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10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read

A reader recently asked the question: Do you have a suggested list of books for teenagers, something like a “Ten best books every Christian teenager …

The Next Generation of Star Trek Should Be a TV Show

Paramount is currently trying to find a new director for its floundering film franchise, but what the seriesreally needs is to return to television.<p>It's hard to believe, but right now we exist in a world where <i>Star Trek</i> is only a film franchise. For the last half-century, <i>Stark Trek</i> has operated …

Here's Your First Look At The New 'Star Trek' TV Series

A new logo and a teaser trailer<p>We know that CBS' new, still-untitled <i>Star Trek</i> series will premiere in January 2017, both on television and CBS' streaming service <i>All Access</i>. We know after the first episode, one episode will come out per week exclusively on <i>All Access</i>, which costs $5.99 per month. We …

Science Fiction

New on Netflix: April 2016

In April, fire up Netflix and prepare to binge-watch hit movies like "The Princess Bride" and "The Shawshank Redemption" as they're added (finally!) to Netflix streaming. Also new to streaming: Stanley Kubrick classics "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "A Clockwork Orange" (1971).<p>Also, say hello …

He Extracted Every Bible Reference Saying ‘Fear Not’ and ‘Saw a Pattern Emerge.’ Now, He Has a Lesson for Christians.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, was doing a personal Bible study when he noticed a pattern — one that eventually led him to pen a book that encourages his fellow Christians to have no fear in publicly living out their faith.<p>“It began as I was doing a personal Bible study by …

Xbox Live down again as persistent troubles haunt the Xbox One (update)

<i>Update at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, February 23: Xbox Live is mostly up and running. It was offline for more than half a day, and we’ve asked Microsoft again for an explanation.</i><p>Microsoft’s online gaming infrastructure is having a rough February.<p>Xbox Live is still down after going offline …

Xbox

Here are the 14 Netflix original movies coming out in 2016 and what you need to know about them

Other films set for a 2016 release include the Brad Pitt-starring "War Machine" and Ricky Gervais' "Special Correspondents."<p>Netflix also just acquired the rights to two films from the Sundance Film Festival: "The Fundamentals of Caring" and "Tallulah."<p>Only three films have official release dates, …

Entertainment

SLEIGHT Is a Hero Movie That Puts Marvel and DC to Shame - Sundance Review

Check Out This Surprisingly Powerful Computer That Costs Less Than $10

At just $9, every kid could have one.<p>It’s taken for granted that everyone has a computer. But it’s not true. Computers may be all but essential to …

Raspberry Pi

National Review aims to take down Trump

The influential magazine turns to conservative leaders to make the anti-Trump case.<p>For months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, one of the conservative movement’s most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.<p>National Review …

The truth about Donald Trump

<i>Editor's note: The following column originally appeared on The Resurgent.</i><p>I like him personally. I’ve been to his office. I’ve observed him privately dealing with his staff and people coming inside his building. He is personally, when the cameras are turned off, an incredibly gracious person. I know …

Kenyan Muslim who shielded Christians in al-Shabab attack dies

<b>A Muslim teacher who shielded Christian fellow passengers when their bus was attacked by Islamist militants has died in surgery to treat his bullet wound.</b><p>Salah Farah was on a bus travelling through Mandera in Kenya when it was attacked by al-Shabab in December.<p>The attackers told the Muslims and …

Extremism

Photographing Brooklyn's Adorable Feral Cats

A former sanitation worker feeds dozens of cats near the borough’s industrial waterfront.<p>When he’s lacking inspiration, freelance photojournalist Elijah Hurwitz rolls around in his car. It’s got 230,000 miles on it.<p>In the summer of 2014, one of these drives led the photographer—who was living in …

This Amazing Fallout 4 Settlement Recreates BioShock Infinite's Floating City

Fallout 4's Settlement tools have been put to masterful use by Girl Plays Game, who recently finished her work on a Settlement themed around BioShock Infinite's Columbia. It's a stunning take on BioShock Infinite's floating city, complete with explorable interiors and multi-level buildings inspired …

Bioshock

Leviathan, Gun Control and the Baleful Legacy of the 2nd Amendment

Let me be clear from the outset. I vehemently oppose Big Government and Nanny State regulation, but also have no use for guns, find hunting distasteful and wish that James Madison had never dreamed up the Second Amendment while politicking for the Constitution. The so-called right to bear arms is …

What If Famous Filmmakers Were Houses?

