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There Are Too Many New Games On Steam

There have already been more new games released on Steam in 2014 than there were in <i>all of 2013</i>. And it's only May.<p>By itself, and on principle, this …

The Xbox was the future — now it's just a game console

By removing Kinect, Microsoft is forfeiting its original vision<p>Years ago, Microsoft had a bold vision for the future of computing. It would be a tapestry composed of tiny squares. Each square would represent an app, a game, an experience of some sort, and you’d be able to just reach out and touch …

Premature Celebration? Here's Why A Kinect-Free Xbox One Is Terrible News

Microsoft has yielded to the demands of a vocal fan base and introduced a $399 Xbox One without Kinect. But while those fans are celebrating a victory and likely preparing to speak approval with their wallets, I’m left feeling concerned about the longevity of the Xbox One and the creative growth of …

$400 Xbox One without Kinect coming June 9, drops Live Gold requirement for streaming

For everyone who felt the Xbox One is too expensive, Microsoft has apparently heard your complaints.<p>Microsoft announced that a new $400 Xbox One (£350 in UK) is coming June 9 that does not include the Kinect peripheral. Additionally, the Xbox One and Xbox 360 will no longer require a Live Gold …

Prehistoric Impact Theory 'Doesn't Hold Up,' Scientists Say

One of the most controversial ideas about prehistoric North America — that an impact by an extraterrestrial object 12,800 years ago triggered a cold snap that killed off mammoths and decimated early human populations — is under fresh attack. Independent archaeologists have reanalyzed the dates of …

Watch two neutron stars rip each other apart to form a black hole

This supercomputer simulation from NASA shows one of the most violent events in the universe: Two neutron stars ripping each other apart to form …

Electrical Stimulation Of Brain Could Induce Lucid Dreaming

But don't try this at home.<p>In case you hadn't heard, stimulation of the brain with mild electrical currents can in some people induce lucid dreaming: the ability to become self-aware in dreams, and to sometimes control them.<p>In the study, the scientists, led by Ursula Voss at the J.W. Goethe …

Consciousness

Doctors Treat Depression With Brain Magnets

Meghan McGill was a freshman in college when she was diagnosed with depression. She lost interest in reading and dancing, two of her favorite …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Forestry

Apple's iPad will reportedly add split-screen multitasking with iOS 8

Apple may finally be bringing legitimate multitasking to the iPad. The well-connected Mark Gurman of <i>9to5Mac</i> is reporting that starting with iOS 8, users will be able to run two apps simultaneously on the tablet's screen. For years, iOS has allowed only one app to be displayed on screen at any given …

Hyper launches the first Made-for-iPhone/iPad USB flash drive w/ built-in Lightning connector

Hyper— we’ve reviewed some of its MacBook batteries and iPhone accessories in the past— is today announcing the first Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (MFi) flash drive that includes a built-in Lightning connector. Unfortunately you can’t get your hands on one just yet, but you can preorder through …