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CES 2014 Post-Mortem: The Qualified Quantified Self

CES 2014 Post-Mortem: The Qualified Quantified Self

CES 2014 has come and gone, and as the dust settles it's time to pick over the remains of the show. The Consumer Electronics Show demands a theme - or at least we in the industry demand a theme of it - and 2014 proved to be wearables, with a little competition from Ultra HD (again) and big, curved TVs (again). That came as no great shock, since analysts have been telling us 2014 is to be "the year of wearables" pretty much since 2013 started out; if there was any degree of surprise, it was in quite how "me too" the various devices were on show.

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It’s Time for the Game Industry to Adopt a Controller Standard

It’s Time for the Game Industry to Adopt a Controller Standard

The time has come: the video game industry must finally come together to pick a single standard for game controllers that will work across platforms and easily handle gameplay on any device.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, a slew of companies showed off their own Steam Machines. That, coupled with the latest-generation consoles, the possibility of the Tegra K1 bringing yet more set-top boxes into the gaming space, and products like Ouya, sitting on store shelves, it becomes all the more apparent that we’re in gaming overload.

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CES: The Best, Worst Thing to Happen In Tech

CES: The Best, Worst Thing to Happen In Tech

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is right around the corner, which means the time has come for all of us to get excited about the latest and greatest technologies companies will be showing off this year.

As countless industry analysts and pundits will tell you, this year’s CES will play host to a bunch of developing technologies, including Ultra HD, wearable tech, and others, and there appears to be little chance that some of the old standbys, like 1080p HDTVs and PCs will be able to make the kind of splash that they once did at the show.

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Dashboard Wars: Are iOS and Android Infotainment Cuckoos?

Dashboard Wars: Are iOS and Android Infotainment Cuckoos?

Forget phones and tablets, the next big thing in mobility really can move. Audi, so the latest rumors claim, is readying an announcement that it will put Android on future car dashboards, supposedly set to unveil a plan for NVIDIA-powered infotainment systems alongside Google at CES 2014 next week. The deal is said to be a strike back against Apple's play for the car industry; yet, not every car manufacturer is so keen to throw in with the mobile heavyweights. Soon, the battle lines will be drawn: do you embrace smartphone platforms on your dashboard, or stand against them?

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Nintendo Needs to Launch a New Console In 2014

Nintendo Needs to Launch a New Console In 2014

It’s official: the time has come for Nintendo to put an end to its Wii U game-playing and launch a new console in 2014.

Now, I should note that the Wii U shouldn’t be tossed aside like yesterday’s news, but it should be dramatically reduced in price. What’s more, it should become the “cheap” console option for those who want to get into Nintendo gaming. For everyone else, Nintendo needs to deliver a high-end piece of hardware that can compete with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Should I be ashamed of wearing Google Glass?

Should I be ashamed of wearing Google Glass?

I love new technology, and I love wearables, and I love Google Glass, but I can't wear it out in public. Google's head-mounted computer is gradually proliferating, as the company opens up its pyramid-scheme of invitations, but the numbers are still small, and though I appreciate the functionality Glass brings, I'm struggling to sport it out in the wild without extreme self-consciousness. As a geek among geeks in San Francisco, there should be nothing holding me back; as a vocal advocate of wearables, I ought to be flying the flag with my fifteen-hundred-dollar early-adopter beacon. So what's taking the gloss off Glass?

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What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

This past Monday, Apple released a commercial depicting what initially appears to be a disaffected teenager ignoring his whole family on a holiday get-together as he stares and thumb-pecks at his iPhone the whole time. In the end, it turned out he was actually shooting footage of his family as a Christmas gift. He edits the footage into a home movie, screencasts it to the living room TV via AirPlay, and the whole family has a Tiny Tim moment as they watch themselves interacting onscreen. Even Grandma is crying tears of joy.

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Is in-home multiplayer gaming going to die?

Is in-home multiplayer gaming going to die?

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been hunkered down in my house playing video games. I’ve all but turned my back on previous-generation hardware so I could double down on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and provide reviews where necessary.

While the majority of my time playing new titles has been positive, not everything was great. In fact, one increasingly concerning reality presented itself while I was playing the Xbox One and PS4 that troubles me greatly: in-home multiplayer gaming appears to be one a one-way spiral towards untimely death.

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Should I become a Google Glass Explorer?

Should I become a Google Glass Explorer?

So, it happened: Google e-mailed me last week and asked me if I’d like to join the Glass Explorer program. Although I immediately jumped at the chance to become of the few Explorers, I took a step back when I looked at the $1,500 price tag (before tax) and tried to decide whether it’s really worth it right now.

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