Sony filed a patent for a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller

According to a patent application continuation filed in 2017 and published recently, Sony may have tentative plans to build out a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller. Whether the value added from having a touchscreen right on the controller will be worth the added cost is not yet clear. Right now, PlayStation controllers have a touch-enabled center button that allows users to navigate...

The next version of HTTP won’t be using TCP

The next version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)—the network protocol that defines how browsers talk to Web servers—is going to make a major break from the versions in use today. Today's HTTP (versions 1.0, 1.1, and...

Tech giants facing major UK GDPR probe

Privacy International (PI) has filed complaints of “systematic infringements” of data protection law by seven companies that it claims have exploited the data of millions of users without thorough criticism.The civil rights group has singled out the data brokers Acxicom and Oracle, ad-tech firms Critero, Quantcast and Tapad as well as the credit rating agencies Equifax and Experian.PI...

Sony's next-gen PlayStation controller could include a touchscreen

In a recently-updated patent granted to Sony last month, the company behind the popular PlayStation consoles has detailed the inclusion of a touchscreen in a controller design, hinting at a possible future iteration of the DualShock controller used with the company’s consoles.Specifically, the abstract for the updated filing talks about a touchscreen being in the same location as...

These antique phones are precious, private Alexa vessels

Amazon’s Alexa may be in ten thousand different devices now, but they all have one other thing in common: they’re new. So for those of us that prefer old things but still want to be able to set timers and do metric-imperial conversions without pulling out our phones, Grain Design is retrofitting these fabulous old telephones to provide...

WannaCry still hitting thousands of users worldwide

New research from Kaspersky Lab has revealed that the WannaCry ransomware is still active with almost 75,000 users infected during Q3 2018.It has been one and a half years since the Wanna Cry cryptor first appeared back in May 2017 and it is still considered to be one of the biggest ransomware epidemics in history.Despite the fact that...

Apple to replace unresponsive iPhone X touchscreens for free

Samuel Axon If you've had problems with the touch responsiveness of your iPhone X's display, you may be in luck. According to a support document, Apple identified a problem with some iPhone X devices that may cause...

Half-Life 3 may be in VR, and coming to a new Valve headset

If you haven't bought into the VR lifestyle yet, what would it take? A killer app? A new headset? What if Valve were working on both? What if Valve was not only working on its own virtual reality hardware, but it's own show-stopping app – the long-awaited Half-Life 3, in VR?That'd be pretty special. And it could be...