After showing off a rough design update to its Steam Controller at its annual Steam Dev Days conference back in January, Valve has decided, definitively it would appear, to strip the touch screen from the handheld and replace it with a logo-emblazoned home button alongside start and select buttons. And new to the latest prototype design is a protruding d-pad and X, Y, A, and B button layout similar to that of an Xbox controller.
I can never decide whether SXSW is a tech conference with a music festival attached, or vice versa. Or whether it's just one mass research experiment sponsored by Tinder.
What is clear is that it's full of casually dressed people, often with excessive amounts of hair and an attitude of slight superiority.
Well, it is held in Texas.
Perhaps, then, it was easy pickings for Jimmy Kimmel to send his team of innocent-faced interviewers to ask attendees about the most progressive new musical acts. The most progressive new musical acts that don't exist, that is.
Kimmel has … Read more
I don't want to go all Apple vs. Microsoft on you, but we have a national security situation.
The eminences grises of these two famous companies have come out on opposing sides of one of today's great political debates.
Earlier this week, Microsoft's Bill Gates told Rolling Stone of Edward Snowden: "I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero."
Just in case you didn't quite get what he was saying, he added: "You won't find much admiration from me."
However, on Thursday, Apple … Read more
A couple of months ago, Chad Oulson was shot dead, allegedly by retired policeman Curtis Reeves in a spat over Oulson's texting before a movie started.
It's easy for cases like this one from Florida to be forgotten.
Once it emerged that Reeves was said to have had previous arguments with movie theater texters, one imagined that there mightn't be any new facts.
On Thursday, however, the prosecution reportedly released documents that show Reeves himself was texting just before the movie started.
Once you get outside the realm of Major League Baseball, you pretty much have a license to be goofy with your uniforms. Last year, the Toledo Mud Hens marked May the 4th with Chewbacca-themed uniforms. This year, the Kalamazoo Growlers, a Michigan collegiate summer team, are jumping on the selfie bandwagon with a Salute to Selfie theme night, complete with selfie jerseys.
While it would be super-cool if the players wore unis with their own selfies on them, the actual unis will feature a mosiac of photos chosen from selfies sent in by fans. Submissions through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be accepted through April 1, with the Salute to Selfie night taking place on July 24 for a game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.… Read more
We all have our rules.
For some, it's five seconds. For others, ten. And for students, it tends to be measured in days.
Every time we drop food on the floor, we know we're taking a risk by picking it up again and putting it in our mouths. But, well, it's food. And it wasn't there for that long.
A microbiologist took it upon himself to test just how dirty food gets when dropped on the floor.
Anthony Hilton of Aston University in Birmingham, UK, thought it might be instructive to try various surfaces to see if what goes down can come up again intact.
He and his students dropped toast, pasta, and sticky candies on various floors -- carpet, laminate and tiled surfaces -- for between 3 and 30 seconds. Then they ate them. No, wait. Then they examined them for bacteria.… Read more
Satellite TV provider Dish Network on Thursday launched the first of its new troop of DVR set-top boxes, the Super Joey.
The box, which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, precedes the Wireless Joey that has broken free of a coaxial cable connection and that is coming in the next several months.
The Super Joey adds two network tuners to the Hopper system, so you can record up to eight shows simultaneously when using Dish's embattled PrimeTime Anytime recording feature, which gives you the option of automatically skipping commercials on recordings of broadcast … Read more
When you get mad, you get mad.
When you're a famous person, it's your duty to share your madness. And if you want the immediacy of sharing just how mad you are, you go to Twitter.
Quite naturally, this is what LeBron James chose to do on Wednesday when his phone phlegmed out and erased everything he had on it.
As Business Insider reports, the Miami Heat forward told his 12 million followers: "My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've had in my life!!!"
Sympathy … Read more
Chalk it up to deliciously dry Brit humor or perhaps he really couldn't imagine all of the ways people would come to use the Internet -- hey, the guy is human -- but World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee caught his interlocutors off guard Wednesday during a session on Reddit with this exchange.
"What was one of the things you never thought the Internet would be used for, but has actually become one of the main reasons people use the Internet?" a questioner wrote.
"Kittens," came back the one-word reply.
For a more substantive look … Read more
Here is the lesson from the Web this week: it takes just a couple of days to get 25 million people to pay attention.
All you have to do is show them other people enjoying their first kiss. And, preferably, being slightly embarrassed about it because they're total strangers.
This fine artistic ruse emerged on Monday, courtesy of filmmaker Tatiana Pilieva.
Here were 10 pairs of people meeting for the very first time, locking eyes, and, shortly thereafter, lips.
We sighed in wonderment. Well, not all of us. Some of us were suspicious about the fact that these people were, on the whole, remarkably pretty. … Read more