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This is how much better games look on PC than anywhere else

Before you get caught up in the hype, remember that video games look better on PC than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.<p>Sure, you might have an aging computer that can't run games at their absolute highest resolution/framerate/etc. In that case, it's on you to upgrade your hardware. Otherwise, …

Star Wars Battlefront

Xbox One Elite controller all sold out? There are alternatives&hellip

Even the biggest of companies can make a mistake. Normally though the mistake isn't releasing a product that's just too damned good. That's what …

Religion

Obama: Prejudice and discrimination against Muslims help ISIS

President Barack Obama warned Americans against stereotyping Muslims in his weekly White House address on Saturday, saying that the group should not …

CIVIL WAR IS COMING:Anti-Muslim prejudice ‘is moving to the mainstream’ all over Europe

Report warns of rapid growth of far-right groups that plan to provoke a ‘cultural civil war’<p>The “counter-jihad” movement in the UK is expanding …

Rajon Rondo's homophobic slur shows how prejudice runs deep

The Kings point guard insists he didn’t mean to offend, but his nasty remarks reveal how anti-gay rhetoric remains ingrained in the sports culture. We must do better<p>This is not the Rajon Rondo article I had intended to write. I wanted to focus on Rondo’s comeback, a campaign that up until this …

NBA

'Thinking cap' controls prosthetic arm with thoughts, not surgery

The ability to control prosthetics with only the power of your mind has been around for a while, but it typically requires control electronics implanted directly into the patient. With this new, non-invasive method developed at the University of Houston, however, amputees can command their robotic …

54-propeller superdrone lifts off with a person inside

It took 54 propellers for the Swarm superdrone to get off the ground with a human passenger along for the exciting ride.<p>I've looked at little quadcopter drones and thought, "Gosh, if I could just shrink down to mouse size, that would be a lot of fun to ride around on."<p>YouTube user gasturbine101 …

Drones

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Just Revealed Two New Characters

Especially when we’re talking about big studio movies with lots of product tie-ins, toys have increasingly become a source of, if not out and out …

Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Raises $11M

Mobcrush, which live-streams mobile games like Twitch does for PC games, said today that it has raised $11 million in a new financing round led by Kleiner Perkins.<p>TechCrunch previously reported that the company had raised around $10 million. As we noted before, the company’s bet — along with …

Livestreaming

Star Wars x Bezar x Cross Limited Edition Townsend Pens

High-end pens for the Star Wars fan.<p>Cross is the United States’ oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments, founded in 1846. Now, the storied heritage company is teaming up with Disney on a futuristic line of <i>Star Wars</i>-branded pens. Merging the vintage with an icon in pop culture, a limited …

Grand Theft Auto 5 modders add Star Wars speeders and Star Destroyers

Superimposing <i>Star Wars</i>' biggest spaceships over cities is apparently a hot new trend. First we saw Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer Executor hanging over real-world Manhattan, now, thanks to a mod for the PC version of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, you can fly another Imperial capital ship over the game's …

Star Wars

This Week's Xbox One and Xbox 360 Deals With Gold Revealed

<b>[UPDATE]</b> Microsoft has updated the list of deals for this week, adding a dozen Xbox One offers. Check out the new list of deals below.<p><i>The original story is below.</i><p>Microsoft has announced this week's lineup of Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals on Xbox Live as part of the Deals With Gold campaign. Notable …

Tesla Model X Electric SUV: Ultimate Guide To Electric Luxury SUV

The first Tesla Model S electric sedans hadn't even been delivered when the company announced its Model X electric crossover utility vehicle in …

Tesla

Sony's new smartwatch packs all its tech in the wristband

Sony's electronics division may be in a slump, but it doesn't plan on fading quietly into the night. To spur innovation at the company, Sony has set …

The 15 Most Underrated Exercises, According to Trainers

<i>Photo: Pond5</i><p><i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>The best exercise might be the one you aren't doing. Switching up your usual workout routine will challenge your muscles in new ways and battle boredom, which could make you more motivated to work out in the first place. So if you catch yourself on the …

New York City

The new Xbox One bundle comes with a 1TB hybrid drive and the Elite controller

Microsoft's new Xbox One is getting an elite upgrade this fall. The company's new Elite Bundle features both the beautiful Elite controller announced at this year's E3 and a 1TB hybrid drive. The console will debut at GameStops and Microsoft Stores this November for $499.<p>The new One isn't the first …

Halo

Is digital technology re-wiring your brain? - Cadillac: Aim High

Digital technologies are having a profound impact on our neurological systems. They have the potential to empower or enfeeble our brains – the choice …

The Brain

Google's OnHub is an easy router that cures bad Wi-Fi

For most people, a Wi-Fi router is like a Ronco rotisserie: You set it and forget it. These often ugly networking boxes have one job: Give us Wi-Fi …

This New Xbox One Will Boot Up 20 Percent Faster

Microsoft on Monday announced the Xbox One Elite Bundle. The console featured in the bundle comes with a new 1 TB solid state hybrid hard drive (more on that later) and the new Elite controller. The package costs $500, and Microsoft describes it as "the ultimate gaming experience."<p><b>[Update:</b> …

Why the new Apple TV will kill your Xbox or Playstation

A new report gives us our best insight yet into the radically improved Apple TV expected to be launched next month, including the fact that it will ship with a motion-sensitive controller similar to the Nintendo Wiimote — but a hell of a lot sleeker. And that’s just to start.<p>In an exhaustive report …

Camp at Wonder Lake

Best chance to view Denali (Mt. McKinley). Scenic campground. Easy access from Camper Bus. Running water and toilets. Short walk to Wonder …

$10K for Elevens: 1968 AMC AMX Drag Racer

This 1968 AMC AMX is an 80’s built, tubbed drag car running a 390 and 727 TorqueFlite automatic combo, both with a quite few upgrades and a Mopar 8 …

Classic Cars

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS review: Fast, fun and surprisingly comfortable

Porschedoesn't make any bad cars, even any mediocre cars. It's only a matter of good, better or best.<p>And the 911 Targa 4 GTS is assuredly among the best all-around cars Porsche makes. Sporty, stylish and super-fast, it handles like a dream and is as competent in a sharp switchback as it is …

Huffaker IMSA Tribute: 1985 Pontiac Fiero Racer

This 1985 Pontiac Fiero racer is not a true IMSA car, but was the last in a series built to replicate the famous Huffaker Fieros run in that series …

Classic Cars

Razer Is Making a Customizable Xbox One Controller Called the "Wildcat"

For the serious Xbox gamer.<p>The Xbox One already counts a slew of pricey controllers, but Razer is getting in on the game with its own customizable offering. At PAX earlier, the gaming accessories company announced a $150 USD “Wildcat” controller for the console, built under the direction of …

Late V12 Driver: $3800 1991 Jaguar XJ-S

This 1991 Jaguar XJ-S is said to be a rust free example with several worthwhile upgrades. These days it is easy to find one of these cars for short …

Meet Japan's Tommykaira ZZ EV electric sports car

Over in Japan, electric car company Green Lord Motors (GLM) is raising a toast.<p>Founded in 2010 by a group of Kyoto University graduates, the company …

Tesla