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Sigma announces 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM zoom, breaks the elusive f/2.0 barrier

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After opening a lot of eyes with its 30mm, F1.4 DC HSM lens, Sigma's just thrown another curve at the photo community with a feat that the major players haven't managed so far: a zoom lens with a fixed, sub f/2.0 aperture. The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM launched...
Sigma announces 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM zoom, breaks the elusive f/2.0 barrier
Nintendo revives classic Super NES franchises: 'Link to the Past' sequel coming to 3DS, 'Earthbound' to Wii U
'Ridiculous Fishing' turns slaughtering sea life into one of the iPad's best games

11 killer games that will bring your PC to its knees

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So you've driven your PC into the ground, no doubt angering it the process. Why not even the score with some of the best PC games that will frustrate you to no end? Check them out and let us know what your favorite frustrating game is....
11 killer games that will bring your PC to its knees

Donkey Kong hack gives Pauline the central role, 32 years later (video)

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Mario's quest to rescue Pauline in Donkey Kong is one of the most famous in video gaming -- and also a prominent reminder that women in games are often reduced to level objectives. Mike Mika's 3-year-old daughter wasn't happy with this lopsided state of affairs, which led Mike to...
Donkey Kong hack gives Pauline the central role, 32 years later (video)
Xbox To Reveal "A New Generation" Of Game Console May 21 At Microsoft's Redmond Campus
Old media dinosaurs actually had a great year, especially in TV
YouTube buffering or slow downloads? Blame the speed of light
Microsoft open-sources Kinect code
'World of Warcraft' subscriber base drops by 1.3 million in three months
Next-generation Xbox launch titles include 'Ryse' and a new 'Forza'

Black Annex is the best QBASIC game you've ever seen

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What's the most difficult thing you did in the last year?  Now stop. Before you answer, can it compare to creating a full-fledged indie game--slated to be approved on Steam--created entirely with QBASIC? Probably not. QBASIC is a software interpreter for the BASIC programming language that showed up in...
Black Annex is the best QBASIC game you've ever seen

Google may be readying an Evernote rival as 'Keep' makes a brief appearance online

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Google might be about to get into the note-taking game after an Evernote-like service sprang up on its Google Drive service, only to disappear as quietly as it arrived less than half an hour later. Android Police earlier discovered a source code that suggested Google was planning the service at...
Google may be readying an Evernote rival as 'Keep' makes a brief appearance online
Marc Andreessen Describes How Google Glass Will Revolutionize Health Care
Video-sharing app Vine becomes most-downloaded iOS app
Virtual Rx: how Oculus Rift could revolutionize mental health

Seeking a Cheap Thrill? Play Social Roulette and Risk a One in Six Chance of Having Your Facebook Account Deleted

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(Photo: Social Roulette) If you’ve long considered acquiescing to the groans of privacy wonks and straight up deleting your Facebook account, but couldn’t quite bring yourself to commit social media suicide, we may have found a solution for you. Social Roulette is a game that gives you a one in...
Seeking a Cheap Thrill? Play Social Roulette and Risk a One in Six Chance of Having Your Facebook Account Deleted

Nintendo video shows off Wii U speed improvement coming in April update

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Nintendo's Wii U has faced complains over slow loading and switching between menus since launch, but the company has promised a pair of updates will help the situation. Tonight it posted a video on YouTube (embedded after the break) that shows off the difference before and after the April...
Nintendo video shows off Wii U speed improvement coming in April update

Black Annex is a promising PC indie game built with QBASIC

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What's the most difficult thing you did in the last year?  Now stop. Before you answer, can it compare to creating a full-fledged indie game--slated to be approved on Steam--created entirely with QBASIC? Probably not. QBASIC is a software interpreter for the BASIC programming language that showed up in...
Black Annex is a promising PC indie game built with QBASIC
Adam "Always Online" Orth no longer employed at Microsoft

Google Keep is live and ready to take your notes

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It looks like Evernote has another competitor in the note-taking game. Though it was leaked only a few days ago, Google has officially lifted the curtain off its Google Keep note-taking service. Keep allows users to quickly jot down ideas, make checklists and voice notes, and archive important photos....
Google Keep is live and ready to take your notes

Podcast: Who's afraid of podcasts as a business? Not Earwolf

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Podcasts are an awesome way to connect your content with audiences, and they are especially good for doing so in an increasingly mobile world — but they aren’t necessarily awesome at generating money. Slate runs some of the best podcasts in the news business, but during a recent Reddit “Ask...
Podcast: Who's afraid of podcasts as a business? Not Earwolf
Samsung confirms it's working on a watch -- hints it precedes Apple iWatch rumors

Get flinging: The original Angry Birds for iOS is now free for the first time ever

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Nice catch from the folks over at Appsfire: the original Angry Birds game is now available for free from the App Store. This includes both the small-screen version for iPhone and iPod touch (before: $0.99) and the HD version for iPad iPad (before: $2.99). For the record: the Android version...
Get flinging: The original Angry Birds for iOS is now free for the first time ever

Crushing competition, Candy Crush creator crowns itself King

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In the wake of its No. 1 game's popularity, King.com revamps its brand and launches two more games and continues to fill the pipeline. [Read more]...
Crushing competition, Candy Crush creator crowns itself King
Sony's break-apart DualShock controller brought to life, coming to Kickstarter

Animal Crossing-flavored Nintendo 3DS XL bundle costs $220, arrives this June

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A new Nintendo 3DS XL portable game console is headed to North America and Europe this June (in addition to Japan), and it's got a fancy limited-edition body intended to entice Animal Crossing fans. The $219.99 console bundle includes a digital copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf -- the...
Animal Crossing-flavored Nintendo 3DS XL bundle costs $220, arrives this June

BlackBerry reportedly getting into the phablet game with 5-inch 'Z10-like' smartphone

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BlackBerry reportedly getting into the phablet game with 5-inch 'Z10-like' smartphone

FTC: your mobile and social media ads still need disclosures*

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We've all seen online banner ads with lengthy disclosures and other warnings that what we see isn't necessarily what we'll get. Think that the tight spaces of a smartphone screen or a 140-character tweet are exempt from the rules? Think again: the FTC just updated its guidelines to make...
FTC: your mobile and social media ads still need disclosures*

DRM deceit: SimCity doesn't need to be always online, says Maxis developer

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In an unsurprising but wholly satisfying twist, it turns out that EA and Maxis were lying about SimCity's always-online server requirements. According to a developer who worked on SimCity and has very detailed knowledge of the game's architecture, it would be quite easy to create a single-player version of the...
DRM deceit: SimCity doesn't need to be always online, says Maxis developer
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