Gadgets, Game & Mobile News

Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 18:36
A mother makes her daughter pose for a picture to prove that it will travel far and wide on the Web. She ends up getting prank calls, pizza deliveries, and a lesson for herself.

NSA's reported Huawei hack gives glimpse of agency's role in 'cyber Cold War'

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 16:38
The latest report based on leaks by Edward Snowden has it that the NSA hacked into the servers of a Chinese router company that had itself been accused by the US of potentially aiding government espionage.

Twitter battle in Turkey heats up, spreads to YouTube -- reports

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 13:53
The fight over a Twitter ban in the country intensifies, as the government reportedly blocks a workaround, the White House weighs in, and Google refuses to yank YouTube vids critical of the prime minister.

Apple rumor claims all-new, 12-inch MacBook Air

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 12:02
The MacBook is getting a makeover sooner rather than later -- if chatter from China is accurate.

Businesses of the future...with Samsung devices, of course (pictures)

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 07:00
The Korean electronics giant operates a showroom -- called the Executive Briefing Center -- at its North American headquarters in New Jersey to show potential business customers what Samsung technology they can use to change their operations.

2048 starts easy; gets hard. Here's how to make it easy again

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 07:00
The Threes-like puzzle game sucks you in by making it seem easy to hit the magic number. Turns out, though, that it actually is easy -- if you understand the game's logic.

Samsung shows business customers how to be high tech

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 07:00
The Korean electronics giant operates a showroom in New Jersey to demonstrate technology it has for hotels, financial firms, retailers, and other businesses.

Automating your 2048 game

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 07:00
2048 may be deceptively difficult in its later stages, but the early portion of the game can be played mindlessly by mashing the left and up arrow keys and building into a corner.

Google speeds WebP image format, brings animation support to Chrome

CNET News - Sat, 2014-03-22 02:56
Other browser makers are unmoved by file-size advantages of the image format, but Google is pressing ahead. And it's saving terabytes of network usage a day on its own sites.

Obama talks spying with Facebook's Zuckerberg, Google's Schmidt

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 21:41
Zuckerberg and Obama "had an honest talk about government intrusion on the Internet," says Facebook -- just days after the CEO posted an indignant statement on his Facebook page.

Apple considering a Spotify rival and iTunes Android app

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 19:41
The company is in talks to launch an on-demand streaming music service in order to battle US declines in iTunes downloads, according to Billboard.

Get your body into VR games

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 19:31
Gesture-control armband Myo by Thalmic Labs has found a way for gamers to go from hands on to hands in. When paired with virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift, gamers can see and use their hands in games. CNET got a demo of the combo in action.

Behind the sounds of Infamous: Second Son

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 19:23
Creating a video game hero with superpowers like smoke and neon means figuring out what they should sound like. Sony took CNET behind the scenes to show us how it created the sound effects for new PS4 game Infamous: Second Son.

Dolby to put Atmos surround sound on tablets, smartphones

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 18:13
The immersive audio that makes moviegoers feel like they're inside the film rather than just watching it will be available for Dolby partners to incorporate on mobile by the end of the year, Dolby says.

Runway safety improvements under way at SFO (pictures)

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 16:59
Two of four runways will close as part of federally mandated improvements. CNET takes a look at the technology and gets a tour of SFO's runways.

San Francisco Airport uses tech to meet runway safety standards

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 16:56
In order to meet a federal directive, the airport will close two runways this summer to install a special concrete material that will bring runaway aircraft quickly to a stop.

Microsoft revises privacy policy in wake of Hotmail search case

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 16:42
Blowback in handling of corporate espionage case forces Microsoft to promise stronger policies protecting privacy of Hotmail account holders.

Phil Spencer on Xbox One 'always-on' debacle: 'We could have been more clear'

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 15:56
On the final day of the Game Developers Conference, the head of Microsoft Studios opens up about the Xbox One's tumultuous road to launch and the company's indie game relationship.

Microsoft: Here's $100 if you drop Windows XP

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 15:22
Hey XP users, time to move on -- Microsoft is saying in no uncertain terms by offering $100 off a new PC.

The Web out-Picassos itself: Welcome, sticky tape selfies

CNET News - Fri, 2014-03-21 15:06
In the latest and perhaps most tastelessly sweet Internet meme, people are wrapping their faces in sticky tape and snapping the results. Perfect for your 3-year-old this weekend.