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Pepper the robot is going to staff an entire phone store

Kicking off an event that showcases Softbank's Pepper robot working in a business environment, the Japanese phone carrier says it's going to test it out for itself, announcing a Pepper phone shop staffed entirely by its robots. According to the company, you'll be able to sign up to a phone contract …

Doom multiplayer closed alpha sign-ups now available

Bethesda has opened up registration for Doom's multiplayer closed alpha on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.<p>This is not to be confused with the beta that will be …

Ubisoft made a J-pop song about a Chihuahua and it's barking mad

Ubisoft made a song for Just Dance 2016 and it's a bit mad.Chiwawa is an original song created by the Just Dance team with soundtrack composer Tom …

MGSV: The Phantom Pain - Video Review

Double Fine's former COO launches crowdfunding platform offering return on investment

Double Fine's former COO Justin Bailey has launched a new video game centric crowdfunding platform where backers can actually see a return from their …

Facebook's new patent could make you rethink your friends list

Facebook secured a patent on Tuesday that could help filter spam emails and offensive content, improve searches and allow lenders to use your social habits to determine a credit approval.<p>The patent explains that if you apply for a loan, your lender could potentially check out the credit rating of …

Facial recognition technology: Is Orwell’s fiction our reality?

Talks on a code of practice for facial recognition technology have fallen apart in the US. So, who is watching us and why?<p>Smartphones can track our movements, credit cards have a record of our purchases, and now, thanks to advances in facial recognition technology, companies and governments will …

MineCraft HoloLens is a spectacular glimpse into a new technology and an old game

<i>Minecraft HoloLens</i> isn't a tech demonstration or experiment, not anymore.<p>The HoloLens version of the massively popular exploration and building game shown during Microsoft's press conference is a work-in-progress game that will eventually ship for Microsoft's augmented reality headset.<p>And it's a …

The human body is marvellous – but it doesn’t have a lifetime guarantee

Evolution has made us survivors, but that’s not the end of the story – as anyone with a bad back will tell you<p>Your body is far from perfect. You’re the product of millions of years of evolution, but this process doesn’t strive towards “perfection”. In fact, it doesn’t strive towards anything. It …

Pain

Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit loses class status, Gearbox dropped from suit

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Gearbox Software and Sega, claiming the developer falsely advertised <i>Aliens: Colonial Marines</i> with unrepresentative trade show demonstrations, have agreed to drop Gearbox from the suit, according to court documents obtained by Polygon today.<p>The judge in the case …

DirectX 12 Delivers: AMD, Nvidia, And Intel Hardware Tested With Awesome Improvements

You may be skeptical about DirectX 12, and I don’t blame you. After all, PC (and often by extension, console) games have been handicapped for <i>years</i> by prior versions of Microsoft's API. But recently AMD paved the way for a “closer to the metal” experience with Mantle, allowing game developers to …

The best Wii U games: June 2015

<i>Eurogamer's best games lists aim to guide you to the highest quality, most original, most exciting games around today. Each regularly updated list</i> …

Retrogaming

Watch: Vampire bat robot uses its wings for walking

This robot is so talented it's scary. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have built a robot inspired by the vampire bat that can walk and fly using its foldable wings.<p>The Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot, or DALER, was described in the journal Bioinspiration & …

Robotics

7 reasons to use emoticons in your writing and social media, according to science

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

Microsoft Augments Reality With Windows Holographic

Microsoft debuted Windows Holographic today, a new augmented reality user interface built directly into Windows 10.<p>Windows Holographic differs from what we’ve seen from virtual reality devices in that it augments the world around you with virtual holograms, rather than take users into entirely …

Food: How spicy flavours trick your tongue

Why does a hot curry burn your mouth? Veronique Greenwood explores why your tongue sometimes tingles in unexpected ways.<p>When you consider the tongue, what leaps to mind are the five canonical tastes – sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and umami. These sensations arise when receptors on the surface of …

Spices

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

45,000-Year-Old Bone Pinpoints Era of Human-Neanderthal Sex

DNA from an ancient man in Siberia shows how Stone Age people spread into Asia.<p>Unearthed by an ivory carver from a Siberian riverbank, a man's 45,000-year-old thigh bone reveals when people first mated with Neanderthals, an international genetics team reports Wednesday.<p>The Ust'-Ishim man's thigh …

Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

Robots can already vacuum your house and drive your car. Soon, they will be your companions.<p>The Japanese crowd sits hushed and somber as the character on stage turns away from his co-star, an actress seated on the floor in front of a small table. He lowers his head, then turns to face the audience …

One of The Rarest Cloud Formations in The World Is About to Appear in Australia

Known as morning glory clouds, these long bands of cigar-shaped formations can stretch up to 1,000 kilometres in length. And they can only be seen …

Australia

The PS4 And Xbox One Are Already Out Of Date - Round 2

Last week I wrote a feature about my disappointment at the PS4 and Xbox One not being capable of handling 4K games, and my belief that this would lead to both consoles only enjoying a relatively short lifespan. And it soon became apparent that not everyone entirely agreed with my view. Even fellow …

Most anticipated games of 2014

Foodini is a 3D printer for everything from burgers to gnocchi

Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead? That's the idea behind Foodini, a new 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and turns them into a culinary masterpiece. The device can do things like make custom ravioli, your own unique crackers …

Bitcoin “vault” Xapo offers solution to theft and a tiny nest egg upon signup

One of the reason bitcoins get so much attention is because people keep stealing them. Every week it seems that another “secure” wallet service gets …

Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it.<p>The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if you’re a …

Nvidia Is About To Steal The Cryptocurrency Mining Crown From AMD

Buried on the 17th page of Tom’s Hardware’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card review is a simple benchmark result that will dramatically disrupt the landscape of cryptocurrency mining. In fact, it’s the kind of data that should send AMD back to the drawing board — at least if they want to maintain …

Swarthy, blue-eyed caveman revealed using DNA from ancient tooth

DNA taken from the wisdom tooth of a European hunter-gatherer has given scientists an unprecedented glimpse of modern humans before the rise of farming. The Mesolithic man, who lived in Spain around 7,000 years ago, had an unusual mix of blue eyes, black or brown hair, and dark skin, according to …