What would a house designed by Stanley Kubrick look like?<p>The first step in any great film is figuring out the set design: the storyline, the characters, and the world they live in. It's easy to equate the job of a filmmaker to that of an architect, building a film from the ground up, brick by …

Here Are the Netflix Codes for Categories Geeks Will Find Helpful

The Force Awakens meets Calvin and Hobbes, hearts melt

Brian Kesinger is combining the biggest film of 2015 with arguably the greatest comic of all time. Over the past week, the Marvel and Disney artist has filled his Instagram account with a mash-up of <i>The Force Awakens</i> and <i>Calvin and Hobbes</i>.<p>Kesinger has posted six comics that look strikingly similar to …

Calvin and Hobbes

These secret codes give you access to everything on Netflix

The site usually requires users to either search for an exact title or flick through a few limited genres that the site's technology has guessed they might like. But new websites show that there are codes that can give access to the full list of all of those genres, allowing people to choose from …

Codes

Record number of FOIA lawsuits filed against Obama

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaints filed in federal court have skyrocketed under President Barack Obama despite his promise to have “the most transparent administration ever,” according to a comprehensive analysis by a Syracuse University research unit.<p>A total of 498 FOIA lawsuits were …

A Windows 10 'superphone' is coming from an unexpected source

It's been a rough time if you're one of the few fans of Windows 10 smartphones.<p>For those of you out there, it's been slim pickings. Microsoft has its two flagship products, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, but sometimes seems as though it doesn't care that much about them. Both were an afterthought …

See Microsoft's 2016 Xbox One and PC Exclusive Games Lineup Here

Posting on the Xbox Wire today, Microsoft provided an overview of the "exclusive" games coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2016. There aren't too many surprises, but, among other things, Microsoft confirmed that ReCore will come to PC, while Gears of War Ultimate Edition is penciled in for a …

Windows 10

Guy Keeps Console on for 20 Years to Keep Gamesave Alive

Gamesaves are important, but how far would you go to ensure yours remains intact?<p>One Japanese gamer left his Super Famicom (known as the SNES in the US) powered on for <i>twenty years</i> to make sure he didn't lose his save for Umihara Kawase, a platforming game released back in 1994.<p>The ultra-dedicated …

Gaming

Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has Serious Problems

Windows 7 runs on 55% of all the computers on the planet, but according to news this week that is actually a bad and potentially dangerous thing. Says who? Actually Microsoft…<p>Speaking to Windows Weekly in a round table with Leo Laporte, Thurrott.com’s Paul Thurrott and ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, …

Windows 10

CBS And Paramount Have Ceased Being Cool About ‘Star Trek’ Fan Films

The great misconception created by the success of Rob Thomas’ <i>Veronica Mars</i> Kickstarter campaign is that goodwill alone could will a project into existence. That Warner Bros. had signed off on Thomas’ foray into crowdfunding served as a lower-case detail amidst the all-caps declarations about the …

The ‘Miracle’ Program That Actually Reduces Gun Violence

It has nothing to do with gun control.<p>Six more people have been killed by guns in San Bernardino, California, since a horrific massacre nearly a month ago. Most of these deaths, like the vast majority of the nation’s gun homicides, occurred in mundane circumstances -- and disproportionately …

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The first website went online 25 years ago today

If the web were a person, it wouldn't have trouble renting a car from now on: the world's first website, Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web, went online 25 years ago today. The inaugural page wasn't truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990 (that wouldn't happen until August …

Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians After Terrorists Attack Bus

A group of Kenyans traveling by bus refused Islamist terrorists demands that they identify themselves as either Christian or Muslim in an act of …