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Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was 'baited' into 'a terrible mistake'

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's sorry but feels he was "baited" to make racist comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation.<p>"When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that. ... …

'Rock Band' creator's new iOS rhythm game creates levels around your own music

The studio behind <i>Rock Band</i> has a new rhythm game out for the iPhone and iPad that creates its levels around each player's own music collection. <i>Record Run</i>, which was released last week, is a fairly simple game as far as those that come from developer Harmonix go: the game involves swiping up and …

Hands off my games: Survey says video gamers share libertarian ideologies

A poll taken by the libertarian publication Reason, this month celebrating video games on its cover, suggests video gamers are naturally inclined toward that ideology, not wishing for a government or anyone to tell them what things they may do, try, or buy.<p>While gamers surveyed may identify …

The Wizard of Minecraft

It's a wet monday morning in Stockholm, and the door to Markus Persson's office is closed. The wooden blinds to the windows that look out at the 35 …

Wine Cellars

Lonely Outdoor Portraits of Superheroes by Photographer Benoit Lapray

What do superheroes do when they’re not busy fighting bad guys and saving the world from destruction? Perhaps they’re drawing strength alone in the …

Retro Game Crunch hits Steam May 19

<i>Retro Game Crunch</i>, a compilation of seven NES classic-inspired games, will launch via Steam May 19 after being Greenlit by the community, developer Rusty Moyher announced today.<p>The compilation, which features platformers, puzzle adventure games and shoot-'em-ups, was released in March for Mac and …

Nintendo apologizes, vows to make future Tomodachi games 'more inclusive'

Nintendo apologized today for failing to include same-sex relationships in its life simulator game <i>Tomodachi Life.</i><p>The statement, posted to its website, reads: "We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in <i>Tomodachi Life</i>. Unfortunately, it is not possible …

Nintendo Apologizes for Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships in Tomodachi Life

Stating that it’s “committed to fun and entertainment for everyone,” Nintendo issued a formal apology Friday afternoon for it’s failure to include …

Nintendo's rejection of gay relationships gives fans a lot to be angry about

Nintendo of America will not allow gay relationships in Tomodachi Life, and their logic for doing so just doesn't add up<p>Nintendo often seems like the rarest kind of corporate entity: one that only inspires feelings of goodwill from its customers both past and present. Even as the company continues …

The complex controls of an F1 steering wheel revealed

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you're going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ …

Netflix raising subscription price in U.S. by $1

Starting today, that streaming Netflix subscription will be a bit more expensive.<p>The company confirmed it is raising the price of the service by $1 to $8.99 a month beginning Friday. Existing Netflix subscribers will maintain the original $7.99 monthly fee for two years.<p>"To continue adding more …

Court sides with Oracle over Android in Java patent appeal

Oracle wins big in protracted legal fight over use of Java APIs in Android, as appeals court rejects pro-Google ruling.<p>The long, winding journey of the legal dispute between Google and Oracle over whether Android's use of Java components constitutes fair use has taken another twist, as the federal …

Judiciary

The Last of Us on PS4 will use cutscene-resolution character models

More detailed high-resolution character models will be the standard throughout <i>The Last of Us Remastered</i>, with developers using renders previously used only in cutscenes for the game's PlayStation 3 version, creative director Neil Druckmann told Edge.<p>In the magazine's latest issue, as reported by …

Apple's iPhone 6 set for August unveiling, report says

Apple fans are expecting to see two new iPhones in September, but a new report claims the phones will be shown off in August.<p>Apple's iPhone 6 might be unveiled sooner than expected, a new report claims.<p>Apple will show off its new iPhone 6 at an event in August and release the device that same …

Mobile Technology

‘The first billionaire in hip-hop’: A drunk Dr. Dre seemingly confirms Apple’s Beats buyout

Reports of Apple’s pending Beats Electronics acquisition has left the vast majority of us scratching our heads, but if you thought this was just another spurious claim from anonymous supply chain blabbermouths, you can think again. Not only did the story come from reputable sources, but it has been …

NFL Draft order 2014: Texans lead off 2nd round, Redskins make their 1st pick

We've got the complete order for the second and third rounds.<p>With the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft in the books, Day 2 kicks off on Friday with the second and third rounds. TV coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and NFL Network, with the Houston Texans officially going on the clock with the …

The U.S. Air Force Has a Hilarious Plan for a Real Godzilla Attack

In preparation for the release of the "Godzilla" reboot this summer, the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine wondered: How would the U.S. military respond to a real-life attack by the lizard monster?<p>It turns out that at least a couple members of the U.S. Air Force have thought about just such a …

God Put A Bullet In Robert Pattinson In The New Clip For ‘The Rover’

No longer will Taylor Lautner be considered the greatest actor of the <i>Twilight</i> movies (and his generation, in my honest opinion), at least not if this clip of Robert Pattinson in <i>The Rover</i> is indicative of his performance in the entire film. Set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, <i>The Rover</i> tells …

One of this year’s biggest game launches? Machine Zone’s Game of War: Fire Age arrives on Android

One of the bigger events of the year in gaming happened with little fanfare yesterday. Machine Zone launched its Game of War: Fire Age on the Google Play store for Android mobile devices.<p>The mainstream may not be aware, but Game of War: Fire Age has quietly made a bundle of money for Machine Zone …

Joe Torre's jersey will be retired

NEW YORK -- The Yankees said Thursday they will retire the No. 6 of Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who managed the team to four World Series championships …

Baseball

The New 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer Is All About the Apes

When "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was released back in the summer of 2011, it stood out as a genuine surprise -- the rare reboot that actually lived up to the legacy of the original franchise. Instead of being a straight remake like Tim Burton's gorgeous but rudderless 2001 "Planet of the …

Final act: what happens when a film turns out to be a star's last

If it had come out a year ago, it would have slid by, noticed only by that portion of the cinema audience dedicated to admiring high-speed car chases and wiry blokes who run up the sides of buildings. But Brick Mansions, the latest in the conveyor-belt of French-derived trash-action films – Taxi, …

The next 'Unreal Tournament' will be completely free and developed by you

When the last <i>Unreal Tournament</i> came out seven years ago, Epic Games was riding high. The company's Unreal Engine 3 had become the de facto standard for big-budget video game development, and <i>Gears of War</i> was a flagship Xbox franchise. Much has changed since then, including a renaissance in indie …

Portal hits Nvidia Shield on May 12

Valve's <i>Portal</i> will launch for the Nvidia Shield Android-based handheld gaming console on May 12, Nvidia confirmed with Polygon today.<p>Android Authority initially reported the release date for <i>Portal</i> along with a price tag of $9.99. The game will be available for purchase through the Google Play Store …

The Shark Whisperer and Other Animal Whisperers

The 1998 movie <i>The Horse Whisperer</i> brought the word “whisperer” to public consciousness, meaning a person who has an extraordinary ability to relate …

Darth Vader

Photographs That Capture The Secret Adventures Of ‘Star Wars’ Figurines

<b>Photographer</b> Carlos Sisi takes pictures of his <i>Star Wars</i> figurines in a wide variety of settings.<p><b>The atmosphere</b> in these photographs really fires up …

Photography

Why Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon Are So Wedded To The Idea Of Net Neutrality

I’ve been looking slightly askance at this whole debate over net neutrality. For I fail to see any particular reason why charging different suppliers of content different amounts for their packets moving through the intertubes could be quite the horror that some seem to be portraying it as. We’re …