Christopher Matias

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is at war with itself over slavery

This Lord of the Rings spin-off tries to criticize the very mechanic it’s built around<p>After marathoning through the entirety of <i>Middle-Earth: Shadow of War</i>, I can confidently say two things about it. The first is that the game is built on a complex set of mechanics that gamify slavery and make it …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

The Only Way To Save Samsung's Dying Mobile Business

• <b>Samsung's smartphone shipments were down 8.2% on a year-over-year basis last quarter, according to IDC.</b> It was the only top-5 smartphone shipment that saw a contraction in smartphone shipments.• <b><br>The decline in phone shipments hit Samsung's bottom line.</b> Its profits were down 60% last quarter. That was …

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The Proof Is in the Pull-Up: 10 Tools for Getting Better at Pull-Ups

Once upon a time, I could not do one pull up. Heck, I couldn’t do a push-up, either. I used to ask my mom to write me notes to get me out of gym in …

20 Awesome Ideas For Your Jack-O-Lantern

[bs_slideshow]<p>Tonight is my personal favorite night of the Halloween season: the night I carve the pumpkins! Ever since I was a little kid, I couldn’t wait for the night I got to carve pumpkins with my family. Picking out your perfect pumpkin, deciding upon your perfect design, and then drawing it …

The 4-Move Drill That Fries Fat Fast

Make your lungs and lower-body burn with this explosive weekend challenge<p>If you want to build your best body, add plyometrics to your routine. The explosive power movements can put you on the fast track to a better-performing, more athletic-looking body, says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S. author of <i>The</i> …

How To Gain Mass Fast: 20 Week Quick Start Program

Workout Summary<p>Main Goal<p>Build Muscle<p>Workout Type<p>Full Body<p>Training Level<p>Beginner<p>Program Duration20 weeks<p>Days Per Week<p>3<p>Time Per Workout30-45 …

3 "No Excuses" Hardcore Limited Equipment Workouts

Workout Summary<p>Main Goal<p>Build Muscle<p>Workout Type<p>Split<p>Training Level<p>Beginner<p>Days Per Week<p>5<p>Equipment Required<p>Bodyweight, Dumbbells<p>Target GenderMale & …

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Why PlayStation 4 Was the Best-Selling Console in January 2014

The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling next-gen console in the US last month, according to the latest estimates released by NPD. Although the exact numbers weren’t published, Sony says it sold nearly double the amount of its closest competitor, which NPD has confirmed as the Xbox One.<p>Although the …

Thousands of black and Latino kids lost their schools in 2013

In Philadelphia, hundreds of children left home a little earlier as they headed back to school this year. A slew of school closures over the summer …

China's city of lost children brings in shelters for abandoned babies

Shenzhen is introducing what was known in medieval Europe as the Foundling Wheel: a shelter where parents can leave their babies safely and anonymously<p>It is a bustling city of seven million people, many of them drawn from China's rural hinterland to work in its busy factories, neon-lit shops, …

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Bill Gates Funds A Smartphone Battery That Runs On Human Urine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a mission to improve human sanitation, particularly in areas of the world that don't have a reliable water supply. Much of that effort is about reinventing the toilet but the foundation has also challenged scientists to find ways to turn human waste into …

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The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It

Forget decriminalization or medical marijuana. Bolstered by state ballot victories, top-tier contenders in 2014 are seeking full legalization, the …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

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South Korean MPs consider measures to tackle online gaming addiction

South Korea's parliament is considering a law that would classify online gaming as potentially antisocial addiction alongside gambling, drugs and alcohol.<p>The bill has won support from parents, religious groups and doctors but has alarmed the internet industry and enraged gamers. The legislation …

Verizon quietly unleashes its LTE monster, tripling 4G capacity in major cities

Advertisement<p>41 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / V&A Steamworks<p>We’ve already logged a few sightings of Verizon’s powerful new LTE network in New York and …