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Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | WIRED

SCROLL DOWN<p>The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my …

All the Masks Batman’s Worn Over 75 Years

The pointy ears, the sharp nose, the formidable jaw…Batman's got one of the most iconic silhouettes in all of comics. But, like all superheroes, it …

Comic Books

Japanese Schoolgirl Ninja Jumping Off Buildings

It's summer in Japan. Students are starting to get out for vacation. Maybe they can spend their free time chasing each other around and jumping off …

Anime

NSA sees your nude pix 'as fringe benefits of surveillance positions,' says Snowden

The <i>Guardian</i> has published a video in which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks with Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen …

​Excellent D&D Tips From A Veteran Dungeon Master

If you've ever been a <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> Dungeon Master, you know that it's a weighty responsibility. The dice may help decide who wins and who loses, …

Board Games

​The 10 Worst Things About Building A New Gaming PC

Building a gaming PC can be difficult and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing …

Overclocking

High-Flying Highlights From The International Drone Photography Awards

From France to the Philippines, the winners of National Geographic and Dronestagram's International Drone Photography Awards.<p><i>Images via</i><p>On March 15, 2014, in association with National Geographic, drone-photography site Dronestagram announced their first-ever International Drone Photography Awards, …

Drones

I'M GOING IN: Giant Hole To Hell Opens In Siberia

UPDATE: Even better video added (it's the second one).<p>This is the massive hole that scientists recently filmed from a helicopter in Siberia. They …

Last chance to save Net Neutrality

Millions of people have signed petitions and submitted comments to the FCC. <b>This is your last chance</b>. This website you're reading—and pretty much …

Finally, An Affordable Hamster Wheel For Cats

Have an indoor cat? I do. Eleven of them. MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW. They're starting to drive me crazy. Indoor cats still …

This Site Shows Who Is Hacking Whom Right Now — And The US Is Getting Hammered

U.S.-based computer security firm Norse has released a real-time animated map that illustrates ongoing cyberattacks around the world. Without a doubt, the U.S. is getting constantly hammered by hackers.<p>In just 45 minutes, the U.S. was the victim of 5,840 cyberattacks.<p>The Norse map does not …

Cybersecurity

Account-stealing bank machine skimmers are now virtually invisible

Bank machine skimmers, which swipe your account as you insert your card, have been getting increasingly harder to spot as the years go by; now, it looks like they're just about undetectable. Researchers at the European ATM Security Team have found skimmers that not only fit neatly into a card slot, …

The history of the Walkman: 35 years of iconic music players

We take portable music for granted these days. Any commuter in any big city in the world is more likely than not to have a pair of earbuds or headphones on as they walk, bike, or ride to their destination. The thing is, personal portable music didn't exist for most of human history, at least not in …

Montu Front Row GoPro POV Video

Real-Life Fruit Ninja Is Very Dangerous With A Knife

He slices. He dices. And it all looks a lot more fun than running your finger across a phone screen.<p>I pressed play on this and thought, whatever man, …

Ninja

Whoops! World Cup Security Shares Its Wi-Fi Password With the World

Clearly this is red card-worthy digital offense.<p>The folks in charge of security at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil probably thought they were being clever by substituting some numbers into "Brazil 2014" to make their Wi-Fi password, "b5a2112014." They might have gotten away with this crappy password, …

​The 20 Most WTF Magical Items in Dungeons & Dragons

Every Dungeons & Dragons character seeks magical items for their abilities. But some wizards aren't interested in making powerful relics; they're …

Dungeons and Dragons

RANKED: The Rarest, Most Expensive Video Games In The World

Just because video games are fun doesn't mean they can't mean serious business.<p>People are willing to pay a hefty price for nostalgia and one-of-a-kind releases, and thanks to retro gaming website RacketBoy, you now see just how much.<p>From golden Nintendo cartridges to games that let you play as an …

Retrogaming

Google Hangouts Will No Longer Require A Plugin For Chrome Users

Has your distaste for one-off browser plugins kept you from using Google+’s group video chat service, Hangouts? That’s okay. I feel you. Plugins are the worst. What is this, 1999? Want me to install Shockwave, too? Hell, give me a couple sketchy browser toolbars while we’re at it. BONZAI BUDDIES …

YouTube Is About to Change Drastically

YouTube is introducing a new way for its legion of video creators to make money on the site. The Google division announced Thursday at Vidcon that it …

Internet

Team USA is Playing to Win Fans and Influence People

The upside of the tragic tie? The Yanks have their country's undivided attention.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>For fans of America and freedom and superiority complexes, …

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover completes its first Martian year today

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover captures a selfie to mark a full Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- spent exploring the Red Planet. [NASA/JPL]<p>NASA shares …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

Give Me A Bottle: 6-Foot LEGO Bender Liquor Cabinet

This is the 6-foot, 20,000-brick LEGO Bender sculpture created by LEGOmaniac Adrian Drake. His stomach door opens to reveal space for several bottles …

Did GOOGLE just Destroy APPLE? Google I/O 2014 (Nerdist News w/ Jessica Chobot)

Mint 17 is the perfect place for Linux-ers to wait out Ubuntu uncertainty | Ars Technica

Review: Long-term support and stability plus tweaks for desktop? Delicious!<p>The team behind Linux Mint unveiled its latest update this week—Mint 17 …

The Five Tough Truths Of Cybersecurity Software

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ted Schlein is a general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers</i><i>. Earlier in his career, he brought to market the first anti-virus software for commercial use at Symantec and also served as the founding CEO of Fortify software, now an HP company.</i><p>Building a successful security …

Here’s What It Took To Bring Facebook Down For Thirty Minutes

<b>UPDATE:</b> It turns out the video in question is not actually of some fantastical Facebook attack after all. Fro Techcrunch:<p>We’ve looked into this further, however, and it turns out this attack bore no relation to Facebook’s outage on Thursday. For one thing, we’re told the time stamps don’t square up …

Six Flags Unveils Tallest, Fastest and Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster

After much anticipation from thrill seekers and coaster enthusiasts, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois has finally unveiled its newest …