Grand Theft Auto V's highly anticipated multiplayer mode -- a persistent online world where players can form gangs, own their own property, and complete new heists -- doesn't open to the public until October 1. But developer Rockstar Games' own Web site, combined with firsthand accounts from those with early access to the game mode, has revealed that controversial microtransactions will play a part in Grand Theft Auto Online, reports Eurogamer.
Apple customers may have access to some "geniuses" at the mall, but Amazon Kindle Fire HDX users can now get live -- and visual -- tech support no matter where they are.
The company, which unveiled its new tablets Tuesday, has added a "Mayday" button to its Quick Settings menu, letting users connect with a customer service representative via a video feed. The Amazon representative can then talk you through your problem, draw on your screen remotely to provide directions, or even take control of your device and fix the issue right in front of you. … Read more
Facebook has officially started rolling out its new mobile payments feature -- albeit to a small group of users and at just a couple of retailers.
The social network quietly launched "Autofill with Facebook" on Monday, which is a mobile payments service that lets consumers pay for products on their smartphones with just their Facebook credentials.
"We are working on a mobile payments test called Autofill with Facebook that gives people the option to use their payment information already stored on Facebook to populate the payment form when they make a purchase in a mobile app," … Read more
Growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Khaled Naim noticed something lacking in the city's infrastructure. Despite its well-developed economy and urban amenities, Dubai was plagued by poor city planning that led to a messy address system.
"The way they describe locations is, 'Turn left at the gas station after the third speed bump, pass the garbage can on your right,'" said Naim. "It doesn't lend itself very well to ordering things, whether its food delivery or e-commerce."
That's precisely the catalyst Naim, who recently received his degree from Stanford's Graduate School … Read more
Fans of AMC's hit television show "Breaking Bad" will want to get over to a new auction site sooner rather than later.
ScreenBid launched on Friday with approximately 250 items from "Breaking Bad." The auction site provides an opening bid for each item, and allows -- just like eBay -- users to put up cash to get their hands on memorabilia from the hit show.
The site's focus is on television and movie studios looking to get rid of props that might otherwise end up in the junk heap. According to The New York … Read more
A self-made woman, tech entrepreneur, and intellectual powerhouse, Joy Covey died in a bicycle accident on Wednesday. She served as Amazon's first chief financial officer and was instrumental in making the massive e-commerce company what it is today.
Covey was 50 years old when she collided with a van on a rural road in San Mateo County, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
"It's a very sad day for Amazon," Amazon spokesperson Mary Osako told CNET. "Joy was a wonderful human being and treasured colleague, and we will miss her very much."
At … Read more
Staples and RadioShack have removed Amazon's temporary storage lockers from their brick-and-mortar stores, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
The stores added the lockers to their sites last year but have decided that housing a competitor's storage units wasn't a good idea. The lockers allowed Amazon customers to have their purchases delivered to a secure location that they could visit at their convenience. Amazon also has lockers in 7-Eleven and other competitors' locations. The units are meant to give Amazon an opportunity to compete with brands like Best Buy and Walmart, which offer in-store pick up for their online customers. … Read more
Twilio, a startup with a platform for developing cloud-based communications apps, today announced Picture Messaging, a feature that enables developers to build mobile apps that let users send images.
The service, which utilizes multimedia messaging system, or MMS, will initially allow end users to send pictures via short codes -- generally five-digit numbers accessed on mobile devices -- in the United States, and full phone numbers in Canada. Given that Twilio has been gradually expanding its platform globally, Picture Messaging could well expand to other countries in the future.
Today, of course, most wireless carriers allow users to send pictures … Read more
When Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in April of 2008, it waited roughly seven months to bring the title to PC. Now, as the fifth installment in the series hits store shelves Tuesday, the developer famous for keeping its lips sealed about studio secrets has no reason to change up that formula -- no matter how many signatures the ballooning Change.org petition garners.
The number of fans clamoring for a PC version of GTA V on the petition site stands at nearly 420,000 as of this story's publication. … Read more
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss may hold one of the world's largest stashes of Bitcoins, worth an estimated $11 million or roughly 1 percent of the entire market at current trading values. So suffice it to say, the brothers have something to gain in plugging the crypto-currency's viability, especially since filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in July to form the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, a kind of Bitcoin investment fund that can be traded like stock.
"The next step for Bitcoin is potentially becoming the currency of a country," Tyler Winklevoss told attendees at the 9th … Read more