Harris Katz

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Her six-hour commute each day seems crazy, but her affordable rent is not

She doesn't need an alarm clock, Carolyn Cherry says. Her brain is programmed, by years of routine, to sound an internal alarm just before 3 a.m.<p>One hour after rising, she leaves her house in Hemet and drives in darkness to the South Perris<p>Metrolinkstation, the first leg of her daily journey to …

Concept trailer for The Star Wars movie that could have been is glorious

Can we also have The Star Wars, Lucasfilm?<p>We all know the story of <i>Star Wars</i> and its lead hero, Luke Skywalker. But what if Luke Skywalker was a girl? What if Han Solo was an alien creature with green skin and gills? Imagine if Stormtroopers carried lightsabers?<p>It’s not an entirely foreign concept. …

Star Wars

Neil Young's huge online music archive opens to the public

Neil Young has been talking up his giant online archive for ages, but he's finally ready to deliver on his promises. The veteran Canadian rocker has launched the simply-titled Neil Young Archives, a website that includes all the media he has produced to date. And we do mean everything -- every song …

Neil Young

The Best Black Friday Deals That You Can Still Buy

Black Friday is winding down, but if you haven’t gotten around to shopping yet, or were just overwhelmed by the selection, these are our 40 favorite …

Shopping

Build your first basic Android game in just 7 minutes (with Unity)

Making a fully working game for Android is much easier than you might think. The key to successful Android development— or any kind of development— is to know what you want to achieve and find the necessary tools and skills to do it. Take the path of least resistance and have a clear goal in …

Game Development

How Negan Is Ruining The Walking Dead

After Negan’s highly anticipated introduction on <i>The Walking Dead</i>, it feels as if the series has screwed the pooch on presenting the biggest bad yet.<p>The buzz behind AMC’s decision to bring the leather jacket-wearing, Lucille-toting madman to the series was through the roof even before Negan stepped …

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Florida State becomes 3rd university to suspend Greek life

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related …

Watchdog app reveals list of absurd teen texting codes

Is this what the kids are doing these days?<p>Teen/parent watchdog app Bark.us released a list of abbreviations and acronyms it has gathered that are popular among teens. No surprise, most of them are about naughty things like sex and drugs. It’s not exactly new — I’ve seen similar versions of the …

Text Messaging

A timeline for humanity's colonization of space

Humans have long desired to explore the vast realms of space. Today, we are finally poised to send people out into the cosmos. Indeed, a number of …

After a year in space, Scott Kelly’s legs betray the mission: ‘They are swollen and alien stumps’ | The Star

A crack of light wakes me: Is it morning? No, it’s just Amiko coming to bed. I’ve only been asleep for a couple of hours. But I feel delirious. It’s …

Amazon can ship you a new house, and it’ll only cost you about $40K

Need a new house? Why not log in to Amazon and click a few buttons? Before you know it, you could be the owner of this 320-square foot pre-fabricated …

Raids in New Jersey town target ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of welfare fraud. 'What is going on here?'

It was a spectacle nobody in this sleepy New Jersey town would forget.<p>Early one Monday morning, police and<p>FBIagents in bulletproof vests bounded up the steps of suburban townhouses and split levels, threatening to break down the doors, hauling out in handcuffs husbands and wives in the distinctive …

Here's How You Can Snag a Free Patapon Remastered Theme for Your PlayStation 4

Recently, Sony interviewed <i>Patapon</i> Producer Hiroyuki Kotani, and Sound Designer Kemmei Adachi. During the meeting, the co-creators of <i>Patapon</i> discussed …

Cassini continues to "surprise and delight" on its final Saturn jaunt

Dubbed the "Grand Finale", this conclusive phase of Cassini's mission involves 22 dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-km) gap between the planet …

New 'Dungeons & Dragons' site manages the rules so you can just play

<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>, the quintessential pen-and-paper game, is more popular than ever, thanks to Twitch channels like Geek and Sundry and podcasts like <i>The Adventure Zone</i>. But it's one thing to listen or watch a presentation crafted by seasoned gamers and another to actually run your own adventure. …

Board Games

Dogs Are Insanely Friendly Thanks to Their Genes, Say Researchers

Very good boys, all of them!<p>Dogs are heartwarmingly friendly. They lick us, jump on us, would probably buy us a house if they could. We love them for …

Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil

While trying to hammer a medical blogger, Goop nails the best ways to sell BS.<p>This week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s high-profile lifestyle and e-commerce …

The $5,000 decision to get rid of my past (update)

When your games become your ghosts<p>I noticed that she started wearing a T-shirt between the shower and the bedroom.<p>That’s how these things begin. You build up a small barrier between people, and the tiny intimacies of living together fall away. You close the door when you use the restroom. You roll …

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Justice Department anti-fraud expert resigns, disturbed by Trump's 'stunning' conduct

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lawyers at the Justice Department are typically mum on frank details surrounding an early resignation, so it's especially unusual when one directly points to the conduct of the President of the United States as the reason for quitting.<p>But Hui Chen, an anti-corruption expert who formerly …

Corruption

Super-dark short film was shot entirely in 'Grand Theft Auto V' and is way too real

I'm all for criticizing our world view and cultural trends in 2017, but this guy takes it way too far.<p>If this short film by Matt MacDonald starts off …

The Five Highest Rated Games On Steam Probably Aren't What You Expect

Of the 100 billion games on Steam, one for every star in the sky, which are the absolute cream of the crop? Which have users rated the highest? To …

10 of the best things you can do with the Amazon Echo

If you're considering buying an Alexa device (including the new Echo Show or Echo Look) or got Amazon Echo ($80 at Amazon.com) as a gift, there's a lot to learn. There's <i>a lot</i> Alexa can do, but here are the 10 best tips and tricks to get you started.<p><b>1. Make phone calls (basically, landline</i> …

Smart Homes

Arcade group promises ticket and claw games will no longer be “rigged”

"Fair Play Pledge" says all redemption games can be "won by the application of skill."<p>Anyone who's played a crane game on the boardwalk or any number …

Popular YouTube family speaks out about backlash from prank videos

Michael and Heather Martin talk exclusively with "GMA" about their controversial videos in which they play pranks on their children.

Pranks

Mesmerizing maps show where the most educated Americans live

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University, has created an interactive dot map visualizing US neighborhoods by educational attainment.<p>Each dot represents between 25-500 people over the age of 25, and each is color-coded based on how far those people have gone in …

A Spoiler-Packed Chat About Horizon Zero Dawn's Excellent Story

Three <i>Kotaku</i> staffers have finished the new PlayStation 4 game <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i>, so it feels like time to talk it all. Join me, Kirk, and Patricia for …

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Best Armor Makes The Game Even More Fun

One set of armor in <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> stands above the others: The shield-weaver armor. It’s really good, and pretty hard to get. It’s also totally …

Horizon Zero Dawn walkthrough: Guide and tips for completing the post-apocalyptic adventure

PlayStation 4's headline act for the year is upon us, with <b>Horizon Zero Dawn</b> bringing with it a huge open world, lengthy story, and variety of quests …

Facebook is turning into a confusing social nightmare

Facebook! It's a confusing mess these days.<p>The network, in its efforts to become a bit more socialagain, has drowned users in new features, tests and …

InterAct