U.S. could block Huawei, ZTE on fears of spying by Chinese government

The emergence of Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE has meant a larger selection of cheaper phones for U.S. consumers. But the companies may also present a security threat to the U.S., according to U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers. Rogers says hardware from the two companies could make it easier for China to spy on U.S. companies and government agencies, Reuters reports.

Coolest class ever: Valve brings Portal 2 to schools

One time in high school, I was able to convince a stern teacher it was “essential” that I play Grand Theft Auto III for a presentation. It was easily one of my favorite experiences at school simply because I was able to mix gaming and education. Now with video-game publisher Valve’s new “Steam for Schools” initiative, other students might get the chance I had to add video games to the classroom exercises.

Airtime calls for a new marketing approach: Get ready for the social discovery era

Airtime must be in a gang because it continues to receive a beat down ever since it launched. While some of the criticism was warranted, there was a large point missed by the masses: Social Discovery Platforms — such as Airtime, Pinterest, The Fancy, Youtube and others — represent a huge opportunity for marketers looking to drive ROI in the social space.

The DeanBeat: Will your game company survive the zombie apocalypse?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game trade show in Los Angeles was full of glitzy press conferences (like Ubisoft’s, pictured above). So many big companies were acting like it was business as usual. They showed games that were the third or fourth in the series on the same generation of game consoles. One very well-known game developer came up to me and said, “I wonder if any of this is going to matter. There is so much change happening in the industry that is going to make this all irrelevant.”

That’s right, Windows 8 doesn’t suck

For months now, various pundits have been deriding the upcoming Windows 8 as the next Vista. People have made mocking videos showing older people thoroughly confused by Windows 8’s Metro tile interface (VentureBeat even contributed to this genre). Indeed, the Windows 8 Metro interface is radically different than the traditional Windows desktop. It’s a touch interface.