Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan

Former Digital Trends Contributor
A transplant from the west coast of Scotland to the west coast of America, Graeme is a freelance writer with a taste for pop culture and technological trends. In addition to Digital Trends, you can find his work on Time.com and Wired.com.

The future of the US gaming market: Downloadable, familiar

Digital spending on videogames is overtaking physical spending, according to a new report. Are downloadable upgrades and expansions the future of the gaming industry, instead of all-new content?

Gaming

New York Times gets out of the answers game by selling About.com

The New York Times is in talks to sell off About.com for a reported $270 million, if rumors are to be believed, meaning a $140 million loss on the ailing crowdsourced question and answer site over its five year ownership.

Web

Who owns the Curiosity landing footage?

When the Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars, everyone was watching, thanks to NASA making the footage available for use in the public domain. Unfortunately, that act of kindness isn't shared by others, who are now claiming ownership of that same…

Web

Google’s self-driving car trial moves up a gear

Google's self-driving car system has passed 300,000 miles of accident-free testing, but is it ready for the bane of the regular commuter: The early-morning drive to work?

Cars

English literature falls to the combination of Internet smut and fan-fiction

From Internet fan-fiction to record-breaker, the novel Fifty Shades of Grey - originally self-published digitally by its pseudonymous author - has officially become the highest selling novel in British history, with sales over five million copies in that…

Home

7th Circuit court overturns injunction against social video site

What does and doesn't constitute copyright infringement online in terms of social media remains a complicated question with a 7th Circuit court overturning an injunction against a social video company, pushing the idea that users have to take ultimate…

Social Media

Wikipedia goes dark again – but not on purpose

What brought Wikipedia down today? It wasn't another 24 hour protest, but a simple mistake that severed communication between the online encyclopedia's two data centers.

Web

Northcliffe Media drops attempts to unmask, shut down, Twitter parody

A British publisher has dropped its attempt to out a Twitter user who had created a parody account of its chief executive after being stymied in a legal move to force the social media company to hand over his personal information.

Social Media

Google AdWords – Now targeted at specific Congressional Districts

Seeking to advance the cause of political advertising, Google has unveiled a new way of targeting ads by Congressional District, meaning that your prospective Congressman or -woman will be that little bit more eager for your attention when you're online in the…

Web

CBS boss: Extending deal with Netflix is “preordained”

After years of cynicism over the idea of sharing content with digital platforms, CBS Corporation seems to have seen the light, with chief executive Les Moonves telling reporters that an expansion of the company's deal with Netflix was almost a done deal…

Web

New Olympics-related social media leak makes Guy Adams’ tweet look even more harmless

Guy Adams sharing the email address of an NBC executive seems polite in the face of the news that the complete personal contact information of an American coach has been shared on a Chinese social network in the wake of his comments about a Chinese athlete.

Social Media

Finally, now you can collect all your hurricane news in one place

Now you have a quick and easy way to check on whether or not a hurricane is likely in your area, thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new "Historical Hurricane Tracks" app, which makes 150 years' worth of data available at your…

Web

Sony seemingly pleased with Redbox experiment

Redbox and Sony are happy to stay in business for a couple more years, it was revealed today, with the studio refusing to exercise a clause in its current agreement with the rental company that would have ended their partnership two years early.

Web

What has happened to the gamer demographic?

How old is the average US gamer? 2012's edition of an annual gaming survey has a marked decrease in years as the answer - but the reason why that is has more to do with the definition of "gamer" in today's world.

Gaming

The Daily lays off a third of its staff

Just weeks after rumors started that it may be in trouble, News Corporation's digital newspaper The Daily has lost almost a third of its staff, with two entire sections of the paper almost entirely wiped out as a result.

Web