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'Honest Game Trailers' puts its comedic crosshairs on Minecraft

The Honest Game Trailers series has been skewering big names in gaming since March, including Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat. None is sacred and none is safe, certainly not <i>Minecraft</i>, the latest victim.<p>As with the others, creator Smosh Games is careful to point out their Twitter …

One Of Your Biggest 1990s Crushes Is On Tonight’s Super-Secret ‘Mad Men’

Who knew <i>Mad Men</i> creator Matthew Weiner was such a big fan of cheesy 1990s television? <i>The Secret World of Alex Mack</i> star Larisa Oleynik answered “where is she now?” when she appeared as Kenny Cosgrove’s wife in season four’s “Chinese Wall,” and in tonight’s premiere a mainstay of the decade that …

'Mad Men': Season 7 Premiere Guide

"What has really been the pressure this year, no matter what happens, is that these people are going to end this season frozen in time," Weiner tells …

Mad Men Season 7: Everything That Happened in 1969

There are a lot of things we can’t say about tonight’s premiere of <i>Mad Men</i>. The powers that be on that show are especially strict about the “who, what, and where” of it all. But one thing we <i>can</i> discuss, is the “when.” With a few exceptions, most <i>Mad Men</i> seasons have followed the events of about a …

How Mad Men Gets the Writing Right: Q&A

There is no show on television that is more combed through, picked over and squawked about than <i>Mad Men</i>. Whether Joan mentions lustrous restaurant Le …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and new Gear gadgets now available globally

Samsung’s next wave of mobile gadgets are here.<p>The company announced this morning that the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Gear 2 smartwatch line, and Gear Fit activity monitor are now available in stores across 125 countries.<p>The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone, packs in a fingerprint …

Car-hacking: A New Fear For Drivers of Tech-Loaded Vehicles

Add car-hacking to the list of motorists' fears.<p>A University of Michigan survey shows that Americans are nervous about whether new computer technology in vehicles could be hacked and the data stolen.<p>A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that so-called “connected-vehicle” …

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With Its New Samsung App, Health Startup Lark Moves Away From Hardware

Among the freebies included in Samsung’s just-released Galaxy S5 was a new app from Lark, a health startup that’s been pretty quiet for the past year or so.<p>In fact, co-founder and CEO Julia Hu told me that Lark has been “pretty much in stealth mode” as it worked on the new app. The vision, she …

Google exec: We never copied iPhone features for Android

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google engineers have never copied Apple's iPhone features for use in Android, an executive from the software giant said Friday during testimony in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial.<p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google vice president of Android, walked the jury through early …

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Carriers block Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Booster feature

When Samsung first announced the Galaxy S5 one of the big software features it touted was Download Booster, a feature that uses both Wi-Fi and LTE to make downloading files faster, but as with so many things, most U.S. carriers block the feature on their versions of the phone.<p>AT&T, Sprint, and …

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Inflight Internet is About to Get Faster: Gogo Introduces 2Ku Satellite-Based Communication

Inflight internet in the United States is often constrained by two variables: bandwidth and coverage area. Gogo, the internet provider for the lion’s share of today’s flights, operates most connections on an air-to-ground (ATG) network, and if a flight goes out of range of one of those antennas, …

Prosecutors sting Christie, Cuomo

Half a decade ago, Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo were a pair of untouchable lawmen who could do no wrong.<p>Their every subpoena became a splashy tabloid headline and their legal integrity was above public reproach. They won the governorships of New Jersey and New York running against political …

Banned Japanese whalers expect Southern Ocean hunt to resume

Japan expects that its whaling program in the Southern Ocean will resume next year, court documents indicate.<p>The International Court of Justice last month ruled the program invalid, finding that it was a commercial activity disguised as scientific research.<p>Japanese leaders have said the country …

Oscar Pistorius and the echoes of OJ Simpson

The last 'trial of the century’ was a media circus in LA in 1995. But the Pretoria courtroom one has a big difference - there's no celebrity-struck jury to sway<p>Both men were star athletes; both were accused of killing a beautiful blonde in a fit of rage. And both became defendants in what the media …

Accused shoe-thrower released

LAS VEGAS — A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.<p>Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was given a misdemeanor disorderly conduct summons and …

LA Deputy Kills Hostage by Mistake