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The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Creation Machine by Andrew Bannister, The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds, Dreamsnake by Vonda N McIntyre, Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood and Ace of Spiders by Stefan Mohamed<p>Space opera lends itself to the depiction of grand dimensions and great duration, but it’s one thing …

Books

My love for The Division's beta bloomed in a brutal PvP battlefield

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p><i>The Division</i>'s closed beta wraps up today, and despite the super limited amount of content available in this pre-release sliver of Ubisoft's open-world third-person shooter, I'm gonna miss it. The beta showcased some slick progression hooks, let …

Our smartphones will soon see as well as we do

The robots are starting to open their eyes.<p>Last week, Google announced it was partnering with the chip manufacturer Movidius to put machine learning in mobile devices. Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence, where computers can be programmed to recognize patterns in data based on …

Artificial Intelligence

10 best Star Wars board games

Game on!<p>Ever since the lights came up on those first screenings of <i>Star Wars</i> back in 1977, it became clear that George Lucas had tapped into …

Board Games

This Phone Battery Jumps Your Car... and Runs All Your Electronics

Sure, we've shown you cool portable batteries in the past. But never something as versatile as this guy. Of course, it can juice up your multiple …

Gear & Gadgets

The best Black Friday 2015 deals for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC

Video games are expensive, which is what makes Black Friday great particularly for gamers: you can grab both games and hardware for steep discounts. It's good for catching up on titles you may have missed through the year, upgrading your PC, or finally taking the plunge on a new console. Different …

Metal Gear

Amazon Book Review

You might have noticed our new address: amazonbookreview.com. When we launched this modest blog with an immodest name in 2007, "omnivoracious" …

Avatar, Sin City Directors Bringing Acclaimed Manga Battle Angel: Alita to Big Screen

James Cameron has been working on the sequel to his sci-fi blockbuster <i>Avatar</i> for several years now, as well as suggesting that there may be no fewer than three further films to come in the series. This has left a question mark over his other potential projects, most notably his adaptation of …

These Manga Got Cancelled Even After Getting Anime Adaptations

William “Ui” Chan<p>What You Need to Know:<p>Yaraon took a look at, and listed all the manga which have seen their serializations be cancelled this year, …

Anime

Fallout 4 is now the best reason to own a PlayStation Vita

As weird as it may sound, the PlayStation Vita has long been PS4's greatest accessory. With it, you can remotely play any PS4 title with surprising clarity, freeing up the TV or freeing yourself to game from another room entirely (provided you have a decent wireless setup). Granted, some games work …

Portable

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Will Reportedly Be Marvel’s ‘Darkest’ Movie And Introduce A Superheroine

Amid all the drama surrounding Marvel Studios, the day-to-day work of making superhero movies continues. And <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> is finally coming together, and sounding like it’s a lot of fun. Well, despite that whole “end of the world” thing.<p>As we’ve noted before, it looks like the Hulk is a major …

Construction

Microsoft's new Surface Book gets 'about 3 hours' of battery life away from its keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Book only gets "about three hours" of battery life when away from its keyboard dock, according to a video from TechCrunch.<p>In response to a question about battery life, a Microsoft employee explained that "three quarters of the battery is in the base, one quarter is in the top …

Batteries

More Evidence Emerges That PS2 Backwards Compatibility Is Coming to PS4 « GamingBolt.com: Video Game News, Reviews, Previews and Blog

At this point in time, the question of PS2 backwards compatibility on PS4 has almost become like a Ross and Rachel ‘will they/won’t they’ gag. Right …

Tesla's Powerwall home battery is coming to Australia in 2015

The Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium ion home battery from the makers of the Tesla Model S car, will be on sale in Australia by the end of the …

Tesla

10 Anime Series You Need To Watch Before You Die

You'll be glad you did.

Anime

Nintendo patent filed for stationary game console without optical disk

Back in February, Nintendo filed a patent in the United States for a “Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and …

Retrogaming

Google wants to help cover your house with solar panels with its new Project Sunroof tool

The sun is constantly providing us with free energy, though most folks around the globe aren’t quite sure how to harness it. It’s possible to power your entire house with solar panels, but if you’ve ever looked into the specifics, you’d know that it can be extremely confusing. So to help point …

Solar Power

Google's Project Ara officially delayed until 2016

Google’s ambitious Project Ara has a plethora of components, CPU included! Which one(s) would you chose?<p>When the world first heard that plans were underway to make a modular Android smartphone, the reception seemed decidedly split: many relished the idea of an almost Lego-like product that could be …

Puerto Rico

Android SDK tutorial for beginners - what you need to know

Android development starts with the Android SDK (Software Development Kit). While there are many different programming languages and a host of IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) you can use to create an app, the SDK is a constant.<p>SDK provides a selection of tools required to build Android …

Android News

Batman Ascends To Godhood In This Exclusive Preview Of This Week’s ‘Justice League’

In the DC universe, Metron is the fountain of all knowledge. One of the New Gods, he’s essentially Spock with a TARDIS and absolutely no moral sense whatsoever, crossing the universe, absorbing every last scrap of knowledge and trivia. There’s almost no mystery unknowable to him, no truth he cannot …

Comic Books

14 Women Writers Who Dominate The Universe Of Sci-Fi

In Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” a crew of girls are transformed into thread-spinning silkworms, duped by a dark and mysterious man promising a better future. Each girl spends long hours spooling her own inner, colorful cloth, only to have it collected and, presumably, sold. It’s a …

Books

Here's why Zach Galifianakis' new crime comedy 'Masterminds' won’t be released anytime soon

With Relativity Media filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they can't afford to market the movie and it has been pulled from their release schedule.<p>According to The Hollywood Reporter, a representative for Relativity Media, which is currently bankrupt and up for sale, confirmed that they did indeed …

Film Industry

Japanese Fans Are Not Happy With The Animation In 'Dragon Ball Super'

In the latest episode of <i>Dragon Ball Super</i> various Japanese netizens voiced their anger at decidedly sub-par animation for what is meant to be a big mainstream and well funded anime series.<p>While the series is still very popular and is arguably aimed at a younger audience, much of the Japanese anime …

Anime

North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 9-15

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior anime ship<p>Anime Releases<p>Title<p>Publisher<p>Suggested Retail Price<p>…

New 3DS XL sold 40% above Nintendo America's expectations

Gee, I wonder if people who were willing to get a New model but couldn't get it in the standard sized version contributed to the 40% in any …

The man with the toughest job in the world

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?<p>In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish …

Middle East

Sony Finally Explains Why PS4 Won't Support Backward Compatibility

Microsoft gets one over Sony, courtesy backward compatibility support. Will the sales figures show the same?<p>With the console war heating up as usual, …

Why is Russia sending bombers close to U.S. airspace?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States.<p>"Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day," they said, …

Military

9 Novels the Author of 'A Game of Thrones' Thinks You Should Read

Game of Thrones