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Europe's Muslims feel heat of backlash after Paris terror

PARIS (AP) — Firebombs and pig heads thrown into mosques. Veiled women subjected to insults in the street. The Internet awash with threats against …

The DeanBeat: Oculus VR returns to CES with a towering presence and lots of competition

A year ago, virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR was barely noticeable at the 2014 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas. This year, thanks to its $2 billion acquisition by Facebook, it had a giant booth that dominated the gaming section of the sprawling show floor. And it had …

Virtual Reality

Google's Search Dominance Is Eroding

Mozilla's Firefox web browser has historically come bundled with Google as its default search engine, but a five-year deal signed with Yahoo in November has seen Firefox automatically opting for the rival search engine instead. The result? Google's US market share has slipped to 75.2% from 79.3% — …

25 Mountains Everyone Should Ski In Their Lifetime

From ritzy Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado, to the steep terrain of Cerro Catedral in Argentina, here are 25 mountains that all skiers and boarders should visit in their lifetime.<p><i>Julie Zeveloff contributed to this story.</i>

Grand Theft Auto VI should be in Portland, argues these real estate experts

Rockstar Games usually chooses huge, internationally important cities to mock and borrow from for Grand Theft Auto. New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami have all served as the inspiration for previous entries in the series. But for the inevitable Grand Theft Auto VI, a group of real-estate experts …

How To Discover Everything Facebook Knows About You

You can't opt out of ads on Facebook without opting out of Facebook itself. But you can do a lot to control the ads you see.<p>Facebook shows you ads based on what it knows about you and what it thinks you like. It has two ways to figure this out:<p>1. What you tell it directly ( name, age, marital …

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

Didn't get what you want over the holidays? Here are the best smartphones to look at.<p><i>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider</i> …

Mobile Technology

10,000 apply for human paintball bullet tester job

UKPaintball, which has more than 60 paintballing venues in Britain, said it was stunned by the response to its search for a "human bullet impact tester".<p>Candidates from not just Britain, but as far away as United States, Canada and India have applied for the £40,000 ($60,000, 50,000 euros) a year …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Happy New Year! From Sydney to NYC

LG will show off curved, 21:9 and 4K monitors at CES

As you've probably read by now, LG's keen on tipping its hand ahead of our arrival in Las Vegas for CES. This year is no different, and with today's news the company focuses on monitors. First up, LG has a 21:9 display with AMD's FreeSync tech in order to keep things smooth during intense gaming …

The Best Google Campuses Around The World

Unlike the stark minimalism of Apple's campuses, Google has a flair for creating offices with a unique design that varies from building to building.<p>From the glowing black lights of the Toronto office's music room to the cozy drive-in theater at Google's Paris campus, here's what it looks like to …

These Movies Made the Most Money in the U.S. in 2014

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The top 17 gaming gadgets you can buy right now

Say hello to Engadget's first-ever Buyer's Guide dedicated to consoles, turbocharged headsets and all things gaming. It's a wide, wide world out there, and choosing the right console and accessories is a daunting task. So whether there's a special gamer in your life, or you're looking to make a few …

Lizard Squad launches DDoS tool that lets anyone take down online services, starting at $6 per month

Lizard Squad, the “hacker” group best known for attacking Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network, has now launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack tool. Now anyone can now take down the website or online service of their choice thanks to “Lizard Stresser,” which we’re …

The best games of 2014 (GamesBeat staff picks)

How good of a year has it been for video games? Our collection of 14 staff and freelancer contributors made cases for 12 different entries in our 2014 Game of the Year voting. Only two games received a second vote for Game of the Year.<p>As we did last year, we’ve gathered all of these picks and …

Samsung Might Release Another Metal Galaxy Phone Next Month

The phone, supposedly called the Galaxy A7, is expected to be Samsung's thinnest smartphone yet. It's also likely to feature brushed metal edges just like the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3.<p>The Galaxy A7 will also make its way to China after launching in South Korea, according to Phone Arena, and the …

11 Reasons People Are Obsessed With Shake Shack

The quickly expanding company filed for a $100 million initial public offering on Monday.<p>Shake Shack is known for long lines at its 34 locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Massachusetts. The brand has also been expanding domestically (with new locations in …

Stop Making 'Workaholics' a Dirty Word

I’ve been saddened, okay angered, by the change in how we treat our hard workers.<p>When I was growing up in the 1950s, people who worked long hours …

Success

Microsoft Is Rumored To Be Building A New Browser That Is Not Internet Explorer

Remember when Chrome was fast? Microsoft might, if ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley’s recent report that the software company is building a lightweight browser, codenamed “Spartan,” bears out.<p>According to Foley, Spartan is “new” and “isn’t [Internet Explorer].” Her post notes that it could be set free inside …

Alleged ‘Lizard Squad’ Member Reveals His Face In A TV Interview

The interview with the alleged Lizard Squad member, a Finland-based man using the alias "Ryan," was conducted via Skype. It can be viewed at the bottom of the page.<p>Here's what "Ryan" said, regarding Lizard Squad's takedown of the game networks over the holidays:<p><b>How it happened:</b> "This attack was …

Christmas Eve

18 Breathtaking Photos You Won't Believe Were Taken With An iPhone

From portraits to landscape photos and fine art images, photographers are using the iPhone to create excellent works of art.<p>Some photos were taken with the iPhone's native camera while others were shot using apps like Camera+.<p>Here's a look at some of the best iPhone photography out there.

Mobile Photography

When Will Your Phone Replace Your Keys And Wallet?

When I leave my home, I check that I have three things: keys, wallet, phone. How long will it be until the first two are obsolete? My wallet has only three things I actually need: credit cards, cash, ID. Any American with an iPhone 6 has already obsoleted credit cards, courtesy of Apple Pay . Any …

Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – BlackBerrys and even feature phones – the parts of our brain associated with the thumbs are changing thanks to …

16 Things You Didn't Know Your New iPhone Could Do

Take advantage of all the (literally) bigger and better features right at your fingertips.

Hackers say Xbox/Playstation attacks are over, target Tor

Christmas Day gamers ran into problems connecting their Xbox or Playstation to the internet thanks to a denial of service attack, and the hackers …