Gran Turismo 5 To Take Up Over 6GB On PS3 Hard Drive?

We love Gran Turismo 5. So much so we have a whole tag for it. We even interviewed its creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, at CES. But damn, son, that is a lot of gigs to be taking up! The game is a beast, clearly, but a 40-50 minute install time and 6.4GB of data to put [...]

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How well do Uber drivers rate you?

Uber’s car service lets you rate your drivers, but it also lets them rate you. The customer might always be right, but some customers are simply jerks — and the system lets drivers know what they might be in for. Until now, there’s been no way to…

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The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

 When I met Pascal Lorne earlier this week, I expected to get an extended pitch for his social networking startup Let. And sure, he ran me through Let’s features and pointed to its early signs of success, but he also detailed the bumpy road that he took to get to this point. Lorne sold his [...]

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The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

 For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number of organizations. What has changed, however, is how users first find and connect with those applications. [...]

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Amazon’s Bet On Exclusive Games To Make Its Fire Gadgets More Enticing

 Amazon’s Fire Phone is out today, and while it’s got some interesting features that set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Android phone, it doesn’t seem like it will appeal to those who aren’t voracious online shoppers. Now Amazon is releasing games exclusive to its devices in order to draw in the lucrative gamer audience. Read [...]

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Homer for iPhone lets you peek at the apps your friends use

Ever had the urge to peek at your friends’ phone screens, whether it’s to learn about their favorite apps or simply pry into their digital lives? Well, you can now do that without having to either strike up an awkward conversation or get overly nosy….

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Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Still Illegal, But Probably Not For Long

 Unlocking a smart phone to run on a different carrier. It seems completely innocuous, right? Something you’d do with a bit of time on your weekend just to see if you could. Surprise! It’s illegal. And we’re not talking jay-walking-when-no-one-is-looking illegal, either —thanks to some crazy ass interpretations of the DMCA, it’s punishable by up [...]

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

 It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch. No one thought Facebook’s earnings would be this good. [...]

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple’s iWatch Patent, The MBA Sticker Ad, And The Defender

 As the summer presses onward, so do we. A massive Apple patent surfaced this week, giving us our most detailed look yet at the company’s focus for the much-rumored iWatch. And speaking of Apple, the company recently released an interesting commercial showing off MacBook Air notebooks covered in stickers. Plus, we discovered a fun Indiegogo [...]

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​The Tesla Model S doesn’t have onboard navigation in China

Take a Tesla Model S for a spin in the US or Europe, and you’ll have the help of a integrated navigation system to help you find your way. In China, you’ll have to unfold a traditional, paper map. Local drivers are learning that the country’s…

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How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

 Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device is basically the perfect partner for Windows 8 and the Modern Windows UI, but your appreciation of this device (or lack thereof) will [...]

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This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

 There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi? This site won’t help you with all of those, but it will [...]

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Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 Bose has sued soon-to-be-Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground, should the Beats acquisition go through as planned, in addition to its ongoing litigation with Samsung and others. The full complaint is listed [...]

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Spotify comes to (a few) Vizio smart TVs

Despite the popularity of its music service, Spotify’s presence on connected TV platforms is still spotty. It’s on Apple TV via AirPlay, Roku, LG and Samsung, but not Xbox, PlayStation or Chromecast (officially). We can add on one more today, as…

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Pandora Q2 Tops Estimates Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, But Its Stock Is Falling

 Pandora came in just slightly ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report. The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) and non-GAAP earnings per share of 4 cents. Analysts had projected that the company would report revenue of $218.6 million and EPS of [...]

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YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays

 As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built a layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily [...]

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