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Ambitious architects want $2B to build a real 'Lord of the Rings' city

A new Indiegogo campaign looks to create a real-life version of Minas Tirith, as depicted in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."

By August 13, 2015


Ad-based music streaming far from dead, research shows

Revenue from "freemium" music-streaming services is expected to surpass $1 billion by 2017, according to Juniper Research. Ultimately, they may also persuade more users to pay for subscriptions.

By August 11, 2015


Apple's iPhone sales, weak forecast rock investor confidence

The tech giant continued to benefit from booming iPhone sales during the June period, but it didn't sell as many as analysts had expected.

By July 21, 2015


Design of Apple streaming-music service said to be led by musician Trent Reznor

The Nine Inch Nails front man, chief creative officer at Beats, is directing the design of an Apple streaming-music service to rival Spotify's, according to The New York Times.

By March 25, 2015


Streaming music drowns out CD sales in US for the first time

US revenue from streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Apple's Beats eclipsed sales of CDs last year, according to data from the music industry's trade group.

By March 19, 2015


Nintendo explains opposition to same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life

"The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation," Nintendo says.

By May 7, 2014


Amazon Fire TV has videos, games -- where’s the shopping cart?

Fire TV breaks Amazon’s mold of a device that undercuts rival gadgets on price to move consumers back to the company’s core e-commerce business. What's Amazon's ultimate plan?

By April 5, 2014


Amazon introduces $40 Fire Game Controller

During its video-streaming device unveiling, the company throws in its long-rumored game controller.

By April 2, 2014


Amazon Fire TV as game console: will it succeed where others failed?

Amazon's move into living-room gaming could be a big moment, or just an afterthought. Which path depends on whether Fire TV will dodge the mistakes of console alternatives of the past.

By April 2, 2014


Cats all the rage for April Fools' Day jokes

Both Google and Opera reveal cat-themed April Fools' Day jokes, with the former offering a QWERTY keyboard for felines and the latter showing off a cat-friendly browser.

By April 1, 2014