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How The U.S. Military Turned Santa Claus Into A Cold War Icon

You've probably heard the story by now: On Christmas Eve 1955, a young boy in Colorado Springs dialed a Sears-sponsored hotline that let kids talk …

Awesome GIFs show the evolution of every major console controller

The evolution of video games is pretty obvious — just look at the difference between, say, the original Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart 8 to see the …

North Korea Threatens To Attack U.S. If Obama Retaliates Over Sony Hacking

A top North Korean defense committee threatened attacks on "the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland" if President Barack Obama retaliates over last month's cyberattack on Sony Pictures, according to a statement posted Sunday to the country's official Korean Central News …

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How A Hacker Gang Literally Saved Christmas For Video Game Players Everywhere

Despite most hackers being "in it for the lulz" — a hacker term meaning "doing it for fun" — some did not take kindly to threats of disruption to their favourite video game services.<p>In the weeks following Lizard Squad's threat, another gang of hackers formed. It had two aims: 1. Keep the video game …

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Here's Everything Apple Will Unveil Next Year

This was a pretty big year for Apple product announcements, with a new big iPhone and the announcement of the Apple Watch.<p>But the company never slows down.

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This is why Telltale is making a Minecraft adventure game

Many people saw Telltale Games and Mojang's announcement yesterday of <i>Minecraft: Story Mode</i> as an indication that their worst fears about <i>Minecraft</i>'s future under Mojang's new owner, Microsoft, were being realized. But as odd as an adventure game set in the universe of <i>Minecraft</i> might sound, the …

Halo 3: ODST remaster coming to The Master Chief Collection for free as apology to players

Microsoft is giving <i>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</i> players free content, including an upgraded version of <i>Halo 3: ODST</i> and additional multiplayer content from <i>Halo 2 Anniversary</i>, in an attempt to make good on the technical woes that plagued the Xbox One game since launch.<p>Bonnie Ross, head of Halo …

Live Map Shows Thousands Of Cyber Attacks As They Happen

Sony got nuked, said one security expert. But it’s hardly the only attack aimed at a major corporation. Tens of thousands of cyber attacks are launched every second – a majority of which are directed at the United States – but few have the impact that can force a Hollywood studio to cancel a …

2014 in review: The year's best mobile games

The mobile gaming era has come a long way. Where mobile games once felt like silly, simple ways to pass the time, it's becoming harder and harder to keep ourselves away from playing on our phones.<p>Although there were dozens upon dozens of mobile titles to sift through, 2014 served up some of our …

What Annie’s Original Composer Thinks of the New Movie

<b>Charles Strouse</b> thought a musical version of <i>Annie</i> was a terrible idea at first. Lucky for him, he turned out to be wrong. The 1977 musical, for which Strouse wrote the score and won a Tony and two Grammy awards, was a huge hit, inspiring a 1982 film adaptation and now a modernized remake, set to …

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Predicting When 'Call of Duty' Will Head Back To World War II

Despite being an annual series, Activision likes to keep its Call of Duty plans pretty close to the vest, and is usually better than most than preventing leaks about their upcoming titles from slipping out. Mostly. But with Advanced Warfare winning the fall (and the entire year), it’s already time …

The creator of Minecraft just outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion

New kid on the block<p>Back in September, <i>Minecraft</i> creator Markus "Notch" Persson became ludicrously wealthy after Microsoft bought the game for $2.5 billion. And as of this week, he's now the owner of a $70 million megamansion in Beverly Hills, California. According to <i>Curbed</i>, it was all but expected …

Working prototype explores new Apple TV interface with touchscreen gestures via remote

Product designer Radu Dutzan posted the video above showing off a working prototype that explores touchscreen style gestures via a conceptual remote for Apple TV alongside an updated interface.<p><i>Wouldn’t it be great if instead of trying to imitate clicks, Remote allowed you to scroll lists on the</i> …

Ben Stiller: five best moments

We look back at some of the Night at the Museum star’s finest performances. Let us know which you would include<p>Ben Stiller has made the leap from the small screen to feature films look easy. From The Ben Stiller Show, his early 90s MTV sketch series, he fought his way to the top of the Hollywood …

Book review: Inside HBO's Game of Thrones, Dothraki, Rogues, The World of Ice and Fire

When George R. R. Martin first came to Australia for SF conventions, where I first met him, he had to make his own way by bus from airports to …

What’s So Scary About A Nuclear-Armed Drone?

In one word: Everything<p>It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force’s secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be …

Check Out The Epic Mansion Minecraft's Creator Just Bought With His Microsoft Money

The eight-bedroom mansion sold for $70 million. Persson outbid Jay-Z for it.<p>He sold his company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in September.

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Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick's 2014 Failures Leave Both Futures Up in Air

They were the hottest head coach-quarterback tandem at the end of the 2012 season. Now, they're both at risk of being let go by the San Francisco 49ers.<p>Welcome to the reality facing Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick, who have failed each other in 2014.<p>It's hard to decide who failed who more. For …

NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers Another Planet on Comeback

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has found another new planet.<p>Dubbed HIP 116454b, the new body is bigger than Earth, smaller than Neptune and probably too …