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Get Ready For A New Star Wars Game From the Call of Duty Creators

The creative forces that envisioned the <i>Call of Duty</i> video games and made them into the dominant entertainment franchise they’ve become are about to …

A top psychologist says parents who argue tend to raise more creative kids

Kids exposed to conflict no doubt may carry emotional baggage into adulthood. But according to psychological research, there is a hidden upside to some conflict: It'll make you more creative.<p>"It turns out that highly creative adults often grow up in families full of tension. Not fistfights or …

How to convert any file to any format

Organize your work your way.<p>A file's format—the way that it's saved and encoded—determines what you can do with it and which programs can open it. (You can check its format by looking at the file name's extension.) Think of each format like a different language, with some only understood by …

Software

Keep all your files backed up with Seagate’s latest 12TB drive lineup

Seagate is synonymous with computer storage, and today they announced their latest in server-driven solutions. Announcing their IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and BarraCuda Pro 12TB drives, Seagate launched themselves to the front of the line when it comes to mass data storage. As a quick look into the …

Seagate Technology

Samsung’s huge 49-inch gaming monitor is an ultrawide dream

What's better than dual monitors? An "ultrawide" display that makes games more immersive and multitasking easier than a standard widescreen monitor. But Samsung wasn't satisfied with that. Its massive 49-inch QLED gaming monitor heralds an entirely new style -- let's call it "super ultrawide" -- …

Google's taking on Apple's AirPods with $160 wireless headphones that can translate different languages in real time

Google is taking on Apple's $160 wireless AirPods headphones with a direct competitor: Google Pixel Buds.<p>Google introduced the headphones during an event on Wednesday morning in California, alongside new entries in the Google Home smart-speaker line, a new Chromebook laptop, and the next generation …

Tech Trends

Level designers show off work in ’blocktober’ hashtag

This is a stage of development we’re not often able to see<p>Naughty Dog’s Michael Barclay started the “blocktober” hashtag with a tweet on Oct. 1, and now we’ve all been given a look at levels from some of the industry’s biggest games during their planning stages. It’s an interesting part of the …

What Video Game Levels Look Like Before They're Finished

Ever wanted a glimpse at what games like <i>Uncharted 4</i> and <i>Titanfall</i> look like before they’re finished?<p>During production on a video game, level designers …

Kali Linux 2017.2 – New Tools Overview

Last week, Kali announced the release of Kali Linux 2017.2! The new version is a collection of all updates and fixes since the last release, but also …

Linux

Kano’s next learn-to-code kit is a build-it-yourself laptop

London-based Kano has another code kit in the works to add to its STEM targeting gamified educational line of build-it-yourself kids’ products ahead of the present-buying holiday season.<p>The kit is being priced at $249.99/£229.99, and is up for pre-order from today — through the Kano website and via …

Watch Lockheed Martin's laser beam system burn drones out of the sky

In this video of an August test, Lockheed Martin's ATHENA laser weapon system burns down five drones. Laser weapons have huge advantages for the US military since they are silent, invisible, and much cheaper than traditional missiles.

Military

Controversial sex robot that can orgasm is now for sale

A sex robot that was built to become a member of your family is now for sale in the U.K.<p>The hyper-realistic toy named “Samantha” comes with a “sex …

Dolls

Want a job as a NASA astronaut? Read this

The starting pay is pretty good, depending on experience. The jobs are hard to get, and a lot of people want them.<p>It's the job of an NASA astronaut. America is gearing up for a new era of human spaceflight -- with plans to try to reach beyond the moon and perhaps to Mars. There's a thriving …

Space Exploration

HP unveils its insanely upgradeable Z-class workstations

No matter how great your latest PC build is, HP's new Z Workstation lineup can probably top it. The company's latest Z8, Z6 and Z4 desktop workstations are its most powerful and ridiculously upgradeable ever, it says. The top-end Z8 features 24 RAM slots and up to 3TB of RAM, dual Xeon CPUs (with …

