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Grateful Dead members hope to boost pot legalization on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

TV ads touting marijuana products are still a major taboo in the media business, but that hasn't stopped members of the Grateful Dead from breaking with convention to puff up their pet cause.<p>Dead & Company, made up of surviving members of stoner-friendly jam band, are bringing at least 300 …

Cannabis

Jeremy Corbyn Tells Labour MPs To Stop Arguing In Public And Turn Their Fire On The Tories

'I don't want blind loyalty'<p>Andrew Matthews/PA Wire<p>Jeremy Corbyn has warned his MPs to stop rowing with each other in public – and to instead turn …

Amazon takes on YouTube with launch of Amazon Video Direct

Amazon unveiled its own plans to compete in the user-generated video market with the launch of a new service called Amazon Video Direct in a surprise announcement this morning. This service, explains the company, allows creators to upload their own videos to Amazon’s Prime Video and generate …

Televisions

Canadian teen locates lost Mayan city using satellite images and ancient astronomy

A 15-year-old boy is reported to have found the location of a lost Mayan City, recently. William Gadoury, from Quebec, Canada used ancient astronomy …

Microsoft Monday: Windows 10 To Cost $119, 10 New Xbox Backward Compatibility Games, E3 2016 Plans

“Microsoft Monday” takes a look back at the past week of news related to Microsoft. This week, “Microsoft Monday” includes details about Windows 10 hitting 300 million active devices, the cost of the Windows 10 upgrade starting July 30th, speculation about the Surface Book 2, a demo of the …

Windows 10

South China Sea: US warship sails near disputed reef

<b>A US naval warship has sailed near a contested reef in the South China Sea, in what Washington described as a "freedom of navigation" operation.</b><p>The ship neared the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, which China controls, on Tuesday, US officials said.<p>China said the move was illegal and "damaged regional …

Oil Jumps on Canada Wildfire Outages, Markets Eye Saudi Reshuffle

Oil rallied on Monday as Canada's most destructive wildfire in recent memory knocked out over a million barrels in daily production capacity, but caution among investors prevented a return to late April's 2016 price highs.<p>The lost capacity is equivalent to well over a third of the country's typical …

Hedge fund kings made $13 billion last year

The average hedge fund lost money last year. But that didn't stop the industry's top managers from making billions.<p>The top 25 hedge fund managers earned a combined $13 billion in 2015, according to an annual ranking by Institutional Investor's Alpha.<p>That might sound like a reward fit for a "master …

Investing

Kim Jong-un says North Korea is a “responsible nuclear weapons state”

This weekend thousands of North Korean officials convened in Pyongyang to attend a rare Workers’ Party Congress, the first in nearly four decades. The nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, struck a diplomatic tone regarding the nation’s nuclear ambitions.<p>North Korea “will faithfully fulfill its obligation …

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Expands Lore, Explains C-3PO's Red Arm

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens developer TT Fusion has discussed the game's hooks into the movie and the greater Star Wars universe. Speaking In an interview with Game Informer, head of Design Mike Taylor confirmed the studio has been given the freedom to flesh out key characters and adapt …

Star Wars

Spain World Cup hopes in disarray as Madrid mess costs Lopetegui his job

The Basque coach was removed on Wednesday against the players' wishes and leaves La Roja in turmoil ahead of their opener against Portugal on Friday<p>Spain's World Cup preparations are in chaos. The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that coach …

Soccer

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Arrives On Xbox One For $24.99

Assassin’s Creed fans equipped with Xbox One consoles may be pleased to know that the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy is now available to …

Gaming Industry

Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

The sequel to cult indie game The Binding of Isaac will not be allowed in the App Store -- at least for now -- thanks to what Apple has reportedly …

Dying Light: The Following:The Kotaku Review

I am pleased to report that in <i>Dying Light: The Following</i>, you can still dropkick a zombie off a cliff and into the sea. You also get to drive a car.<p>I …

Battlefield 4 cuts server lag in an update two years after launch

A Battlefield 4 update with a "massive impact on the second-to-second gameplay" will start rolling out on February 9 on PS4 and Xbox One, a scant 2 …

Amazon's new free game engine comes with Twitch baked in

While Amazon might be known for selling you things, its cloud services now have just as much of an impact. It already powers many of the most popular apps and websites on the planet, but it's easy to forget that the company has an impressive online gaming presence thanks to Twitch. With its latest …

Game Development

Watch: This May Be the Most Beautiful Game About Being Stranded in the Wilderness

<i>Firewatch</i>, which comes out for PC and Playstation 4 Feb. 9, is the first game from indie studio Campo Santo. Set in the late 1980s, it tells the tale …

Halo 5 Adding Grifball (And Other New Modes) This Month

Halo 5: Guardians is finally adding the fan-favorite Grifball mode, developer 343 Industries has announced. In a blog post, multiplayer designer Max Grossman confirmed the frenetic yet strategic mode (as well as other ball-themed modes) will launch in the Xbox One shooter sometime later this …

Amazon Releases Its Own Game Engine For Free

Amazon’s releasing their very own game engine. Lumberyard, as they call it, is based on Crytek’s famous CryEngine, and can be used to develop games …

iPhone puzzle games are no match for this robot

<i>Puzzle & Dragons</i> is a ridiculously popular mobile game in Japan that tasks players with matching coloured orbs in order to take down enemy monsters. If you've played <i>Pokemon Shuffle</i> before, it's just like that. To help with the trickier stages, YouTube user Junya Sakamoto has developed a robot that …

Robotics

Amazon Has Put Out A Professional Video Game Engine For Free

Every gamer has done it. We’ve booted up a game, played it, and shut it down in disgust thinking “Man, I could do better than <i>that</i>.” Well, now you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is, because Amazon is putting out a free game engine.<p>For those unfamiliar, a game’s “engine” is more or less …

Amazon Web Services

Microsoft released a popular video game on the Xbox One — and then took it back

Microsoft has been testing backwards compatibility with Xbox games on the Xbox One over the past few months. Backwards compatibility means that games made for the Xbox 360, which preceded the One, will work without any changes.<p>The feature is a big bonus for gamers and encourages people to upgrade …

Game Room Ideas: Turn Your Entire Wall Into a Giant Nintendo

One Imgur user turned his kid's playroom into a giant recreation of the Nintendo Entertainment System.<p>If you're going to build a game room for your family, you may as well make it look like one. One Imgur user, going by tylerfulltilt, did just that, redecorating the room to look exactly like the …

Retrogaming