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Superhot: In this FPS, time only moves when you move

As independent gaming development grows, so too are we seeing the proliferation of game jams where developers are tasked with designing a game in a short time. Last month saw 7DFPS, a game jam where the only requirement was to create a first-person shooter within seven days.

Now, we've seen some pretty cool games come out of these jams. Some have gone on to become hugely popular -- and one of those is currently in the making. Called Superhot and created by Polish studio Blue Brick, it brings something wickedly fresh and new to the arguably predictable FPS. … Read more

Here's the best deal going on a top-flight Android phone

As the Moto X, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and other flagship phones trickle out for the back-to-school season, the not-quite-so-latest and greatest models, like the HTC One, are getting made over and seeing their prices drop.

Perhaps the best deal going on a top-flight Android phone right now is the one Best Buy is offering on its exclusive blue edition of the HTC One on Verizon Wireless.… Read more

Foursquare's new app forgoes check-ins

CNET Update follows the blue line:

In this episode of Update:

- Prepare for the day when you never need to open the Foursquare app to get push alerts and tips about your location.

- Follow conversations on Twitter with the new blue line (which has some users seeing red.)

- Quickly flag abuse on Twitter with the updated report button.

- Video chat with friends in 720p HD on Google Hangouts.

- Set up the Chromecast streaming stick with an iOS app, not just from the Web or Android app.

- Update the Flickr iOS app for new filters and free editing features. … Read more

See the blue moon from around the world

If you missed Tuesday's blue moon, don't worry. We've compiled some sensational shots of the rare event from around the world.

It's really something to witness the beauty of Earth's nearest neighbor from locales such as Atacama Desert in South America and ancient island peaks in Italy. Regardless of the setting and the backdrop, one constant remains: a bright, full moon that captivated countless photographers.… Read more

Waiting for a blue moon? Tuesday could be your night

If you've been waiting for a rarity to come along, keep your gaze skyward. Tuesday's moon is not only full, it's a blue moon.

That is, if you disregard a commonly accepted definition of a blue moon as being a second full moon in a calendar month. A real blue moon, according to purists, is the third full moon in a season of four full moons, which is one more than the standard.

The confusion has been attributed to a 1946 article in "Sky & Telescope" magazine defining a blue moon as the second in a month. The publication has since described that as "a mistake." … Read more

Mercedes-Benz GLK250 takes a stand for diesel

Diesel passenger cars in the U.S. have long suffered from a market that takes two steps forward and one step back, then spends years taking no steps at all. But the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic may just be the tipping point, a vehicle that combines enough refinement and fuel economy to make diesel vehicles a regular consideration for the American car buyer.

The GLK-class slots in as Mercedes-Benz's smaller SUV, coming in about a foot shorter than the M-class. However, the funny thing about SUVs is that the majority only seat five passengers, even when they take … Read more

Review: Blue Note by Groovebug provides access to a huge library of Jazz music

Blue Note by Groovebug is a Jazz Music lover's dream, combining hundreds of hours of music from the world's best Jazz musicians into a single streaming app. Instead of having to sift through other curation and discovery apps to find the tracks you like, this app streamlines everything Jazz into one massive database. The app, itself, runs smoothly as well, streaming flawlessly on Wi-Fi and offering a number of tools to save and access music later.

Setup of Blue Note by Groovebug is quick and easy, though you'll note that no songs play for more than a … Read more

Windows 8.1 to hit PC makers by August

Microsoft will deliver Windows 8.1, codenamed "Blue," to OEMs in late August, company officials said Monday.

So it looks like Windows 8.1 is going to be released to manufacturing by August, after all, as tipsters have been saying since the Blue codename first leaked almost a year ago.

Microsoft delivered a public preview of Windows 8.1 on June 26 during its Build conference. There are no more preview/test builds scheduled. The next stop is RTM (release to manufacture).

Microsoft will make Windows 8.1 available to all Windows 8 and Windows RT users as a free upgradeRead more

With Blue Waters, supercomputing goes national

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.--If you are a scientist, engineer, or academic in need of time on a supercomputer, March 28, 2013 was a very big day.

That was the day that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana brought its new baby online. Known as Blue Waters, the new machine instantly became one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, and, perhaps more importantly for those whose work requires access to such machines, became a lifeline for massive computing capability.

For years, the University of Illinois has been a leader in computing. Mosaic, the world'… Read more

How to get the Windows 8.1 preview

If you've been screaming from the rooftops for Microsoft to return the Start button to Windows, you're going to be happy. On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled Windows 8.1 at its Microsoft Build conference. The update brings a long list of new features, but most notably, the Start button returns!

Along with the announcement of Windows 8.1 and its new features, Microsoft also announced the release of a preview version for Windows 8.1. Anyone can download and install the preview, but keep in mind it's not final software and is likely to be full of bugs … Read more