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Microsoft to launch limited edition Xbox One console for Halo 5: Guardians launch

The news was first revealed by Josh Holmes, the studio manager at Microsoft's 343 Industries, which is currently in the middle of developing Halo 5. …

With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

Microsoft is moving to a different kind of software model with Windows 10. A developer evangelist noted that Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows” during the company’s Ignite conference this week, and a follow-up confirmation from an official Microsoft spokesperson revealed (via the …

Software

'Mindy Project' Moving to Hulu After Fox Opts Out

Talks are underway to bring the Universal Television comedy to the streaming service for multiple seasons.<p><i>The Mindy Project</i> will return for a fourth …

TV shows

“You are entitled to this”: The real reason Amy Schumer’s rape culture takedown is so perfect

“Football Night Lights” is an epic takedown about rape culture. But the laugh lines about rape are only half of it<p>It turns out that the sentimental premise of "Friday Night Lights" lends itself incredibly well to a feminist joke about rape. "Football Town Nights," the perfectly conceived sketch …

Feminism

Small Space Challenge: Storing Bicycles Indoors

Solutions for apartments, studios and more.<p>Professional organizers know how challenging it can be to store bulky items in small spaces and bicycles …

Small Spaces

8 Easy Thai-Style Dishes You Can Make at Home

Believe it or not, you don't need a kitchen full of exotic, hard-to-find ingredients to make delicious Thai food at home. Most large supermarkets carry all of the Thai pantry staples -- like fish sauce, coconut milk, sweet red chili sauce and curry paste -- in the Asian foods aisle. Fresh …

Grilling

Recovering Black Cat Plays Affectionate Nursemaid to Other Animals at a Polish Veterinary Clinic

A compassionate black cat named Rademenes has taken it upon himself to play nursemaid to the various dogs and cats at a veterinary clinic in …

Pets

This virtual reality system takes your cycling workouts to the streets

Your spin class may never be the same again.<p>An Italy-based team has come up with an innovative new product that promises to mix the Oculus Rift with …

How Did Hamburger Buns Get Their Seeds?

Is there any food as ubiquitous, yet as invisible, as the hamburger bun? There's no glamour there. Billions of dollars worth of them are sold every year, yet hardly anyone gives them a second thought.<p>They ought to. Hamburger buns, humble as they may seem, have a fascinating history.<p>The early …

McDonald's

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Significantly Reduce the Calories in Rice

If you add coconut oil to the boiling water before cooking your rice, the starch will break down and you'll have a healthier meal.<p>Who doesn't love a big bowl of sticky white rice? Now you can munch to your heart's content -- without the guilt.<p><i>Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i><p>We all know the drill by …

Nutrition

Destiny's new Item Lock will protect against catastrophic weapons loss

Players who accidentally dismantle precious gear in <i>Destiny</i>are to be offered a useful fix.<p>On the <i>Destiny</i> blog today, UI Engineer Daniel Hanson talked about a new way to lock down precious gear, so it's not accidentally deleted in moments of absent-minded clear-outs, or by pesky kids playing where …

Could we make our home on a rogue planet without a Sun? – Sean Raymond

It’s 10,000 years in the future. You are a space explorer, preparing to land on the surface of a newly discovered world that might support life. This …

The Moon May Be The Result Of Earth's Collision With Its Long-Lost Twin

Digging up dirt on our satellite's back story<p>Our beloved Moon, often the staple of a peaceful and tranquil nighttime scene, has a pretty violent origin story.<p>In 1970, researchers proposed the “giant impact” hypothesis, which reasons that the Moon is the result of a huge collision between the Earth …

Astronomy

IBM Begins to Test New AI Software That Mimics the Human Brain

IBM already has Watson, the virtual assistant that famously crushed his opponents on Jeopardy back<p>IBM already has Watson, the virtual assistant that famously crushed his opponents on Jeopardy back in 2011 and has since moved on to helping businesses with analytics and performance. Now, it’s …

Barack Obama Seeks Ban on 'Conversion Therapy' for Gay, Transgender Teens

White House adviser notes "potentially devastating effects" of controversial practice in response to online petition<p>President Barack Obama will call …

Silent Hills' future is up in the air, but we're still trying to figure out P.T.

