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Fallout 4's 1-888-4-VAULT-TEC is a real number — here's what happens when you call it

We sat on 'hold' so you don't have to<p>During the opening sequence of Fallout 4, after you finish up character creation, you might have noticed a Vault-Tec poster in your house.<p>What's notable about the technology corporation's in-home advertising might not immediately strike you. There's a phone …

Do you dare watch how a hot dog is made?

As one of US consumers' most cherished snacks, Bloomberg gets the low down on what exactly goes into making a hot dog<p><b>Americans</b> spent $2.5bn (approximately £1.5bn) on hot dogs last year - and that was just in supermarkets.<p>Have you ever wondered what goes into making them?<p>Bloomberg went inside a …

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Is Portal 2 a better brain-training game than brain-training games?

A recent study from Florida State University psychology researchers pit two kinds of games against one another to see which is actually “better” for …

Game Development

Portal 2 improves brain training more than software designed for that, says science

A recent study from Florida State University pitted Portal 2 against a piece of software specifically designed to train one's brain. The result: …

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Details on Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

Ever run around your house in a frenzy looking for misplaced car keys? It can be quite a frustration-fueled adrenaline rush. Now imagine looking for …

All the pee came out: My adventures in getting killed by an alien in virtual reality

Seeing a Xenomorph in person, watching it hunting you, is one of the scariest moments I’ve ever experienced in my long history of gaming. I had spent the past five minutes or so walking around what looked like a derelict spaceship, making sure to check my motion tracker as often as possible.<p>I was …

Americans Taste Exotic Asian Food

Another Look At Why Alcohol May Be More Dangerous Than Heroin

An authoritative 2010 study led by former UK drug czar David Nutt found alcohol to be the most dangerous drug in the country. The research rated 20 drugs based on 16 criteria: nine related to the harms that a drug produces in the individual and seven to the harms to others.<p>This chart from Nutt's …

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Tribute to Flappy Bird's Dong Nguyen reminds us not to bully

Australian music-game studio 7 Bit Hero has released its very own rather poignant contribution to Flappy Jam.<p><b>Australian music-game studio 7 Bit Hero has released its very own rather poignant contribution to Flappy Jam.</b><p>Flappy Jam is still going strong, with 765+ games. The jam was created as a …

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8Bit Harmonica: The Tunes They Are a-Changin' - Technabob

A few years ago we featured a harmonica crammed into a NES cartridge. YouTuber basami sentaku’s harmonica not only has a Famicom cartridge case, it …

Nintendo Video Game Titles Reimagined as Classic Little Golden Books

Los Angeles artist Joey Spiotto (aka “Joebot“) has released a Nintendo edition of his ongoing illustration series where he reimagines modern video …

Play classic video games in style with OpenEmu for Mac

Like iTunes for classic games<p>The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a …

This wooden arcade box packs all the gaming power you need in a vintage package

No one said gaming PCs have to be ugly — Love Hulten's R-Kaid Revelation is a prime example of an "all-in-one" gaming system that can be both functional and beautiful. The Swedish designer and craftsman made this gorgeous arcade box made out of walnut and copper, which features two wireless …

Snake-Meets-TuneRider In This New Browser Game

Tokyo Tune Train morphs your favorite music into a near-impossible maze.<p>A nightmarishly-addictive combination of "Snake" and TuneRider is sweeping the Internet, allowing players to listen to their favorite music while navigating a lo-fi memory maze. The catch? Every time the player messes up, the …

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A Google Glass App That Detects People's Emotions

Human is happy<p>Sometimes people are hard to read. Why not leave all that work to a computer? Perhaps you could use this experimental app that works in Google Glass. Aim Glass's camera at a person's face and the app reads the human's facial expression and tells you to what extent the person is …

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Study: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD

23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.<p>18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically …

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Why I Feed My Kids Organic Vegetables—and Processed Candy

Yes—you should feed your kids vegetables and healthy food. But a little indulgence should never be a bad thing.<p>As far as I’m concerned, <b>parenting is a series of well-informed but ultimately arbitrary decisions</b>. At least, that’s how I've approached my kids' relationship to food. It’s not that we …

Food

Watch Out For iBeacon—Because It’s Watching You

It might even tell you about mayo discounts.<p>Last June, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software, sneaked something big into his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. On a slide listing features that would debut in iOS 7, an unfamiliar word appeared: iBeacons. An iBeacon is a …

The Most Immersive Virtual-Reality System Yet

In your face!<p>Palmer Luckey built his first virtual-reality (VR) headset for a simple reason: Every attempt he'd seen, including his own collection of 46 pairs of goggles, failed in one way or another—too heavy, too slow, too limited a field of view. So he set out to invent the perfect pair himself. …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

Why Does White Noise Help People Sleep?

A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise.<p>On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better? Simple solution: make a bunch of noise. Sweet dreams ahoy.<p>And yet, not only do some people swear …

50 Things a Geek Should Know (Apparently)

en_US<p>article<p>How many of these do you know: are you geek …

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

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This Snarky Robot Is Really Good At Air Hockey

You won, okay? Don't need to be a jerk about it.<p>As an experiment, tinkerer Jose Julio hacked the components of a 3-D printer and made this glorious machine instead: a robotic, <i>Terminator</i>-visioned air-hockey player that looks pretty darn good at what it does. It's also kind of a jerk. After …

PSA: Missed Call From A Mystery Number? Be Careful.

The people who read our site are a pretty savvy lot. You know not to accept checks from distant princes. You can spot a phisher from a mile away.<p>But here’s one that might be new for you: scammers are apparently trying to exploit your “missed call” screen, now.<p>The scam, simplified: They call you, …

Ozobot is a tiny robot that lives on your tablet, wants you play with it

The good news is that we'll be seeing Ozobot in action shortly. The bad news is that we're not entirely sure what it does or why we should want one in the meantime. Here's what we do know: It's a 1-inch sized "intelligent game robot" that hangs out on smartphones, tablets and board games and …