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Grand Theft Auto Pacifist, now on YouTube

No art form has a more fraught relationship with its critics than the video game. Formerly the preserve of a few specialist rags, as the form has grown into a commercial and artistic behemoth, critics have started to show interest. And they’ve not always been welcomed with open arms. Anita …

Uber starts paying users $250 to convert Lyft drivers

In a new ad, Uber solicits users to do its dirty work.<p>For $250 in free rides, all you have to do is intro a Lyft driver to Uber. Uber’s Twitter ad [below] marks the company’s latest attempt to undermine the efforts of its chief competitor, Lyft.<p>To recruit new drivers, both startups famously play …

What's Really Scary About Heartbleed

Another day, another Internet security crisis. This time it’s a problem with the encryption protocol that many Internet sites use to protect their data. Yet again, users for whom the basics of Internet security are as obscure as the functioning of car engines are being told there are lots of “site …

Facebook Is Killing Your iPhone Battery. These Are The Easy Steps To Fix It

Paranoia strikes most smartphone owners when their battery runs low. What caused that? Of course it can be a myriad of factors, but for iPhone owners a major culprit has emerged which will affect almost everyone: Facebook. That’s the bad news. The good news is it can be easily fixed.<p>For Facebook, a …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

Minecraft Creator Dumps Oculus: 'Facebook Creeps Me Out'

When Facebook announced it was buying Oculus VR, not everyone was happy — least of all, one of its key developers. <i>Minecraft</i> creator Markus "Notch" …

These are the top 10 most satisfying jobs: surprised?

A thinktank looking at national wellbeing has released some research into the most satisfying careers. The most well-paid aren't the happiest, according to the results, as reported by the BBC. Members of the clergy, who earn on average £20,568 a year, are the most satisfied of all. They're followed …

Lorem ipsum translated: it remains Greek to me

My excitement over JRR Tolkien's forthcoming Beowulf translation had some calling me, in no uncertain terms, a geek. Perhaps that's why I'm so taken with this valiant attempt at translating Lorem Ipsum, the standard dummy text for printers which is a mangling of Cicero, and which dates back to the …

Facebook unveils Hack, a new programming language for writing code faster

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/Marcin Wichary<p>Facebook is at it again, introducing a new programming language designed to make the process of …

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Google’s Eric Schmidt On Critics Who Say College Isn’t Worth It: “They’re Just Wrong”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt took a not-so-subtle swipe at tech critics who say that college is overrated. “There are various people who run around and make claims that higher education is not a good use of your time: they’re just wrong,” he told the audience at the SXSW conference, where he was on …

MH370: Ban on overflights and delays in sharing data hamper search

Summary<p>We’re going to wrap up this live blog. Here’s a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• The 12th day of searching for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 began in Australia,</b> which deployed planes and ships in the southern Indian Ocean, where it reported moderate conditions. The search also continued to the …

Will Malaysia Airlines MH370 finally give up its terrible secret?

After a week of false leads, U-turns, wild speculation and outright contradictions, it was hard to believe there could be any more surprises in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.<p>But when Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak, finally appeared before the media on Saturday afternoon …

Why The Next iPhone Should Have A Bigger Screen

Is the iPhone too small? One designer thinks so, and he may have a point.<p>What will the next iPhone look like when it is released in September after its first major redesign in two years? In a new concept, Sam Beckett, an independent concept designer, imagines a next-gen iPhone Air with a 4.7-inch, …

Tomnod – the online search party looking for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Thirteen countries, 57 ships and 48 aircraft are currently looking for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since last Friday.<p>But since a few hours after the plane and its 239 passengers disappeared, the search has been joined by some 2.3 million ordinary internet users, who are …

In: “Need for Speed” Reviewed

People Who See It May Need Two Hours Back<p>“Need for Speed” borrows its title from the enduring video game series, though its showrunners would like to point out the film isn’t based on any specific NFS game. Indeed, while the movie’s main premise would appear to be a riff on “Need for Speed: The …

The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, …

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Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it.<p>The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if you’re a …

Edward Snowden On How To End Mass Surveillance

Here's what you need to know about Snowden's SXSW interview.<p>"Encryption is defense against the Dark Arts," National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said via Google Hangout to an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Monday. Snowden and the second panelist, Chris Soghoian, as …

Meme, too! David Cameron wades into Twitter's war of the wags

As Twitter luminaries queued up to ridicule his latest photo opportunity, the Prime Minister chose to tell us he was in on the joke.<p>Tweet it out, Scotty! Long ago, in the days before he bestrode Twitter with two accounts, David Cameron was forced to apologise after declaring of the social …

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9 Features Every DSLR Should Have Now

They say that the DSLR’s better days are behind it, but it’s still the choice for most working pros. Rapid advances on point and shoots, ILCs …

'Bitcoin' Creator Worth Estimated $400 Million Found Living 'Humble' Life In California

UPDATE: Dorian S. Nakamoto now denies he is the creator of Bitcoin.<p>The creator of Bitcoin has potentially been found, after 'disappearing' into …

Native app or responsive web? How to choose in 3 steps

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Remember back in the day, when the big industry hoo-ha was the incessant debate over HTML5 web apps versus native mobile apps? …

British ex-Guantanamo inmate denies Syria-related terror charges | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A British man once held at Guantanamo Bay turned human rights campaigner told a court in London on Saturday he would plead not guilty to providing training and funding terrorism in Syria, police said.<p>Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg attends a news conference at the …

Painless patch could make flu vaccine more popular - Futurity

Visits to the doctor's office for an annual flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to a painless microneedle vaccine patch.

Easy and hard ways to pay for college

You’ve dreamed of the day your child would go off to college. What you didn’t dream of was the cost. For that, you had nightmares.<p>There are two ways …

Colorful Silhouette Collages Reveal Layers of Reality

Disappear is a collage project by French artist Slip, where forms, colors, and landscapes intersect in visually exciting combinations. In the series, the artist introduces new realities where mundane black and white backgrounds are interrupted by beautifully intriguing silhouette figures.<p>By …

Samsung Tizen OS: 6 Things You Need To Know | Trusted Reviews

What is Tizen OS?<p>Tizen has been in development for years. We<p>saw some phones running it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in<p>February, where Samung …

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