Jan Rupert “Yan” Alfeche

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Pakistani court issues nationwide ban on Valentine's Day

<b>Islamabad (CNN) —</b> The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan's capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentine's Day across the country 'with immediate effect.'<p>The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine's Day, bans the sale of …

West Palm Beach

Trump expects only 'tweaking' of trade relationship with Canada | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States would be “tweaking” its trade relationship with Canada, stopping short of calling for a major realignment in a development likely to please visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.<p>Trump has pledged to renegotiate …

Donald Trump

Suicide bombing at Pakistan protest kills at least 13

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured scores Monday in the eastern city of Lahore, detonating a powerful blast on a crowded boulevard outside the provincial legislature, where hundreds of pharmacists and drug company officials were holding a peaceful …

Encrypted email service ProtonMail now supports Tor to thwart meddling governments

Encrypted email service ProtonMail is doubling down on its privacy credentials today with the news that it will now allow users to connect their email accounts through the Tor network.<p>Founded out of CERN in Switzerland back in 2013, ProtonMail launched globally last year with the promise of …

Gambia crisis: Jammeh misses second deadline to step down

<b>Another ultimatum for The Gambia's long-term leader to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed troops expired at 16:00 GMT.</b><p>The presidents of Guinea and Mauritania remain locked in talks with defeated President Yahya Jammeh, and have not issued any statements.<p>Mr Jammeh's elected successor, Adama …

Inside the Final Hours of the Obama White House

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The White House

The Nintendo Switch won’t kill the 3DS

The Switch has a handheld mode, but you may never use it<p>When Nintendo first revealed its new handheld-home console hybrid system, the Switch, I was convinced that it was more than a replacement for the Wii U: It would take the place of Nintendo 3DS, too.<p>After going hands-on with the Switch last …

Ditto is now in Pokémon GO

This post is going to be brief because I’m about two seconds from running outside to catch me some Ditto, but:<p>Reports are pouring in left and right that Ditto has, at long last, been added to Pokémon GO.<p>The lil’ purple blob has been curiously absent from the game since launch, but the reason wasn’t …

Safety regulators want smartphone makers to develop a driving version of airplane mode

Federal regulators will recommend smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung implement a driving mode that prevents drivers from using certain features that could distract them behind the wheel, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.<p>The feature would be similar to airplane mode, which disables a …

Dakota Access pipeline: 300 protesters injured after police use water cannons

Twenty-six people hospitalized from ‘mass casualty incident’ that included bone fractures and hypothermia shown in dramatic video footage of standoff<p>Support our fearless, independent journalism with a contribution or by becoming a member<p>Twenty-six people were hospitalized and more than 300 injured …

Dakota Access Pipeline

Trump's first promises since winning the election leave out the border wall, NAFTA and his Muslim ban

President-elect Donald Trump spent more than a year promising to build a wall, repeal Obamacare and rescind President Obama's deportation protections for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally.<p>But on Monday, in his first extensive public comments since winning the election, Trump mentioned none of …

Donald Trump

Todd Howard: 'We still debate' how players should react to dying

“We've still never quite solved it. It actually is rare that a gamer will go into a situation and say, "Nope, I'm going to turn around. I don't want …

The U.S. labor force's guy problem: Lots of men don’t have a job and aren’t looking for one

As the recovery from the Great Recession continues, job growth is solid and the labor force is growing at close to its fastest pace since 2000 because more unemployed workers are coming off the sidelines.<p>Still, the percentage of working-age Americans in the labor force remains stuck near its lowest …

Demographics

Learn How to Game Better with the Kobold Guides!

