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Skyrim players are taking screenshots to dramatic new heights

One of the most popular RPGs ever released, <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, is on sale right now for $4.99 through Steam. Even though it was released in 2011, the game's graphics still hold up, which has led to a flurry of artistic screenshots scrambling up the ranks on Reddit.<p>While none of them came …

Ultra-Orthodox Jews cause chaos on flight to Israel

Flight delayed because of demand to segregate men and women<p>An El-Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was turned into an “11-hour nightmare” after hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women.<p>According to those on board the flight descended into chaos because of their …

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A Brief History Of Quentin Tarantino’s Feuds

Quentin Tarantino is a cinematic wunderkind. Having never received formal lessons in the art of filmmaking, he’s gone on to win two screenwriting Oscars, and has been nominated for Best Director on two separate occasions. Some say he’s a genius.<p>Others would say he’s a hot head. Never one to back …

Scottish referendum vote-rigging claims spark calls for recount

Tens of thousands sign petitions wanting recount or fresh vote based on videos that purport to show evidence of electoral fraud<p>By mid-afternoon on Monday the number of names on change.org had topped 87,000. “We the undersigned demand a re-vote of the Scottish referendum, counted by impartial …

The Videogame History Museum has found a home in Frisco, Texas

Making a pilgrimage to the Videogame History Museum has been tough so far; most of its collection is in storage, and what little you do see has been going on cross-country tours. Pretty soon, though, it will have a permanent public display. A Frisco, Texas community board has approved a deal to …

The Scottish referendum in nine key numbers

After two years of campaigning, Scotland is all set to decide whether it wants to be an independent country. Here are nine key figures about the vote<p>307 years - how long the union has been in existence<p>The Act of Union was signed in 1707 by the parliaments of both England and Scotland to make the …

Weekend Box Office: Summer 2014 Movie Attendance Was At A 17-Year Low

Hey, is it just me, or have there not been many very good movies this Summer? <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> is the only memorable mainstream movie I can think of, but at least there’s good news there: <i>Guardians</i> became the highest-grossing movie of the year (in terms of domestic box office) at $274.6 …

Will Sly Stallone's Wish for Sigourney Weaver as Expendabelle Come True?

<i>Editor's Note: Sly Stallone wants Sigourney Weaver for "The Expendabelles," author Ayelet Waldman's son is duped by the Kardashians, the legacy of</i> …

Hunter S. Thompson’s Daily Drug And Booze Intake

Anyone who reads this site probably knows that I’m a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan, though I’ve always been more a fan of him as a writer than as a character. Incidentally, I finally watched <i>Where The Buffalo Roam</i> (link to Ebert’s review) on Netflix the other day, the 1980 movie starring Bill Murray …

Wireless charger uses ultrasound to power your phone from across the room

We first came across uBeam's unusual wireless charging technology three years ago, at the <i>All Things D</i> Science Fair, where the fledgling company was only just introducing its creation to the public. Today, the company's finally ready for a big move forward -- uBeam co-founder Meredith Perry just …

What does it really cost to open an indie studio? All your money, most of your life

It is common to hear about game companies having crushing financial woes in the games press.<p>It can be observed in companies of all sizes, from THQ going under to 38 Studios defaulting on millions of debts to the recent <i>Yogsventure</i> project fiasco.<p>I've seen the people behind these projects judged very …

Packable Items That Can Save Your Life in a Disaster

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)<p>Earthquakes. Fires. Tsunamis. Hurricanes. Most of us don't think about these things as we're packing, but when we visit destinations vulnerable to certain types of disasters, we take on the real risk of an emergency.<p>I live about 10 blocks from one of California's major …

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How to Make Grand Theft Auto IV Look Better Than GTA V | Game|Life

We're still months away from the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i>. But you can get a seriously high-definition</i> …

Our Favorite Burger Recipes from Classic to "Crunchified"

Juicy burgers—from beef, to turkey, to veggie—that you'll want to get on your grill right now.<p><b>Fire up that grill already</b>—it's practically begging for one of these juicy burgers to make that delightful sizzling noise.

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City beaches: 9 of the best urban shores around the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stressed colleagues, traffic jams, pollution.<p>We're all familiar with the undesirable qualities of city life.<p>So thank the gods of urban planning for the occasional sandy edge.<p>There are some cities where worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy a …

End of chemotherapy within 20 years as pioneering DNA project launched

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How Much Do Publications Pay for Freelance Work? ‘Wiki’ Shares Names, Fees and More

<i>Who Pays Photographers?</i> is a Tumblr dedicated to demystifying at least some of the compensation standards held by many editorial clients throughout …

Annie Leibovitz Compiles Her Life’s Work into a 476-Page, Limited Edition, $2,500 Book

When you’ve captured as many photographs as renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has, it’s not exactly a simple task to pick and choose your best …

Fleksy Debuts Version 3.0 On Android, With A Complete Redesign And New Premium Features

Virtual keyboard startup Fleksy has launched version 3.0 of its software today, which includes new monetization options via premium themes and content packs. The new themes complement the new design of the app, with alternate color options and a bonus theme available to Fleksy premium users free of …

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is 'the equivalent of four Hollywood movies' says Sledgehammer

Following the disappointment of <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>, a game that retreaded the shooting franchise's familiar themes, Activision knows it must deliver a genuinely fresh blockbuster with this year's <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i>.<p>Its development studio Sledgehammer Games is viewed as wielding an …

100 Best Albums of the '90s

From Moby to Nirvana, the records that defined a decade<p>Chief pumpkin Billy Corgan took the idea of quality control to its obsessive conclusion by …

The Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made

In fact, some video games have ended up costing way more than even the most expensive feature films.<p>Unlike with movies, though, the amount of money it costs to make video games is a closely guarded secret. Most of the costs we see floating around are purely based on analyst estimates.<p>And when …

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31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like …