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Best of the Belgians: 10 Favorite Architects and Designers

The Belgian design aesthetic: forever pleasing and always moreish. In this roundup, we catch up with our favorite Belgian architects and designers …

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Report: Microsoft's 'Arcadia' service will stream games, apps

Microsoft is building a cloud-based service codenamed "Arcadia" to stream apps and video games, reports ZDNet.<p>Arcadia is based on Microsoft's cloud computing infrastructure, Azure, and is being developed by a streaming technology team within the company's Operating Systems Group, according to …

Best Black Friday Game Deals 2014 - IGN

Below you will find the best gaming related deals we have found across all retailers. The ones in <b>BOLD</b> are the deals we think you'll like the most, …

Plane screw comes loose and smashes into window

The Reddit user Skips_LegDay posted these images earlier this week, explaining: “So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane.”<p>“People around me heard it and seemed nervous once they saw the source of …

Listen to Microsoft Sam sing 'The Piña Colada Song'

Microsoft's Sam has many talents. But what does he do when he's finished helping users install their shiny new copy of Windows XP? Turns out, he kicks back, fixes himself a Piña Colada, and lays down the vocals for perhaps the definitive version of Rupert Holmes' <i>Escape</i>. Take a listen:<p>The glorious …

Supersonic jets can fly from New York to L.A. in 2.5 hours (or less)

The super rich may soon be going supersonic.<p>Over a decade after the Concorde made its last transatlantic flight, a number of companies are working on the next generation of supersonic passenger aircraft capable of speeds at least twice as fast as current commercial planes.<p>These planes will likely …

iPad Sales Drop Twelve Percent As Android Tablets Soar

There have been a number of signs that the consumers’ rush to buy into the iPad ecosystem was slowing, but data from IDC today puts the slowing retail success of Apple’s tablet into an interesting position.<p>The analyst’s numbers suggest that total iPad sales in 2014 will be down by an eighth (12.7%) …

Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis

“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress them as far as possible and to forgo the aggressive action they might suggest, in general to conduct his life as if they did not exist.”<p>This quote from …

Smash Bros. is fastest selling Wii U title in US, but lots of work left to do, Nintendo says

<i>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</i> sold 490,000 physical and digital copies during the first three days it was out in the U.S., making it the fastest selling game for the console in this country, Nintendo announced this morning.<p>The game hit the U.S. on Nov. 21. It hits Europe on Nov. 28, Australia Nov. 29 …

72 Kitchens That'll Make You Want To Redo Yours

You've been dreaming of that custom backsplash forever. Now's the time.<p>The kitchen is probably the most used room in your house, so you want it to be a space you enjoy spending time in. From country casual to sleek and modern — and everything in between — we've got all the kitchen inspiration you …

This e-ink watch can change its design at the touch of a button

It's not like we haven't seen e-ink watches before, but we've never seen one quite like this. FES Watch uses e-paper not only for its face, but its entire strap, allowing the wearer to change its design with a simple button press. By combining different upper- and lower-strap choices with a variety …

Alienware Alpha First Impressions And Gaming Benchmarks

Alienware has something to prove, and we’re breaching the moment of truth. They were one of the first companies to strike out on their own following the delay of Valve’s SteamOS, and the end result isn’t merely a collection of complimentary components in a compact case; it’s intended to be a …

A Year In, The Xbox One Is Basically A Different Console

Sitting here at the year anniversary of Xbox One’s launch, we look at Microsoft’s console and examine a fateful quotation from Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison concerning the essential identity of his company’s new console:<p>“Xbox One is Kinect,” he said. “They are not separate systems. An Xbox …

16 Problems Only Neat Freaks Understand

It's not easy being clean.<p><b>1.</b> <b>You have to get up a half an hour early so that you have time to clean before you leave.</b><p>How could you focus at work if your coffee cup was still in the sink?<p><b>2.</b> <b>Office life is stressful because your cubemate's space is so messy.</b><p>You ask to start working from home just so …

8 Quick Ways To Create A Comfortable Guest Room

Is your guest room still in shambles with visitors on the way? Here are 8 fast and easy ways to make it feel like home.<p><i>House Beautiful</i><p><b>1. Put out a welcome basket</b><p>Nothing makes guests feel more at home than a selection of treats and goodies. Fill up a basket with everything from travel-sized soaps to …

Before & After: Garage Door Updates That Instantly Make Your House Look More Expensive

