power consumption at the same time, all on the same 28nm manufacturing node we’ve come to know since 2012. For NVIDIA this was a major accomplishment, and to this day competitor AMD doesn’t have a real answer to GM107’s energy efficiency.

However GM107 was only the start of the story. In deviating from their typical strategy of launching high-end GPU first – either a 100/110 or 104 GPU – NVIDIA told us up front that while they were launching in the low end first because that made the most sense for them, they would be following up on GM107 later this year with what at the time was being called “second generation Maxwell”. Now 7 months later and true to their word, NVIDIA is back in the spotlight with the first of the second generation Maxwell GPUs, GM204.

Elon Musk says self-driving car technology still has another 5 to 6 years to go

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About a year ago, Tesla announced its plans to develop self-driving car technologies, and now founder and CEO Elon Musk says there’s still quite a bit of work to be done before that’s a reality. Another 5 to 6 years, to be precise. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Musk says that the various technologies needed to make that happen still needs years of work to perfect, and that it could take a few more after that for laws and regulations to catch up.

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Twitpic says it won’t be shutting down after all

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Two weeks after saying it would be forced to shut down because of a trademark conflict with Twitter, image-hosting service Twitpic said today that it will live on. The company has been acquired, though in a tweet it would not say by whom:

Earlier this month, Twitpic founder Noah Everett said Twitter had contacted the company demanding it abandon its trademark application or have its API access revoked. Twitter responded by saying that it had no issue with Twitpic retaining its name but had objected to other, unspecified “trademarks tied to the brand.”

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down as CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

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It’s the end of an era at Oracle, as CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the vendor, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

“Safra and Mark will now report to the Oracle Board rather than to me,” Ellison said in a statement Thursday. “All the other reporting relationships will remain unchanged. The three of us have been working well together for the last several years, and we plan to continue working together for the foreseeable future. Keeping this management team in place has always been a top priority of mine.”

Oracle’s announcement came without warning as it also released first-quarter earnings results.

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One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan

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matt-circa In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa.
I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for location-aware applications. A few years later, he sold SimpleGeo and founded Circa. Along the way, he’s learned a lot of lessons about… Read More

Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

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Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.03.06 PM Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

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