Ed Thomsen

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How to make your Venmo transactions private

Venmo fancies itself as a social network rather than a payment service and as such makes your transactions public by default. You have to change a setting if you'd rather keep your Venmo comings and goings private, otherwise Venmo users are able see when you make or receive a payment.<p>Thankfully, …

Venmo

Elon Musk is about to launch the first of 11,925 proposed SpaceX internet satellites — more than all spacecraft that orbit Earth today

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by the entrepreneur Elon Musk, is keeping quiet about a plan to bathe the Earth in high-speed internet access.<p>During a press briefing with Musk about the Falcon Heavy rocket launch last week, Business Insider asked about the project — informally known as Starlink, …

Elon Musk

Orlando Bloom Can't Handle The Power Of A Formula E Car

GIF ABB Formula E/YouTube At the recent Marrakesh round of the Formula E championship, actor Orlando Bloom was given the opportunity to drive one of …

Why watch other people play video games? What you need to know about esports

Fans flood arenas wearing their team jerseys. They rush to events in search of players' autographs. But these "athletes" they're flocking to see, who spend hours in scrimmages honing their skills, are not football or basketball players — they're gamers.<p>Competitive video game playing, more commonly …

Gaming

Diablo 3 Brings Back Its Darkening Of Tristram, Diablo 1 Anniversary Event

Diablo III's Darkening of Tristram, a limited-time event meant to celebrate the anniversary of the original Diablo's release, is live once again. Whether you're a fan of that game or someone simply looking to snag some Diablo III loot, it's worth checking out.<p>Similar to how it operated last year, …

Nintendo Is Putting Off Fixing One Of The Switch’s Biggest Problems

The Nintendo Switch has been one of Nintendo’s biggest success stories, but it’s not perfect. In particular, Nintendo returning to cartridges, in this case flash memory sticks, has been an annoyance because there’s only so much room you can fit on one. That Nintendo sticks to 16GB and 32GB sticks, …

All the Monopoly rules you've probably been playing wrong your whole life

Over the Christmas period, it's likely you'll bust out the Monopoly board at least once.<p>But this can turn nasty very quickly, with tantrums and flipped boards, because Monopoly isn't actually supposed to be a game that's fun to play.<p>We know this, because there's always one victor, while everyone …

Board Games

Metro GameCentral Video Game Awards – The Best of 2017

GameCentral hands out awards for the best graphics, music, storytelling, and more in its annual video game awards.<p>At some point we’re going to get …

Xbox's lack of compelling games won't be fixed next year

Microsoft's 2017 started six months early. At E3 2016, Xbox chief Phil Spencer closed out the company's keynote by teasing the "most powerful console ever." At this year's show, he finally revealed the Xbox One X, and in November, the hardware was at retail. In the time it takes to earn a …

Gaming

Nintendo Explains How Switch 'Reaffirms the Value' of Portable Gaming

Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi on finding success even in a market dominated by smartphones.<p>Nintendo Switch has certainly had a great first …

Nintendo Switch

WATCH: Why 2007 (yes, 2007) was the best year for video games

While other sites are looking back at the best video games of 2017 as the year is quickly drawing to a close, SYFY WIRE has actually decided to take …

Single-player games withstood World of Warcraft. They’ll survive PUBG, too

With the recent cancellation of Visceral’s single-player Star Wars game, shifting focus of big publishers on multiplayer games and more than stellar success of cooperative multiplayer games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, gamers are starting to ask questions. Are single-player story-driven …

Gaming Industry

Steam Autumn Sale goes live, along with Steam Award nods

The Evil Within, Shadow of War among big names on sale<p>Steam’s 2017 Autumn Sale is underway now through next Tuesday, Nov. 28. It packs the usual heavy-percentage discounts on almost 5,000 titles, covering some of the biggest franchises in PC gaming.<p>Highlighted deals include <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of</i> …

