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Photographing hypersexuality in the home

The narrative imposed on women’s bodies can feel relentlessly objectifying. We’re constantly confronted by the gender power asymmetry afforded by the male gaze: where women are faceless, personality-lacking creatures of body parts for consumption, and where women seem to have no control over their …

Tiny Sensors Phone Home When Their Plant Needs Water

Wouldn’t it be nice if your plants could email you when they’re thirsty? Thanks to a NASA spinoff, they can!<p>This tiny sensor measures electrical …

10 Inventive Designs for a DIY Garden Fountain

The soothing sound of flowing water has long been a feature of celebrated gardens around the world. Not only does a fountain add welcome beauty to an …

How to Stream Xbox One Games to a Windows 10 PC

No pain, all gain.<p>There are a few reasons why you might want to stream a game from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC: someone's already hogging the …

Windows 10 tips for gamers: How to save your bandwidth, do a clean install, and more

Just because you have a new operating system doesn’t mean everything is working like it should.<p>Windows 10<p>New Windows 10 game<br>• How to get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition<p>Here’s a secret: If you installed Windows 10 today, you agreed to have your computer act as a peer-to-peer host for sharing Windows …

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OneDrive link to Xbox Music puts your MP3s in the cloud for free

A few months ago info leaked out that OneDrive was getting ready for music storage, then Microsoft confirmed, and now it's here. Starting today, Xbox Music and OneDrive are connected so any music files (MP3, M4A, or WMA) in your "Music" folder on Microsoft's cloud storage service are immediately …

How I turned my Xbox's Kinect into a wondrous motion-capture device

When Microsoft started selling a basic Xbox One package without a Kinect V2 for $100 less, the result was unequivocal: Sales took off. Most gamers can take or leave the ubiquitous depth camera, because it just <i>isn't as useful</i> for gaming as, say, the Wii controller. It <i>is</i> indispensable for certain …

7 Luxurious Hotels Where New Yorkers Can Escape The City This Winter

Life in the city can wear on anyone, especially when you throw in cold nights, fleets of snow and biting wind.<p>And while you can't always easily escape the winter weather, you can at least leave behind the endless hustle of the city for a couple of days.<p>Whether it's skiing, gaming or relaxation that …

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Windows 10 means big changes for the future of Xbox

Microsoft made a lot of sweeping statements yesterday about what it wants for the future of Xbox and Windows. We don't like broad statements here at Engadget; we like <i>specifics</i>. Good news! We've broken down the aforementioned statements into the stuff that really matters: how <i>you</i> will be affected by …

DIY Tabletop Mini Golf

Make the most of your snow days this winter by making, and then playing with, this clever DIY table top mini golf game from Oh Happy Day!<p>You can design your course to be as challenging as you like and add all the special features you can think of. Set it up as a fun party activity on those cold …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains His Controversial Christmas Day Tweet

The message racked up thousands of retweets and made it his most popular, and seemingly most controversial, tweet yet.<p>Some thought his sentiment was anti-Christian. Many agreed he was trolling (with a twinkle in his eye).<p>The day after Christmas, Tyson turned to Facebook to flesh out an explanation …

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Negotiators Strike Deal to Target Tax and Sale of Marijuana in D.C.

Congress plans to block the District of Columbia from implementing a system to tax and regulate sales of legalized marijuana in the city, a source …

A halfhearted U.S. war effort in the Middle East

A common thread connects U.S. military operations of the last 20 or more years: We've persistently tried to fight them on the cheap. In gauging the requirements of a prospective campaign, “What do we need to win?” has repeatedly taken a back seat to “What's the minimum we can get by with?”<p>The …

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North Korea 'to repatriate South man'

<b>North Korea says it will repatriate a South Korean man who entered the country illegally.</b><p>He was detained after entering via a third country, North Korea said, adding that he wanted to live in the North after "finding it difficult to live" in the South.<p>North Korea said it would return him via the …

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Hawaii Senate Panel Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Cheech and Chong are paying attention to the Hawaii Legislature?<p>Posted on the pot-toking comedy duo's official website this week was an alert that two Hawaii state Senate committees were preparing to hear a pair of bills that could...<p>Read more on …

GTA Online: How to Find the Snowy City in the Sky - IGN Video

How to find Ludendorff, North Yankton and the hidden city in the sky in GTA Online.

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Microsoft releases Xbox One cheat sheet: here's what you can tell Kinect to do

Every Xbox One comes with a new Kinect sensor — a powerful peripheral that lets the game console read your heart rate and respond to your voice commands. In our review of the Xbox One, however, we discovered that the Kinect typically only recognizes extremely specific vocal cues like "Xbox turn …

Fresh Apple Tea Lights - An apple candle holder tutorial

Ah, Halloween is over, and I sure enjoyed all of the spooky and festive posts. I’m not ready to let go of the fall theme just quite yet though! These …

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Breaking Bad: America Has Used Walter White Logic Since 9/11

The earliest moral compromises made to fight terrorism spiraled out of control, doing grave harm at home and abroad.<p>In <i>Breaking Bad</i>, Walter White starts off as the most sympathetic of all possible meth cooks. A brilliant chemist, he is stuck teaching bored students at an Albuquerque high school. He …

Natural Branch Coasters

Making a set of branch coasters from a fallen tree will allow the beauty of that wood to live on and tell the story in its rings. When you are out …

GTA Online patch reduces repeat mission payouts 50 percent

An update for <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i>, the persistent online world included with <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, reduces the payout for repeated missions by 50 percent, Rockstar said via the game's support page.<p>According to the post, the change is part of an effort to encourage players to explore new content and …

No time to lose (or win): Coping with being an adult gamer

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Mr. Takahashi’s article about gamers who don’t finish games really hit home. For all of my love of video games, I certainly classify as a lapsed gamer. I am a …

Windows 8.1 now available to download

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update is now available to download. Windows 8 users will see a notification in the Windows Store with a prompt to upgrade to the new operating system. Microsoft has added a number of improvements with this update, including built-in Bing search, smart SkyDrive syncing, and …

Rex Ryan's sideways press conference

The Jets did manage to beat the Giants in a meaningless preseason game.<p>Things are bad for the New York Jets. Geno Smith threw three picks and ran out of the end zone to give the Giants two points. Mark Sanchez struggled, too, but left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.<p>Ryan put Sanchez …