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Here’s what those free apps with ad support really cost you: 79% more data use

You may not spend a penny while you tap away in your favorite mobile game, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost you in other ways.<p>Smartphone and tablet apps that feature advertisements are a drag on your device, according to a new study (via Science Daily). They drain your battery faster. The …

Apps

Two New RPGs Headed to PSP (Yes, PSP) in North America and Europe

Although the PlayStation Portable software market in the West dried up years ago for most developers, not everyone has abandoned the pursuit of bringing niche RPGs to the US, Canada, and Europe. Gaijinworks and MonkeyPaw revealed their latest efforts this week, which will see two new games brought …

North America

Back to the Future DeLorean is Now an iPhone Case

You built an iPhone case out of a Delorean?<p>If you could turn your iPhone into a time machine, why not do it with some style? You'll have to find your …

Space Hulk: Deathwing - Rise of the Terminators Trailer - IGN Video

Terminators and Genestealers clash in battle in this first-person shooter set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's two new trailers are just really fun

The <i>Persona 5</i> trailer that dropped today may be the most exciting thing to come out of Atlus in a long while, but a pair of fresh <i>Persona 4: Dancing All Night</i> clips is also reinvigorating our interest in the PlayStation Vita rhythm game.<p>Rather than focusing on gameplay — though there is some of that …

Latest 'Persona 5' Trailer Is All Kinds Of Slick And Stylish

Atlus have finally released a longer and more in depth trailer for their upcoming Persona 5, which is another entry into the long running and very successful Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series. As you’d expect, it’s a wonderfully slick and stylish game to behold.<p>Set around the plight of plucky …

Anime

'Evangelion' Inspired Animation Short Looks Simply Astounding

As part of Studio Khara’s ongoing Japanese Animator Expo, with unique animation shorts released each week, we have now been graced with an Evangelion inspired entry that looks simply amazing.<p>Handled by Sola Digital Arts, who recently created the CG Captain Harlock film, the short was directed by …

Anime

Fourth-grader says he has the One Ring, school suspends him for terrorist threat, dad says

A fourth-grader in west Texas has been suspended, his father says, because he pretended to have a ring like the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings canon, and said it could make a classmate disappear.<p>Dad Jason Steward said he was told his son's claim amounted to making a terrorist threat.<p>Steward …

Lego’s making Jurassic Park and Avengers games

Lego continues to bring every popular film franchise imaginable to the gaming world.<p>TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive, and The Lego Group today announced Lego Jurassic World and Lego Marvel’s Avengers. Both are coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and …

Movies

The LEGO Avengers Helicarrier set is appropriately epic, and expensive

Lego released the first details on the massive, and expensive, Helicarrier from the Avengers films. The set will cost $350 and will be released in March of this year.<p>The set will include five minifigures, including Maria Hill, who is new for 2015. You'll also get a variety of support vehicles to …

Summoners War developer turns to Vine stars and street art to break through to mobile gamers in the U.S.

You can’t just market your free-to-play mobile game with popup ads in other free-to-play apps anymore. You need to stand out with supermodels and huge TV campaigns.<p>Big mobile-marketing efforts<p>MachineZone hires supermodel Kate Upton<br>• King spends more than console publishers<br>• Candy Crush Saga ads …

Social Media

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

Microsoft wants us all to play with holograms

Unlike other head-mounted computing systems in the works, Microsoft’s new glasses-based virtual reality device, HoloLens, doesn’t need to be connected to a phone or computer. “We’ve unlocked the screen,” one developer said during the presentation at its Windows 10 event this afternoon.<p>Similar to …

Augmented Reality

LEGO Top Gear is a show that must go on. Sometime. Please.

