Rigo Pedraza

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7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

This new privacy tool would speed up your internet, too

These days, you may wish you had a magic switch you could flip to keep your data more secure.<p>The misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica is only the latest consumer privacy flap to create outrage. Remember the Equifax hack? That affected more than 230 million people. And in 2017, US …

Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive?

Set deep in the Valley of the Sun, the lush and sprawling ‘megapolis’ has a problem – the rivers<p>Jennifer Afshar and her husband, John, pushed their bikes across the grass and paused to savour the sunshine, while their two boys went to look at the duck pond. Other kids were playing soccer or doing …

Los Angeles

Toxic management cost an award-winning game studio its best developers

How the $36 billion video game industry burns out its best employees<p>In 2012, on a light-drenched stage amid screams and cheers, <i>Star Trek</i> actress Zoe Saldana announced Spike Video Game Awards’ game of the year: <i>The Walking Dead</i>. The win was a huge coup for its relatively small developer, Telltale …

A Bright Red Flag for Democracy

Survivors of the Parkland massacre are getting a crash course in civics, and learning that corporations are more responsive to customer concerns than lawmakers are to their constituents.<p>A week after the fatal shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, some of the high …

Gun Control

The F.B.I.’s Dangerous Crackdown on ‘Black Identity Extremists’

An F.B.I. report leaked in October and scrutinized during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday warns of an emergent domestic terror threat sweeping the nation and threatening the lives of law enforcement officers: the “Black Identity Extremist” (“B.I.E.”) movement. This …

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

'You're hired!': Internet salutes Twitter employee who pulled plug on Trump

For 11 happy minutes Twitter users celebrated a Trump-free experience, heaping praise on the rogue staffer who shut down the US president<p>Like the Christmas truce in the first world war trenches, for 11 serene minutes it seemed like peace and harmony had broken out on earth with the sudden …

Donald Trump

This DIY Nintendo Switch can play the retro games the real one can’t

The power of a Raspberry Pi<p>The Nintendo Switch is great for a lot of things, but when it comes to playing retro games, you’re better off looking at something like the SNES Classic than Nintendo’s current-generation console.<p>Or, if you’re like Tim Lindquist, a hardware modder / electrical engineering …

Raspberry Pi

Why I love video games

A great video game critic is both an archaeologist and a tour guide.<p>“Why do you hate games?”<p>That’s the question I’ve received the most as a video game critic. Of course, no video game critic hates games. If not for a love of games, a bottomless, nagging, nonnegotiable sort of love, no one would …

Tesla's Model 3 marketing strategy ditches specs for end results

When I did a by-the-numbers comparison of the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt EV, I noted that Tesla had not yet released several key Model 3 specs. Now, it appears those numbers may never arrive.<p>In the event you've been under a rock for a few years, Tesla enjoys doing things a bit …

Scaramucci Out As White House Communications Director

<b>Updated at 5 p.m. ET</b><p>Anthony Scaramucci is leaving his position as White House communications director — less than two weeks after being named for the job.<p>Scaramucci's departure followed the Monday-morning swearing in of the new White House chief of staff, retired Gen. John F. Kelly. Scaramucci had …

Donald Trump

Everyone has an opinion on “booth babes” — but here’s what they actually have to say about the job

It wasn’t easy finding promotional models — or “booth babes,” as they’re better known — at 2017’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. For …

Is PC Gaming Really Worth the Hassle?

Last week, I wrote a piece about console vs. PC gaming in which I came down, very gently, on the side of PCs. While they can be expensive to build, I …

Turns Out This Is the Smartest (and Easiest) Way to Score Cheap Flights

Ideally, we'd be able to jet across the world for every long weekend, but in reality, the cost of travel can be a major deterrent. Once you've …

New Service Builds Gaming PCs Based On The Games You Want To Play

BLD is a new service from computer hardware maker NZXT that simplifies the process of buying a new gaming PC. Customers select the games they want to …

America’s largest cities are so expensive that some millennials are crowdfunding their homes

For many American millennials, buying a new home in a city like Los Angeles or Washington DC can seem like a pipe dream.<p>According to a recent survey by Apartment List, 80% of millennials— defined as those born between 1980 and 1995 — say they want to buy a home, but most have less than $1,000 saved …

Real Estate

I Switched from a PS4 to a PC

Making the Jump<p>Ever since I first held that black-and-white brick of a Nintendo controller at the age of 6, I've been a console loyalist. I've owned …

PC vs. Console Gaming: Which Should You Choose?

PC and console gamers have been at each other's throats since the '80s, and the battle doesn't look like it'll end anytime soon. In one corner: fans …

It's Less Work, More Playing Video Games for Today's Young Men

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so Jack, now a young millennial, has turned the tables, filling his schedule with more play and less work.<p>And what's his play of choice? Video games.<p>“Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men,” a new study by the National Bureau of Economic …

Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free

Have you ever wanted to own your own castle – or perhaps an Italian monastery? Here’s your chance. As part of Italy’s Strategist Tourist Plan, the …

Comey’s Memos Were a Product of a Culture of Note-Keeping

WASHINGTON — The revelation that James B. Comey documented his interactions with President Trump — describing in detail how the president urged him to quash the federal investigation into Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser — provided the clearest evidence yet that Mr. Trump …

30 Germany Photos That Will Spark Your Wanderlust

Have you ever visited a destination and instantly felt a deep connection? This happened to me when we went to Germany and it my hope that these …

European Travel

‘Bayonetta’ Sells 100K Copies On Steam In Just One Week

Well it’s official: “Bayonetta” has surpassed the 100K copies mark on Steam just a week after its release on Valve’s digital distribution platform. …

Developers, don't mock people for being amazed by game dev techniques (update)

You WANT people curious about what you do<p>A documentary about the creation of <i>Horizon</i><i>:</i> <i>Zero Dawn</i> was created by the Dutch organization VPRO, and yesterday Kotaku pulled an interesting GIF from the video that showed how the game renders its large environments.<p>“Every time you move the camera in <i>Horizon</i> …

Steve Ballmer Spends Millions To Redesign Government Information

The former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner wants to give back through a powerful data visualization tool.<p>What does the average teacher make? How much does the U.S. spend on defense? Is crime going up or down–and how does that correlate with the police we employ and criminals we incarcerate?<p>…

MIT's app only needs a second to teach you a new language

You know the seconds and minutes you waste waiting for the elevator to arrive, for a friend to reply to an IM or for a website to load? A team of MIT CSAIL researchers believe you can put them to good use, so they created a series of apps called the WaitSuite that makes the most of those idle …

Apps

‘He’s a Performance Artist Pretending to be a Great Manager’

Donald Trump sits at the top of the biggest org chart in the world. Why does he look so uncomfortable in the job?<p>More than 27 years before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Bruce Nobles, then the president of the Trump Shuttle airline, assessed with some befuddlement the …

Donald Trump

Microsoft announces Xbox Game Pass, Netflix-style gaming for the Xbox One (update)

Surprise!<p><b>Update:</b> The official page has been edited to remove mention of Windows 10 devices.<p>“It’s important to us that Xbox Game Pass provides an enjoyable and seamless experience,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon. “Right now, we’re focused on launching Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One consoles and …

When Leaking Is an Act of Patriotism

In 1800, a newspaper report incensed supporters of President John Adams—and sparked the nation’s first major leak investigation.<p>An administration in turmoil. A president sometimes “absolutely out of his senses.” Panic over foreign terror; a lurch toward war; rumors of immigrant roundups; foreign …

Political Science