Kyle “Anti Hero” Johnson

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'Dota 2' won't be so intimidating to newcomers

For many rookies in <i>Dota 2</i> and other multiplayer online battle arena games, the biggest obstacle isn't the game itself -- sometimes, it's the community. There are certainly helpful players, but MOBAs are notorious for jaded players who are hostile to anyone who isn't already a grizzled veteran. …

Darpa Wants to Build a BS Detector for Science

Adam Russell, an anthropologist and program manager at the Department of Defense’s mad-science division Darpa, laughs at the suggestion that he is …

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KFC-inspired mobile technology hits India with Bluetooth game controller

Fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken and soft drink brand Mountain Dew have teamed together in India to provide videogamers a Bluetooth game …

Court Says Politicians Can't Block Critics on Social Media

On Thursday, a Virginia district court judge ruled a politician had committed “a cardinal sin under the First Amendment” by blocking a constituent on …

Chinese scientists created the largest virtual universe

A team of Chinese scientists put the world's faster supercomputer to the test by using it to create the biggest virtual universe. They're calling it a "warm-up exercise" for the machine called Sunway TaihuLight, which used 10 million CPU cores to crunch numbers for the simulation. According to <i>South</i> …

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League of Legends to get its own esports reality show

Esports is growing and growing, so the reality shows were inevitable.<p>Announced on Monday, "The Next Gamer" is an Australian reality show that will be streamed on YouTube in the hopes of finding the country's next League of Legends prodigy. It'll start with 40 contestants, with one eventually being …

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It is easy to expose users' secret web habits, say researchers

<b>Two German researchers say they have exposed the porn-browsing habits of a judge, a cyber-crime investigation and the drug preferences of a politician.</b><p>The pair obtained huge amounts of information about the browsing habits of three million German citizens from companies that gather …

Scientists find cleaner, more efficient way to turn CO2 into fuel

Conventional fuel aren't going away just yet, but that doesn't mean you can't produce them in a more responsible way... and scientists might have found that way. They've developed a process that can convert CO2 into carbon monoxide (and subsequently into fuel) using solar energy with nearly …

Beyerdynamic Xelento review: $999 tech jewelry

A big price for a product that gets all the little things right<p>There are three primary reasons why audiophile headphones remain a niche: they’re heavy, they look weird, and they cost a ton. Beyerdynamic isn’t doing anything to rectify the expense issue with its Xelento earphones, but it’s …

Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

SoundCloud is on shaky financial footing, saying it only has enough money to last a few more months unless someone buys or invests in it. That’s sure to cause anxiety in content creators with their life’s work stored on SoundCloud. Now some new startups are nipping at SoundCloud’s heels by focusing …

Fidelity’s valuation of Uber’s stock is the same without Travis Kalanick as it was with him

Even though Fidelity was one of the leading agitators calling for Kalanick’s removal.<p>The firing of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has not revitalized investors’ perceptions of the $70 billion company, one of those financial backers disclosed this weekend.<p>In its first holdings report since Kalanick was …

Bitcoin exchange chief arrested amid new questions about Mt Gox theft

Greek police have arrested one of the central figures in the Bitcoin exchange BTC-e on suspicion of money laundering. Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik was arrested in Greece at the request of US law enforcement, according to a <i>Reuters</i> report. The report cites two sources close to BTC-e who describe …

Tech Incubator Faces Challenges Of Tackling Sexual Harassment Among Investors

To an outsider, the actions might have looked swift and decisive: Within weeks of being accused of sexual harassment in the press, two high-profile venture capital investors issued public apologies and resigned.<p>But inSilicon Valley, female entrepreneurs were asking: What took so long? There were …

Hackers rickrolled a voting machine at DefCon 2017

Hackers at DefCon 2017 this weekend managed to get a WinVote machine to play Rick Astley — and in the process demonstrated fundamental flaws with digital voting.<p>More than 30 voting machines made up the Voting Village at DefCon. It took the attendees mere minutes to crack open the devices — …

This app lets broke people workout at luxurious gyms whenever they want

If you’re broke, you know that gym memberships are a problem. 46-percent of former gym members cite expenses as the number one reason why they stopped using their membership, and almost everyone is too busy to workout every day. If that sounds like you, POPiN could be the solution to your fitness …

Hamburger and Pasta Skillet

Make this hamburger and pasta skillet dish with egg noodles or pasta. Macaroni or penne pasta -- as pictured -- are both good choices. Tomatoes, …

Black America Steels Itself for Obama’s Departure and a Future Under Trump

It’s going to be painful for African Americans to watch Obama leave the White House only to be replaced by that man. And that’s just for …

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