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Samsung live-streamed a birth in virtual reality

Samsung streamed a baby boy's birth to a virtual reality headset worn by his father nearly 2,500 miles away, in what it's calling the first birth ever live-streamed using VR. Samsung set the stream up for a man who, as its ad says, had work that took him out of town during his child's birth, with …

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Play a lot of Battlefield 4 this weekend, and the Hardline beta will unlock an extra mode

<i>Battlefield 4</i> is running a promotion between today and the end of Saturday to gin up interest in the upcoming <i>Battlefield Hardline</i> beta. If the community racks up 2 billion points in <i>Battlefield 4</i>'s Rush mode, then <i>Hardline</i>'s Heist mode will be unlocked for the beta.<p>This task begins today at noon ET …

We missed this offline Google Chrome game when it launched, but it's still awesome

Over the weekend, a friend showed me something wonderful. When I disconnected my Internet and pulled up Google Chrome, there was a secret hiding in that boring ol' unable to connect message. If you hit the space bar, the Google Chrome T-rex jumps to life and kicks off an awesome endless runner.<p>Of …

Watch a self-aware Mario play Super Mario

In one more step to mankind's eventual enslavement by robots and AIs, programmers have written code that, when running alongside a version of Super Mario Bros., makes Mario self-aware.<p><b>Correction:</b> You may have noticed we've had some trouble identifying which version of Super Mario Bros. this is. The …

Destiny 'invention' levels up gamer while he sleeps

Much is made of the obligation to grind in <i>Destiny</i> — this guide that promises all the best loot still requires 5 hours of play every week, and every character at level 31. But with a little tape, one gamer has figured out a brute-force auto-leveling solution.<p>Meet the Auto-Punchbro.<p>This is the work …

Borderlands' $400 collector's edition is proof AAA devs go whale hunting too

Not every game can support a $400 physical product.<p>Physical boxes as a whole are likely on the way out. They're expensive to make, ship and sell through third-party retailers, and of course by the time the disc gets to your system there's often a huge patch to download anyway. It's a physical …

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Your call is important to Google: A YouTube horror story

Early in October, my AdSense account was banned for “invalid click activity.”<p>AdSense — a service run by Google — is the primary means of making money on YouTube. "Invalid click activity" means that either some jerk clicked an ad a bunch of times, or maybe put a clickbot on me to wreck my account. …

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How to spend a night under No Man's Sky

Developer Hello Games is bringing its upcoming open-universe game <i>No Man's Sky</i> to the PlayStation Experience this weekend in Las Vegas with a mysterious demo designed to give attendees something different.<p>Hello Games' Alex Wiltshire told Polygon that Hello Games will partner with "a couple of …

How to finish Far Cry 4 in less than 30 minutes

<i>Warning: There are spoilers in both this video and the story.</i><p><i>Update: The original headline miscalculated the time it would actually take to finish the game. Including the 10 or so minutes of preamble, it's more like a 20 to 25 minute path to completion. So the headline was changed after publication.</i><p>…

Free horror games for cheap thrills

It's almost Halloween. Which means that it's time to partake in the grand tradition of gorging on horror media — scary movies, ghost stories and most importantly, terrifying games.<p>There are a number of high profile releases to get excited about this season. <i>Alien: Isolation</i> and <i>The Evil Within</i> have …

Watch 'Star Wars' episodes 1, 2 and 3 cut together into a single, more coherent story (All gone, sorry!)

Topher Grace, who is perhaps best known for his role in <i>That '70s Show</i>, once re-cut the new Star Wars trilogy into a single 85-minute film as an experiment to see if he could make the newer films a bit easier to watch. The result has only been shown once, as far as we know, but now you can watch a …

Kano is an easy-to-use $150 computer for kids and parents to explore technology together

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>When it launched its Kickstarter campaign last November, Kano, a $150 computer comprised of a Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth …

Volkswagen put a ridiculous motorcycle engine in its most futuristic car

What happens if you take one of the most futuristic production cars ever made and tweak it just a little bit to turn it into a beast?<p>Volkswagen knows the answer: it took its ultra-efficient XL1 and swapped out the 47-horsepower diesel engine for the fire-breathing 1,199cc V-twin out of the Ducati …

The US is holding on to nuclear weapons to defend the Earth against rogue asteroids

