Gears & Gadgets

DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says

Enlarge / Samsung’s UBS-K8500, introduced in 2015, was positioned as the world’s first UltraHD, 4K Blu-ray player. Mark Walton In its annual Theatrical Home Entertainment Market Environment report, the Motion Picture Association of America described an immensely sharp drop-off of physical media sales over the past five years. According to the data, which was obtained […]


‘Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree’: Mark Zuckerberg calls for more outside regulation over the internet

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, arrives to meet France’s President Emmanuel Macron after the &quotTech for Good” Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.Associated Press/Francois Mori Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged in a Washington Post op-ed for more regulation over the internet. He said Facebook has run into problems in four main […]


Borderlands 3 trailer shows some of its “over one billion guns”

[embedded content] BOSTON—At a PAX East presentation plagued with technical difficulties and magic tricks, Gearbox Software debuted the first gameplay trailer for the long-anticipated (and long-teased) Borderlands 3. The trailer and stage presentation highlighted the sheer number of Borderlands fan-favorite characters coming back for this sequel. Moxxi, Claptrap, and an older, redesigned Tiny Tina join […]


Europe Adopts Tough New Online Copyright Rules Over Tech Industry Protests

Advertisement Supported by Europe Adopts Tough New Online Copyright Rules Over Tech Industry Protests ImageAxel Voss, right, the member of the European Parliament responsible for the copyright legislation, celebrated after the body voted Tuesday to require technology companies to sign licensing agreements with creators of content.CreditCreditVincent Kessler/Reuters By Adam Satariano March 26, 2019 Media companies […]


We put our hands all over the weirdest game controllers of the year

SAN FRANCISCO—For years, we’ve put one particular item on our annual Game Developers Conference itinerary: the most elaborate and inconvenient game controller this side of a Japanese arcade. Every year, international teams submit their craziest hardwired contraptions to GDC’s Alt.Ctrl Competition, and the winners get massive booth space to let passersby grab, smack, pull, and […]


Artificial intelligence: Algorithms face scrutiny over potential bias

More research into computer algorithms is needed as they could have gender or race biases, the government has warned. It announced independent watchdog the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will investigate algorithms used in the justice and financial systems. But services using the artificial intelligence already, such as predictive policing, will continue. Human […]