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The Week in Pictures | October 6 – 12, 2014

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. We begin this week’s installment from West Africa, where a specialized Ebola team cleans a house in Sierra Leone. More photos<p>Mexico City: Protesters march during a demonstration demanding justice in the case of the 43 students who went …

A Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, cover pre-existing conditions and lower costs

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama will probably declare that his signature health care law is finally starting to work as designed.<p>We expect him to claim the mantle of “forward” progress and suggest that anyone who opposes the law either does not understand it or …

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto uses cookstoves, a handheld fuel cell, and simple biomass fuels to power lights and devices in areas where electricity is scarce.<p>Billions of people in the developing world are using mobile phones, and a growing portion of them are connecting to the Internet for the time through them. But …

If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford

If you like what GoldieBlox is doing to innovate for girls' toys, you could Like them on Facebook. And if you want to see them <b>win a chance at airing</b> …

Stanford University

Dying 2-year-old son is best man at parents' wedding

Terminally ill at the age of 2, Logan Stevenson served as best man as his parents married Saturday in an emotional ceremony timed so he could participate.<p>"It means the world to me,'' Sean Stevenson, the groom, said after the ceremony in Jeannette, Pa., where he married Logan's mom, Christine …

Documents Shed New Light on NSA Data Gathering

More details revealed about past problems with programs to track phone records and Internet transactions<p>WASHINGTON—The Obama administration declassified and released documents Wednesday that described past violations of a secret court order by National Security Agency programs set up to amass …

Surveillance

80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment, survey finds

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating …

Google makes up 25% of Internet traffic

Americans do a lot of Googling.<p>Google (GOOG) accounts for nearly a quarter of Internet traffic in North America, according to a recent study conducted by analytics firm DeepField. That makes Google's Internet presence bigger than Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX) and Twitter's combined, according to …

The Best Digital Tools for Organizing Your RPG Campaign

Plenty of gamemasters still use graph paper and three-ring binders to organize their role-playing campaigns, but there’s an arsenal of tools …

Board Games

Keep flying: Firefly MMO for iOS & Android in the works

Dust off your Chinese insult phrasebooks.<p>A strange alliance between nerd memorabilia vendor QMx and mobile games developer Spark Plug Games has been …

Scientists find strange, shape-shifting particles

Exotic particles called neutrinos have been caught in the act of shape-shifting, switching from one flavor to another, in a discovery that could help solve the mystery of antimatter.<p>Neutrinos come in three flavors: electron, muon and tau and have been known to change, or oscillate, between certain …

Earth Strikes a Pose Beneath Saturn's Rings

The Cassini spacecraft took a day off from exploring Saturn's rings and weather patterns to snap a photo of Earth. Like Voyager 1 revealed in 1990 …

Astronomy

With problems fixed, Nvidia plans July 31st launch of its Android gaming device, Shield

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>After an initial delay, gamers don’t have to wait much longer for Nvidia(s nvda) Shield. The handheld gaming device starts …

Time is gaming's biggest cost; here's one solution

Game makers expect a lot from the people who play their games. Certainly more so than most other forms of mainstream entertainment.<p>When you go to a movie you're not expected to know how to operate anything other than the seat, and perhaps a pair of 3D glasses.<p>Conceptualizing the deeper meanings …

Cooperatives: The Last of Us

Stay calm: This episode is spoiler-free.<p><em>The Last of Us</em> is brilliant.<p>Too often filming Cooperatives can feel like sucking marrow from a bone. Few games have a lot to say, and fewer still say something as concisely, eloquently and intelligently as <i>The Last of Us.</i> Our conversation barely …

Family develops iPad game to inspire young girls to love math

Kathryn and David Clarke got the idea for a math practice game when their daughters were in middle school, and struggling with numbers. Decades later, they have released the game on the App Store, and it’s designed for every young girl to excel in science and math.<p>The iPad game, Mission: Math … …

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is MercurySteam's last in the series

<i>Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2</i> will be the last game in the series from developer MercurySteam, producer Dave Cox told Destructoid at San Diego Comic-Con.<p>Announced at E3 2012, <i>Lords of Shadow 2</i> is a sequel that tells the story of Dracula — a character that the studio feels has not been explored …

With The ASUS G750JX, Is The Hunt For The Perfect Gaming Laptop Finally Over?

There is one common, unfortunate theme when it comes to laptops — something I’ve dubbed “almost perfect” syndrome. Whether it’s genius design marred by a sub-par display or a powerful desktop replacement dragged down by unappealing aesthetics, that one niggling problem consistently rears its ugly …

Konami Hints at Next Castlevania Game

A few tidbits about the follow-up to Lords of Shadow 2.<p>A new Castlevania game was teased at Comic-Con, alongside the announcement that it would not …

Apple developer center hacked

[UPDATE] A Turkish security researcher, Ibrahim Balic, has claimed responsibility for the hack, according to a report at <i>The Guardian</i>. Balic insisted that he perpetrated the hack to demonstrate that Apple's system was in fact leaking user information.<p><i>The original story is below.</i><p>Apple has taken down …

'XYZ' exhibit highlights women's contributions to games

<i>XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design</i>, a new exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta, focuses on games designed by women and the ways in which they offer a wider range of experiences than most mainstream games.<p>The exhibit features nearly 40 video games as well as a number of tabletop games, …

Why next-gen horsepower needs to power AI, not scripted spectacle

It’s a tragic fact of video games that some of the most important, coolest, most game-improving stuff in them is also the least superficially sexy …

Nextgen

Blizzard Seeks Trademark for 'Cute But Deadly'

Application refers to printed goods, toys, and board games.<p>Sometimes game publishers file trademark applications clearly intended for future …

Game DVR: Xbox One and PS4 constantly record gameplay

Both next-gen consoles will keep a rolling buffer of recent gameplay footage: five minutes for the Xbox One, fifteen for the PS4.<p><b>Social sharing has</b> …

Nextgen

'Legends Of Gaming': Jovenshire And More Are In A New Gaming Show, And It Looks Awesome

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Pokémon Go<p>Sure, the game has quickly eaten society. But it's helping us see the world …

The problem with the ESA's 'Essential Facts' report on gender and games

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Every year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) compiles a brief report on the state of the video game industry, including how much it’s growing, …