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Game reviewer received rape threats from boys, contacted their mothers

An Australian game reviewer got sick and tired of young boys trolling her and threatening to rape her, so she did what any self-respecting adult …

Astronaut: Mars Can Wait; Let's Make Camp On The Moon

NASA successfully tested the Orion spacecraft that could eventually take humans to Mars, but the Canadian Bowie-covering astronaut sensation Chris Hadfield says we should re-visit the Moon before setting foot on the red planet.<p>“That is a great vehicle,” Hadfield complimented Orion at a Guardian …

New Bluetooth devices will connect directly to the internet

For all the talk of an Internet of Things, many Bluetooth devices aren't very internet-savvy; they usually have to rely on WiFi (or another gadget entirely) to hop online. That's going to change very shortly with the advent of Bluetooth's new 4.2 spec. If a sensor, smart light bulb or other …

Study: Earth has 'Star Trek'-style shield

The University of Colorado Boulder has announced a discovery 7,200 miles above Earth of a protective shield similar to the force fields you might see in "Star Trek."<p>The discovery of this barrier in the Van Allen radiation belts suggests a new explanation for how "killer electrons" are held at bay. …

Sony movies leak online as computer systems remain dark

If Sony Pictures employees return to work Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend without computer or email access, it will mark the beginning of the second week of blackout for the Culver City movie studio after a widespread hack.<p>And Sony's headaches do not appear to have lessened. Pirated copies of …

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Evidence suggests babies in womb start learning earlier than thought: study | Reuters

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Babies in the womb show evidence of learning by their 34th week, three weeks earlier than previously thought, new research has found.<p>“It really pushed the envelope” in terms of how early babies begin to learn, lead researcher Charlene Krueger, associate professor at the …

Practicing life on Mars, on a Hawaiian volcano

Photo: Ross Lockwood, via Twitter.<p>A team of researchers has been living in a simulated Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano for the past four months, …

Keep Calm: The Truth About The Huge Solar Flare That Just Missed Earth

Last night, a friend asked me if I had written about the huge solar flare that nearly converted all of us to an Amish lifestyle. It was a story I was familiar with, but I thought it was old news. After all, the huge Coronal Mass Ejection that could have wreaked havoc on our electric grid and other …

Facebook's Oculus teaming with Samsung for mobile virtual reality push

The company is working with one of the world's largest smartphone makers in an effort to push VR beyond desktop computers and consoles.<p>Oculus VR made its name building high-end virtual reality headsets for the living room, but it's leaving mobile to the other guys.<p>The virtual reality pioneer, which …

Wearable Fashion Toy Linkitz Teaches Girls How To Program

MIT PhD Lyssa Neel is using socializing and accessorizing to get get girls interested in programming. Neel’s invention, Linkitz, is a wearable electronic toy that allows kids to rearrange, take apart and snap together electronic blocks that blink and buzz to change their behavior. This teaches them …

Microsoft's Strategy For Nokia Becomes Clearer

News from Microsoft in the last few days – 4Q14 earnings, an announcement of 18,000 layoffs, and the release of a memo from Microsoft’s EVP of devices Stephen Elop about rightsizing – has brought about a clearer picture of Microsoft’s plans for Nokia’s phones, which it acquired in April for $7 …

Congress has passed a bill making phone unlocking legal in the US

Congress passes unlocking bill, and Obama plans to sign<p>Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate …

Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs, new evidence shows

Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a "more convenient time", a scientist has claimed. As a result humans would probably not exist.<p>The violent collision 66m years ago, which occurred in the …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

Celestial Dance by Dr Claus Possberg (Germany). In this spectacular image of the northern lights unfolding over a fjord, in Skjervøy, Troms, Norway, the vibrant colours are produced at various altitudes by different atmospheric gases, with blue light emitted by nitrogen and green by oxygen. Red …

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip' - TODAY.com

<i>Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you.</i> <i>Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for</i> Pottermore<i>, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.</i><p><i>Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com</i> <i>story</i> …

'Fast & Furious 7' Ends Filming With Tear-Inducing Thank-You Note

Filming has wrapped on "Fast & Furious 7," and filmmakers thanked fans for their support in a heartfelt Facebook post Thursday.<p>Announcing that the movie had filmed its last shot, the note expressed gratitude for the millions of fans who have stuck with the franchise since its humble beginnings, and …

Malaysia Airlines Mystery May Never Be Solved, Officials Say

Additional technology is being employed to search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but officials admitted today that the mystery into the …

NASA weighs the ethics of sending astronauts into space for years

Since NASA launched MAVEN on a yearlong mission to Mars at the end of last year, the organization has been thinking about sending more people into space for longer periods of time. To prep for these kinds of missions, NASA asked the Institute of Medicine, the health division of the National Academy …

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The 5 Toughest Trials Fusion Tracks - IGN Video

Trials Fusion developers John Lloyd and Jack Robson show you the racer's most challenging courses.

How Grey Goo hopes to revolutionize real-time strategy

It's all about the goo.<p><i>Grey Goo</i>, the recently announced real-time-strategy game coming from Grey Box, has a lot going for it. The game looks like a smart return to a beloved PC genre conceptualized by Weta Workshop, the design studio behind the likes of <i>District 9,</i> <i>Lord of the Rings</i> and <i>Avatar</i>, and …

Amazon's FireTV set-top box is also a gaming console

Amazon's FireTV set-top box will also act as a home console. The FireTV is billed not as a competitor to the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, but as a way for people who wouldn't otherwise buy a console to play games. Amazon claims it's made the FireTV three times as powerful as its competitors from …

SOE 'Hugely Interested' in PS4 Virtual Reality Headset For EverQuest Next - IGN Video

The Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 VR headset may very well work with EverQuest Next on PS4, with PC a possibility if Sony enables it.

Twitch Is Turning Into The Netflix Of Spectator Gaming

By all accounts, the world’s largest video network for gamers—and the lucrative arena of competitive gaming that it powers—is on a path to colossal growth.<p>Twitch, a social platform where users can watch, play, record and livecast gameplay, has historically been more associated with PC gaming due to …

Square Moves Beyond Mobile Payments | Inc.com

In a move to diversify its services, San Francisco-based mobile payments startup Square acquired BookFresh, an online appointment booking service that's been described as "the OpenTable for everything but restaurants."<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Re/code, BookFresh's software …

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eBay founder fires back at Carl Icahn, calls recent attacks 'false and misleading'

The war of words between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay reached a fever pitch today, eliciting a response from eBay founder and chairman of the board Pierre Omidyar. In a statement posted on eBay's corporate site, Omidyar called Icahn's recent claims about alleged insider trading and other …