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Crocodile maths question 'was challenging'

<b>A bamboozling question about a crocodile stalking its prey was one reason the pass mark for Higher maths had to be lowered, a report has found.</b><p>The pass mark for the new-look Higher maths was cut to just 34% because the exam was harder than expected.<p>A report for the Scottish Qualifications Authority …

Elon Musk says Apple is 'graveyard' for fired Tesla staff

Outspoken Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has poked fun at Apple, saying his employees refer to the tech company as the “Tesla graveyard”.<p>Dismissing claims that Apple is poaching key members of staff from his own firm to work on its long-rumoured self-driving car project, Musk said: “Important …

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Destiny's next update includes enhanced colorblind support, more audio controls

Over the past few years Bungie has spent lots of blood and treasure to ensure that <i>Destiny</i> can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Take for instance the care with which they animated the first-person camera to reduce the incidence of motion sickness. Now, they're taking another pass to make …

Here's what's worth buying from Destiny's Xur, March 20-22

If you're playing <i>Destiny</i>, you're probably familiar with Xur, the weekly exotic-item merchant who arrives in the tower on Friday at 5 a.m. ET and departs on Sunday at 5 a.m. ET. If you're a casual player, it can be hard to know where your hard-earned Strange Coins are best spent.<p>Watch the above …

Battlefield Hardline and the silent agony of villains

How the NPCs of Battlefield Hardline are more than just goons<p>Pity the poor character who lives out his existence in first-person shooter games, hanging around, waiting to be killed.<p>These NPC guards and goons are hardwired with the inherent delusion that they ought to lay down their lives in the …

Russian resurgence: how the Kremlin is making its presence felt across Europe

Coming off the early shift at Hungary’s sole nuclear power station, on the Danube south of Budapest, Jozsef, a 30-year-old turbine engineer, is grateful to have a relatively secure job that pays considerably more than the national average.<p>Hungarians have never been big fans of the Russians. But …

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Bungie beefs up Destiny's writing team with a new 'loremaster'

Bungie has added former <i>Guild Wars 2</i> writer John Ryan to the <i>Destiny</i> development team as the game's new "loremaster," Ryan confirmed on Twitter.<p>The company has aimed to beef up its writing team following the departure of <i>Destiny</i>'s lead writer Joseph Staten a year before the game's release. Bungie is …

You (and your money) are driving today's gaming renaissance

Video games are a first love, but second job for Nicolas Augusto.<p>His first career, kicked off by a UFO sighting in Greece in 1997, was running a popular ghost-hunting show in Europe.<p>Augusto co-starred in <i>Research, Investigation, Paranormal</i> (RIP) in France for five years, shooting 52 episodes that …

Destiny player digs up hidden House of Wolves DLC details, Bungie urges caution

A <i>Destiny</i> player on Reddit looks to have dug up some early details on the game's next expansion, <i>House of Wolves</i>, including all manner of gear, weapons, a new light level cap raise and possibly even a release date. But Bungie warns that <i>Destiny</i> players shouldn't get too carried away with those leaked</i> …

Destiny's best weapon lovingly recreated in Lego

The Ice Breaker is arguably the best gun in <i>Destiny,</i> and the man behind the YouTube account ZaziNombies LEGO Creations has crafted the weapon out of LEGO bricks. The result is ... well, watch the video. The result is pretty amazing.<p>This isn't just a model of a well-known weapon from <i>Destiny</i>, but an …

Destiny's weapons are changing this month, here's how and why

When <i>Destiny</i>'s 1.1.1 update arrives this month, it will include weapon tweaks that range from the subtle to the unmissable, according to a Bungie.net post from sandbox designer Jon Weisnewski.<p>Since its release last September, developer Bungie has been observing games, listening to players, …

Bungie gives House of Wolves a launch window, says more Destiny coming this fall

Bungie says the next expansion for <i>Destiny</i>, the <i>House of Wolves</i> add-on, is coming sometime during the second quarter of this year — between April 1 and June 30. Bungie and publisher Activision also hinted that a "major content release" will follow <i>House of Wolves</i> sometime in 2015.<p>"We're keeping all …

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are paying to get around Adblock Plus

Some of the web's biggest companies have been paying to get around Adblock Plus, according to a new report from <i>Financial Times</i>. Microsoft's Bing search ads and Taboola's "recommended links" box are among the ads that are currently slipping through Adblock Plus's filter, and <i>FT</i> confirms that it's the …

6 reasons to be terrified about the future of transportation

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) just released "Beyond Traffic," a study best described as a dire warning about how the country's arterial lines will clog and implode over the next several decades. As far as USDOT secretary Anthony Foxx is concerned, pretty much everything is in bad …

