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Why people hate Michael Bay (but love Furious 7)

<i>Furious 7</i> didn't just have a big opening over Easter weekend, it broke Hollywood records. Many of them. What's interesting is how much of the pop culture world seems to be in love with The Fast and the Furious series, complete with marathons, timelines and all sorts of excited nerdiness leading up …

James May and Richard Hammond refuse to film Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson

The two co-hosts rejected an offer to present the last three shows without the suspended star<p>Top Gear could have stayed on air without Jeremy Clarkson - but his co-hosts reportedly refused to present the show without him.<p>James May and Richard Hammond were offered the chance to front the motoring …

Destiny's next update might bring a bigger vault, raid fixes and strike changes

The next software update for <i>Destiny</i>, version 1.1.2, may finally give longtime players something they've been asking for: a bigger vault in which to store all their weapons, armor and all the other stuff players acquire that isn't Gjallarhorn. According to Bungie's latest weekly update, a larger …

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Destiny's weapons are changing this month, here's how and why

When <i>Destiny</i>'s 1.1.1 update arrives this month, it will include weapon tweaks that range from the subtle to the unmissable, according to a Bungie.net post from sandbox designer Jon Weisnewski.<p>Since its release last September, developer Bungie has been observing games, listening to players, …

Destiny players: This is your guide to beating the game's hardest raid

Bungie released the hard-mode version of <i>Destiny</i>'s Crota's End raid this week. The new challenge isn't entirely unfamiliar, so the world-first completion took only about half an hour. But you and your friends are probably not as good at <i>Destiny</i> as those guys, and the hard mode scales up the …

Destiny players need to drop everything: The game's best weapon is up for grabs

If you're playing <i>Destiny</i>, even casually, you need to drop whatever the heck else you're doing and grind for 17 Strange Coins. Xur has Ice Breaker this week, which is one of the best weapons in the game.<p>"For raids, you will always want to have either the Ice Breaker sniper rifle or the Gjallarhorn …

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Leo Tolstoy’s theory of everything

<b>Leo Tolstoy (Wikimedia)</b><p>Before writing some of the greatest novels in history, Tolstoy asked some of philosophy’s hardest questions<p>Irina Paperno<p>January 11, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “’Who, What Am I?': Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self”<p>Tolstoy’s first diary, started on March 17, 1847, at …

A guide to finding all of Destiny's legendary jumpships

<i>Destiny's</i> jumpships are little more than eye candy and bragging rights for players, something to look at during those loadscreens once you decide which planet you're visiting.<p>But that doesn't mean you don't want to get one that looks way better than everyone else's.<p><i>Destiny</i> player Tdrow has compiled …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

Cheap Beer and the Psychology of PlayStation Now Pricing

Sony recently launched its new Playstation Now service that lets you rent access to streaming games. 1 Prices vary by game, but they always follow …

30 Inspiring Women Who Shaped Feminism

The women of the 20th and 21st century to celebrate in honor of International Women's Day.<p>In honor of International Women's Day, we're celebrating the women who've had huge impacts on the feminist movement. For all its misconceptions, feminism at its core is about fighting for women's equality. And …

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Microsoft’s ‘RoomAlive’ transforms any room into a giant Xbox game

• Tech<br>• Science<br>• Culture<br>• More<p>Tech<p>Apple<br>• Google<br>• Microsoft<br>• Apps<br>• Photography<br>• Virtual Reality<br>• Business<br>• Design<br>• AI<br>• All Tech<p>Science<p>Space<br>• Energy<br>• Health<br>• Environment<br>• All Science<p>Culture<p>Web<br>• TV<br>• Film<br>• Games<br>• Comics<br>• Music<br>• All Culture<p>Cars<p>Ride-Sharing<br>• Cars<br>• Mass Transit<br>• Aviation<br>• Rideables<br>• Autonomy<br>• All …

Jeremy Clarkson 'stoned' as Top Gear crew abandon cars and flee Argentina

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May flee Argentina under police escort after locals stone cars and Top Gear crew in a row over a Porsche number plate<p>Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear team were forced to flee Argentina and abandon three high-powered cars after they were pelted with stones …

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

“Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools

As coding courses and bootcamps flourish, some students get left behind–and that promise of a six-figure salary pops like a bubble.<p>After the design firm where he worked as a web developer went under, Ray S. turned the bad news into an opportunity to transition into iOS development. The Chicago-area …

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Teen Drunk Driver With 'Affluenza' Is Being Sued For Millions By His Victims

Many of those family members were outraged when 16-year-old Ethan Couch got probation after a psychologist testified he had "affluenza" — meaning he thought he was immune from punishment because he was rich.<p>Couch's family may still be on the hook for millions in related civil litigation, though. …

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

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NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal

National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.<p>WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a …

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Hackers Are Attacking Millions Of Computers And Demanding Ransom In Bitcoins

The National Crime Agency in the U.K. issued an alert last month saying that hackers have targeted "tens of millions" of computers.<p>CryptoLocker is a form of a virus called "ransomware," meaning hackers do something bad to your computer and then demand money to reverse what they've done. In this …

50 Best Albums of 2013

50<p>Beck, ‘Song Reader’<p>There's old-school, and then there's "Man, it would rule if someone would invent electricity" old-school. Beck's "album" of …

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Paul Walker: Fast and Furious star was typecast and proud

It is always a danger for actors to become wholly identified with one big role, one hit franchise. For a while, Sean Connery was James Bond, but then showed he was dramatically licensed to do something other than kill, flirt, seduce and handle gadgets. Daniel Radcliffe grew away from Harry Potter …

Saab Designs and Facilities Sold to Chinese and Japanese Investors, But Not the Brand (Yet)

William Shakespeare opined that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but what about an outdated European car? A group of Chinese and Japanese investors says it has purchased some of the remains of Saab, including the production facilities and the intellectual-property rights for the old …

Ex-Saab Automobile CEO and CFO arrested for accounting fraud - Accountancy Age

<b>THREE FORMER</b> Saab Automobile directors have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of accounting fraud.<p>The three includes the former chief financial …

Ancient clam killed by scientists was even older than previously thought

Back in 2006, scientists removed an ocean quahog, or deep sea clam, from the seas, and discovered it was a whopping 400 years old — eventually it made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Unfortunately, the scientists also put it in the freezer, as is standard practice, killing it — they …