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Can global brands create just supply chains?

<b>Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)</b><p>To do so, the public will need to hold companies like Apple and Nike accountable for fair labor standards<p>Richard M. Locke<p>May 4, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This article leads the <i>Boston</i> …

Passenger spaceship completes its first rocket-powered flight

Virgin Galactic gets closer to letting you buy your way into space.<p>Virgin Galactic’s space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, completed its first rocket-powered …

Defense contractor pwned for years by Chinese hackers

Data from HBGary hack showed hackers pillaged QinetiQ since at least 2007.<p>QinetiQ, a UK-based defense contractor, has its fingers all over some of …

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay footage

Gameplay footage for Hideo Kojima's The Phantom Pain shown at GDC today, obtained by Youtube user GamesHQMedia, shows off the tutorial level where an injured Snake and Ishmael escape from a hospital.<p>In the video Snake has just awoken from a nine-year coma and has momentarily lost the ability to …

QWOP creator says developers can learn lessons from real-life sports at GDC

At a GDC 2013 talk called "Making it Matter: Lessons from Real Sports," <i>QWOP</i>creator Bennett Foddy argued that developers should look to real-life sports to get players to care about their actions in a simulated world with arbitrary rules — video games, in other words.<p>The primary challenge is that …

Hitman: Absolution AI developed to create story-driven yet spontaneous combat scenarios

Animations for non-player characters in <i>Hitman: Absolution</i> were pre-scripted and story-driven, but still melded with a responsive AI for combat in order to create realistic "breathing" moments, according to members of the development team.<p>Speaking in a panel today at the 2013 Game Developers …

The early misses of Fortnite's building system

Fortnite's building system: the early days<p>Epic Games' <i>Fortnite</i> — a game about building, combat, character customization and social interaction — may be a long way from completion, but that didn't stop developer Billy Bramer from revealing the tried and failed ideas the development team has tested so …