Ever since the surprising rumors that creator Hideo Kojima may be leaving Konami following the release of <i>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</i>, it's unclear if the recently-revealed <i>Silent Hills</i> is still coming or not. That's a real bummer. But what about <i>P.T.</i>, the bizarre and awesome free short game …

Microsoft brings over-the-air live TV to Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada

Some interesting news for Xbox One users today — Microsoft has announced the launch of a new tuner that will bring over-the-air (OTA) TV broadcasts to the home game console in North America.<p>While Xbox gamers already had access to both live and on-demand content through the likes of Netflix, …

Bungie bans 'toxic' players from Destiny matchmaking, making some strikes easier

Bungie says it's working to improve the player experience in <i>Destiny</i>'s strikes and raids in a number of ways: tackling the worst bugs that affect raid bosses, making some strike bosses a little easier and banning some toxic players from matchmaking with others. In a new weekly update, Bungie goes …

Pregnant Meteorologist Receives Insane Hate Mail About Her Size

"Looser tops would look much more professional."<p>Today in "being a woman is really hard sometimes and it's only compounded when you're in the public eye and random idiots subject you to their hateful vitriol" news, pregnant Canadian meteorologist of Global B.C., Kristi Gordon, shares some of the …

Why I Don't Believe in Maternal Instincts

Nature doesn't dictate whether or not you would make a good mom.<p>"Like shitting a pumpkin" is how feminist Shulamith Firestone once described childbirth. She hadn't experienced it herself but was referring to a friend's take on what labor was like. It confirmed Firestone's view that childbearing was …

"I Told My Boyfriend I Was Faking All of My Orgasms"

As my relationship with one guy got serious, I became trapped in my own lie.<p>I used to fake it. Since I started having sex, I've probably faked it more than I've eaten sandwiches. If you could win an Academy Award for faking it, I was Meryl Streep in the mid-'80s. My friends would yell at me when …

Future Shop shutters Canadian stores, will rebrand as Best Buy

U.S.-based electronics retail giant Best Buy Co. is closing its 131 Future Shop stores Saturday and will re-open 65 of them in a week under the Best Buy banner in a bid to improve business.<p>Best Buy joins other retailers that are feeling the pinch of more shoppers making purchases online and giant …

eCommerce

Amanda Knox's legal nightmare exposed the utter insanity of Italy's justice system

Italy's highest court finally acquitted Amanda Knox of murder on Friday, but the 27-year-old American had to endure a legal battle that dragged out more than seven years before she was finally declared innocent.<p>Most people know that Knox— "Foxy Knoxy" — is the pretty student who was arrested and …

Crime

Scared Senseless: The Indie Horror Boom and What Frightens Us Now

On Monday afternoon, I saw the new horror movie <i>It Follows</i>. This necessitated a trip to an actual multiplex rather than to my living room couch, since …

Hack A Toy Hobbit Sword To Detect Wi-Fi

No orcs or goblins nearby, just an Internet connection<p>In <i>The Hobbit</i>, the sword Sting glows blue whenever Bilbo Baggins approaches orcs or goblins--a convenient feature in Middle-earth. In the real world, free wireless detection is more useful. “We’re always looking for fun projects that get people …

Wi-Fi

A World Bank director wants to sue Microsoft after his son spent $4,500 on video game characters

Writing on Medium, Jeremy Hillman says that when checking his credit card bill recently, he noticed four unexplained charges of $109 from Microsoft. "After a meltdown of sobbing and tears," his son revealed that he had used Hillman's credit card details saved on the Xbox to buy optional add-on …

World Bank

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally<p>A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic …

The key to a happy relationship? Maybe it's Borderlands

My husband and I were married on February 29th, 2008, after seven years of dating.<p>That first year of marriage was tough, as I often heard it would be. He worked nights, I had a regular nine-to-five job as a secretary at a college. We barely had time to sit down to a meal together, much less game …

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

IE will live on, but only as plumbing for Windows<p>While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence …

Internet Explorer