Amazon reportedly wants to buy RadioShack stores to better compete with Apple

Electronics chain is on the brink of bankruptcy<p>Amazon is reportedly in discussion with RadioShack to buy some of the company's brick-and-mortar stores after the troubled electronics chain files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bloomberg says that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is considering using …

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Pixie's new Bluetooth beacons make it harder for you to lose your stuff

Whether you've left a wallet in a cab or misplaced something at home, losing your things is a real annoyance. What's worse is that it feels like a problem we shouldn't have to deal with in the age of smart devices. Sure, sometimes you can use Find my iPhone, but what about objects that don't have …

UK spies collected journalists' email as part of a test

Want to know why many people don't like it when governments call for an end to encrypted communication? Here's why. A new round of Edward Snowden leaks at <i>The Guardian</i> has revealed that the intelligence agents at Britain's GCHQ collected email from major news outlets (including the BBC, <i>Le Monde</i>, the</i> …

Destiny players need to drop everything: The game's best weapon is up for grabs

If you're playing <i>Destiny</i>, even casually, you need to drop whatever the heck else you're doing and grind for 17 Strange Coins. Xur has Ice Breaker this week, which is one of the best weapons in the game.<p>"For raids, you will always want to have either the Ice Breaker sniper rifle or the Gjallarhorn …

The top 17 gaming gadgets you can buy right now

Say hello to Engadget's first-ever Buyer's Guide dedicated to consoles, turbocharged headsets and all things gaming. It's a wide, wide world out there, and choosing the right console and accessories is a daunting task. So whether there's a special gamer in your life, or you're looking to make a few …

Why the BBC needs you to think it's good value

The BBC holds a privileged position in the UK broadcasting market. As the beneficiary of your TV license fees, the Beeb picked up £3.7 billion last year from Brits, helping it fund its TV, radio, and web services. Some -- notably its competitors -- argue this is unfair, and perhaps because of this, …

Ubisoft shipped a broken game you can't return, free DLC doesn't make it right

The idea that Ubisoft somehow didn't know the condition of <i>Assassin's Creed Unity</i> doesn't just strain credulity, it snaps it in two and then sets the pieces on fire. The game's issues are blatant, and extensive. The manipulation of review embargoes adds an extra layer of shady behavior to the …

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer to debut Friday in theaters

The first trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>will be debuting in a small number of theaters across North America on Friday. Lucasfilm announced that the trailer will play before movies at 30 theaters starting this Friday and continuing through the weekend:<p>The trailer runs for 88 seconds and …

Report: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer comes this week (update)

The highly anticipated teaser trailer for <i>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens</i> will release later this week, according to sources close to Slash Film.<p>The upcoming teaser will reportedly be shown in a limited number of theaters during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with a limited number of …

Plex is making media streaming among multiple users a lot easier

Living alone is pretty great: everything stays put when you leave and (perhaps, best of all) no one has to know about the guiltiest pleasures hiding in your Plex-bound digital media collection. Except, not everyone has that luxury and has to share their MKV library in addition to their living …

BT is in talks to buy back O2

Following in the footsteps of Take That, S Club 7 and 5ive, BT appears determined to get the band back together. The company has confirmed to us that it is in talks with European communications giant Telefonića to buy back O2, almost a decade after it sold the operator for £17.7 billion. It's no …

O2 launches shared data plans for gadget-lovers and families

New mobile tariffs often aren't the easiest things to get your head around, but thankfully, O2's not putting too much pressure on our grey matter this morning. Joining EE and Vodafone, O2 has today launched a couple of relatively simple data-sharing plans for individuals and families alike. Anyone …

The internet fixes Barbie's 'I Can Be a Computer Engineer' picture book

<i>I Can Be a Computer Engineer,</i> you could have been so right. You could have stoked the flames of technologically minded ambition in starry-eyed little girls, helped nurse entire generations of bad-ass hacker dames. Instead, you became a nest of twee images and sexist drivel. If you had shins, I'd …

11 things we just learned about how the Apple Watch works

As of today, developers can now make apps for Apple Watch. Well, they're not separate apps so much as they are extensions of pre-existing iPhone apps, and there isn't a lot of flexibility in the WatchKit toolset — but it looks like that'll change next year.<p><b>Update:</b> Read our Apple Watch review.<p>We've …

What did St Paul say about women?

<b>Can two sides in a debate - both composed of sincere, intelligent people - look at precisely the same set of evidence and reach precisely opposite verdicts?</b><p>With the Church of England's first women bishops to be named soon following the final seal of approval for legislation allowing them, that is …

Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

So what’s this new Microsoft strategy you’ve been hearing about?<p>According to CEO Satya Nadella, the company is three things: Office 365, Windows and Azure. “That’s it,” the executive recently quipped. Given that narrow focus, how do the company’s massive and recent bets on hardware fit into the …