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The DEA Will Soon Decide Whether it Will Reschedule Marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Administration says it will make a decision in the coming months that could prove to be a watershed moment for the burgeoning …

Cannabis

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can finally play online games together

Microsoft is opening up its Xbox Live online service to gamers on other platforms — namely, PlayStation 4 and PC. <i>Whoa</i>.<p>In a move that's up there with Sonic the Hedgehog appearing next to Super Mario in a video game, Microsoft announced this morning on its Xbox blog that it's opening up the Xbox Live …

Xbox

There's Now A Video Game Controller You Can Have Sex With

What a time to be alive.<p>4.3K<p>SHARES<p>Do you love virtual reality games about anime goddesses and fighting monsters? Do you wish you could have sex with …

Obama thrusts gun control debate into forefront of 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his emotional plea for America to embrace some gun control, President Barack Obama on Thursday thrust the contentious issue to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign just weeks from the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.<p>Speaking in the East Room at the White House Tuesday, Obama …

Gun Control

Exercise Can Boost Your 'Visual' Brainpower, And Here's How

Scientists have long known that going hard in the gym benefits the brain as much as it does brawn, from improving long-term memory to enhancing the amount of your brain's gray matter.<p>Now, a new small study that was published in the journal Current Biology on Monday suggests that a good workout -- …

The Brain

Spain issues arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over deadly 2010 flotilla raid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top government officials could be detained if they step foot in Spain after a judge there issued an arrest warrant stemming from a deadly 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, but Israel is dismissing the move as a “provocation.”<p>In the 2010 incident, a group …

Bungie Teases Destiny's November and December Update Details

Having just concluded the first Trials of Osiris since the launch of The Taken King, Bungie offered some stats regarding the Destiny competitive multiplayer event, as well as some teases about what's to come in forthcoming game updates.<p>With this iteration of Trials adjusting matchmaking to make its …

A Marijuana Resort Is Coming to South Dakota

South Daokta's Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe is opening a cannabis focused resort later this year.

Dakota

Oregon prepares for legal marijuana sales Thursday

Even though marijuana prohibition in Oregon came to an end over the summer, state residents still can’t legally buy it.<p>That changes this Thursday, Oct. 1, when recreational sales will be allowed throughout the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries, reports <i>the Associated Press</i>.<p>Oregon voters passed …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Holistic Medicine

Google’s Waze is in trouble: Legal action incoming over ‘fake’ POI allegations

A little while ago, I sat down with Julie Mossler from Waze for a chat about the mapping and turn-by-turn directions service. What quickly became clear is that the biggest thing the company has going for it is the impressive community contributions that keep the service up to date.<p>However, ‘built …

Voters to decide whether Ohio will become first Midwest state to legalize pot

Ohio will vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in November, state officials announced Wednesday.<p>If the measure passes, Ohio would become the fifth state and the first in the Midwest to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, in addition to the District of Columbia.<p>A …

Destiny's Hardest Boss Gets a Little Easier to Kill

Destiny's level 35 Prison of Elders arena is now the most difficult mode in the game, and its final Skolas encounter one of the most memorable. According to Bungie, over 370,000 teams have killed Skolas since the House of Wolves expansion launched last month.<p>However, the Skolas battle isn't …

Memory alloy bounces back into shape 10 million times

<b>Engineers have produced an alloy that springs back into shape even after it is bent more than 10 million times.</b><p>"Memory shape alloys" like this have many potential uses, but present incarnations are prone to wearing out.<p>The new material - made from nickel, titanium and copper - shatters previous …

University of Oxford

The positive influence of LGBT video game characters

The impact video games have had on our culture and society in the past few decades is staggering, and has it long left behind the image of being solely the pastime of teenage boys. Back in 2014, 47 percent of gamers were women and 29 percent of gamers were over the age of 50. For the past few …

LGBTQI

Apple is cracking down on antivirus apps

One of the first casualties of Apple's crackdown was VirusBarrier iOS. A blog post published by the app's developer explained that "several companies" were affected by Apple's decision.<p>Mac Rumors published an interview with Intego, developer of VirusBarrier iOS. CEO Jeff Erwin explained that Apple …

Apps

Ericsson sues Apple over patents

Apple just lost a $533 million patent case to Smartflash this week, and now Ericsson is likewise suing the company in a patent dispute.<p>Ericsson is suing Apple over "critical functions" in its devices.<p>The legal actions, announced Friday, relate to Ericsson-owned patents. The company has filed two …

Ericsson

Man Says He Suffered 3rd Degree Burns From Exploding iPhone In Pocket

A Long Island man is planning on suing Apple after his iPhone exploded in his pocket, leaving him with third degree burns on his leg.<p>Erik Johnson, …

Mobile Technology

More details emerge on background of Missouri shooter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman’s mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage.<p>Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes …

Crime

A closer look at Samsung's new UFS memory and why it's important

Following on from its recent eMMC 5.1 and ePOP mobile memory chip announcements, earlier Samsung announced that it is to begin mass production of in-house memory packages based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. This technology could soon become the default memory technology in …

Electronics Industry

No brainer: Google’s giving you 2GB of free storage to secure your account

<b>Update, February 8, 2016:</b> For Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is giving away another 2GB of free storage for your Drive, Gmail, and Photos. Just head over to this link and go through the quick checklist to take advantage of this win-win offer. You get additional storage (that does not expire) and …

Information Systems

Obama talks about decision not to pay ransom

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The United States made a risky, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to rescue American hostage Kayla Mueller from ISIS custody before her death, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.<p>"I deployed an entire operation — at significant risk — to rescue not only her, but the other …

Barack Obama

Apple is now an existential threat to Android

Google ought to be terrified at this news. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhone and iPad is trampling all over the Android world right now. This isn't just an incremental shift in market share.<p>This is, if left unchecked, an existential turning point for Android and its developers and …

Mobile

The casual consumer's misunderstanding of Android

Google designed Android to be a simple experience, but if you were new to the platform, you probably wouldn’t know that. When most manufacturers produce a new Android-based smartphone, it’s typically Google’s software buried under a layer of homegrown gunk. This includes pre-loaded applications and …

Android Phones

Newtown votes to raze home of gunman in school massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Officials in Newtown voted Wednesday night to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.<p>The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the …

Guns

Microsoft's hologram glasses change the way you see the world

Microsoft's hologram headset is real, is absolutely coming to market, according to the company, and, for the most part, does what it says it does: creates interactive holograms in a user's view of the real world.<p>Early builds of the HoloLens device allowed me to walk on the surface of Mars and talk …

Google preparing to become a MVNO carrier as part of Project Nova – report

Google is getting ready to launch its own MVNO wireless service, according to a report by <i>The Information</i>.<p>Headed by longtime Google executive Nick Fox, the project, known as Nova, is said to have been in testing since at least last fall. Google will buy wireless access – voice and data — wholesale …

Telecoms

New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Federal agencies and local police are using a new device to look inside homes and buildings, reports USA Today.<p>The device, called the Range-R, operates like a stud-finder except instead of detecting studs inside a wall, it detects motion beyond the wall, including breathing as far as 50 feet …

Surveillance

Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

Bill Gates

Google's 'security princess' helped White House after hack

After hackers breached its internal network in late October, the White House got the help of a Google security engineer, Parisa Tabriz, the company's …