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Flappy Bird 'to be taken down' after 'ruining creator's life'

App sensation Flappy Bird looks set to be removed from the App Store after its creator said he hates it for ruining his 'simple life'<p>The Flappy Bird game, which has seen phenomenal success in recent months, looks set to be removed from the App Store after its creator said he wants to live "in …

The 10 best potato recipes

Chips 'n' gravy<p>An upgraded version of chips and gravy with a piccalilli element thrown in.<p>Serves 4<b><br>4 large baking potatoes, preferably maris pipers</b><b><br>Sunflower oil, for deep frying</b><p>For the gravy<b><br>20g butter</b><b><br>100g button onions, peeled</b><b><br>2 small carrots, sliced</b><b><br>¼ cauliflower, broken into small florets</b><b><br>2 tsp</b> …

Skyrim mod turns dragons into Thomas the Tank Engine

A mod for <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i> replaces the game's fearsome dragons with classic children's character Thomas the Tank Engine.<p>The video above shows the game's opening with the mod installed: As the player character awaits public execution, a lonely train whistle echoes through the mountains. …

And the 10 Most Overpaid Actors Are...

According to Forbes, Adam Sandler isn't worth his hefty paycheck, as the comedian landed at the top of the magazine's 10 Most Overpaid Actors list.<p>Sandler, who demands north of $15 million for every movie in which he stars, doesn't always make good on that investment, Forbes says. He has two recent …

New Snowden Leak Reveals The NSA Planted Agents Inside 'World of Warcraft'

The Guardian recently said they have only published a very tiny percentage of the NSA documents provided to them by the now-infamous leaker Edward Snowden, and now a new revelation has taken a strange turn into the video game realm.<p>Documents provided by Snowden from 2008 say that the NSA and the …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Japan’s plan to supply all the world’s energy from a giant solar power plant on the moon

Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the …

Renewable Energy

If you believe The Matrix franchise, what we think is our everyday life is in fact a simulation generated by an all-powerful computer. However this idea may not simply be science fiction and 'cosmic rays' could reveal that we are indeed living in a simulated universe. According to Discover magazine, physicists can offer us the ability to test whether we live in our own virtual Matrix, by studying radiation from space. More here: http://fw.to/8QtnaZV

Xbox One Reviewed: Games and Hardware

It's been a bumpy six months since Xbox One was unveiled. During that period, Microsoft has scrapped its controversial plans for licence-only game …

State Of Decay: Breakdown - Preview - Eurogamer

Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa

The sun is set to “flip upside down” within weeks as its magnetic field reverses polarity in an event that will send ripple effects throughout the …

Xbox 360 compatibility on Xbox One using cloud streaming too 'problematic'

"If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards," former Xbox chief Don Mattrick — now running things at Zynga — (in)famously said following the Xbox One’s troubled reveal in May, referring to the new console's inability to play games from the Xbox and Xbox 360. In a meeting in New York …

Karen L. Nyberg on Twitter: "Our view of Mount Etna erupting. October 26. http://t.co/PaHnTXth2z"

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Sell it, keep it, trash it: What to do with your PS3 and Xbox 360

In many households, consoles like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U currently take up prime living-room real estate next to the television set. In a few weeks, this real estate will be contested when thousands of console owners welcome a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (or both) into their homes.<p>…

The Coming Resolution Wars Between PS4 And Xbox One

It’s been a rumor for some time now and technically still is, but it seems like it’s time to talk about this coming/current controversy of the differences in resolution between certain launch games for Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.<p>There are a growing collection of “insiders” who are all …

'Batman: Arkham Origins' - Do Games Need To 'Push The Series Forward' In Order To Be Great?

Discussing the reception to <i>Batman: Arkham Origins</i> earlier, I couldn’t help but notice a recurring theme:<p>The game, many critics believe, simply doesn’t—in the words of Carolyn Petit—”push the series forward” enough to be considered particularly good.<p>It’s all too predictable. What it needs is a shiny …

How Long Can Video Games Matter?

Analyzing the historical importance of a mostly disposable art.<p>My kids will never know what Gears of War: Judgment is. They will never wonder what …

The End of the Wii and What It Means for Nintendo

Looking back at a system ahead of its time<p>Nintendo will no longer manufacture the Wii, and the company may stop selling the system entirely. With the …

Retrogaming

Cosmic Concept: Laser-Powered Space Travel

To travel to outer solar system and eventually to the stars, we're going to need some big breakthroughs in propulsion, protection from cosmic radiation, and more. Our Cosmic Concepts series looks at the far-out ideas that will take us there.<p><b>Young K. Bae wants us to travel to the moon within hours</b>, …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Was Not Impressed With 'Gravity' And Is Going Ballistic About It On Twitter

"Gravity" busted a bunch of box office records this weekend.<p>Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is not impressed.<p>He's Tweeting all the scientific inaccuracies he spotted in the film.<p>Some seem consequential.<p>Others...less so.<p>And last but not least

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Letter from America

This week was all about GTA Online. Or rather, its entertainingly shambolic launch. I haven't been paying too much attention to how the general UK …

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate dev releasing new game this Christmas

Armature Studio, the developer behind <i>Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate</i>, will release a "non-Arkham game" this Christmas, according to a recent announcement on Twitter.<p>The developer did not provide details as to what the new title might be, though it did clarify to Twitter users that it is "not a …

This secretive startup plans to 3D print custom, affordable wood furniture

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>The traditional wood furniture industry has its share of problems. Faced with cheap plywood and chip wood that can be packed …

Samuel L. Jackson Confirms Elizabeth Olsen in 'Avengers 2'

When James Spader was officially cast as Ultron in 'Avengers 2,' Marvel announced the occasion in grand style on their own style. But, before they …

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Thor: The Dark World - Beyond Realms: Behind the Scenes Featurette

The 8 Indie Films You Must See This October (Which Is Shaping Up To Be One of the Best Months For Film In a Very Long Time)

Today marks the start of what could truly one of the best months for moviegoing… ever? Week after week, some of the best films off this year’s film …

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