Snubbed for an Oscar nomination? LEGO animation shrugs that off and moves ahead with this trailer for <i>Top Gear</i>, in which the chaps have all been LEGO-ified about two minutes before they're supposed to go on camera.<p>Richard Hammond steps on a LEGO, only it's much worse than when you or I do it …

Complex Games ships Warhammer 40K game on iOS

Warhammer continues its assault on mobile devices.<p>Complex Games is announcing today that it is launching The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, a mobile game based on the Warhammer 40,000 sci-fi universe, on iOS devices around the world.<p>This tactical strategy game will test how well a franchise born with …

BlackBerry deleted a tweet that it accidentally sent from an iPhone

Someone on BlackBerry's social media team just made an embarrassing mistake.<p>A tweet from the company's Twitter account on Tuesday included a small …

Incredible Murals Appear as 3D Sculptures Floating in Midair

Portugal-based street artist Odeith creates incredible paintings that will fool your eyes into thinking that they're 3D sculptures floating in midair. We've admired his ability to craft this awe-inspiring realism before in a large mural dedicated to Bob Marley. Here, he's used similar shading …

Art

Final Fantasy publisher launches its next mobile game in select test markets

Square Enix is always looking for the next hit that will generate millions of dollars on mobile, and the publisher is testing out its latest hope to accomplish that.<p>The company just “soft launched” Heavenstrike Rivals in Canada and Australia. This is a testing phase that helps Square Enix see how …

A Concert Security Guard Explains What It’s Like To Work With Vine And YouTube Stars

If you’re over 15 and don’t have kid, there’s a great celebrity industry at work these days that’s completely invisible to you. Every weekend, somewhere in the country, 10,000 tweens are packing into convention centers and fairgrounds, camping out for hours or even days to catch a glimpse of people …

Nintendo takes action against 3DS game with homebrew-enabling exploit

The 3DS game with an exploit that apparently enables homebrewed software on the handheld has been pulled, by Nintendo, from the eShop where it was for sale.<p>Earlier this week, a hacker showed how <i>Cubic Ninja</i>, by AQ Interactive (published by Ubisoft), could be used to run homebrew games, although the …

Hacker finds Nintendo 3DS exploit, turning a forgotten game into a hot commodity

A 22 year old Parisian hacker named Jordan "Smealum" Rabet appears to have finally cracked the Nintendo 3DS in an attempt to enable homebrew software development on Nintendo's handheld gaming device. And the game that facilitates that exploit, a 2011 Ubisoft-published 3DS game called <i>Cubic Ninja</i>, is …

The best Gameboy Advance emulator for iOS is back, no jailbreak required

Although it’s never been in either Apple or Nintendo’s graces, GBA4iOS has long been one of our favorite apps on iOS. An excellent Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance emulator for the iPhone and iPad, GBA4iOS was long available to install on iOS 7 and above, no jailbreak required.<p>That all changed …

Game Boy Advance

See Why People Have Pledged More Than $60 Million For This Epic Space Game

The game's runaway success is because "Star Citizen" represents the dream video game for many gamers: It's a space exploration game, first-person shooter, and open-world RPG all combined into one.<p>The ambitious scale of "Star Citizen" means that players can decide how to play the game based on the …

Luxury Lifestyle

Movie Theaters Ban Google Glass

Sorry, Glass, no popcorn or giant sodas for you<p>One of the selling points of Google Glass is its ability to take pictures and video of anything within your field of vision, but when that field of vision is occupied by the latest major motion picture, your Google Glass now needs to be far, far …

Google Glass

Check out the 60 complex questions that confused Cortana more than Siri and Google Now

The three main mobile operating systems all have their respective voice-based virtual assistants to help users with various tasks during the day. …

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel First DLC Adds Fifth Character

The Doppelganger can summon two Digi-Jacks to fight for you.<p>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’s first add-on content pack Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack …

Watch: The Simpsons Take On Pokemon, South Park, Adventure Time

Last night's Treehouse of Horror episode of <i>The Simpsons</i>, the show's annual Halloween-themed program that tends to scale up absurdity to crazy levels, certainly kept with that trend this year.<p>This year's episode ended with Lisa saying, "<i>I just had a worrisome thought: If there can be two</i> …