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'Batman: Arkham Knight' never feels too big to play

<i>This article contains spoilers for Batman: Arkham Knight; you've been warned.</i><p>I didn't want to like <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i>. In the long run-up to its release, I'd become increasingly disinterested every time developer Rocksteady Studios mentioned how the game had grown compared to its prequels. <i>Twenty</i> …

Vertu's posh smartphone is probably more powerful than yours

If you're going to shell out $9,900 or more on a smartphone, you're either nuts or you've really made it in life. Or both. Either way, Vertu's done its part by updating its flagship luxury smartphone line, the Signature Touch, with pretty much all the best specs available in the current market. As …

Butterflies steal DNA of zombie wasps in natural genetic modification

Scientist have found DNA of wasps in butterflies showing that genes can pass between species<p>Butterflies 'steal’ the genes of wasps to make them more resistant to disease , scientists have found, in first evidence of natural genetic modification in the animal kingdom.<p>Although campaigners have long …

Frank Ocean producer Malay calls Zayn Malik “pure genius”

The pair are working together on Malik's debut solo record<p>Producer Malay has tweeted about his work on Zayn Malik’s debut solo record, calling the …

Zayn Malik

Now you see it, now you don't: invisibility cloak nears reality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cloak of invisibility may be common in science fiction but it is not so easy in the real world. New research suggests such a device may be moving closer to reality.<p>Scientists said on Thursday they have successfully tested an ultra-thin invisibility cloak made of microscopic …

Samsung’s foldable ‘Project Valley’ smartphone leaks, hints at January unveiling

While this isn’t the first we’re hearing about Samsung’s elusive and top-secret foldable smartphone project, code-named “Project Valley,” a new leak surfaced Tuesday on Chinese microblogging site Weibo purporting to show the device.<p>We first caught wind that Samsung may be working on the odd …

Why Apple TV’s strict new gaming mandate is a good thing

Apple’s flip-flop on game controllers for Apple TV might be bad news for developers, but it’s great news for gamers.<p>It’s a virtual guarantee that all games will work better out of the box when running on the refreshed Apple TV, which will have its own App Store for the first time.<p>While the company …

You can control the new Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba vacuum from miles away

iRobot’s Roomba robot vacuum is a pretty smart device, but it takes a big leap forward with Wi-Fi network integration and app-based control.<p>That’s …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just used an iPhone to demo Outlook

During the keynote speech at Dreamforce Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was put in a situation where he had to use Apple's iPhone to do a demo — a sight that would've been unimaginable just a few years back.<p>"I'm going to first start on this iPhone, and it's not my phone, but it is an …

Ex-Microsoft employee sues company for gender discrimination

A former Microsoft employee has sued the tech giant claiming it has a longstanding practice of discriminating against women who work in technical roles.<p>The proposed class action lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle by Katherine Moussouris alleges Microsoft of paying and promoting …

Gender Discrimination

New era: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at Salesforce conference, gives iPhone demo

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered a keynote address at Saleforce’s annual Dreamforce conference here this evening, the latest …

Satya Nadella

Amazon Fire TV comes out to play with 4K and Alexa, stays at $99

If you're one of the folks that's purchased a 4K TV, Amazon has some good news for you: The new Fire TV supports 4K and still costs $99.99 (£80). In addition to handling all those extra pixels, the voice remote now calls up Alexa, the Echo assistant with access to more than just movie and TV …

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.<p>You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of …

What the golden age of travel was really like

This #tbt, we’re kicking it back to the golden age of air travel, when flying coach was all glamour. Passengers wore their finest threads, the meals …

Surf's up? Saturn's icy moon Enceladus hides a global ocean

Since NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted plumes of water spewing out of cracks in Enceladus' surface roughly a decade ago, Saturn's icy moon has captured the imaginations of scientists and layfolk alike who wondered whether liquid water – and how much of it – could lie hidden beneath the frigid …

Schrödinger's microbe: physicists plan to put living organism in two places at once

A radical demonstration of quantum theory could see a bacterium suspended in an uncertain state similar to that famously endured by Schrödinger’s cat<p>Physicists have drawn up plans to put a living organism in two places at once in a radical demonstration of quantum theory.<p>The scientists aim to …

Demonstration

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Microsoft is using Android apps as mobile testbeds

This past Friday, <i>Business Insider</i> revealed that Microsoft had acquired Double Labs, a small shop that makes an Android app screen replacement called Echo Notification Lockscreen. That seems like a weird thing to do, because Microsoft's Garage Labs already makes a similar app, called Next Lock …

Richard Dawkins interview: 'It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer'

Photograph: Terry Smith/The Life Images Collection/Getty<p>Richard Dawkins at Oxford in 1976, pictured right, studying insect behaviour with student Ted …

Mark Twain

The Week in Spandex - Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Captain America: Civil War, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Jessica Jones, Fantastic Four 2, Arrow, The Flash and more

<i>In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s</i> …

Mark Zuckerberg hosting town hall Q&A with India’s Prime Minister Modi on September 27

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been known to hold town hall-style Q&As, but later this month, he’ll hold one with a special guest: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country’s 15th prime minster and leader of the world’s third-largest economy will chat with Zuckerberg about …

New and Used Car Reviews, Car News and Prices

Let's get you back to homebase.<p>Expert reviews, car-shopping advice, features and specs, free price quotes, and more—all in our Buyer's Guide.<p>Our unbiased take on the latest vehicles of all styles.<p>Up-to-the-minute scoops and car news. If you need to know it, you'll find it here.<p>Road trips, in-depth …

Tencent gives its Two Cents on World War III: Deconstructing China's Video Game Visions of War

PR escalation<p>Tencent, one of China's Internet commerce giants, released a chest pumping (but visually accurate) CGI video of a victorious PLA in time for China's 70th VJ day parade on September 3, 2015. Just like a recent technothriller featuring an unprovoked sneak attack on US soil …

Ten things we learned this week: 11 September 2015 edition

You can now buy a Bugatti Veyron villa<p>If you can afford a £1 million car – more specifically, the Bugatti Veyron – you can afford a £6 million villa. …

Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>Cars<br>• German<br>• Porsche<br>• Vintage<p>Amongst the early road-going Porsches one of the most desirable models is the updated “A” …

Apple may have spent $3 billion just to hire Jimmy Iovine

Bloomberg is reporting that an anonymous source with knowledge of the deal says the Beats deal was just about one man: Jimmy Iovine.<p>Iovine is a veteran record producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, and U2.<p>But Iovine …

Lotus 3-Eleven Laps the ‘Ring in Just 7 Minutes, 6 Seconds

First seen at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the lightweight Lotus 3-Eleven just set an impressive lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Lotus 3-Eleven lapped the infamous ‘Ring in 7:06 — in traffic.<p>During its two-week test and tune period at the track, the Lotus 3-Eleven covered more …

Lotus Cars

Now, Siri won’t shut up about Apple’s ‘amazing’ event

Siri may be able to keep a secret, but once word gets out, just try to stop it from sassing you about it.<p>Apple’s digital assistant is now chock full of sass in the aftermath of the company’s event today, at which it revealed new models of the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.<p>All you have to do is …

Range Rover's Sentinel SUV can survive virtually any attack

It's not uncommon for dignitaries and the super-wealthy to get armored vehicles, but Land Rover's new Range Rover Sentinel may be the protected luxury ride of choice -- especially if you're traveling through a warzone. The hand-built SUV looks exactly like the Autobiography it's based on, but has a …