If you want to know how to game like the pros, you need to read the Kobold Guides.<p>Each of these guides, published by the disembodied intelligences …

Board Games

Artists repurpose video games to find new ways to shine light on social issues

Five artists have come together to make art more playful, by developing video and board games that explore aspects of how people engage with society, …

Stunning monochrome heist game Calvino Noir lets you manipulate time to play co-op with yourself

Upcoming iOS game <i>Calvino Noir</i> has all the hallmarks of classic film noir. It's got the striking monochrome look, the long shadows, and more fedoras …

Gameplay

P.T.'s secret radio transmissions may point to a returning Silent Hill tradition

One of the mysteries in Kojima Productions' <i>P.T.</i>, the playable teaser for the next Silent Hill game, wasn't much of a mystery to Swedish-language speakers. But those who aren't gifted in the Swedish tongue probably weren't aware of the radio transmission's possible implications.<p>A video recording of …

The police aren't an army: the problem with Battlefield Hardline

Electronics Arts thinks it can bring Battlefield's military gunplay home. It's not that easy.<p><i>Battlefield Hardline</i> moves the Battlefield series from international battlegrounds to a realistic domestic setting: As tricked out police, the player in <i>Hardline</i> uses heavy weaponry, armor and vehicles to …

No more Jar Jar: new Star Wars films to focus on practical effects

Director Rian Johnson, who is slated to take over the Star Wars franchise after J.J. Abrams directs <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i>, has said that the new films will favor practical effects over CGI.<p>From The Hollywood Reporter and the Girls in Hoodies podcast:<p>"They're doing so much practical building for …

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition gives freedom back to the Dungeon Master

When the fourth edition of Dungeons and Dragons came out in 2008 I pounced on it. I hadn't played D&D since middle school and the new system had a lot of good buzz. I coaxed and cajoled a core group of five players together and for the next four years met monthly to lead a small group of characters …

Fixing chess: One game developer's redesign of a 1,500-year-old game

The weekend's chess matches with my father ended as they always do, but with a twist.<p>I lost, mostly, but it wasn't to a checkmate. Instead it happened four times when he managed to get both of his warrior kings across the board's midline. That last midline crossing happened despite my defensive …

This software makes real first-person footage look like a video game

Microsoft engineers have created a way to convert first-person footage, filmed with a camera like a Go Pro, into what they call "hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera."<p>The result resembles the fluidity of a first-person video game, in which a virtual camera is …

Like XCOM, But In The Wild West? You Have My Attention.

"In a nutshell, Hard West is a turn-based squad tactical with adventurous world exploration. Think X-Com combat with Heroes of Might and Magic world …

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Beating 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' Reveals The Sad Truths Of Celebrity Life

My time with Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is drawing to an end, as the game slowly starts to slide down the app chats. When I began, it was the #1 free app on Apple’s iOS, but now it’s #11, reflecting the short attention span of the average app consumer.<p>But before I never click that animated tile …

Playing Video Games Can Help Or Hurt, Depending On Whom You Ask

Parents worry that video games are bad for kids, but the evidence on how and why they may be harmful has been confusing.<p>"Most of popular media puts the most emphasis of concern on aggression," says psychologist Jay Hull from Dartmouth College. "But aggression is just the tip of the iceberg."<p>So Hull …

XCOM: Enemy Unknown board game announced, playable next week

Board and card game publisher Fantasy Flight Games has partnered with Firaxis Games to bring the hit game <i>XCOM: Enemy Unknown</i> to life as a board game. <i>XCOM The Board Game</i>, which was announced today, will be demonstrated next week at GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana for the first time in</i> …

The Pikachu Outbreak is deadly with cuteness

Dozens of adorable Pikachu recently took over Japan's Akarenga Park in Yokohama as part of a promotional event to celebrate the success of the 17th Pokémon movie, <i>Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction</i>.<p>A group of 50 of the human-sized electric rodents skipped around the park for …

Your favorite video games re-imagined as adorable children's books

Yesterday, we brought you video games imagined as Norman Rockwell illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post. Today, take a gander at Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid and more, presented as Little Golden Books.<p>These are the work of Joey Spiotto's "Storytime" series, which also gives …