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Samsung's 'first consumer' VR headset goes on sale

There's a new option for people who need some alone time after Thanksgiving dinner this year -- virtual reality.<p>Samsung's first consumer VR headset, the Gear VR, officially went on sale Friday for $100. Online pre-orders at Best Buy, Amazon and Samsung began November 10.<p>Samsung launched its first …

Virtual Reality

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

New assaults on ISIS in Iraq and in Syria

<b>Iraq-Syria border (CNN) —</b> A thick column of black smoke hangs over the Iraqi Syrian border near the town of Ash Shaddadi in Syria 's Hasakah province. Above the area are the circular contrails of coalition planes.<p>Kurdish military sources on the Iraqi side of the border say ISIS strongholds and oil …

Middle East

NASA Releases Apollo Moon Mission Photos: Pictures

Rap & Hip-Hop

Review: Straight Outta Compton finds new humanity in rap legends

It’s impossible to talk about N.W.A without talking about South Central LA in the late 1980s. Crack had found its way to the inner city and burrowed itself there, as did the gang violence that followed it. President Ronald Reagan was leading a belligerent and misguided charge in the War on Drugs. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app.<p>Starbucks (SBUX) on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts.<p>The Starbucks app lets you pay at checkout with …

Identity Theft

Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Preps for Another Mystery Mission

The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month.<p>The unmanned X-37B, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape …

Space Exploration

Cold storm heading toward Bay Area

A winter-like storm is coming, as a fast-moving cold front is expected to drop down from the Gulf of Alaska and drop some much needed rain on Northern California late Friday night and into Saturday morning, forecasters said.<p>It was already raining in the far reaches of Mendocino County as of 6 p.m. …

Apple’s Big Phone Bounce Continued Into Chinese New Year

The latest global smartphone sales figures from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel show Apple has continued to win fans in China, where its larger form factor iPhone 6 and 6 Plus played well to a phablet-loving crowd over the Chinese New Year.<p>For the three months ending in February 2015, Kantar …

Chinese New Year

HTC One M8s boasts Android Lollipop, metal build for the midrange

This new, European-bound handset has a 5-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera and octa-core processor inside.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>UK readers can see our</i> full review of the HTC One M8s here <i>. The phone is not yet available in the US or Australia.</i><p>It may sound like a variant on last year's One M8 phone , but this …

Phones
Android News

Snapchat Has Received 403 Data Requests Since November

Following other major social networks and online platforms like Twitter and Dropbox, Snapchat has gone and released its first ever transparency report on government requests for user data.<p>The data only covers a four-month period starting in November, but still provides some insight on how much …

Revisit Robb Stark's GAME OF THRONES Adventures in 60 Second Animation

Solar eclipse: amazing picture from International Space Station was photoshopped

The Twittersphere was left agog by this image from the International Space Station. Unfortunately it was not as it appeared.<p>A lie spreads around Twitter faster than the truth can get its boots on, and the solar eclipse was no exception when this apparently stunning picture showing the eclipse from …

The Five Things Android Finally Got Right With 5.1

Google is finally delivering a few perks that didn’t make the cut when it rolled out Android Lollipop.<p>Android 5.1 is here (at this time only for Nexus devices), and it tidies up Google’s operating system with some extra niceties that help you zip through various tasks. Here are the details as to …

The Future Of Video Games Is The Future Of Animation

Video game or Pixar movie? You tell us.<p>Pixar would spend 29 hours rendering a single frame of <i>Monsters University</i> using what’s considered one of the fastest supercomputer rigs in the world: 2,000 computers with 24,000 processing cores. The new animated short <i>A Boy and His Kite</i> was rendered on a …

Cortana has a role to play in Halo 5, actor says

<i>Halo 5: Guardians</i> has a part for Cortana to play, despite the events of <i>Halo 4</i>, Halo series actor Mike Colter told IGN.<p><b>Spoiler alert:</b> This article assumes readers have finished <i>Halo 4</i>'s campaign. If you haven't, this will spoil a major event for you.<p>The actor plays Agent Locke in the <i>Halo: Nightfall</i> …

Mayweather rejects $5 million penalty for failed drug test

Floyd Mayweather has formally rejected Manny Pacquiao's offer of a $5 million penalty clause should either fighter fail a drug test before or after their May 2 mega-fight, Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.<p>Pacquiao, according to Koncz, had suggested a contractual …

Boxing
Oil

Star Citizen creator gets a PS4 dev kit but insists 'It will NEVER be dumbed down for a lesser platform' - PlayStation Universe

Following the arrival of a PS4 dev kit at the home of Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium, and the subsequent spotting of the console on the CTO’s …

Dragon Age: Inquisition Has Some Enchanting Music, Take a Listen

Share Email<p>Looking for some new gaming music to listen to? Well, we have quite the treat for you.<p>If you watched the E3 trailer for Dragon Age: …

Lets Play The Game

The world of gaming is mystified with games galore, yet each one has their favorite and keeps playing till they are a winner. Imagine winning a bag …

The Drone Survival Guide [infographic]

Drones are becoming a more and more common sight in skies around the world, so independent artist and designer Ruben Pater thought it was high time …

Fan-made Morrowind restoration will feature two hours of original music

<i>Skywind</i>, the fan-made project rendering the world of <i>The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind</i> with the engine from <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, has renamed itself the <i>The Elder Scrolls Renewal Project</i>, and released this second development video detailing the progress made so far.<p>The video discusses how crafting …

Swipe these credit card deals while they last

The value of credit card rewards programs are near all-time highs right now — and more Americans than ever may be ideally positioned to take …

Personal Finance

Relax With 40 Perfectly Looped Ambient Gifs