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Mental illness is no crime

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before Paton Blough got his bipolar disorder under control, it nearly cost him everything.<p>The Greenville, South Carolina, resident was arrested six times in three years, each for an episode related to his illness. Instead of receiving treatment, he was thrown in jail. In the rough prison …

The PlayStation 4 is already leading the virtual reality arms race, here's why

It's important to stop asking which virtual reality hardware is the best, and instead think about which has the best chances of breaking through to the mainstream.<p>Sony is positioned to make Project Morpheus happen in ways that could humble even Valve and Oculus, and the updated specs of the latest …

Virtual Reality

Lily James on 'Cinderella' waist controversy: 'I'm so healthy'

With their slender waists, flowing manes and rosy cheeks, Disney princesses have long conformed to stereotypical ideals of beauty.<p>But when promotional material for Walt Disney Pictures' live-action version of "Cinderella" dropped in February, many began to question whether the studio had gone too …

The Oscars: Red Carpet In Pictures

North Korea demanded $10bn in cash and food to attend talks with South

Hermit state asked for money and half a million tons of food as precondition to holding summit with South in 2009<p>North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, …

A video game where you play as you, and you move about and do stuff

This game is about real life. The main protagonist is you.<p>Called <i>Reflections</i>, the game is still in Greenlight mode on Steam. Even if the set-up sounds a little unusual, the game does look pretty interesting.<p>It's another one of those walkabout games in which you explore your surroundings, pick up …

Setup

Report: Assassin's Creed movie to star Oscar winner Marion Cotillard

Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard has signed onto the Assassin's Creed movie due for a 2016 release, reports Deadline, rejoining Michael Fassbender, her co-star in an adaptation of Macbeth due to release this year.<p>Deadline says her deal and Fassbender's allow for multiple films should this one …

Marion Cotillard

Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds

Word to the wise: Don't play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man's best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones – even when he's only looking at half of a person's face.<p>The authors say the findings, published in the …

Weekly Recap: Zelda TV Show Coming To Netflix, 2015 Call of Duty Announced, Destiny DLC Dated

<b>(Some Of) The Big Stuff:</b><p><b>SOE Turns Independent, Eyes Xbox Support:</b> The biggest news this week came on Monday, when Sony Online Entertainment, makers of franchises such as H1Z1, Planetside, and EverQuest, announced that it had been acquired by an investment firm for an undisclosed sum. What does that …

Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

Wi-Fi

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' new lightsaber was debated even during production, J.J. Abrams says

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>' newfangled lightsaber was a topic of debate for the filmmakers who created it, director J.J. Abrams told Collider.<p>"This was not done without a lot of conversation," Abrams said.<p>LucasFilm released the first footage of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> last November. No single …

Star Wars

I’m a U.S. veteran, and “American Sniper” is rife with lies

Clint Eastwood’s film is propagandistic fiction masquerading as a “true story.” Here’s why it’s so dangerous<p>After watching the movie “American Sniper,” I called a friend named Garett Reppenhagen who was an American sniper in Iraq. He deployed with a cavalry scout unit from 2004 to 2005 and was …

Prepare For Valentine's Day With This 1942 Guide To The Perfect Kiss

Back in 1942 LIFE Magazine released a feature on how to kiss correctly. Seeing as Valentine's Day is just around the corner, what better time to …

Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple's iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they're also good for hiding secret messages.<p>Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple's terms and conditions for iCloud and found a …

See the beautiful, nightmarish patent illustrations for a Google-funded augmented reality device

It's been almost three months since Google lead a $542 million round of funding for the Magic Leap, an augmented reality project shrouded in mystery. Aside from vague claims about a "biomimetic Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal," the CEO of Legendary Pictures calling it "jaw-dropping," and Neal …

DVDs of 'The Interview' will be airdropped on North Korea

Sony's once-forbidden <i>The Interview</i> is now seemingly ubiquitous, but there's one place where you can't get it: North Korea, the country that inspired the movie (and allegedly, the hacking campaign) in the first place. If defector and activist Park Sang-hak has his way, though, North Koreans will see …

North Korea

Boston Marathon bombing trial Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of starts today: here's what you need to know

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a potential death sentence for the 2013 terrorist attack - but the jury selection alone could take one month<p>The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the only surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing, begins today. Here's what you need to know:<p><b>The young defendant</b><p>Tsarnaev is 21 …

Justice

Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror

Author J.K. Rowling says all religions are present at her beloved wizard school—except Wiccans.<p>Back in December, and just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. …

The Top Video Games Of 2015

It’s very difficult to pick a top 10 list for upcoming video games.<p>2015 is filled with interesting and exciting titles, from PC and new-gen exclusives, to cross-platform entries, and from sequels to brand-new IPs.<p>In this post we’ll take a look at a bunch of these, and we’ll do so in alphabetical …

Why Annie Proulx Regrets Writing Brokeback Mountain

Pulitzer-winning writer Annie Proulx opened up to the Paris <i>Review</i> about why she wishes she’d never written <i>Brokeback Mountain</i>, the short story that …

North Korea Launches Bizarre Website In An Attempt To Encourage Tourism

North Korea launched a travel website on Monday that is decidedly more strange than it is inviting -- particularly since the country currently has a ban on international tourists entering the country due to fears of the Ebola virus.<p>Dprktoday.com is a Korean-language site full of the bizarre imagery …

North Korea threatens US, claiming White House was involved in film plot

North Korea is threatening to retaliate against the US over a Hollywood film portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it has “clear evidence” that Washington was heavily involved in devising the plot.<p>The stern but vague warnings come after Sony Pictures decided last week to cancel the …

Pope Francis' woman problem

At first, it was easy to overlook. With all of his statements about caring for the poor, the disabled and immigrants, and all the fanfare surrounding his famous “Who am I to judge?” proclamation, Pope Francis seemed like a breath of fresh air for a church stuck resolutely in the past. The fact that …

Long-lost Painting Masterpiece Found Thanks to Stuart Little

The mystery of Robert Bereny's Sleeping Lady with Black Vase solved.<p>Stuart Little has solved the mystery of the nine-decade old missing painting. …

The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman Clarifies Daryl Dixon's Sexual Orientation

Carol, you have a chance...<p>The previously ambiguous nature of Daryl Dixon's (Norman Reedus) sexual orientation on The Walking Dead has been cleared …

Bette Midler Says All the Witches Are Down for a "Hocus Pocus" Sequel

They just need the fans to convince Disney that they want it.<p>Disney's Halloween cult classic <i>Hocus Pocus</i> will be getting a sequel if <b>Bette Midler</b> gets her way. Midler, who starred as Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson in the 1993 movie, revealed in a Reddit AMA interview that fans need to start campaigning …

Sony movies leak online as computer systems remain dark

If Sony Pictures employees return to work Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend without computer or email access, it will mark the beginning of the second week of blackout for the Culver City movie studio after a widespread hack.<p>And Sony's headaches do not appear to have lessened. Pirated copies of …