Joel Hanhikorpi

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The strange photographs used to ‘prove’ conspiracy theories

A new programme at London’s Photographers’ Gallery explores conspiracy theories – and the images that popularise them. Alastair Sooke takes a look.<p>Is Elvis still alive? What happens in Area 51? Who really killed JFK? And are our politicians and leaders in fact shapeshifting reptilian …

Users request nearly 50,000 Steam refunds per day

Valve customer support, a service that's pretty notorious among Steam users, is very very busy with refunds. How busy? Think roughly 50,000 a …

Why you shouldn't get excited about 4K and HDR gaming, at least not yet

One of the biggest letdowns of the "original" PS4 and Xbox One was the lack of 4K resolution. The new PS4 Pro and Xbox One S consoles fix that issue, offering the potential to game in 4K as well as high dynamic range, aka HDR. The combination promises better graphics, contrast and color than ever, …

How Leni Riefenstahl shaped the way we see the Olympics

Is Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia Nazi propaganda – or the greatest film about sport ever made? Nicholas Barber takes a look.<p>In Stephen Hopkin’s recent Jesse Owens biopic, Race, Owens (Stephan James) is about to compete in the 200m sprint in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and Leni Riefenstahl (Carice van …

The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.<p>“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”<p>How often have we all heard that resigned expression? How often have we said it ourselves? ‘The death of cinema’ is debated in university film studies …

The state of PC piracy in 2016

Piracy seems like it should be so simple, right? Stealing games is wrong. The end. But piracy is one of the most charged, complex, and divisive …

Obama Calls for 'Public Option' in Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama, reviewing his signature health law six years into its implementation, is suggesting Congress and his White House successor add a government-run, or public, insurance option to the Affordable Care Act and increase federal financial assistance for people to buy …

Why do we spend hundreds of hours playing games we don't like?

In this modern world of user reviews, a strange phenomenon has begun to occur. Check out the most damning, angry reviews of games on Steam and you’ll …

PC Gaming

Why the Brits love drinking

The nation has a historic reputation for liking a drink – but is this a tired stereotype? For the final part of the Myths of Britain series, Alastair Sooke finds out.<p>The British are known for their drinking habits – an image that some are proud of, but many would like to disappear.<p>In the final part …

Half a Billion Dollars Has Been Pledged to Games on Kickstarter

Since the crowdfunding site's launch, over $500 million has been pledged to game projects on Kickstarter, it announced this week.<p>Video games account for roughly 37 percent of that, with $186 million raised through the site. The majority of the money has gone to tabletop games, which account for …

Daily Mail Online

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How Microsoft spent $1 billion on a simple mistake with its best game console

But only one mistake cost $1 billion.<p>In May 2007, Bach writes in his book, "Xbox Revisited: A Gameplan for Corporate and Civic Renewal," a group of Xbox team leaders met in his basement to argue about a huge problem: widespread reports of dead Xbox 360 game consoles.<p>"At the end of a long, difficult …

The science behind online dating profiles

<b>Around the world, 91 million people are on dating websites and apps. Finding "the one" among them may seem daunting - but some tips based on scientific research might help, writes Dr Xand van Tulleken.</b><p>I'm 37, and for years I've been dating in London and New York, looking for Miss Right.<p>Some people …

Love And Sex Are A Swipe Away But Finding Friends Digitally Is Still Hard

Online dating is a billion-dollar industry, but swiping for new friends is still a little awkward for users and investors.<p>In 2016, finding a romantic partner or a casual fling through a smartphone app is more or less mainstream. A study published in 2013 found about a third of newly married couples …

Relationships

US suicide rate surges, particularly among white people

<b>The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report.</b><p>The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not …

Why people sleep badly in an unfamiliar place

<b>People sleep less well in an unfamiliar place as the brain's left side stays alert for danger, a study suggests.</b><p>Images of volunteers' brains during nights spent in the lab showed the left side remained more responsive to sound.<p>This asymmetry, also found in marine animals and some birds, was …

Venezuela introduces two-day week to deal with energy crisis

<b>Venezuela's government has imposed a two-day working week for public sector workers as a temporary measure to help it overcome a serious energy crisis.</b><p>Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz announced that civil servants should turn up for work only on Mondays and Tuesdays until the crisis was …

Venezuelan satirical site pokes fun at power shortages

<b>The announcement on Tuesday that Venezuela would further extend power cuts and introduce a two-day working week for public sector workers amid a deepening energy crisis has triggered memes and satirical articles.</b><p>The mainstream media reported the news in a very sober manner, carrying the words of …

Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US?

<b>Lost in the most consistently astonishing US presidential campaign since the 1864 Democrats ran on a platform of conceding the Civil War, is a disturbing question that seems to bring into doubt the very premise of the American experiment. Exactly how would Donald Trump deport 11 million</b> …

Windows 10 Steals PC Gaming Crown: Now Most Popular OS With Steam Users

Windows 10 is now installed on over 200 million PCs – a figure that’s been achieved since it’s launch in July 2015 just eight months ago. In fact, that number is closer to 300 million, which is likely to be achieved in the not too distant future. However, it hit another major milestone last month …

American prisons are doubling up solitary confinement cells, turning them into murder boxes

As America's prison populations swell, as mental heath services for inmates are withdrawn, and as the range of offenses for which inmates can be sent …

Civil Rights

The truth about Muslim representation in video games

Gamers have become so accustomed to shooting nameless brown-skinned enemies that many don’t even notice it anymore. But it’s a troubling fact not …

Call of Duty

How the West gets Muslims wrong in video games

Muslim blood is cheap.<p>It’s easy to depict Muslims as the villains in video games these days. How we show Muslims in video games is slanted in a way that reflects the storytelling biases of Westerners who don’t follow Islam. And the voices and perspectives of a minority group that consists of more …

How, why, and when VR will fail

<i>Editor's note: this post was original published during Oculus Rift's launch week back in March 2016. We're reposting it one year on to see how the</i> …

The triumphant, magnificent, and unexpected return of PC gaming

I stood by myself in a darkened hallway.<p>The walls looked like a cross between a jail cell and a slime pit. Everything was arranged in perfectly …

Virtual Reality

Dreading something? Why uncertainty can be so stressful

In unpleasant situations, not knowing how things will turn out is more stressful than realizing the worst case scenario is inevitable, a new study suggests.<p>An example? “Knowing that your plane is cancelled versus being unsure how long it would be delayed and whether it would be cancelled,” says the …

Nature Communications

10 Rare Insights Every Anxious Person Should Know

Why anxious people are agreeable, the supplement that reduces anxiety, dangers of anxiety drugs, the benefits of optimistic thinking and more...• Try …

The Percentage of Americans Who Are Actually Healthy Is Miserably Low

A grim new study puts the facts front and center.<p>You go to the gym. You lay off the two-for-one margs at happy hour. You eat kale. You’re healthy, right?<p>Probably not, according to a recent study from the Mayo Clinic. Shockingly, the researchers found that only 2.7 percent of Americans qualify as …

How to Be Happy: 10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

Happiness