New York’s Museum of Modern Art will unveil for the first time its newly acquired video game collection on Friday, helping to feed a growing nostalgia for classic games and the arcades that once housed them.

Fourteen games will be installed in the museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries including: Pac-Man(1980), Tetris (1984), Another World (1991), Myst (1993), SimCity 2000 (1994), vib-ribbon(1999), The Sims (2000), Katamari Damacy (2004), EVE Online (2003), Dwarf Fortress (2006),Portal (2007), flOw (2006), Passage (2008) and Canabalt (2009). Games were chosen according to a variety of criteria including visual quality, elegance of the code and design of playing behavior.

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Google signage seen at the company's headquarters in New York

Following in the footsteps of its competitors, Google may finally be opting for its ownbrick-and-mortar retail stores.

According to 9to5Google, an “extremely reliable source” confirmed that Google is building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. The first few stores are expected to open in major cities by the 2013 holiday season.

The report comes on the heels of the recent news that Google may open its first retail store within its European headquarters in Dublin.

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Rumors of Apple developing a smartwatch, cheekily dubbed the “iWatch” by gadget geeks, aren’t dying off anytime soon.

Now even the New York Times is reporting that Apple is developing “wristwatch-like devices” — though the interesting spin this time is that the devices are reportedly made of curved glass.

According to two sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the iWatch will run iOS and lean heavily on its curved glass design to differentiate itself from competitors. It sounds like Apple is working on yet another massive leap in how we view commonplace devices, similar to how the iPhone seemed generations beyond other cellphones when it was first released.

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There must be a couple hundred press here, plus a crowd of Facebook employees standing in the back of the room–a sure indication that Facebook considers this a big deal.

And now we are underway, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg introducing us once again to Facebook’s mission and the social graph. First he goes into Facebook’s early history, before the news feed that now dominates the service.

Now he’s introducing the third pillar of Facebook’s service beyond the news feed and Timeline. What’s most interesting is graph search.

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Robot Restaurant, in the Heilongjiang province of China, has a staff of 20 robots that cook, serve and entertain its guests. The restaurant opened in June 2012 and has since become a novelty spot in the province’s capital.

The robot staff operates through tracks on the floor, which lead from the kitchen and down the aisles between tables. The menu includes dumplings and noodles and is prepared by the robots themselves. After a patron orders, a robot sings near the table while their food is being cooked.

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Intel got into phones last year with its Medfield, the first time it was making competitive mobile phones and tablets. Intel is playing up how well its battery life fared among reviewers, with some highlights, but overall it was a little more mixed than that.

For this year, Intel’s going to focus on value smartphones in emerging markets. They’re announcing a new platform for these phones—codenamed “Lexington”. The reference phone Intel designed for OEMs runs an Atom processor at 1.2GHz, running Android, and an HSPA+ radio. the rest of its specs are half decent, too, with 7fps burst shooting from its camera, and dual SIM, dual standby, and a microSD card slot. Acer, Safaricom, and Lava will be making phones on this platform.

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After people activated a record-breaking 17.4 million iOS and Android devices on Christmas Day, the following week saw record-smashing activity as well: over 50 million iOS and Android-powered smartphones and tablets activated, and a staggering 1.76 billion apps downloaded.

“The last week of 2012 was the largest week for both new device activations and app downloads in iOS and Android history,” Peter Farago of the mobile analytics firm Flurry wrote on the company’s blog today.

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Wooden Keyboard

Technology is all starting to look the same. The materials used to make computers, tablets and smartphones are not eco-friendly and are designed for obsolescence. What if instead of aluminum casings, our phones were surrounded by oak or hemlock? What about our keyboards?

A small team of designers and craftsmen have done just that by building Bluetooth-enabled portable keyboards from a more sustainable material: wood.

Through a mixed process of machining and final hand assembly and varnishing, the keyboards are made entirely from your choice of Maple or Walnut.

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Zynga just preannounced its third-quarter results. They’re awful. There’s one glaring reason why.
Zynga has admitted that it spent way too much to buy OMGPOP, the maker of Draw Something, a popular mobile app.

It spent $183 million in cash on the startup earlier this year. We wondered if it was cheap at the time. It wasn’t. Zynga is now planning to take a writeoff of between $85 million and $95 million on that purchase.

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People who own iPhones are much more likely to research buying decisions, comparison shop, and actually purchase things on their devices than are mobile users on Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone devices, according to a new study by Forrester which polled over 50,000 mobile device owners. 85% of iOS device-toting adults 18 or older use their iPhones for shopping-related research, and 69% percent have pulled the trigger and actually bought something.

76% of survey respondents who are on Android devices said they use their phones to conduct research, and only 53% claimed to have actually made a purchase. Users on RIM’s BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows devices were even less likely to have done either activity. And while mobile banking still hasn’t seen very widespread adoption (only 18% of respondents had even done any mobile banking at all), Apple users also reported the highest engagement, with people more likely to check bank balances, use mobile banking apps and websites, transfer funds and deposit checks via their phone’s camera on iPhones than on other hardware.

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