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'Star Wars:' Here's what the critics are saying about 'Force Awakens'

<i>Star Wars</i> fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday morning when the first reviews of <i>The Force Awakens</i> were revealed.<p>Spoiler alert: it's good.<p>With a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and critical takes ranging from generally positive to four-star raves, here's the early buzz on <i>Force</i> …

TwitiKa.com

6 Modern Horror Movies Supposedly Based on True Stories

I’m a huge fan of horror movies and they get even more creepy when you find out that they’re supposedly based on a true story. We just want to …

Horror

Funny Pictures – October 5, 2015

My roommate’s mom was worried about the flooding down here in Charleston. This is what he sent her…<p>I’ve ridden a horse exactly once and been lucky …

Ubisoft chief: 'We learned from the mistakes we made with Watch Dogs'

Yves Guillemot admits company raised expectations too high with its 2012 ambitious graphical demo of cyberpunk thriller<p>In 2012, a fallow year for the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles, Ubisoft revealed its latest open-world action adventure – and promptly stole the show. Watch Dogs, a cyberpunk …

Gaming Industry

Amazon Marks 20th Anniversary With “Prime Day,” Its Answer To Black Friday

Black Friday, the annual shopping extravaganza which brought in more than $1.5 billion in online sales alone last November, is arguably the single most important day for retailers in the U.S. Now Amazon wants to steal its thunder with Prime Day.<p>The e-commerce giant announced that it will mark its …

eCommerce

This classic '90s video game is the reason games like 'Halo' and 'Call of Duty' exist today

What Mario did for 2D game design, "Doom" did for first-person: without "Doom," there may never have been blockbusters like "Halo" and "Call of Duty," to say nothing of the dozens of other wildly popular first-person games. There were next to no games made previous to "Doom" with first-person in …

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2015: The Top 25 Names to Know

There probably isn't a more overused term in all of fantasy football than "sleeper."<p>Says the guy who just used it in the title of this piece.<p>Every year, fantasy pundits far and wide roll out their lists for the top sleepers in a given season. Many of those lists contain the same players, which sort …

Engineer Disassembled Beats Headphones And Found This Surprise Inside

Nothing beats (ahem!) a good pair of headphones, especially those that feel solid and substantial in your hands. Like those iconic Beats By Dre …

Consumer Tech

Wave of negative user reviews hit Batman: Arkham Knight, game sinks from view on Steam

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> quietly disappeared from the front page and featured page of the Steam game store last night as the title was hit with more than 4,500 negative reviews sparked by PC performance issues.<p>The game's user reviews are described as "mostly negative" on the official Steam page, with …

DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition launching June 25, online access rolling out gradually

<i>DriveClub</i>'s long-awaited <i>PlayStation Plus Edition</i> will finally be available to all Plus subscribers — for real this time — tomorrow, June 25, Sony announced today on the PlayStation Blog.<p>"We've spent a long time preparing for this launch after some difficult and unexpected set-backs," said Shuhei …

Why does everyone hate it when rich old men date young attractive women?

Duncan Bannatyne has been savaged on social media for appearing on TV with his much younger girlfriend. Is such treatment fair, asks Martin Daubney<p>Yesterday, Dragon’s Den judge Duncan Bannatyne, 66, appeared on ITV’s This Morning with his latest girlfriend, a stunning 35-year-old called Nigora …

Top 5 facts about female orgasms you probably don’t know

<b>Facts about female orgasms</b>: You probably are well aware of the fact that orgasms occur because of muscle contractions in the body, combined with an …

Sony Is About to Dramatically Improve the Playstation 4

A better version of the Playstation 4 may be on the way. A new FCC filing appears to reveal two new versions of Sony’s popular PS4. One of the new …

PlayStation

51 things you'll never hear a Chicagoan say

<b>RECOMMENDED: Your guide to living in Chicago</b><p>1. There's too much cheese on this.<p>2. Ditka? Who's that?<p>3. I had a great experience at that House of …

7 Numbers You Need To Know To "Vacation Forever"

How would you like to have a permanent vacation? In a blog post last week about how retirement isn’t just about numbers and the importance of having a vision of what you’d like your life to look like, my colleague Michael Smith highlighted an article about several Americans who have chosen to “stay …

The DeanBeat: Has the next generation of mobile games arrived?

A handful of ambitious new games have come out for mobile devices. Each of them is claiming that they’re they next generation of triple A-quality games, or the equivalent of console-quality games on mobile devices. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. And the question is whether this …

How easy is it to cancel Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu?

Canceling your cable TV subscription is a notoriously laborious process. You normally have to contact a customer service representative over the phone or via live chat, and they’ll do whatever they can to keep you as a customer.<p>In a high-profile incident last year, tech journalist Ryan Block tried …

Customer Service

Four of the best 'Star Wars' games just landed on Steam

You've had the option of playing <i>X-Wing</i> and <i>TIE Fighter</i> (aka some of the finest <i>Star Wars</i> games ever) on modern PCs for a while, but let's face it: you've been waiting to buy them on Steam, haven't you? If so, you now have your chance. <i>X-Wing</i>, <i>TIE Fighter</i>, <i>X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter</i> and <i>X-Wing Alliance</i> have …

Chrome add-on stops scammers from getting your Google password

No matter how diligent you are about watching for scam sites trying to swipe your password, there's always the chance that a very convincing page will trick you into handing over the goods. Thankfully, Google just gave you a safety net: its new Password Alert extension for Chrome will warn you if …

Android News

9 Kitchen Hacks That Will Make Cooking Easy Peasy

Raise your hand if you hate buying kitchen utensils that only serve one purpose. Is your hand raised? Great — we’re right there with you. When a kitchen is already limited in space, the last thing we want to do is fill it with gadgets we’re only going to use a few times a year. So if we can get …

Kitchens

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

Apps

Coffee isn't made from beans, you can't see the Great Wall of China from space and Everest ISN'T the world's tallest mountain: The top 50 misconceptions that have become modern day 'facts'

• <b>Experts have revealed some of the biggest modern day misconceptions</b>• <b><br>'Faux facts' which we believe to be true include Everest is tallest mountain</b>• <b><br>Great</b> …

Star Wars Battlefront Dev: We're Not Delaying Content for DLC

An assistant producer at EA DICE, the studio behind Star Wars Battlefront, has addressed some fans' suspicions that content is being held back so that it can be sold as DLC.<p>Jesper Nielsen, an assistant producer at the DICE support studio Uprise, responded to various claims published by fans on …

The Five Essential Bags Every Serious Traveler Needs

If you're gonna jetset around the world multiple times a year every year, you're going to need some serious gear. This hobby practically requires a bag fetish.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy.<p>There's no right or wrong bag, but certain types of bags definitely prove useful, over and over. …