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Hackers downloaded US government climate data and stored it on European servers as Trump was being inaugurated

As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data.<p>A spreadsheet detailed their …

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Capcom sent us a VCR and creepy video tape for Resident Evil 7

Does anyone know how to use one of these things?<p>We get sent a lot of unnecessary promotional items for video games, but usually they’re like little action figures or pins or stickers. This has to be one of the stranger packages we’ve received in the four years since Polygon launched.<p>This evening, a …

Hacker's unofficial 'Watch Dogs 2' app is incredibly appropriate

After successfully linking<i>GTA V</i> to an iPhone, the same Hungarian hacker has now developed software that allows users to manipulate <i>Watch Dogs 2</i> from their smartphone. Using the programming language, Python, YouTuber Planetleak DIY Projects has managed to recreate the game's Dedsec app on his iPhone …

How To Write Your Very First Powerful Artificial Intelligence /s

Such clever, many intelligent, very human.<p>I know, you’re insanely busy so let’s keep this tutorial short and neat.<p>What the hell is machine …

A closer look at Scuf’s Xbox One Elite controller mods

New paddles and a directional bias d-pad<p>Earlier this month, Scuf unveiled its first line of mods for the official Xbox One Elite controller.<p>The custom controller company announced two different kits for the controller: the Scuf Elite Paddle Control System and Directional Bias D-pad kit, which it’s …

How to Build Your Own Mini SNES

The NES Classic Edition is almost perfect—short controller cords not withstanding—and if you can buy one, it’s one of our favorite gifts, especially …

How to Learn How to Code

So you want to be a programmer? Excellent. You’ve come to the right place. When I explored the realm of technology, particularly software, it was …

Free Xbox One/360 Games With Gold for December 2016 Revealed

Burnout Paradise, the critically acclaimed open-world racer from Criterion Games, will be available to play on Xbox One through backwards compatibility in December. The title is also part of the month's Games with Gold promotion, so you can download it for free.<p>The other Xbox 360 game that will …

Backward Compatibility

Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2016 (update)

It was a very good year<p>It’s already mid-November, believe it or not, which means 2016 is (thankfully) winding to a close and it’s time to start thinking about everyone’s favorite activity: making year-end lists. The debate begins today with the nominees for The Game Awards, the Geoff …

2014 Tweet Predicted Cubs-Indians Extra-Inning World Series?

As the Chicago Cubs held off the Cleveland Indians in extra innings to win the seventh game of the 2016 World Series — and the Cubs’ first …

How to Build a Go-Cart With Simple Tools and No Welder

Just because you don't have a welder doesn't mean you can't build your own mini driving machine.<p>Acquiring tools is a lifelong process. You probably started as a teenager with some screwdrivers, a wrench set and a hammer—but a welder is one of the last things you add to the collection, if you ever …

Dell's Black Friday Ad Leaks, Includes Really Good Xbox One S Deal

It's now November, which means the Black Friday shopping bonanza is just a few weeks away. As is the case seemingly every year, retailer's ads either leak or are posted early. This begins now with Dell's Black Friday ad, which emerged online this week and was posted at Bfads.net.<p>There is one gaming …

Black Friday

Netflix’s new, brilliant strategy for China is to stay the hell out of the country

Netflix is saying <i>zaijian</i> to China, before it even got a foot in the door.<p>In a letter (.pdf) issued alongside its quarterly earnings report, the company told shareholders it was no longer attempting to bring its video streaming service to China, a shift from hints it made about entering the country …

Televisions

Here's How You Can Reserve a Brand-New Delorean

The DeLorean Motor Company is taking reservations for its continuation DMC-12, which should hit production next year.<p>Earlier this year, we reported the news that the mighty DeLorean DMC-12 was making a comeback ... of sorts. Thanks to a piece of legislation passed last year, the U.S.-based DeLorean …

Amazon's 'The Grand Tour' car show launches November 18th

If you've been missing Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, then it's time to mark your calendar. The old <i>Top Gear</i> trio's new show is called <i>The Grand Tour</i>, and will begin streaming its episodes on November 18th. You'll need a subscription to Amazon Prime to watch, but there's no word on …

More Free Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games Now Available, Including One Surprise

Xbox Live Gold members can now pick up more games at the low, low price of free.<p>The second batch of freebies for September are available now, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China for Xbox One and the backwards-compatible Mirror's Edge for Xbox 360. Even if you don't have an Xbox One right …

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Companies Can’t Legally Void the Warranty for Jailbreaking or Rooting Your Phone

Federal warranty law protects your right to run third-party software on your electronics.<p>After I published an article about how electronics manufacturers including Microsoft and Sony illegally void the warranties of consumers who open their devices, I got a flood of emails from people wondering …

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Alienware Steam Machine Core i5 Model is Now Only $375

Alienware Steam Machine Core i5 Model is Now Only $375<p>/ July 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM / Gaming, Gaming News<p>Valve’s attempts with the Steam Machine …

Video: This Raspberry Pi-Powered, 3D Printed NES Mini Puts Nintendo's Effort To Shame

Complete with tiny NFC carts and scaled-down controller

Retrogaming

There is a mathematical law that controls when your iPhone earbuds get tangled

The iPhone 7 will not have a traditional headphone jack and will instead come with wireless earbuds that work via Bluetooth, possibly branded as "Airpods," according to Macrumors.<p>If the rumours are true it will end the universal experience of reaching into your bag or pocket to listen to some music …

Apple Has Sold a Billion iPhones

Just try to wrap your head around that.<p>When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, it was easy to see that it was the beginning of a whole new era of computing. Now, one year short of a decade later, Tim Cook announced on a financial call that Apple has sold its billionth phone. Billion!<p>As Apple …

These Are the 63 Coolest Sneakers of 2016

Sneakerheads, rejoice.<p>From Jordan retros to futuristic offerings from Adidas and Nike, here are the best kicks that dropped this year.

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Xbox One gets price cut ahead of expected new models

All models of the video game console now cost $50 less.<p>With E3 2016 right around the corner, Microsoft on Tuesday cut the price of the Xbox One. All models of the video game console now cost $50 less, with the 500GB version starting at $299. The promotion is available now through Monday June 13 at …

Gaming Consoles

Buy Xbox One, Get Free Game at GameStop and Best Buy All Week

In the market for an Xbox One? Retailers GameStop and Best Buy have launched a new deal you may want to consider. Now through May 28, you can get a free game of your choosing when you pick up a new console.<p>The fine print explains that the console must be new (not secondhand) and that the free game …

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ASUS, Gigabyte tease their aftermarket GTX 1080 designs

ASUS and Gigabyte have begun teasing their custom GTX 1080 designs, with some flashy new cooling solutions

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The best series to binge watch on Netflix right now

1. Narcos<p>The barely believable story of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Through the production and distribution of cocaine, he became so …

No, a sky burial is not the same as a space burial, no one is getting jettisoned into space.<p>A sky burial is a ritual practiced by the Mongolian and …

These cofounders live in separate countries and have never even met — and they're trying to create a new kind of money

And Lisk is such an exciting idea that during their 30-day crowdfunding campaign, nearly 4,000 people chipped in a total of $6 million in bitcoin to fund their seed round, Kordek tells Business Insider.<p>Lisk is two things: a new kind of app store, and a new form of internet money, similar to Bitcoin.<p>…

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