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7 books that taught me how to code

As you might read in my recent post - coding without Google - I've started learning to program mostly from books. In the beginning, I read them from …

There's A 'Minecraft' Version Of Disney World, And It Might Be Better Than The Real Thing

This time I wanted to take it easy. So I wandered around the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. I rode on Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom. Twice, actually. I ate some snacks so I wouldn't die.<p>Oh, and I did all of that from my couch in "Minecraft."<p>Someone built a 1:1 scale of Disney World in …

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Happy Father's Day — Here Are All The Cool Toys And Tech Your Dad Grew Up Playing With

Believe it or not, your dad probably played with toys at some point in his childhood. Maybe he was a Radio Flyer wagon guy, or maybe he preferred the Etch-a-Sketch.<p>Either way, here's a roundup of all the major toys that young men (and more than a few young women) used to play with to pass the time, …

The future of Formula 1 could involve AR headsets and farting

What's the next frontier for F1? If these guys get their way, races will be run on intelligent tracks, drivers will wear augmented reality headsets and cars will breathe air for extra thrust. Team Lotus and the energy drink Burn (nope, us neither) have teamed up to produce <i>Human Ignition</i>, a …

Everything You Need to Know About YouTube Buying Twitch

What would YouTube and Google want with a website known for streaming video games?<p>That's the question on many minds after multiple reports say that …

Powdered-alcohol creator shares 'the truth about Palcohol'

Last month, to the delight of those, like myself, who love imbibing and all things "instant," a modern-day hero emerged. But rather than vanquishing poorly dressed supervillains, he promised something far more valuable: lightweight, portable powdered liquor in a convenient pouch.<p>This 21st-century …

10 most annoying road habits

2 reading now<p>Road users not concentrating on their driving or doing the wrong thing in busy traffic not only cause frustration, they can be dangerous.

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'Firenado' Captured in Wild Instagram Photo

Meet the dust devil's more dangerous cousin. A Missouri woman captured a picture of the above pillar of fire as she was driving down a road in the …

9 Video Games You Can Beat in Under 10 Hours

9 Pint-Sized Video Games<p>1. <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i><p>2. <i>Gone Home</i><p>3. <i>Journey</i><p>4. <i>Portal</i><p>5. <i>Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare</i><p>6. <i>Heavenly Sword</i><p>7. <i>Costume Quest</i><p>8.</i> …

Reg Mombassa artwork inspires fireworks for Sydney NYE celebrations

Sydney Harbour's attention-grabbing New Year's Eve fireworks will this year paint artist Reg Mombassa's brain across the city's skyline.<p>Mombassa, …

How the PlayStation 4's 'Playroom' brought out the worst in gamers

Twitch bans streams of Sony's augmented reality game after sexual abuse and threats to children<p>The stars of Sony's <i>The Playroom</i> are meant to be its robots. Small, white, and cute, they jump and wiggle around at the feet of their owner. <i>The Playroom</i> — an alternate reality game that comes pre-loaded on …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: which one to buy this holiday season

‘Tis the season for some big decisions: Fake tree or real tree? Self-gifting or hoping for the best? And, of course: which new game console should …

Graphic content: do Xbox One and PS4 games really look better?

The words "next generation" have always held a lot of promise — and a lot of hype — in the world of video games. Consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that herald the arrival of a new generation are said to offer stunning graphics that unlock gaming experiences like never before. That’s an …

Sickweather tracks then alerts you of nearby illnesses

With flu season fast approaching and holiday travelers carrying germs throughout the world, it sure would be nice to know what kind of illnesses are nearby. As Mashable reported, an app called Sickweather wants to give you that information on your iPhone, using your current location.<p>Download the …

What might be one of the worst video games ever released has now been withdrawn

Cricket is often accused of being rather dull. Not so if you played Ashes 2013, a video game so bad it makes the sport entertaining even for those who don’t know how it works. Produced by 505 Games in time for the biennial England-Australia bilateral series known as “the Ashes,” the game has …

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Sony reveals PlayStation 4 innards a week before its release

Earlier this year, Sony famously made its PS4 announcement without actually showing anyone the hardware. We all had to wait months for E3 in Los Angeles to see the new black box — even hardware architect Mark Cerny was kept in the dark — but now everyone knows of the sharp, angular new look. What …

Vodafone fails to hit legal minimum for 3G mobile internet coverage

Vodafone has been singled out by the telecoms watchdog for providing the poorest geographical coverage for 3G mobile internet in the UK after breaching the terms of its spectrum licence.<p>Ofcom tests published on Thursday show that despite being the only British-owned operator in the country, …

McDonald’s Might 3-D Print Your Happy Meal (The Toys, Not The Fries)

If you could walk into your nearest McDonald’s and get any Happy Meal toy–any toy, mind you, not just one that’s being advertised that week–would you go more often? McDonald’s certainly hopes so.<p>Mark Fabes, McDonald’s IT Director, recently pondered the idea of using in-store 3-D printing to print …

Candy Crush Just Got Even Sweeter! The Game's Official Candy Is Available At Dylan's Candy Bar

If playing Candy Crush Saga isn't quite sweet enough for you, here's something that will really give you a sugar rush: Candy Crush Candy. Inspired by …

Delta and JetBlue become first airlines to allow electronics during takeoff and landing

Delta and JetBlue have become the first two US airlines to allow e-readers, tablets, and other electronic devices to be used throughout the flight. Following the FAA's recommendation that travelers be allowed to use gadgets from gate to gate, both companies indicated yesterday that they had put in …

'Minecraft' partners with Twitch for built-in streaming

The 13 million people who play <i>Minecraft</i> on PC will soon have an easier way to share their in-game experiences. Today at the Minecon convention in Orlando, developer Mojang and streaming service Twitch announced a new partnership that will allow players to stream content on Twitch directly from in …

Ouya will begin shipping with a redesigned controller, but you won't know until you open the box

Anyone who's picked up an Ouya, or demoed one in-store, knows that the controller, with its sticky buttons and flimsy removable plates, could do with a lot of help. Company founder Julie Uhrman's aware of the issue and, in an interview with <i>Polygon</i>, she revealed that a new version of the Ouya …

15 more must-see iPhone 5S slow-motion videos

The iPhone 5S has been out for more than a week, and the collection of slow motion videos has ballooned in size.<p>Earlier this week we posted 15 of our early favorites people had shot in their initial weekend with the device. Now we've put together another 15 that show off what people are doing when …

New York unveils 'text stops' to curb crashes by distracted drivers

You're probably familiar with highway rest stops, but drivers might soon be seeing something a little less ordinary along the road: text stops. New York plans to establish 91 "Texting Zones" along state highways, encouraging drivers to wait until they can safely pull off the road to respond to a …

The Docklands "wheel" has finally turned in the right direction with the installation of the first of its 21 cabins. The cabins are the original ones that have been in storage since the wheel shut down just six weeks after opening in 2009 when it began to crack. When it does eventually open will you take a ride on it? More images: http://ow.ly/oktFg Photo: Wayne Taylor

There's been plenty of talk about high speed rail this election, but is it really a sensible idea? Alan Davies doesn't think so: http://ow.ly/omshI

"Play streets" - safe for children and (almost) no-go zones for cars - are common in Germany. Now landscape designer Tobias Volbert has drawn up an Australian version, turning a regular suburban street with a 50 km/h speed limit into a winding park with cars limited to 5 km/h: http://ow.ly/omV1d He says: "You would come out, engage with your neighbours, watch the children play with the football in the street, and help create a more playful and connected neighbourhood.” Good idea?