Nicholas Pickell

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'The Sims 4' Punishes Pirates By Pixelating The Entire Game

The Sims 4 has debuted to muted fanfare this past week, mainly due to a lack of early review copies and much grumbling about the game rolling back more than a few features found in earlier games. But so far there at least haven’t been any SimCity-level disasters, and it remains to be seen how the …

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But whether it's a solid-state or hard disk drive, conventional storage solutions have their limitations -- namely, speed, rewritability and durability. …

Sims 4 Fork Glitch Is Random As Hell

You gotta love <i>Sims 4</i> glitches—they're so absurd, it's hard not to laugh at them.<p>Take this new fork glitch, for example. People like …

Hands On: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Samsung recently unveiled two new Galaxy Note phones, one that’s a by-the-book upgrade to last year’s Note 3, and one that does something innovative …

Hands on with LG’s curved, self-healing G Flex smartphone

Unlike most new smartphones I’ve seen this year, the LG G Flex genuinely surprised me. And not just because of its curved design or the fact that …

LG unveils curved, flexible smartphone to better fit your body

SAN FRANCISCO -- At a special press event this week, LG took the wraps off the LG G Flex smartphone.<p>The bendable, flexible phone runs on Android and went on sale in South Korea only 10 days ago. Company executives said there's no word yet on when it will be available in the United States.<p>But in …

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Production Officially Shut Down

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A new reversible USB plug is finally on its way

A new reversible USB plug is likely to hit the market next year.<p>The next generation of USBs is currently being developed, according to a press release by USB 3.0 Promotor Group. The new connectors, known as Type Cs, will sport a number of new features, including a smaller and thinner design, but …

Oldest ever human DNA found in Spain, raises new questions about evolution

<i>Artist's interpretation of the human ancestors who lived near Sima de los Huesos.</i><p>A fossil discovered in a Spanish cave has given researchers the oldest human DNA found to date. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the DNA comes from a femur bone and is believed to be around 400,000 years old. But while …

The Next Generation Of USB Connector Will Plug In Either Way

Truly revolutionary<p>The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is a group of tech companies that promotes USB, has announced that the next USB plug specification is currently being developed.<p>The new plugs and receptacles will be bilaterally symmetrical, so <i>never again will you try and fail to plug in a USB</i> …

BioShock designer: Games shouldn't hide the gory reality of violence

[UPDATE] Levine has since clarified his original quotes, saying art as a whole should show things as they are, but not every piece has the responsibility to do so.<p><i>The original story is below.</i><p>Mainstream media have a way of hiding the gory reality of violence and war, and it is up to art--including …

Funny Animated Short About People Living in Constant Wind

For his 2012 graduation film at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, student Robert Loebel created this incredibly funny animated short called <i>WIND</i>. In 2013, it went on to win multiple awards at film festivals all over the world including in Croatia, Korea and Macedonia.<p>Earlier …

Inside Gaming

Nymphomaniac trailer accidentally shown to Florida children

A cinema audience of children waiting to view the hit Disney animation Frozen were accidentally shown a trailer for explicit art house sex epic Nymphomaniac.<p>Parents in the auditorium in Tampa, Florida, reportedly struggled to cover the eyes of their offspring, while others headed swiftly for the …

Mr. Skin’s Top 10 Nude Scenes of 2013, In Excruciating Pun Form

Being the sensitive intellectual I am, with a drawing room filled with framed degrees and pictures of dogs wearing turtlenecks, I would never dream of watching a work of art solely for the venal pleasure of spying some spry lass stripped of undergarments. But given that the female form is a …

Steam Concurrent Users Surpass 7 Million

Ding ding ding ding!<p>Concurrent users on Steam reached 7 million over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a new record for Valve's game distribution …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step Closer to the Imperial Presidency

I’m one of those neocons you used to hear so much about. I want a powerful presidency, able to project American power effectively. My bias is that …

Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country’s brutal class war — and why it’s ultimately so one-sided<p>Chris Steele<p>December 1, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky’s</i> "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity," <i>edited by</i> …

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, …

Mojo Magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2013

by <b>Bill Pearis</b><p><b>Bill Calahan</b>‘s album <i>Dream River</i> has topped <i>MOJO</i> magazine’s Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right …

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Xbox One tops console purchases for select retailers on Black Friday

Microsoft's Xbox One was the most commonly purchased console from retailers Target and Walmart on Black Friday, according to a survey from Infoscout.<p>Xbox One accounted for 31 percent of consoles purchased, while the PlayStation 4 made up approximately 15 percent. The Xbox 360 ranked second with 30 …

How People Explain Color Throughout The World [Infographic]

This clever color wheel reveals how different languages explain the color spectrum, whether in three words or more than 60 words.<p>Data interpreter/designer Terrence Fradet created this lovely interpretation of colors through the filter of language. At the Fathom Information Design site, he has a …