Fresh doors can completely transform the look of your home, and for a lot less than you'd think.<p><i>This piece is excerpted from Staci Giordullo's article for Angie's List. Visit</i> <i>Angie's List</i> <i>for more consumer advice on everything from home repair to health care.</i><p><b>Garage Before</b><p><i>Clopay Garage Doors</i><p><b>Garage</b> …

Shadow of Mordor's new free DLC lets you play as the Dark Lord's finest

The latest downloadable content for <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i> lets players step into the shoes of the Black Hand, one of Sauron's most fearsome servants, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive announced today.<p>The Power of Shadow DLC bundle, available for free, grants players access to all new Runes …

Xbox One's next update adds custom backgrounds and Twitter

Microsoft only just unleashed its October update for the Xbox One, and now it's talking about what to expect next month. The update will hit consoles for those in the preview test group soon, and adds many features Major Nelson and crew say the community has been asking for, including custom …

Star Wars Battle Pod shows that arcades aren't dead, they're just very different

Long gone is the golden age of arcades, two decades that saw some of the best coin-op games in history not only take over game rooms, but turn into massive pop culture icons. It was the era, for better or worse, that gave us "Pac-Man Fever", a slew of <i>Space Invaders</i> songs and cemented the ubiquity …

How to Set the Table for a Casual Sunday Supper

Lulu Lytle, the cofounder of London-based home-furnishings company Soane, keeps dinner casual in her eat-in kitchen. "The drama comes from the table," she says.<p><i>Photo: James Mortimer</i><p><b>1. Colorful Details</b>A red rim elevates this simple white everyday china. Abbesses Plates, from $8 each. …

Apple's got a mess on its hands in Mesa, Arizona

OK, I’ve read the court papers filed last week by GT Advanced Technologies in a New Hampshire bankruptcy court.<p>Not much was revealed about where …

You Can Create The Perfect Password. Here's How

Are you one of those people who's still using "baseball" or your home address for all your passwords? We shouldn't have to tell you this, but having super simple login information is one of the easiest ways for hackers to get access to everything from your Netflix account to your bank account.<p>We …

GT-R owner finds going 200 mph on a public freeway is asking for trouble

We are going to start with the disclaimer: do not try this at home. Ever.<p>That covered, we've been intrigued with a video that is making its rounds on the enthusiast forums. Shot from a dash cam, with a full performance overlay, it shows a modified 800 horsepower Nissan GT-R (with its …

Tag: Kitchens

Kitchen of the Week: A Hip, Low-Key Kitchen in Topanga Canyon<p>by Annie Quigley<p>Steal This Look: A Courageously Colorful Kitchen for a New York Artist<p>by …

The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend

FTW<p>An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working. A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to 15 percent, and that the ozone layer is by and large getting thicker.<p>The reason is that nations have …

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What You Need To Know About The Solar Storm Headed For Earth

Two solar flares have sent magnetic fields to our planet -- and scientists aren’t sure how they’re going to impact each other.<p>The sun has been regurgitating a lot of solar flares these days, and now, a couple will be knocking at Earth’s door this weekend.<p>The originator of these flares is a …

Life After The Level Cap In 'Destiny'

The past few days have been a blur of gunfire, alien screams and endless, nonsense sci-fi jargon, but at last I’ve reached the soft level cap in Destiny at 20. It’s where all the best gear and hardest missions are locked away, and after you hit the marker, a different phase of the game begins.<p>I …

Spied! Millennium Falcon Being Constructed for Star Wars: Episode VII!

<i>Update, 9/11: An intrepid, camera-toting pilot managed to capture a more complete-looking Millenium Falcon and an accompanying X-wing fighter while flying over an airfield in Britain. The aerial photo was tweeted by user FlyMAC, and it shows the Falcon prop’s impressive scale, as well as the</i> …

Are You Brave Enough To Move Into A House That Hangs Off A Cliff?

This home is sure to put your bravery —and vertigo— to the test.<p>Australian housing firm Modscape is letting it all hang out with their newest home design, a house that hangs off the side of a cliff. And while the proposed home will offer unparalleled views of the ocean, it is not for the faint of …

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Doctor, doctor, give us another shot of that horsepower magic.<p>From the October 1983 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>It's 1965. You ease down into the low-slung monster, sliding your penny loafers deep into the footwells. You slip on your wraparound shades and roll up the sleeves of your white oxford shirt. …