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Two weeks, 12 dramas. The most controversial console generation yet?

The release of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this month has provided us with more drama than we could ever have imagined.<p>With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 12 of the biggest controversies that accompanied these new machines into the world.<p>Dead consoles, grinding disc drives, broken games, …

Newly captured photo shows Russia's new badass shark stealth fighter

A new photo captured by Artyom Anikeev shows Russia's new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter—the F-22 Raptor's nemesis. According to The Aviationist, its …

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

Particles

7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

Study: Playing video games can increase brain size

Playing video games can increase brain volume in regions of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, strategic planning, memory and motor skills, according to a new study from research centers in Berlin.<p>The study, which appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers …

Capt. James Kirk To Command Navy's New 'Stealth Destroyer'

Capt. James T. Kirk always got the latest, most advanced ship in Starfleet, so it seems only fitting that the Navy's new stealth destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, is slated to be commanded by none other than Capt. James A. Kirk, USN.<p>We can only speculate about the ribbing the Bethesda, Md., native might …

Isohunt BitTorrent site rises from the dead as Isohunt.to

Shortly after the massively popular torrent search engine agreed to shutter indefinitely in a settlement with the MPAA, fans of the site create a near replica clone.<p>It's been two weeks since BitTorrent search engine Isohunt agreed to exit the Internet after reaching a $110 million settlement deal …

BitTorrent

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Zumwalt: The Navy's massive, high-tech destroyer is here (pictures)

Next-gen Zumwalt-class destroyer<p>Tumblehome hull<p>Ready, aim, fire<p>Design features and systems<p>Autonomic Fire Suppression System<p>Under construction<p>Enhanced stealth capabilities<p>Big ship, low profile<p>General Dynamics Bath Iron Works launched the first of the Navy’s next-generation Zumwalt-class destroyers …

Military

Monoprice 10565 review: Superb-sounding speakers that are a little short on style - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Monoprice 10565</b> 5.1 speaker system sounds even better than our longtime favorite compact speakers, the Energy Take Classic 5.1. The speakers are small, yet sound exceptional for their size, especially with movies. The $249 retail price is significantly lower than what you pay for most …

Audiophile

Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days

Scientists from the University of Washington have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of an enzyme that exhibits …

18-Foot Oarfish Livens Up A 'Leisurely Snorkel' In California

A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a dead oarfish, a mysterious creature known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.<p>The discovery at the …

Actron U-Scan: Get Vehicle Diagnostic Data on Your Phone

Control through a smartphone app makes it easy to use, but the full features get expensive.<p><b>Price</b>: $80<p>Even if you don't do much auto repair, a scan tool is a great gadget. On any car made after 1996, the tool will tell you what error code caused the Check Engine light to illuminate. That lets you …

The Best Times to Buy a New TV

You may want a big, new HDTV before your team kicks off its season, but now may not be the best time to buy.<p><b>Football season is going strong</b>. You're ready to kick back and watch the game, but you can't enjoy your Sunday afternoons at home if your TV isn't ready for football season. Whether its …

Neuroscientist uses MRI scans to show that dogs have emotions similar to humans

Man’s best friend may have more in common with his or her human owners than previously thought.<p>For the past two years, neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University has been conducting a series of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on canines – including his pet terrier Callie – and he says …

Ematic announces 8-inch Android tablet priced at $129.99

In case you're keeping score, that's a full $200 less than Apple's 8-inch tablet. How does it compare? On paper, surprisingly well.<p>Looking for a tablet that's a bit larger than, say, a Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD? The poster tablet for "slightly bigger" is, of course, Apple's 7.9-inch iPad …

Gear & Gadgets

Computer grading will destroy our schools

Feeding essays into a computer program tells students: No one cares what you have to say<p>As you know if you teach at a U.S. public school – or even if you just read the June 2013 New York Times feature about it – a consortium of state boards of education recently decided that we should have uniform …

Keeping your laptop plugged in all the time will kill its battery faster

Laptops are our indispensable lifeline to the majesty that is the internet. We use them to work and play from anywhere in the world. But if you're …

Advancing the state of the art for in-ear headphones, at a lower price

The 1964 Ears V6-Stage is a tour de force of in-ear headphone design, and they're hand-crafted in Portland, Ore.<p>When I first reviewed the 1964 Ears V6custom in-ear headphones earlier this year I not only loved the sound, I got the distinct feeling the company tries harder to please its customers …

Audiophile

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router review: A cutting-edge Wi-Fi router that has it all - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router</b> features powerful hardware, faster Wi-Fi technology, and useful features. The router delivers in all categories.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Asus RT-AC68U is expensive, not wall-mountable, and not everyone will immediately benefit from its new and …

Wi-Fi

World's oldest newspaper to end print edition, go digital only

Lloyd's List, which was founded in 1734, says declining interest in the shipping newspaper's print edition led to the decision.<p>After nearly 280 years in print, the world's oldest continuously published newspaper is stopping the presses in favor of a digital presence.<p>Lloyd's List, which was founded …

Customers

Pioneer SP-SB23W review: Affordable sound bar that's serious about sound - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Pioneer SP-SB23W</b> offers outstanding sound quality for a sound bar, particularly when it comes to the blend between the sub and the main cabinet. Performance is even more impressive considering the size of the tiny wireless subwoofer, which is easy to hide in the room. And there's also …

Audiophile

Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

Today Microsoft took the wraps off its holiday hardware lineup, unveiling two new tablets, and a number of new and updated accessories. It’s a lot of information to process, so let’s go through each piece in order.<p>I spent time in Redmond last week with the new hardware, and the team behind the …

Battlefield 4 Battlelog features explained

A new post on <i>Battlefield 4</i>'s official site fully details the game's second-screen application, the Battlelog.<p>Announced in July, Battlelog allows players to use a PC or mobile device for maps, leaderboards and more. As detailed by the lengthy post, Battlelog will also enable players to track how …

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Why the University of Washington Wants Its Surgeons to Play Videogames

Randall Munroe / xkcd.com<p>In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study found that as many as 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical error in …

Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn

Scientists say potential damage from naturally occurring fructose in apparently healthy drinks is being overlooked<p>Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain, warn the US scientists who blew the whistle on corn …