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Analyst: PC gaming now brings in more money than console gaming

MOBAs, free-to-play games driving growth among core gamers.<p>Anyone who has been playing games on the PC for a while has likely gotten used to regular, …

15 Ways to Fix Everything With Toothpaste

The answer's been in your medicine cabinet all along<p>The answer's been in your medicine cabinet all along

Ancient Linux servers: The blighted slum houses of the Internet [Updated]

Mass compromise infects old Web servers running Linux versions from 2007.<p><b>Update on March 24 at 7:03 California time:</b>The Cisco blog post has been …

Getty Images opens up its stock photo vaults for free, legal use with new embed tools

Whether it's @HistoryinPics or just an Imgur-hosted picture posted to Reddit, professional photos are being used everywhere on the internet -- and usually without payment or credit to the original owner. Getty Images licenses out stock photos (including coverage of sports, news and fashion events) …

Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi is 'broke'

The Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning actor Barkhad Abdi is reportedly struggling to make a living despite the success of Captain Phillips<p>Barkhad Abdi, whose performance as a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips earnt him a Bafta for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for an Academy Award, is …

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11 Reasons Why Cat Bites May Be Linked To Depression

Here are the best possible explanations for the strange correlation.<p>In case you hadn't heard, cat bites are linked to depression. As I wrote last week, a study in <i>PLOS ONE</i> looked through the health records of 1.3 million people and found that 41 percent of people who were treated for cat bites were …

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The early days of 25 websites

As the first website when online 25 years ago today, it's easy to forget just how some of our favourite websites looked back in their early incarnations. Rhiannon Williams unearths the best<p>The very first website went online 25 years ago today in December 1990 - in which time the Berlin Wall has …

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The 'first electronic person' was a box on wheels

<i>Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills.</i><p>Some <i>humans</i> have enough trouble navigating an apartment without stubbing their toes, and that's with a robust onboard computer, finely tuned …

'Legend of Zelda' remake for the Oculus Rift lets you become Link

<i>The Legend of Zelda</i> series may have gone 3D many years ago, but an enterprising Oculus Rift developer is taking things a step further by recreating the original, NES <i>Legend of Zelda</i> game in a virtual reality world. The combination of the original game's blocky, 8-bit style plus a first-person …

How the area code rose to power

Despite the rise of the internet, the 10-digit telephone number remains an ubiquitous and all-encompassing method of communication. But it hasn't been that long since human operators were responsible for completing telephone calls, and<i>The Atlantic</i> has put together a look at how the 10-digit number …

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

At the Diamond particle accelerator in Oxfordshire, experiments using beams of light 10,000 times brighter than the sun have implications for the fight against cancer, improved air safety and energy efficiency<p>The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a …

Mastering engineer says the LP is the most accessible high-resolution music format

The Audiophiliac visits the Masterdisk studio to watch engineer Alex DeTurk at the record cutting lathe.<p>The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled into Alex DeTurk's studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big …

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10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros

Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of drops, spills, accidents, and whatever's on the bottom of your shoes. Learn the secrets to keep carpets looking new.<p>Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of …

Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

How to become a World Memory Champion in ten steps

As you throw back another egg nog, mulled wine or other variety of sickly Christmas cheer, save a thought for the brain cells that take a hit with …

Mount a Raspberry Pi-Powered Google Calendar On Your Wall

Calendars are great to have in your house, but the problem with most of them is that despite cute pictures of kittens or baby turtles, the calendars …

Make Your Own Internet-Controlled Lamp with a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is great for powering all kinds of home automation projects. If you want to get those power outlets connected the internet so you …