Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

Xbox One plated in 24k gold shows up at Harrods

Xbox One plated in 24k gold shows up at Harrods

You can now get a gold-plated Xbox One for the hefty price of USD $9,773.99. If that's too big a number for you, you can always convert it to the British pound sterling currency of £6,000. That's the asking price at Harrods, the British luxury department store that is kind of like Macy's or Nordstrom's except not for low-lifes and ne'er-do-wells. The brick-and-mortar retailer is now selling the absurdly luxurious luxury item at its sole location in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.

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Self-control enhanced by tiny electrical charge to the brain: study

Self-control enhanced by tiny electrical charge to the brain: study

A small study has shown with some certainty that self-control can be enhanced by applying electrical stimulation to the brain. Scientists applied electrodes to the prefrontal cortex of each participant via invasive surgery. The participants performed tasks that involved ceasing what they were doing or switching to a new task. When certain areas of the prefrontal cortex were given an imperceptible electric shock at that point, the participants performed better.

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iPhone “Air” concept is thin as two credit cards, light as a feather

iPhone “Air” concept is thin as two credit cards, light as a feather

A new iPhone concept has surfaced from Italian ad agency SET Solution, and they're calling it the iPhone Air. We would love to see Apple produce something like this, assuming it's even possible. It's as thin as a couple of stacked credit cards, the display reaches all the way to the edges with nary a bevel in sight, and TouchID is integrated despite the size limitations. An agency can dream, can't it?

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Battlefield 4 gets sorely needed patch for Xbox One

Battlefield 4 gets sorely needed patch for Xbox One

Battlefield 4, the pride of EA Games and DICE, has received a long-awaited patch for the Xbox One. The next-gen game has undergone a series of unfortunate events in the form of connectivity problems, server issues, and in-game bugs and glitches. The problems were so bad and so widespread that they dealt EA's stock a blow in the stockmarket. Hopefully the patch will get things back to a more-or-less copacetic state of being.

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Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter has been field-testing a new native app feature that shows a map of tweets occurring near the user in real time. The feature appears as a separate column in the app and shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship between the users. It's called "Nearby", and it could be Twitter's next granular advertising targeting gambit.

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Xbox original programming to debut as early as Q1 2014

Xbox original programming to debut as early as Q1 2014

Microsoft Xbox Live subscribers could see original Xbox programming as early as the first quarter of 2014. The news came yesterday by way of a Variety Dealmakers Breakfast appearance by Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital Nancy Tellem. She delivered a few details and a progress report for the company's original programming initiative first announced in February of this year.

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