By Kristie Lu Stout
Hong Kong (CNN) – I can't even remember the last time I thumbed a message on its itty-bitty qwerty keyboard.
And yet, I stubbornly keep my BlackBerry in my bag and on my desk, fully charged.
As with my Palm Vx of yesterday, breaking up with a beloved gadget is hard to do, especially when you have history.
Video games aren't always seen as the best medium for storytelling. But I think they should be, for one simple reason: interactivity.
As the player, you're experiencing the story first-hand. Whatever happens to the protagonist of the story is happening to you as a player. How you act and react forms part of the story.
I think interactivity should, in theory, allow people to have a greater connection with the story. But too many games use non-interactive, cinematic sequences to show their most important scenes. At a time when games could hammer home the advantage they have over movies, the player instead puts down the controller to passively watch it unfold without his input.
So it's funny that it took a Swedish filmmaker to make a game that avoids cinematic tricks to tell his story.
It's safe to say few saw this coming: Nintendo's latest version of the popular 3DS handheld game console is ditching the 3D screen.
The Nintendo 2DS will play all 3DS (and DS) games - they just won't be in 3D. The upside? The 2DS will cost just $129 in the United States, $40 cheaper than the existing 3DS.
(CNN) – There's both poetry and promise in the humble balloon.
It delivered escape and adventure in Pixar's "Up," friendship to a small boy in the classic short film "The Red Balloon," and - delving into real-world history now - military messages for Chinese strategist Zhuge Liang back in 220 AD.
Now Google plans to use a network of high-flying balloons to deliver low-cost Internet access to remote and under-served places around the world. It's called Project Loon, the latest initiative from the tech giant's innovation lab, Google[x]. FULL POST
Recently on News Stream, I had the opportunity to talk to Shweta Katti, an incredible young woman who - after being born and raised in a Mumbai brothel - is on her way to attend university in the United States.
Katti is whip-smart and generous. And I deeply respect the shout-out she gives to the women who raised and inspired her:
"My mom is my inspiration, and she's the one who encouraged me and who said, 'You're going to do better, you are amazing,'" Katti says.
"And of course the sex workers whom I was surrounded by, because my mom used to go to factory at like 9 in the morning and she used to come back at 7. I used to spend most of my time with them... Because of my mom and because of them, I'm here."
I said it on air and I'll say it again here: Shweta Katti - you rock!
More than 200 million women who don’t want to get pregnant lack access to contraceptives.
It's a stunning fact that has prompted Melinda Gates to action.
At the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, I caught up with the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to get modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by year 2020.
Gates tells me that reframing the birth control debate is key. She says, "What we have to do is put the women and the girl at the center of this."
The United Nations says more than one million Syrians are now refugees. That means nearly one out of every 22 citizens have fled for safety.
The news come as the country approaches the second anniversary of its civil war.
The U.N.'s refugee agency tweeted this picture after announcing the alarming new number. It says, "Meet Bushra, the millionth registered refugee from Syria."
The sign in her hands says, "One in a million." It's a reminder of the many, many others who share her desperate situation.
She also holds a small child. The U.N. says around half of the refugees are children. Most are under the age of eleven. It's hard to imagine the things they have seen and experienced in their young lives.
As Syria's deadly conflict grinds on, more and more people are making the difficult decision to seek shelter in another country. The UNHCR notes, "They arrive traumatized, without possessions and having lost members of their families."
The U.N. estimated there would be 1.1 million refugees by the end of June. But more than 400,000 Syrians have fled their homes since the start of 2013. And it's only March.