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Nintendo starts health business to improve your quality of life

Nintendo is looking toward your quality of life and trying to find a business model in it, the company's president, Satoru Iwata, said Monday.

In a public letter, Iwata said that due to the changing "business environment," Nintendo has "decided to redefine entertainment as something that improves people's quality of life ('QOL') in enjoyable ways and expand our business areas. What Nintendo will try to achieve in the next 10 years is a platform business that improves people's QOL in enjoyable ways."

So, what exactly does Nintendo have planned? It's hard to … Read more

Welcome to CNET, Ashley Esqueda

I'm wildly excited to announce some CNET news today. Starting in mid-March, Ashley Esqueda will be joining the CNET family as a senior editor and on-air host. We're thrilled to welcome her as a new member of our tech-loving family working alongside our cast of wonderful video personalities.

You probably already know Ashley from her many shows and her irrepressible Twitter presence. She's everywhere online and has spent the last few years doing excellent on-camera work for TechnoBuffalo, Tecca, and Escapist. But in case you don't, here's what you should know: Ashley is an on-air … Read more

Oscars to stream live Sunday, but only for some

If you live in one of a handful of US cities and already pay for live TV, congratulations -- this year's Academy Awards go to you. Or rather, your phone.

The presentation ceremony for the Oscars -- routinely the most-watched live awards telecast of the year -- will be streamed live over the Internet for the first time by broadcaster ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that runs the awards.

ABC, which is owned by Disney, was the first broadcast network to enable live streaming of its programming online, but it has fenced itRead more

Nintendo to kill off certain Wi-Fi Connection features in May

Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection, a service the company hoped would improve its standing among online gamers, will soon be wiped out.

The company on Wednesday announced that on May 20, certain online features in Wi-Fi Connection will be removed, chiefly online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi games. Nintendo was quick to point out, however, that offline play will still be available.

Online play is not being affected on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. However, Wii mode, which allows users to play older titles on the Wii U, as well as playable DS … Read more

MP4 HD FLV Video Player review

MP4 HD FLV Video Player offers enough quality to be worth using, but it could use a few advanced features. Its bare-bones player won't win many fans when there are a lot of video players that do everything but sit up and beg. Still, if you just want something that will play your videos without much effort, you've found a good app.

This app is a video player that prides itself on its format support. Sure enough, we couldn't find a format that this app didn't play. The player, itself, just played the video, though, meaning … Read more

Microsoft in talks to take stake in Dailymotion, report says

Microsoft might soon have some stake in Dailymotion, a new report claims.

The company is in talks with French telecom Orange to help Dailymotion expand in the US, Orange CEO Stephane Richard said Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Richard cautioned, however, that the talks might not lead to a deal between Microsoft and Orange, which has a majority stake in Dailymotion.

Dailymotion was founded in 2005 and is one of the largest competitors to YouTube, providing user-generated content to viewers. Dailymotion has a strong presence internationally, but has been trying to improve its standing in the US. Last … Read more

Swan dive! Avoid this overpriced security camera kit

Promising to make advanced home security easier and more accessible, Swann Security is introducing SwannSecure, a new wireless IP camera kit due in retail outlets this April.

Based in Australia, Swann has been manufacturing cameras and security devices for over 25 years. It was just last year, though, that they launched SwannLink, a peer-to-peer network designed to help consumers connect their security systems with devices like phones and tablets via the internet. The SwannSecure kit is the latest offering to fall in line with that initiative, consisting of an indoor/outdoor, Wi-Fi ready camera that you'll be able to … Read more

Microsoft goes all-in on Titanfall with $499 Xbox One bundle

Microsoft is making a strong push to attract new gamers with help from Titanfall, the highly anticipated first-person shooter.

The company on Monday announced that starting March 11, it will sell an Xbox One Titanfall Special Edition Bundle for $499. According to Microsoft's Larry Hryb (better known as "Major Nelson"), the offering will only be available in "limited quantities."

The bundle includes the Xbox One and Kinect, along with a single wireless controller and chat headset. However, unlike many bundles, which include a physical copy of the game, the Titanfall bundle will include a download … Read more

RealPlayer Cloud goes global

RealNetworks today announced the global roll-out of RealPlayer Cloud, a service that lets people watch and share videos on a variety of devices and operating systems.

RealPlayer Cloud was first announced in September 2013, but was only available in the US and Canada. With today's announcement, people will be able to share videos internationally.

"We're excited to bring RealPlayer Cloud to consumers worldwide. In just five short months, we've experienced extensive user growth and now have more than 500,000 users in the US and Canada," said Rob Glaser, interim CEO of RealNetworks. "Clearly … Read more

Voicy Video Booth Lite review

Voicy Video Booth Lite is a video editing tool designed to help you add cool voice effects to your videos. Take a new video through the app, or use an existing video, and then choose the voice you want to use to create a complete video experience. Then share what you've made with your friends.

When you open Voicy Video Booth Lite, you can immediately begin recording a new video by tapping the "Record" button at the bottom of the screen. If you'd rather use an existing video, just tap the camera roll icon to the … Read more