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Nintendo Is The Second Biggest Publisher In Germany

Official chart tracking source GFK has revealed the state of the German video game market. The publication has revealed that Nintendo has the second …

The best tricks that Hearthstone's game designers used to make Blizzard's latest megahit

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of ChinaJoy paid my way to Shanghai. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>SHANGHAI — Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is one of those rare free-to-play games that has succeeded on both the PC and mobile devices. It has been downloaded more than 10 million times and earned an 88 …

Exclusive Video: In Its Early Days, Atari Was the Animal House of Silicon Valley

"That's so-and-so. He's a great engineer. He doesn't like to wear clothes."<p>In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Atari was riding high. Sometimes, literally.<p>After being sold to Warner Communications in 1976, the gaming company moved from owning the arcade to owning the living room with one of the first …

Microsoft has a new NFL app for Xbox One and Windows 8

The start of a new NFL season is just around the corner, and Microsoft's been working hard to improve the experience for football fans on the Xbox One. What's different now, among other things, is that the company's NFL application is expected to be ready by Week 1; as opposed to last year, when it …

What Microsoft Has Done Right (and Wrong) in China with Xbox One

Half a year after China lifted its console ban, allowing gaming consoles to be legally sold within the country for the first time in over a decade, China’s console gamers are yet to get their hands on anything. But the launch of China’s first official console is drawing ever closer. At the recent …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Collective Mind in the Mound: How Do Termites Build Their Huge Structures?

Termites move a fourth of a metric ton of dirt to build mounds that can reach 17 feet (5 meters) and higher.<p>For the past 26 years, J. Scott Turner has filled termite mounds with propane, scanned them with lasers, and stuffed them with plaster. He has fed microscopic beads to termites, given the …

Yahoo makes high-quality video push with Yahoo Screen

Yahoo, still struggling to find its way, is ramping up its investment in video.<p>Plunging into a marketplace filled with competitors like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, Yahoo in April announced ambitious plans to offer original episodic comedies. The Web giant in June said it snapped up the rights to a …

Microsoft hits Samsung with Android patent-royalty suit

Microsoft files a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.<p>Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over what Microsoft claims is a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties.<p>Microsoft filed its complaint against Samsung …

Beats officially joins Apple as $3-billion deal closes

Apple Inc.has finalized its $3-billion deal for Beats, adding a lineup of headphones, speakers and streaming music service to its core products of iPhones, iPads and Macs.<p>The Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the completion with an announcement on its website:<p>"Today we are excited to officially …

Dinosaurs shrank to evolve into birds over 50m years

Huge meat-eating dinosaurs shrank steadily over 50 million years to evolve into small, flying birds, researchers say.<p>The branch of theropod dinosaurs which gave rise to modern birds decreased inexorably in size from 163kg beasts that roamed the land, to birds weighing less than 1kg over the …

NASA marks 10 years of orbiting Mercury

Ten years ago, NASA's MESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging) satellite launched and flew to Mercury to orbit its surface, collect photos, and study its atmosphere.<p>Rob Gold, an astrophysicist at the Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Laboratory outside Baltimore, …