A huge asteroid crashing into the Earth and killing all life may be a pretty far-fetched scenario — but it's far from impossible. As such, agencies like NASA and the UN have spent time envisioning ways to mitigate the threat, with nuclear weapons becoming an increasingly popular choice. Last …

The first GIF Keyboard made for iOS 8 has landed courtesy of Riffsy, and it’s free

Although dozens of custom keyboards have been launching left and right just in time for iOS 8, most of them have stayed rather traditional. Yes, there’s new features here and there that are firsts for iOS like the ability to swipe to type using Swype and SwiftKey, but these are still just keyboards …

Here's how to find Destiny's 'Loot Cave' and plunder it for endless riches

<b>Update 2</b>: There's already a new loot cave, and it's actually easier to mine than the first.<p><b>Update:</b> All good things must come to an end. Bungie has shut down the loot cave, saying that "shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn't our dream for how Destiny is played. Our hope is that social …

iPhone 6 review: thinner, faster and slightly cheaper

According to Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the reason iPhone users have had to wait until now for a 4.7in (12cm) and larger screen is because Apple wanted to do it right: keep the phone thin and light, and keep the screen quality up.<p>Without doubt the iPhone 6 achieves this. The screen quality is …

A physics experiment might soon tell us if we're living in a 2D hologram

This is how scientists determine if the world around us is an illusion<p>For all we know, the three dimensional world we see around us is really an illusion — one that’s actually in 2D. It’s a slightly unsettling idea, but it’s also one that physicists have been thinking about for some time. …

That bucket came from the moon: Yep, Destiny took the ice bucket challenge

GameStop, Notch, Xbox boss Phil Spencer, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson, Bill Gates and just about everbody else have jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon. So, why not the Ghost from <i>Destiny</i> too?And yep, his notorious catch phrase figures in, too.<p>Apparently video game characters can …

Now you can relive 'Guardians of the Galaxy's happiest end credits moment any time

Marvel Studios' <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> was a pretty feel good romp throughout, but the final pre-credits gag may have been its most heartwarming scene. Now, thanks to Marvel's YouTube channel, you don't have to go to the theater or turn to a bootleg copy for your fix of one of the better tracks …

A global terrorist attack kicks off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, watch the story trailer here

Just because Call of Duty isn't known for its storyline doesn't mean it doesn't have one. And the latest iteration in the franchise, <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i>, promises to double down on both story and character.<p>The story kicks off in the wake of the first global terrorist attack in history, …

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom announced, has kind of a Zelda vibe

Jake the Dog and Finn the human are looking very Link-like...<p>Jake the Dog and Finn the human are looking very Link-like in this new teaser trailer for <i>Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom</i>, released today at Comic-Con. It definitely has a 2D Zelda vibe, like last year’s <i>Link Between</i> …

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' makes a strong argument for humanity's extinction

<i>Polygon's Culture section deals with the intersection of gaming, its audience and pop culture as a whole. This is where we'll put non-gaming stories we think are worth talking about. Warning: This article contains massive spoilers for all things Planet of the Apes.</i><p>The end of the world is caused by …

See Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's futuristic tools and weapons in action

<i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i> developer Sledgehammer Games is extrapolating today's bleeding-edge military technology well into the future, and the studio's co-founders showed off those features in a new developer diary today.<p><i>Advanced Warfare</i> takes place 40 years from now, but according to Glen …

Watch Dogs on PS4 vs. Xbox One comparison video

Curious which of the next-gen console versions of <i>Watch Dogs</i> looks better?<p>We captured footage from both the Xbox One and the PS4 versions of <i>Watch Dogs</i> to see if there was a graphical difference. Is there one? We'll let you decide for yourself. In case you're curious how previous generation, current …

Watch Dogs hidden camera prank wows and terrifies its targets with convincing tech

<i>Watch Dogs</i>, Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, imagines a world where the phone in your pocket can control everything from cars to street lights, and a video from the developer pranks people into believing that the technology is real.<p>Press play above to see how the magic of futuristic technology …

The design process behind Google's modular phone

It's easy to see the appeal of Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. With Ara, a dead battery in the middle of a day trip doesn't set off …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

On the hunt for Google's Easter eggs

Here is a roundup of Google's jokes and hoaxes currently on the loose. Did you miss the Tardis?<p>Google is renowned for creating Easter eggs, which in the tech world mean coding or features on the Web that either shouldn't be there or that you don't expect to find.<p>Our colleagues at ZDNet gathered up …

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