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Gaming

30th Anniversary of the Challenger Explosion: Pictures

Ronald Reagan

Microsoft Update Aims To Fix Surface Book And Surface Pro 4 Issues, But Users Still Frustrated

Microsoft is fighting back against complaints that its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets are buggy, unstable and unreliable. On Wednesday, the …

Here's how to respond to weird interview questions you may hear from major companies like Google and Apple

But they're also notorious for asking bizarre interview questions.<p>Tomas Ondrejka explains in a recent blog post on Kickresume.com that employers tend to throw curveballs like "One a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?" to determine the job seeker's analytical thinking skills; to see how the …

Employment

Walking Dead Mobile Game Dev Raises $10 Million

Finnish independent developer Next Games, the studio behind The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, announced on Thursday that it has raised $10 million in financing.<p>The funding round was led by IDG Ventures and Jari Ovaskainen, with further support from AMC Networks, Lionsgate, Lowercase, and IDG …

The Walking Dead

Smartphone Controlled Life Size Star Wars DIY BB-8 Robot Built For Less Than $100 (video)

Those of you that have dreamt of owning your own Star Wars DIY BB-8 robot may be interested in a new instructional video which is being published by …

Robotics

Nintendo expected to launch a new handheld game console this year

Nintendo is expected to launch a new portable gaming device in 2016, according to a statement from IHS senior principal analyst Hiroshi Hayase on …

Retrogaming

Mortal Kombat XL Listing Hints at Additional Skin Pack

It seems the folks at NetherRealm Studios may be packing more into Mortal Kombat XL than we’ve heard so far, and no, these new additions aren’t …

The company behind the best app to get Windows on Mac won't kill it — even though it laid off the entire team

In a statement, the company said it "continues to offer and support all of our End-User Computing portfolio offerings, including development on future versions."<p>Some users were worried about the plight of Fusion, which lets Mac users run Windows within an app, after the company announced layoffs of …

Vmware

Fan Makes Cool Paper Versions of Classic Game Scenes

The very first stage of the original NES <i>Castlevania</i>, the spooky Ghost House from <i>Super Mario World</i>, our first battle with Bowser in <i>Super Mario Bros</i>. …

Retrogaming

YouTube Wins Another Round In German Copyright Tussle

Yet another judge has sided with Google’s YouTube in its epic struggle with German music performing rights society GEMA, again confirming that the …

U.S. Federal Courts

Bungie president Harold Ryan steps down after 15 years at the Destiny studio

Destiny’s future is in new hands.<p>Harold Ryan has stepped down as president of Bungie, the studio behind the hit sci-fi shooter Destiny. Ryan joined Bungie way back in 2000, and his departure comes a week after rumors that Destiny’s sequel has been delayed.<p>Destiny is now one of the biggest names in …

Apple plug recall over safety concerns

<b>Apple has issued a voluntary recall of millions of its two-prong AC wall plugs after incidents of them breaking and causing electric shocks.</b><p>Apple said it knew of 12 such incidents and asked customers to stop using them.<p>The plugs came with Macs and other iOS devices sold in Continental Europe and …

New Zealand

One of Steam's Hottest Games Right Now Costs 90 Bucks

Maybe you’ve heard of <i>Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13</i>—not only has the historical strategy series been around for a while, it also has several …

Anime

MIT Spinout Insurify Raises $2 Million To Replace Human Insurance Agents With A Robot

Insurify, a startup out of MIT, today announced the launch of Evia (Expert Virtual Insurance Agent), an artificially intelligent virtual insurance agent that aims to find you better car insurance using a photo of your license plate.<p>The company recently pulled in $2 million in seed from Rationalwave …

License Plates

Apple's audio partner hints it might include noise-canceling headphones with future phones

During a conference call on Wednesday, Cirrus CEO Jason Rhode did not mention Apple by name once, but he did drop hints about what could be coming from Cirrus' largest customer later this year while assuring the company's investors that "several new products" were coming in the second half of the …

Consumer Tech

Deadpool, explained | Polygon

INTRODUCTIONS AND ORIGINS<p>You'd think Weapon X was enough trauma for this guy, but the hits keep coming.<p>More Than a Killer<p>BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL & MORAL AMBIGUITY<p>CABLE & DEADPOOL & SEXUALITY<p>RECENT TIMES

Icons

An app is much more than just a bunch of code and an idea. To really bring your app to life, you’re going to need a lot of additional resources including images, fonts, animations, icons, sound effects, music and more. This is great if you’re someone who loves all aspects of design and is …

Web Design

BlackBerry’s Priv Android phone launches in India on January 30 for $925

BlackBerry’s great global rollout of its first Android smartphone, the Priv, continues today with the news that it’s launching in India on January 30.<p>The Priv first arrived in the U.S., U.K., and Canada in early November, and we said in our review that Android with a hardware keyboard is wonderful. …

Singaporean artist quit his job, then went off to sketch the world

When James Tan turned 40, he quit his job, enlisted his wife and went off to sketch the world.<p>The couple bought a one-way ticket to Taiwan and went …

Hideo Kojima Got A Shout-Out In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is full of Easter eggs and cameos, albeit the cameos are generally people in a dozen layers of latex or under Stormtrooper armor. But one in particular might have passed you by, a tribute to game designer Hideo Kojima. There are some minor spoilers below the jump, which …

Apps that help you stick to your goals (pictures)

Apps

Grab Amazon’s best-selling iPhone and Android Virtual Reality kit for $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Thinkline via Amazon offers DESTEK’s latest 3D Virtual Reality Headset with NFC Pairing for $39.99. Applying coupon code <b>Q3WGT626</b> …

Inside the FCC's audacious plan to blow up the cable box

All the answers are probably right<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dropped a bomb on the cable television1 industry yesterday with his proposal to allow any manufacturer to create cable boxes that can access pay-TV service. (The FCC is calling this plan #unlockthebox, because 1. "competitive head-end …

Smart TV

New Open-World Conan Game Announced, Watch Cinematic Trailer

Funcom has announced a new Conan game that sounds quite different than the studio's Age of Conan PC MMO that still runs today. Called Conan Exiles, it's described as a multiplayer-focused open-world survival game that takes place "in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian."<p>You play as an "exile," …

Gaming
Samsung Galaxy S7

Apple planned ahead for the inevitable hardware slump

It was inevitable but nonetheless concerning to investors: iPhone sales flattened out this quarter, part of an overall trend of weakness in the smartphone market, and Apple admitted that next quarter will see sales decline year over year for the first time. Yes, the company just reported …

On the failure of Fallout 4 at the hands of The Witcher 3

Fallout 4 funnels you into violence, The Witcher 3 invites you to dance<p>Games are a medium just like film is a medium, although we never hear about something being criticized for not "being a movie," the same way that claim is held against certain games. A part of this may be due to the fact that …

Would You Pay for a Piece of a Video Game’s Revenues?

While Fig was the first startup to jump into the crowdfunding equity game, another company has quietly been offering accredited investors the …

Startups

8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android

While Apple’s iPhones have been my main handsets since shortly after the first model was introduced in 2007, I used to carry an Android phone with me …

Apple Watch