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YETI: A LOVE STORY 2: LIFE ON THE STREETS

<b>A YETI EXPLOITATION MOVIE WITH HEART?</b><br>You said it. But it's way more than just a shock-flick. <b>YETI: A LOVE STORY 2: LIFE ON THE STREETS</b> is a passion …

Ten Video Game Trends That Need To Go Away

There are lots of little, annoying game design elements and practices that have come up over time. Some have lived out their welcome and disappeared into memory. Others, like the ever-irritating Quick-Time Events (QTEs) we see in so many titles, remain.<p>Lots of others, too, that I won’t get into …

Netflix now lets you disable Post-Play to avoid binge watching entire TV seasons

If you've binged on a season of <i>House of Cards</i> or <i>Breaking Bad</i>, you're likely familiar with what Netflix calls Post-Play. It's the feature that queues up and automatically plays the next episode of whatever TV series you're currently watching. Netflix <i>does</i> take some measures to ensure viewers haven't …

Almost every NES 'Press Start' screen compiled into one great video

Video game developers didn't have a lot to work with on the Nintendo Entertainment System; the 8-bit console didn't have much power to throw around compared to today's 3D extravaganzas, and something as basic as animating a character would eat up resources quickly. That's why the static title …

No sixth sense: '123456' is worst password of 2013

Spend a morning or two with "Sesame Street" and you should have all the skills you need to crack the passwords of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of online accounts worldwide. This according to a new list of the worst passwords of 2013 from security-focused developer SplashData that lists …

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Messaging Giant WhatsApp, Now With 430M Users, Has No Plans For Disappearing Photos

WhatsApp, an early mover in the messaging app space, has racked up 430 million active users to date. But despite the influx of new competition from the likes of Line, WeChat, KakaoTalk and Snapchat, WhatsApp says it will be sticking to its guns: avoiding advertising; staying away from “gimmicks” …

Moment lenses are the latest attempt to make your smartphone's camera better

Smartphone have essentially changed photography as we know it. The always-with-us devices have enabled more people to take more photos than ever before. The top four most popular cameras on Flickr bear this out: they are all iPhones. But as popular as smartphones are for taking pictures, they are …

Spinach Dinosaurs To Sugar Diamonds: 3-D Printers Hit The Kitchen

From cool casts for a broken arm to impressive replicas of Michelangelo's <i>David,</i> 3-D printing has come a long way in the past few years.<p>In fact, the technology is moving so fast that 3-D printers might be coming to your kitchen this year — or at least, to a bakery or bistro down the street.<p>A company …

What Your Brain Sees May Not Be What You See

Astonishingly, the UK’s grand porn filter scheme isn’t just blocking porn

Well, knock me over with a feather. Apparently, British ISPs’ on-by-default porn filters — mandated by the government back in July — are blocking …

Hands on with LG’s curved, self-healing G Flex smartphone

Unlike most new smartphones I’ve seen this year, the LG G Flex genuinely surprised me. And not just because of its curved design or the fact that …

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Is It Game Over For The Xbox One Thanks To Mandatory Kinect?

Paul Tassi argues, quite persuasively, that the reason Xbox One is behind the PlayStation 4 is the inclusion of the Kinect, a voice-and-motion sensor that allows users to control the console via voice commands.<p>He quotes analyst Michael Pachter, who says that the “reason Sony beats Microsoft is …

Xbox Can Hear You Curse and Will Scold You For It

Shouting profanities while slowly losing to an 11-year-old in Call of Duty is a rite of passage for gamers everywhere. But the symbiotic relationship …

Maui Death Raises Questions About Spike in Hawaiian Shark Attacks

Two shark attack fatalities this year are Hawaii's first since 2004.<p><b>A shark killed a fisherman off the Maui coast on Monday, Maui County Ocean Safety officials reported, when it bit his foot, which he had dangled over the side of his kayak.</b><p>The attack was the eighth near Maui and the thirteenth in …

Samsung reportedly developing 20-megapixel smartphone camera

Samsung may soon include an impressive new camera in its flagship mobile devices.<p>The Korean electronics giant is currently developing a 20-megapixel mobile camera, according to an ET News report that cites industry sources familiar with the company’s plans. Samsung aims to bundle the camera inside …

Netflix may have 20,000 or more customers in Australia—where it hasn’t even launched

Netflix counts more than 9 million customers as paying international subscribers, but there could be many more of them buried in its measure of US subscribers, which are approaching 30 million.<p>The internet streaming service has been available outside the US since 2010—first in Canada, the UK and …

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6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

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The 33 Dumbest Things That Have Ever Happened

<b>Yikes.</b>

Google Now's latest update adds Reader-like website updates, Waze traffic reports and more (updated)

Some of the Google Now enhancements mentioned at the Android 4.4 KitKat unveiling are ready to roll, as the search giant has started pushing a new version of its app on Android today. The ability to follow news about specific people started popping up last month, but the news update card follows …

Google Street View conquers Venice

With its winding network of canals, cobblestone alleys and streets, the car-free city of Venice always presented a challenge to the Google Street View team. But today, thanks to "superfit" Google employees who spent two months walking around the city with a camera strapped to their back, the …

Netflix Overhauls Its TV Interface To Create A Seamless Experience Across Connected Devices

Netflix is bringing a significant front-end change to its interface today to create a consistent experience across all TVs like you have on game consoles, set top boxes, and Blu-ray players. The goal of this refresh is to bring the same level of enjoyment to par across all devices. This new …

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

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Alleged Kenyan gang rapists released after 'grass-cutting' punishment

Anger in Kenya over the gang rape of a teenage girl has intensified following reports the alleged attackers were made to cut grass as a punishment and then let go.<p>Kenyan newspapers say when the rape was reported police officers ordered the suspects to clear a grassy area around their station, but …

Rubbish piles up on the streets of Madrid

Piles of rubbish are continuing to stack up on the streets of Madrid.<p>Bin collectors and park and garden workers are on their fourth day of an indefinite strike.<p>They are angry at plans by a private company contracted by the City Hall to slash more than 1,000 jobs and cut salaries by 40 percent.

Google wants to build maps that customize themselves based on what they know about you

Two of the senior designers working on Google Maps told the Roadmap 2013 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday that maps are just a “canvas for the …

Samsung CEO promises to deliver devices with 'folding displays' in 2015

At Samsung's Analyst Day, alongside talking serious financial numbers, forward looking statements and such, the company has announced that it will bring fully-foldable screens to willing customers some time in 2015. The screen tech (which we've seen an incremental nudge towards with the Galaxy …