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What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Obama Administration

Samsung unveils monstrous 146-inch modular MicroLED TV dubbed "The Wall"

Electronics giant (and consummate Pink Floyd fans) Samsung have unveiled their latest concept — a truly humongous 146-inch 4K television called The Wall.<p>The Wall isn’t just another big-screen TV. For starters, the underlying display technology is a vastly different from what you’d get at Best Buy. …

Long Haul

Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture. - Vox

Soon, we may get to see one up close for the first time.<p>Impossibly dense, deep, and powerful, black holes reveal the limits of physics. Nothing can escape one, not even light.<p>Even though black holes excite the imagination like few other concepts in science, the truth is that no astronomer has …

Universe

Tesla just built the world's largest battery, thanks to a bet

The lithium-ion battery in South Australia will be energised within days, all thanks to a Twitter bet between two billionaires.<p>In July, Elon Musk bet the people of Australia he could build a 100MW battery in 100 days or it would be free.<p>Turns out the man who proposed using rockets to fly us around …

Tesla
Tesla
Aviation

The black-hole collision that reshaped physics

A momentous signal from space has confirmed decades of theorizing on black holes — and launched a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.<p>The event …

Physics

Awesome airline travel hacks you can start using today

Air travel can be a stressful endeavor. From long lines and frustrating logistics to uncomfortable seats and disappointing food, even a 3-hour plane …

Hacking

Voyager 1 returns data of persisting 'tsunami wave' in interstellar space

Voyager 1 still continues to experience the bumpy effects of the "tsunami wave" it encountered in space this February.<p>This is the third shock wave it …

Close, but no cigar: SpaceX rocket misses its barge landing, connects with ISS

SpaceX successfully made its sixth flight with an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, a flight that is by now routine. Elon Musk's revolutionary reusable rocket landing didn't go quite as planned.<p><b>Recap:</b> On Saturday morning the Space X Dragon cargo capsule successfully launched …

Astronauts explain why it's important that you, yes you, go into space

Commercial space travel has suffered a series of setbacks as an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded during takeoff during a mission to resupply the International Space Station.<p>Virgin Galactic more recently lost SpaceShipTwo, an early version of a ship that is planned to …

What it's like to drive a McLaren F1

They say never meet your heroes, but Sam Smith met the McLaren F1, and it was magical. It exists on a plane of its own, something that lives outside the realm of sanity and reason.<p><i>Late last year, Sam Smith drove a McLaren F1 for</i> R&T's <i>51 Coolest Cars of the Last 50 Years. The piece he wrote was</i> …

Supercars

In Okinawa, 1000-hp outlaw racers rule the streets at night

Go undercover and see the illegal racing scene in this video.<p>Here in the US, cheap, open-format drag racing events organized in cooperation with law enforcement agencies have brought many would-be street racers to the controlled environment of the drag strip. Unfortunately, it's different in …

Okinawa

Battlefield 4 patch on PS4 out now, aimed at fixing crashes

<i>Battlefield 4</i> developer EA DICE released a new patch for the PlayStation 4 version of the first-person shooter today, with the intent of fixing the crashes that numerous players have been suffering.<p>According to the studio, the patch "should further decrease the amount of crashes and increase the …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

8 off-contract smartphones compete without breaking the bank

The Nexus 5 could be the best overall smartphone value right now, but at least half a dozen other competitors for the title have recently emerged.<p>This holiday season is shaping up to be the year that getting a solid new Android smartphone doesn't also mean signing up for 24 months of …

Android News

Xbox One vs. PS4: A Guide to Making the Toughest Gaming Decision in Years

It was 1981. Ronald Reagan was president, MTV had just launched and choosing a video game system was easy. The Atari 2600 was the best and most …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

Android Phones

DICE not proud of Battlefield 4's launch 'turbulence'

<i>Battlefield 4</i>'s roll out on five platforms over the past month has been met with varying degrees of success. Like previous Battlefield game launches, the latest entry had its share of crashes and instability, particularly on PC and PlayStation 4. Developer DICE says it's committed to fixing the …

Here are all the Xbox One voice, gesture commands (updated)

Microsoft posted a guide to Xbox One voice commands, including how to navigate menus, control volume and multitask, on its Tumblr.<p>The image, which you can view on Tumblr, features more than 30 commands. In addition to basic functions, like turning the Xbox One on and off, users can issue voice …

How to correctly use Xbox One’s bumper buttons

Xbox One reviews are out, and a few people have some complaints about the new console’s controller.<p>A lot of people are struggling with the new joypad’s bumper buttons, which are the two shoulder buttons that sit in front of the triggers. The issue? People claim it requires too much effort to push …

10 amazing role-playing games from this past console generation

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>As another era in gaming winds down, I thought it might be fun to take a look at 10 amazing role-playing games (and five honorable mentions) that graced the …

Mass Effect: Red Sand