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Can Americans Keep Up With Buying the New, New Technology?

The rich place a great premium on owning fancy, cutting-edge technologies, while poorer residents say that’s less important.<p>The modern digital revolution, begun in the 1980s, now dominates Americans’ lives—down to the ways they communicate, work, learn, and shop.<p>A startling 69 percent of Americans …

Start a game development career with this bundle

We all know what mobile game addiction is like, but what if you could spend that time creating games of your own? Learn how to do just that with the Game Developer Bundle, on sale now for just $29.99 from TNW Deals.<p>Learn the game dev ropes in no time as you work through15 games – an in-depth tour …

Game Design

Samsung boasts massive third-quarter profit growth

Samsung has given us a glimpse of the earnings report it's releasing in late October, and it shows an operating profit worth 7.3 trillion won or $6.25 billion for July to September 2015. That's a 79.8 increase from the same period last year, according to <i>Reuters,</i> and the company's biggest since the …

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about art in one of the first Reddit video AMAs

Reddit's AMA — short for "ask me anything" — is one of the most loved facets of the popular social media site, enabling the community to …

Opinion: Apple’s real cash pile is 99% smaller than you think

You’re one of millions of loyal Apple stockholders. And if there’s anything you love more than your new iPhone 6s, it’s the huge $203 billion in …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The European Court of Justice ruled that the "Safe Harbor" agreement used by US tech companies to send data between the US and Europe is invalid.</b> That could cause trouble for companies like Facebook and Google if European countries insist they store European user data locally.<p><b>2. Microsoft held</b> …

HP’s new all-in-one PC is curved and ultra wide

HP is introducing a number of new PCs today, but easily the most impressive — on a physical level, at least — is the Envy Curved All-in-One PC: a Windows 10 machine built into a curved and extremely wide 34-inch display. Just imagine how many windows you could have up at once. It's, like, a lot.<p>The …

Mafia 3 Dev Talks Connections to Mafia 2 and Why It Won't Sensationalize Racism

When 2K announced Mafia III back in August, fans of the organized crime series might have been surprised by its decidedly new direction. But according to developer Hangar 13, Mafia III is a "true" Mafia game that does not ignore the events of Mafia II. Instead, it will tie up a lot of loose ends …

Gaming Industry

Xbox One Controller Gets Unofficial Star Wars Makeover

UK-based company Extreme Consoles has revealed its latest creation: a <i>Star Wars</i>-themed Xbox One controller. The controller is based on the look of a Stormtrooper, which it captures quite well.<p>This custom controller has even caught the eye of Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who re-tweeted it, though that …

Darth Vader

Where and when to watch the Oculus Connect keynote presentation

We’re just a few months away from Oculus VR launching its Rift head-mounted display, and the Facebook-owned company is going to spend the next few days getting developers up to speed before that happens.<p>Oculus Connect is the VR firm’s developer conference, and it kicks off at 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. …

Ready Player One

Ghost Recon Wildlands’ AI sounds epic, has Autonomous AI living without a script

Games of the past have taught us the importance and value of intelligent AI that more or less thinks for itself rather than living in a repetitive …

Gaming Industry

Ultimate VR simulator throws you around in mid-air

Virtual reality headsets can trick our eyes and ears into believing we're someplace else. Fooling the rest of the body is a little trickier though. Companies have tried spinning chairs and omnidirectional treadmills, but nothing comes close to the "Cable Robot Simulator" developed at the Max Planck …

Experience ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in a 360-degree first-person video from ILMxLab

Lucasfilm’s special-effects department is working on a new frontier of immersive entertainment, and you can get a taste of that on Facebook.<p>This morning, the Star Wars account on Facebook launched the <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> Immersive 360 Experience. This is a new kind of video on the …

Rainbow Six Siege Closed Beta Preview - IGN Video

Brandin and Ryan take a stroll through what you can expect in the Rainbow Six closed beta.

