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Why you’re wrong about the PS4 launch

Why you’re wrong about the PS4 launch

The PS4 launch was a huge success. Forget what you've heard. You've probably read on tech blogs that it was too long. They showed too many demos. Worst of all, they never showed the actual PlayStation hardware. How could they have a PlayStation launch without showing the hardware? If a PlayStation launches in the woods and there is no hardware, does anyone hear it?

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Why the World Needs A Universal Game Console

Why the World Needs A Universal Game Console

The recent announcement of NPD’s game console numbers had me thinking about the industry and what it has become. Each month, we examine those figures to see where the market stands and fans of all three major consoles take up arms to explain why their product is best.

But all of that debate and all of the talk about the success or failure of devices like the Wii U make me question what the future looks like. We’re expected to see more game consoles hit the marketplace in the next year or so, and Steam is also planning to enter the fray. Add that to OUYA and the possibility of Apple gaming, and it becomes clear that the console market will only grow in the coming years.

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The Chromebook Pixel: beautiful vehicle, low-grade gasoline

The Chromebook Pixel: beautiful vehicle, low-grade gasoline

With the Google-made Chromebook Pixel we've got several points that the company hopes will be made right from the start - the first being an erasure of the hardware from our experience. They say this in the "Chromebook Pixel: For What's Next" presentation video provided today at the launch of the product - Andrew Bowers, Group Product Manager on the Chromebook project with Google literally says, "we basically wanted the hardware to disappear." If that's the case, does it really make sense to release the Pixel at all?

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PlayStation 4 console: why the box doesn’t matter

PlayStation 4 console: why the box doesn’t matter

This week Sony unveiled the essence of the PlayStation 4 with glimpses of both the controller you'll be using and the new Eye camera that'll come with it, skipping the part where you actually see the final hardware. But we know the specifications of the actual PlayStation 4 console unit, and we know how we're going to use it - so what's the big deal? The big deal is Sony's complete dismissal of the modern eyes-on presentation that the public expects here in 2013 - without something I can literally hold in my hands, the PlayStation 4 may as well be vaporware.

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Good news: Google Glass isn’t just Pebble on your face

Good news: Google Glass isn’t just Pebble on your face

I admit it, I was getting worried. After the original Project Glass concept video promised far, far more than the wearable could deliver, and then the public tidbits from Googlers pointed to little more than a hands-free camera and the occasional email notification, I started to suspect Google had entirely dropped the ball with Glass. Less wearable computer, and more strap-a-Pebble-to-your-face.

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Will 2013 be the year of the HTC One?

Will 2013 be the year of the HTC One?

All of a sudden, I'm excited about HTC again. After a dire 2012 and a dreary line-up the twelve months before that, the HTC One is a blast of fresh air and has a real "return to form" feel for the company. I was lucky enough to spend some extended time with the One ahead of today's launch, and came away impressed with HTC's attention to detail and concerned that it would struggle to communicate its message. Rather than follow the trend of more megapixels, HTC opted out and went for a photography system that, it claims, is far more relevant to how people actually use their smartphones.

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Tattletale Tesla is the Big Brother future of motoring

Tattletale Tesla is the Big Brother future of motoring

Tesla's systematic take-down of New York Times car writer John Broder's Model S review proves one thing: tomorrow's cars are going to be so smart, we'll probably trust them more than we will the driver. Elon Musk, Tesla's founder and CEO, relied on the Model S' own performance logs in order to challenge Broder's cynicism, raising questions as to why the NYT car journalist did battery-sapping donuts in a parking lot, took the EV off the Superchargers well before it was topped up, and fudged on his cruise control settings. That makes for an entertaining media spat, certainly, but it raises questions about how increasingly intelligent cars may one day soon undermine some of the "freedom" of the open road.

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Would You Really Want to Wear the iWatch?

Would You Really Want to Wear the iWatch?

Everywhere tech fans turn lately, they’ve been hearing rumors about Apple’s plan to launch a smartwatch that could eventually be known as iWatch. That device, the reports say, is being handled by a team of more than 100 people charged with getting the company’s wearable tech to the marketplace.

As with other Apple rumors, the iWatch is exciting the company’s fans. Surely Apple has something great up its sleeve with the watch, those fans might say. Others are already predicting that they’ll buy one and wear it each day, and before long, just about everyone else will, too. The iWatch has somehow joined the pantheon of Apple greats, like the iPod and iPhone, before it’s even launched.

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A Siri iWatch could dominate wearables

A Siri iWatch could dominate wearables

Oh, the irony: tech manufacturers by the dozen attempting to dissuade you from pulling an iPhone from your pocket, and it might be Apple that actually manages it. That's not to say the Cupertino giant - or the rumored "iWatch" - is aiming to replace the iPhone, only leave it snug in your jacket or purse more of the time by shunting glanceable functionality to your wrist. It's a strategy we've seen several other manufacturers (most notably Pebble, currently glowing rosily from its multi-million Kickstarter success) try, but there are some very good reasons why Apple could be the firm to take the smartwatch mass-market.

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At What Point Do Tablets Become Too Expensive?

At What Point Do Tablets Become Too Expensive?

I’m in the market for a tablet. I already own an iPad and Kindle Fire, but I’ve found that it’s time to upgrade to the latest generation of today’s slates. Some have told me that I should stick with an iPad, since, they claim, “Apple makes the best tablets on the market.” Others, however, have told me to go with an Android-based device and get away from Apple.

Admittedly, I’m quite pleased with both my iPad and Kindle Fire. And although it’s easy to simply pick the iPad and be done with it, Apple’s latest announcement of a 128GB iPad has gotten me thinking.

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