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Italy hit by four powerful earthquakes in four hours, bringing terror to region trying to recover from last year's deadly tremors

Italy was hit by four earthquakes in four hours on Wednesday, bringing fear and foreboding to the same mountainous region that was struck by deadly tremors last year.<p>The four quakes, which came in quick succession, caused buildings to collapse but miraculously resulted in no deaths or injuries.<p>They …

The CIA Has Released 13 Million Declassified Documents on UFOs and Psychic Experiments

Spooky stuff.<p>The truth is out there—and by there, we mean Google.<p>The CIA has released 13 million pages of declassified documents online due to a lawsuit and a long-term campaign from freedom of information advocates.<p>The full archive, containing almost 800,000 files according to the <i>BBC</i>, spans many …

The next Windows 10 update should make PC gaming better than ever

Microsoft is serious about PC games, a new leak reveals. The next major Windows 10 update due in the coming months will include a Game Mode that …

Watch an AI supercomputer battle top pros in a $200,000 poker tournament

It knows when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em<p>The Brains vs. AI poker tournament being put on by Carnegie Mellon University kicked off today. It pits four humans pros against an AI trained to play Heads Up (1 vs. 1) No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker. The system runs on supercomputers, the humans on …

'Pokémon Sun' and 'Pokémon Moon' Players Can't Stop Failing The Game's Global Missions

Something sad but also kind of hilarious keeps happening with <i>Pokémon Sun</i> and <i>Pokémon Moon</i>, as players try, and repeatedly fail to hit global goals set for them in the game by the developer.<p>The challenges are called “Global Missions” where players are given a specific task to complete collectively in …

Steam's 5 Most Played Games of 2016 Didn't Come Out in 2016

2016 is the new 2015. And 2014. And 2013. And...<p>It turns out Steam’s most-played games of 2016 were all released well before last year.<p>Via GitHyp – a …

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People Have Started Hacking Nintendo's NES Classic And Adding More Games To It

It was only a matter of time before people found a way to hack Nintendo’s NES Classic, and that time has come. Earlier this week, modders trading …

The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017

2016 was a decent if unspectacular year for PC gaming. Several popular game franchises received high quality additions – Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, …

RPGs

Language Learning Showdown: Rosetta Stone vs. Duolingo

There are so many language learning resources available now it can feel a bit overwhelming. Rosetta Stone and Duolingo are two of the most popular …

AI goes head-to-head with star poker players in No-Limit Texas Hold' em

Artificial intelligence has already become a part of our everyday lives through AI-assisted services like Siri. But Al has its own hobbies too, …

This selfie drone can fit in your pocket

The Hobbico C-Me is a foldable drone that can follow you around like your a celebrity.<p>We've seen selfie drones before, but there aren't many that are about the size of smartphone. The Hobbico C-Me is $200 foldable micro drone that is capable of snapping photos and videos.<p>The drone can fly up to six …

Dozens killed in gang violence at Brazilian jail

Decapitated bodies thrown over prison wall in Manaus after clash between prisoners aligned with rival drug gangs<p>A prison riot has left at least 56 people dead, with decapitated bodies thrown over prison walls in the bloodiest violence in more than two decades in Brazil’s overcrowded penitentiary …

How was Russian mystic Rasputin murdered?

<b>Grigory Rasputin, a mystic peasant who captivated the Russian imperial court, met his death at the hands of aristocratic enemies 100 years ago.</b><b>Artem Krechetnikov of BBC Russian examines the grisly murder of Rasputin and finds that some details are more myth than reality.</b><p>Few characters in Russian …

Royal Family

What the Future Holds for Smart Homes in 2017

Hubs, smart-home security and 4K TV could all be fixtures in luxury residences in the new year<p>Smart technology has long been a staple of of high-end …

Smart Homes

Best PlayStation 4 Games of 2018

The PS4 has a ton of great titles available, but we all have a limited amount of time (and money) so we can't just aimlessly pick games. That's why …

Video game releases for January 2017

Highlights include Resident Evil 7, Kingdom Hearts and Gravity Rush 2<p>Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of January 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel for tons of gaming videos. …

The 10 best video games of 2016

So here we are, on the cusp of a new year and it is time for us here to reflect on the past 12 months of excellent gaming action. While 2016 was the year that shocked the world in so many ways, video games found a degree of consistent excellence, with barely a month going by without a new …

Here are the TV shows premiering in 2017 we’re most excited for

It’s a big year for superheroes on television<p>This year, there were 455 scripted shows on television. Next year, that number is expected to jump past 500, making it the biggest year in TV history. With so many new options — and old favorites — it’s become more important than ever to find the shows …

Someone Turned 2016 Into a Horror Movie Trailer and It's Terrifying AF

Relive all the horrors 2016 had to offer.<p>Even the scariest horror movies have nothing on 2016. From creepy clowns roaming the streets to the deaths of countless beloved icons, this year has been nothing short of unsettling — and most of us are more than ready for it to be over.<p>But if you need more …

Horror

The Powerful NVIDIA Quadro P6000 Tested, And A Glimpse At The Rumored GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Back in July, at SIGGRAPH 2016, NVIDIA unveiled the Pascal-based Quadro P6000, and its somewhat less-powerful sibling, the Quadro P5000. I wrote about the Quadro P6000 at the time because it provided some interesting insight into NVIDIA’s professional and – potentially – consumer GPU line-up. You …

HandBrake, the ultimate video format converter, finally out of beta after 13 years

It’s common practice for apps to launch first in beta-test format for a few weeks or months, to allow early users to provide feedback before the official release. Video conversion utility HandBrake must, though, have set a new record: after 13 years in beta, the app has finally officially launched …

Software

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

'Rogue One' and 'Sing' leave little room for other passengers at the box office

So much for there being a lot of space in the galaxy.<p>"Rogue One"" quashed most movie rebellions Friday, while Universal was whistling a happy tune with "Sing," as the two films are dominating all wide releases this holiday weekend.<p>In its second weekend of release, "Rogue One" took in about $20 …

23 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your …

Raspberry Pi releases an OS to breathe new life into old PCs

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its Linux-based Pixel OS for Windows and Mac PCs. The OS, originally designed to run only on the Raspberry Pi hobby board, comes with the Chromium web browser and a suite of productivity and coding tools. "We asked ourselves one …

Ambitious Pokémon ROM hack shuts down, days before launch

Another one bites the dust<p><i>Pokémon Prism</i>, an unofficial fan project based on the popular Nintendo role-playing games, has been canceled, its creator announced on social media. That brings the eight-year development to an abrupt end, just four days shy of the ROM hack’s highly anticipated</i> …

The essential tricks and tips that all PlayStation 4 owners need to know

Just bought yourself a PS4? Or have you owned one since launch? Either way, you might not be aware of all the settings and hidden features tucked …

The Ultimate List of Best Websites to Learn Coding

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co — professional technical writing tool<p>It’s been half a year since I gathered my first list of …

These Universities Are Training The World’s Top Coders

HackerRank tapped over 120 top universities around the world and had each of their best coders go head-to-head.<p>With early college admissions under way for many universities around the country, we got to thinking: Which colleges have the best coders in the world?<p>While there are academic rankings, …