During the Holiday Season, Home Is Where The Games Are

Tucked away in my mother's house, somewhere in the room that used to be mine, is a Nintendo GameCube that's not mine. My own GameCube is …

US State Representative Says Star Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Boxes Are "Predatory"

United States politicians representing the state of Hawaii have condemned the use of loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II, describing it as a "predatory practice" that can take advantage of vulnerable people. In a press conference, state representative Chris Lee said he was taking action in order …

Star Wars Battlefront

Golfer Rory McIlroy can't help but wonder if Mayweather-McGregor is 'fixed'

Rory McIlroy, like many others, will be skeptical if Conor McGregor pulls out an upset win over Floyd Mayweather. (Andrew Redington/Getty …

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Samuel L. Jackson Played Golf With Donald Trump And Learned Everything He Needed To Know

Does any other actor so fully embody the high-octane thrills, the colourful language, the sheer bigness of American movies? Samuel L. Jackson is, not …

‘Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 3’ Release Date: Why I’m still hoping for a game that may never happen

Last weekend, I retreated from the city to a house in the woods with spotty cellphone service and my old PlayStation 2. Amazingly, the 15-year-old …

Light starts shipping the L16, its 16-camera pocket DSLR challenger

Light’s L16 was a radical design concept when it was originally introduced in October, 2015 — but the concept has become a reality, as the company is now shipping the first production units to its pre-order customers. The final design is quite similar to the concept it showed off back then, with a …

Depth Of Field

8 rare PlayStation games that could make you rich

Have you got any of these games? You could be sitting on a small fortune.<p>There have been thousands of games released on PlayStation consoles over the …

11 Must-Stream Movies That Are Expiring From Netflix in July 2017

It's peak summer movie season, but you don't have to go out in the heat to watch a good film.<p>The summer movie season has now kicked into high gear, led by the formidable <i>Wonder Woman</i>, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' blockbuster big-screen origin story about the famed Amazonian princess warrior (played, …

'Predator' 30th Anniversary: Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About the Arnold Schwarzenegger Action Film

When it was first released in 1987, <i>Predator</i> didn’t make much of an impact with critics.<p>Reviews and fans alike loved the action, but, at the time, …

Iron Man

Why You Should Play Video Games

There is a certain kind of look I get when I tell people how much I love video games.<p>It lies somewhere between "You're not serious" and "Oh my God, you are serious." And by "people" giving me these looks, I mean adults of a certain age and outlook. Of course, given that I'm a 54-year-old tenured …

Donald Trump

How New Atari Gaming Console Can Change The Whole Gaming Industry

Huge questions are swirling around my head as I watch the brief, 22 seconds long teaser Atari that has just dropped. The trailer itself reveals …

Far Cry 5 hands on review: First look at Ubisoft's epic new shooter

The Far Cry series has visited tropical islands, snow-capped mountain ranges and even the land before time .<p>But for the next instalment in the …

Los Angeles

E3 2017 - Surviving Mars Hands On Impressions

E3 2017 – Surviving Mars Hands On Impressions<p>/ June 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM / Gaming, Gaming Previews<p>I had the chance to play about 30 minutes of</i> …

37 years later, Atari 2600 ‘Golf’ remains the finest in sports video game simulation

Everything was better the way it used to be, which is why you buy vinyl copies of records you already own, watch Netflix reboots en masse and apparently go to theaters to absorb five godawful, synapse-pounding Michael Bay movies vaguely based on toys you broke in 1986. The one cultural region where …

Arnold Palmer

E3 2017: 11 Cool Games You Might Have Missed

E3 is often where we get to see or hear about major games for the first time (this year featured Metroid Prime 4 and Anthem, for instance) or where we see more of a previously announced big-name game (like Super Mario Odyssey or God of War). But there's far more at E3 than just those huge games …

Windows 10

Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer pack gets a release date | Trusted Reviews

<b>Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer Class Pack is set to launch on June 27, Blizzard Entertainment has announced.</b> <br>The downloadable content pack brings …