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Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

See what Sonic the Hedgehog sees at super-speed in this Oculus Rift game

If navigating the jumps, loops and springboards of Sonic the Hedgehog in standard 2D made your eyes water, imagine doing it in first person — with the Oculus Rift.<p>This video, like others of Ocul-ized games, doesn't really do the experience true justice. The video's creator, Chadtronic, warns that …

Film crew digs up decades-old E.T. game cartridges in New Mexico landfill

An excavation team dug up old Atari video game cartridges of the much-maligned E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game at a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M.<p>After three decades of speculation, a crew went to the landfill and unearthed the old cartridges after doing a huge amount of research for the Xbox …

Minecraft Is Shaping A Generation, And That Is A Good Thing

Minecraft. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Writer Laura McKenna argues that it’s so popular with autistic children that in a classroom, the game could essentially serve as the great equalizer between autistic and non-autistic students. I agree that many autistic folks I know love their Minecraft, but …

The Zelda Graphics Question

In August of 2000 at its Spaceworld event, Nintendo awed the gaming world when it showed footage of what many at the time took to be its next entry …

Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels

Two years ago, Itay Eshet's daughter told him she wanted a Facebook account. She was 10 years old.<p>Facebook's great, Eshet told her, but it's not for kids. So instead they built a new social network for preteens called Nipagesh, which means "let's meet" in Hebrew.<p>Facebook and most other social …

Why a Cozy Relationship Between Valve and Oculus VR Makes Perfect Sense

Team Fortress 2’s Soldier, Pyro and Heavy<br>try the Oculus Rift.One factoid from Oculus VR’s $75 million funding round last week merits a bit more …

Facebook helped apprehend sexual predator

Federal agents in South Carolina were able to track down and apprehend a sexual predator earlier this year with the help of Facebook, reports South Carolina news outlet <i>The State</i>. Investigators were able to link child pornography found on a hard drive confiscated in Boston to photos on Facebook …

Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

<b></b>By Walt Mossberg[Watch video at http://allthingsd.com]This is my last column for The Wall Street Journal, after 22 years of reviewing consumer …

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 aims to make every character a winner

The philosophy behind Capcom's <i>Ultra Street Fighter 4</i> is to tweak all the characters in such a way that they are all considered top-tiered, according to Capcom's community specialist and battle director Peter Rosas.<p>Speaking to Polygon, Rosas said the motivation behind the game was to make all the …

How one ex-game developer helped grant Batkid's wish to save Gotham City

Last month, a pair of masked vigilantes took to the streets of San Francisco to quell a citywide crime wave. The dynamic duo, led by a five-year-old boy named Miles Scott, successfully foiled a deadly plot by criminal masterminds The Riddler and The Penguin in a west coast version of Gotham City. …

Valve's SteamOS Now Available To Download; Linux Virgins Cautioned

Valve’s SteamOS is now freely available for download, but be warned that the installation procedure and general use is aimed squarely at the technically savvy for now.<p>SteamOS is based on Debian Linux, and is in part designed for streaming Windows-based Steam games to secondary computers– built by …

Everything you need to know about the YouTube copyright crisis and why you should care

At the center of this week's confusing thicket of news and outrage surrounding YouTube video game copyright sweep is a very simple issue.<p>It's about freedom-of expression and the ability of critics, commentators and journalists to speak to large numbers of people without fear of reprisals or …

The Xbox One could be huge if Microsoft stopped fooling itself

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Back before Microsoft announced the Xbox One, everyone assumed that the next Xbox was going to be the first choice among gamers. With the Xbox 360, Microsoft …

Plants vs. Zombies 2 update adds new levels, fixes

The latest update for PopCap's action-strategy title, <i>Plants vs. Zombies 2</i>, adds a new map, "Piñata Party" levels and more.<p>The game's user interface has also been revamped to help players "know how much you've done, where you're going and what loot you'll get along the way." The game's Turbo button …

Google buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular and terrifying robots

Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities. Products that the firm has demonstrated in recent years include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 29 mile-per-hour …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

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Google Doodle Honors Computer Programmer Grace Hopper

The naval officer, who died in 1992 at age 85, was one of the first programmers on the Navy's Mark I computer.<p><b>Today's Google Doodle honors Grace Hopper, one of the first computer programmers to work on the Mark I computer for the Navy in the 1940s.</b><p>Tasked with maintaining the computer that helped …

Fallout 4 Reportedly Exists, Is Set In Boston

There are no secrets on the internet anymore, and video game projects trying to be kept under wraps have a way of being uncovered far ahead of their official reveal date these days. Such is the case with Fallout 4 today, a game, that according to Kotaku at least, actually exists.<p>The internet …

Over 60% of internet traffic doesn’t come from humans

It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.<p>This year, Incapsula says 61.5% of traffic on the web is non-human.<p>Now, you might think this portends the arrival of “The Internet of Things”—that ever-promised network that will …

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Chicago mayor says new coding initiative will support the 'next Bill Gates and Marissa Mayer'

Nine out of 10 schools don’t offer coding classes, according to nonprofit organization Code.org.<p>That number is slowly changing, with school districts realizing potential employers and universities are aggressively recruiting students with computer science skills. Fourteen states have now elevated …

Guitar Hero Creators Tackle Fitness Equipment Next With Goji Play

Treadmills. They’re just so monotonous, no?<p>It’s a challenge to keep your mind off exhaustion or muscle fatigue, so many gym users turn to TV shows or books to distract themselves. But even that may not be enough to make exercise less of a chore for regular folk.<p>So Charles and Kai Huang, who are …

An Incredible Floating Table Made Of Marble

Looking at the Lythos table, designed by Lisbon-based French designer Toni Grilo, it’s hard to believe the geometry. The table appears to be a massive marble pyramid stood on its head, balancing all its weight, improbably, on its pinnacle. But at only 40 kg, the hollow table is a trompe l’oeil and …