Rainbow Six Siege

Today's Fallout 4 video is sponsored by the letter E

<i>Fallout 4</i> is back with another educational video, done in the style of a 1950s Army flick about venereal disease.<p>In the wasteland, you're worried more about radiation than the clap, and today's lesson covers the attribute that deals with that: Endurance. It's probably the last attribute you want to …

Trailers

Everything in the Rainbow Six Siege Closed Beta

Ahead of its release tomorrow, September 24, Ubisoft has announced all of the content players can look forward to from the Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. The will be 14 operators, three maps (day and night) and three games modes, including Disarm Bomb, Secure Area, and Terrorist Hunt Classic.<p>Check …

Rainbow Six Siege

Video game voice actors may go on strike

Voice acting in video games is serious and often thankless work. You have to recite hours of dialog that doesn't always get heard, and only a handful of actors (like Nolan North, John DiMaggio and Troy Baker) have high-profile careers. However, they're now fighting to get a bigger piece of the pie. …

SOMA and the dirty, nasty side of human nature

<i>Warning: this piece contains story spoilers for SOMA</i><p>In so many games, I daresay <i>most</i> games, you hurt other people in the course of normal gameplay. You might kill (or at the very least, beat up) your enemies. You might destroy property or steal things. Maybe you just butt-stomp a bunch of goombas. …

Naughty Dog Confirms The Last of Us 2 Chatter & New Wolfenstein Incoming? - IGN Daily Fix - IGN Video

Naughty Dog confirms The Last of Us 2 chatter and is a new Wolfenstein game in the works? Plus, see The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time recreated in …

naughty

The PS4/Xbox One Console War Has Taken A Decidedly Stupid Turn

The first real video game console war was detailed expertly in one of my favorite non-fiction books, aptly titled “Console Wars” by Blake J. Harris. It’s a story of drama, suspense, and even intrigue, and shows how Nintendo eventually bested SEGA to knock the rival company out of the console game. …

Call of Duty

Phil Spencer talks about that $150 Xbox Elite controller

When Microsoft announced the Elite version of its Xbox One controller, more than a few heads turned thanks to its customisable bits and bobs and, oh, …

Why Is Our Solar System Missing The Universe's Most Common Planet?

As NASA’s New Horizons mission approaches Pluto, we’re poised to get our best-ever look at an object from the outskirts of our Solar System: formed from the ice-and-rock that was far too distant to get absorbed into our Sun or any of the planets. Already, the photos it’s returning are spectacular, …

Astronomy

An Ubuntu HDMI dongle that runs Intel hardware is going on sale next week for $110

Canonical has announced that an Ubuntu-flavored version of the Intel Compute Stick will go on sale next week, priced at around $110, via online and brick-and-mortar stockists.<p>Essentially, the Intel Compute Stick is an HDMI dongle that you plug into a TV or monitor to get a PC-like experience, which …

Ubuntu

Not everyone will get Windows 10 on its July 29th release date

Windows 10 comes out on July 29th, but you might have to wait until later to get it. Microsoft said today that it would be rolling out Windows 10 in waves, "slowly scaling up" the rollout as it sees how things are going. The intention seems to be playing it safe and making sure that Windows 10 is …

Where Should Fallout 5 Take Place?

Three cities where war could continue to not change.<p>Fallout 4 was revealed a few weeks ago on June 3, and it's been non-stop Bethesda since then. The …

San Francisco

Stephen Hawking Explains The Origin of the Universe

The Origin of the Universe, a lecture, by Stephen HawkingAccording to the Boshongo people of central Africa, in the beginning, there was only …

Physics

Send Your Art to the Moon

In 1977, a team headed by Carl Sagan sent two golden records representing the sounds of planet Earth out into space. Now, another team is sending art …

Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

The findings, published by the Royal Astronomical Society, are based on the discovery of "a large quantity" of hydrogen and oxygen, the two chemical ingredients of water, in the atmosphere of a white dwarf star.<p>The find, based on observations by the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands, …

'Venus Zone' Narrows Search for Habitable Exoplanets

Long before the hunt began to find Earth lookalikes around other stars, one planet in the solar system had already been named Earth's twin.<p>With its …