Create a single file to protect yourself from the latest ransomware attack

You can vaccinate your system in seconds from the Petya/NonPetya ransomware -- at least, for now.<p>There's no cure for the latest ransomware attack, …

These videos of Flight Simulator X roleplays gone wrong are important viewing

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a very serious video game, though calling it a "video game" probably undersells it. It is a simulator after all, and …

Air Traffic

Watch HTC Vive's wireless VR adapter and object tracker in action

Virtual reality has plenty of hurdles to surpass before it reaches mainstream acceptance, among them is the need to be tethered to a computer for high-quality VR. So it's no surprise that wireless VR tracking is a big focus for the HTC Vive this year. And on top of that, the Vive Tracker will also …

Acer's 21-inch gaming laptop will cost you a staggering $8,999

You knew Acer's wonderfully overdone Predator 21X gaming laptop was going to cost a pretty penny, but probably not this much. The PC maker has revealed launch details for its 21-inch desktop replacement, and the system will cost a mind-numbing <i>$8,999</i> when it ships in February. You may have to choose …

Linden Lab’s Sansar will take virtual worlds far beyond Second Life

Second Life is by far the most successful virtual world ever created. And with Sansar, the creators of Second Life at Linden Lab believe they can use virtual reality to create a far more immersive experience.<p>Just as Second Life democratized the creation of virtual objects in a virtual world on the …

Make your space fortune in 'Astroneer' on December 16th

If you felt a little let down by <i>No Man's Sky</i>, perhaps <i>Astroneer</i> can restore your faith in procedurally generated universes. System Era's space exploration game is finally nearing completion, and will be released on Steam Early Access, as well as Xbox One and Windows 10 Game Preview, on December …

Build Your Own Wi-Fi Drone Disabler With a Raspberry Pi

If you’re looking for an interesting project to work on this weekend, you can turn a Raspberry Pi into a device that will drop Wi-Fi controlled …

The Surface Studio Story: How Microsoft Reimagined The Desktop PC For Creativity

A 28-inch screen, a very special hinge, and a new type of input device add up to an experience conceived with artists and designers in mind.<p>“Lean on it!”<p>Panos Panay, Microsoft’s hardware chief, is gesturing toward the company’s newest Surface device. Confused, I ask him what he means. “Lean on …

Google's beautiful new free font covers 800+ languages

In an effort to make it easier for people from all over the world to create and share information in their language of choice, Google has created Noto, a massive open source font family that spans more than 800 languages and 110,000 characters.<p>That covers every single symbol in the Unicode standard …

Typography

Building a space sim in a post-No Man's Sky world

There's ambition and then there's this; sheer naked madness, seemingly matched to some kind of genius. Dual Universe is an impossible game - …

General Motors Built a Hydrogen-Powered Truck for the Army

The ZH2 will see extensive testing by the Army over the next year.<p>Today, General Motors unveiled a new pickup truck that runs on hydrogen fuel cells, designed for the U.S. Army for use in field operations. The new vehicle will be tested by the Army over the next year.<p>The pickup, the Chevrolet …

New Google Tilt Brush demo shows what it’s like to paint with friends in VR

One of the more fun usages of virtual reality to have already emerged is Google’s Tilt Brush. The VR painting simulator is often one of the first things I demo to first-time VR users and it really allows people to lose themselves in a VR world and make it whatever they want it to be.<p>Art is more fun …

Star Citizen investigation concludes at Kotaku UK

Kotaku UK wrapped up its in-depth look at the goings-on at Star Citizen today with a new report called, appropriately enough, What to Make of Star …

PC Gaming

Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network

Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? It’s Yahoo. Yahoo does it — with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. And now you can, too, because the team behind the system has made it open source. I guess you could say they’re down to fork.<p>I jest, of course: …

Wasteland 3 Is Coming, With Co-Op And More

Wasteland 3 has been officially announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux. It will be the first game in the series to include a co-op …

Your Facebook Data Is Stored Inside This Beautifully Spartan Warehouse

These fans draw in air from the outside to cool the servers down. Conversely, when temperatures drop during the winter,<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Facebook<p>1 of …