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ISIS accepted a pledge of allegiance from Africa's deadliest terror group — and it's a 'real game changer'

On Thursday, an audio recording whose authenticity has been confirmed by an official media arm of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, accepted the Nigerian organization's pledge.<p>As Aaron Zelin, a terrorism researcher with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy explained to …

What You'll Find When You Dive Back Into 'Destiny'

My backlog of 2014 games is intimidating and enormous right now. I need to sink some time into GOTY contender Bayonetta 2. I have to play some smaller titles I missed like Divinity: Original Sin, and Jason Evangelho has me curious about Elite: Dangerous. And I have “only” 40 hours sunk into Dragon …

Most Popular Fonts of 2014, January 2015

Best wishes for 2015 from the MyFonts team! As usual, we hold off publishing our Most Popular Fonts of the Year list until the first full week of …

Typography

Why you should play The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap on its 10th birthday

It’s hard to call any Zelda game underrated. It’s like calling a Beatles album underrated. Still, The Minish Cap doesn’t get enough love.<p>Ten years ago today, the Game Boy Advance entry in Nintendo’s iconic The Legend of Zelda series came out in North America. The Minish Cap, which Capcom actually …

Watch Steve Jobs' announcement of the first iPhone exactly 8 years later

Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs climbed the stage during Apple's annual Macworld conference, and announced the first iPhone.<p>Starting off …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryHas Paul Ryan Already Lost Control? Jim Newell It might look like it. But House Republicans have always acted this way.<p>Don Blankenship Is …

Aaron Rodgers' weird sense of humor confuses teammates

Rodgers' sense of humor can baffle the Packers, but ultimately breeds confidence for his team.<p>The nation knows Aaron Rodgers as one of the NFL's great quarterbacks. In just this season alone, he pulled off Dan Marino's fake spike play in Miami, tossed 25 touchdowns at home without a single …

NFL

The Delirious Happiness of Free Market Choice

In 2007, Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point,” gave a TED talk on psychophysicist Howard Moskowitz. According to Gladwell, Moskowitz has “done as much to make Americans happy as perhaps anyone over the last twenty years.” His work and subsequent fame was in the food science …

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

Untangling the Middle East: A guide to the region's shifting relationships

Untangling the<br>Middle EastA guide to the region’s web of relationships amid the battle against Islamic State<p>Last updated August 29, 2016<p>By Patrick Martin <br>Design by Jeremy Agius<p>As civil war rages in Syria and the Islamic State movement clings to control of territory in western Iraq and eastern Syria, …

20 Golden Leadership Quotes For The New Year

Do you want to become an inspired leader in 2015—one who makes a big difference in your team, your organization, and your community?<p>If the answer is yes, a good place to start is to review the qualities and practices of outstanding leaders, which have remained constant since civilization began, as …

How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More

Although we can learn a lot of great information from books, articles, interviews, and conversations, we naturally forget a lot of it. Create a …

Your Guide to Stocking the Bar

An insider's look at curating the best cocktail situation for your holiday fetes.<p>John McCarthy is an independent bartender for NYC imbibing meccas Cedar Local and Bathtub Gin and a cocktail consultant for new watering holes. The man has a passion for a well-built cocktail menu, so we'd gleefully …

The hacker war that may decide whether console gamers can play online Christmas Day (update)

Two groups of self-described hackers have been fighting for nearly a month over a threat to take down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas Day.<p>Lizard Squad (this new Twitter account was suspended as I wrote this story) announced in early December its plans to take down both online …

Bandi Namco’s bringing its Super Smash Bros.-like anime brawler to the West

Think of it as Super Smash Bros. but with anime and manga characters instead of Mario and Pikachu.<p>Publisher Bandai Namco announced today that it is bringing J-Stars Victory VS+ to the West for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3. The fighter contains characters from over 30 different …

Recommended Reading: Top 10 Creative Leadership Books Of 2014

Each of the top 10 books of the past year offers fresh ideas, actionable insights, and imaginative solutions to a range of pressing challenges faced by creative leaders. The listed titles, including the notables that follow, celebrate thinking differently and acting differently in order to foster …

Font of the day: Barkentina

Here at Creative Bloq, we're big fans of typography and we're constantly on the hunt for new and exciting typefaces – especially free fonts. So, if …

'Gundam: The Origin' Will Introduce Classic Anime To A Whole New Generation

One of the big anime events in the Japanese calendar for next year is the theatrical release of the first part for Gundam: The Origin.<p>This is a big deal in Japan, not least due to the fact that this is the animated version of a hugely successful manga that in itself was a re-telling of the classic …

Thomas Jefferson vs. the Bible: What America’s founding father really thought about religion

Our third president had famously complicated attitudes about Christianity. But just how conflicted was his?<p>American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the United States, also took a pair of scissors to the Bible, …

35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35

We're all for flexibility. Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn't).<p>We're also big fans of not …

The Ten Best Video Games Of The Fall For Your Black Friday Buying Pleasure

Black Friday is here, and millions will be scrambling for all the best deals on video games in order to have satisfied friends and family members come Christmas. Tis also the season for a killer self-gift, as no one knows your tastes better than you.<p>The best hardware deals of the day we’ve already …

5 dangerous fantasies warping our foreign policy in the Middle East

Washington assumes the presence of U.S. troops will be a stabilizing force in the region, but why?<p>“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s …

A few reasons why I'm thankful for video games

Gaming has suffered a tough year of culture hate-mongers, self-serving corporations, death threat nutters, broken games and derivative designers.<p>So it's difficult to talk about gaming's sparkling orbs of goodness without sounding a tiny bit Pollyannaish.<p>Even so, this is Thanksgiving, and gaming …

Which Country Has The World's Largest Army Throughout History?

Martin Vargic made a very interesting chart that shows what the world's largest army was throughout history, from 2500 BC until now. He split up the …

How to become wealthy: It's simpler than most 'experts' say

Ask any honest financial planner how to become wealthy, and they'll tell you the simple act of saving money is far, far more important than picking the next hot stock.<p>So I was surprised when I came upon an article from The Billfold titled "You Don't Get Wealthy from Savings." The article was so …

Typographer’s typefaces

<b>The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.</b><p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these principles it’s important to be familiar with a broad range of quality typefaces.<p>Wouldn’t it be great to start with a short …

Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Orwellian Nightmares

The shadow of Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society with its all-embracing reach of surveillance and repression now works its way …

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …