Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes

Former Digital Trends Contributor
I'm a SF Bay Area-based writer/ninja that loves anything geek, tech, comic, social media or gaming-related.

Rovio expanding Angry Birds storytelling with cartoon in August; new types of games launching

Angry Birds to get a cartoon in August, as well as development on a movie and radically new gameplay on future bird-related games.

Gaming

Taking a look at those pesky PlayStation Orbis rumors

Rumors abound regarding the new Sony PlayStation offering. Codenamed Orbis, Sony anticipates beating the next Xbox to market, and the future digital migration of gaming.

Gaming

Visa, MasterCard affected by ‘massive’ data breach; NYC gangs being blamed?

NYC-based Dominican street gangs, not our familiar Anonymous group, has been credited with a massive data breach affecting Visa and MasterCard

Computing

Facebook retooling search around ‘like’ button

Facebook's waking up on the search department, tasking an ex-Googler to retool its search ability around the "like" button.

Social Media

US government to use Unreal Engine 3 for medical, crime-fighting and thinking simulation

Epic Games is licensing its Unreal Engine 3 technology to the US government to be used in various upcoming projects beyond Army training, including crime-fighting, medical and even reasoning simulation.

Gaming

Square rebrands Card Case app, adds encryption to dongle

Square is gearing up for the competition with PayPal, updating its touchless pay app Card Case, and answering security concerns by encrypting its dongle.

Mobile

Study: US will watch more movies online in 2012 than on DVD, VHS and Blu-ray

This is the final nail in the coffin. 2012 will be the year that streaming movies will overtake the viewing of physical formats like DVDs, Blu-ray and VHS.

Web

Best Buy’s US iPhone sales almost rival Apple’s own

Apple's deal with Best Buy is proving quite lucrative as the retail chain's iPhone sales are rivaling the company's own sales of the device.

Apple

Facebook data reveals users’ romantic and break-up habits

Want to know when you'll probably start loving, or start dodging? Facebook's data scientists have whipped up some stats on when users tend to act on romance.

Social Media

Scammers targeting former Megaupload users with fake legal claims

Scammers are attempting to extort former Megaupload users with a fake legal threats regarding copyright infringement.

Web

Square poaches PayPal VP in order to expand internationally

PayPal may have launched direct Square competition, but Square is intending to match PayPal Internationally, and has stolen a VP to head up its global ambitions.

Mobile

Rumor: Zynga to acquire OMGPOP’s ‘Draw Something’ popularity

Zynga may be applying the "if you can't beat them, buy them" mentality to its latest competitor OMGPOP; the makers of the break out hit Draw Something

Gaming

1GB P2P file transfer coming to Facebook through Pipe

Soon you'll never have to leave Facebook: Pipe makes it so you can transfer up to 1GB of data on the social network.

Social Media

MTV launching artist platform to unify musicians’ online music presence

MTV is reminding us what the capital 'M' stands for with an artist-centric social media effort.

Social Media

Become the Jedi Knight you were meant to be this weekend, for free

Star Wars; The Old Republic is going for free-to-play for four days starting Thursday. Now all of you on the fence about joining SWTOR can see what all the hype is about (hint: the hype is Jedi Knights).

Gaming