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'The Big Bang Theory' star's op-ed about Harvey Weinstein sparks outrage on Twitter

Mayim Bialik, one of the stars of the popular sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," attracted sharp criticism on Saturday over an op-ed she wrote for The New York Times about the multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.<p>Bialik wrote that although …

5 Apps That Will Help You Finish Writing Your Book

Don't let procrastination win. Use these tools to get organized, stay focused, and finish strong.<p>Authors are not immune to procrastination, nor to distraction. To write a book requires dedication and a consistent writing schedule, but any author will tell you that the kind of focus needed to finish …

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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

Videos: Best Cinematic Shots of All Time - Pt. 2

This is a new video from CineFix that lists the best shots of all time. It is part two of a series that took them a long time to break down into a …

Comics

Dealing with spaceflight's dirty secret

One of the dirty secrets of spaceflight is that, in space, there's no such thing as laundry day. That's because no one has figured out an economical …

Cleaning

Japanese Fan-Artist Turns Pokemon Into Gorgeous Anime Characters

While trawling through the usual fanart forums we came across this fabulous Japanese fanartist who goes by the name of "Shioya" (translates roughly …

12 Times Tumblr Got It Really, Really Wrong

You know how Microsoft Word has spellcheck? Maybe it's time Tumblr got something like that but with facts so anytime someone posts information that …

Amazon Alexa: Is She The Singularity?

When I watched the film <i>Her</i> back in 2014, I thought it was so “sci-fi” futuristic. In fact, I was sure that it was a fictionalization of Ray Kurzweil’s promise of the coming Singularity. As you may know, the Singularity is Kurzweil’s projection of a future when artificial intelligence exceeds the …

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A robot butler is replacing humans in some California hotels

An autonomous robot named Relay is currently bringing items to guests at some hotels in California. People who call down to the front desk for an item, like a toothbrush or towel, will be greeted by the adorable robot that is capable of moving autonomously throughout the hotel.<p>The little guy is …

The Void wants to offer fully immersive virtual reality games

Ken Bretschneider dreams of a virtual reality experience that will have you literally running, jumping around and chasing digital villains. That's why this fall, he'll start building The Void: a virtual reality gaming center with 60 x 60 foot rooms where people can physically play while immersed in …

A tiny, epic ode to Nintendo: Zelda and Super Mario 64’s worlds recreated as miniature dioramas

We all know that Japan does “small” well. Whether it’s microtechnology, tiny houses or bonsai, the Japanese are known for their dexterity and being …

This is the most ambitious game in the universe

Summon up every great space-exploration fantasy of the past century — from mining exotic planets in uncharted space to watching attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion — and convert that compendium of awesome into a game of unprecedented size and scale. That, in rough terms, is the …

ET deals: Samsung 840 Evo 750GB SSD for $360 - ExtremeTech

By on March 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>With the price of storage plummeting …

Microsoft confirms long-overdue DirectX 12 will be unveiled at GDC - ExtremeTech

By on March 6, 2014 at 6:49 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Microsoft has confirmed the …

Nvidia's mobile Maxwell GPU is a monster, beating all current AMD and NV graphics cards by a huge margin - ExtremeTech

Nvidia’s mobile Maxwell GPU is a monster, beating all current AMD and NV graphics cards by a huge margin<p>By on March 6, 2014 at 10:45 am<p>This site may …

Oculus unveils new Rift prototype with positional tracking and mysterious OLED display

Oculus unveiled a new prototype of the Rift virtual reality headset at CES today, complete with positional tracking and an OLED display that features low persistence for less motion blur and a more comfortable experience for players.<p>The new prototype has been dubbed "Crystal Cove."<p>The addition of …

Pokemon X and Y: When will the game's graphics be as good as the TV show? - ExtremeTech

Pokemon X and Y: When will the game’s graphics be as good as the TV show?<p>By on October 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Avegant’s new Virtual Retinal Display is like Oculus Rift on steroids

Head-mounted personal displays like Oculus Rift and Google Glass are pretty revolutionary devices. Years from now they’ll likely be remembered for …

'Warcraft' movie slated for December 18th, 2015 release

The <i>Warcraft</i> movie now has a release date — December 18th, 2015. The feature film based on Blizzard's hugely popular <i>World of Warcraft</i> series of video games will be directed by Duncan Jones, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed sci-fi thrillers <i>Moon</i> and <i>Source Code</i>. Charles Leavitt, who penned …

WildStar dev diary explains new takes on MMO ability mechanics

A new "DevSpeak" dev diary for upcoming sci-fi MMO <i>WildStar</i> discusses how standard MMOs have players interacting with combat, and what makes <i>WildStar</i> unique in that regard.<p>Most MMOs have abilities that function in one of three ways: Instant-cast, where hitting a button immediately uses the respective …

Largest space battle in history claims 2,900 ships, untold virtual lives

The combat is fake, but the emotions are real<p>In less than an hour, a battle of interstellar proportions will break out in the MMORPG Eve Online, a spacefaring simulation with its own politics, economies, and wars — all controlled exclusively by players. Between three and four thousand pilots are …

Competitive gaming recognized in U.S. as a pro sport

The official <i>League of Legends</i> eSports tournament League Championship Series has been recognized as a fully professional sport by the U.S. State Department.<p>For the first time, players from outside the United States can move to the U.S. under specific visas, which are provided for pro sports players …

Crunching The Numbers: Can Dual $269 Nvidia GTX 760s Outperform A $999 Titan?

As NVIDIA’s trio of graphics card launches winds down with the mainstream-level GTX 760, and only sporadic rumors of AMD’s new Radeon 8000 series launching in October, we have a few months to evaluate the best and most cost-efficient upgrade options. You may be tempted by NVIDIA’s GTX 780, which …

Dragon Quest 10 launching for PC in Japan this September

Square Enix's massively multiplayer online role-playing game <i>Dragon Quest 10</i> will launch for Windows PC Sept. 26, according to Famitsu, which we've translated with the help of Google.<p><i>Dragon Quest 10</i> will be available for ¥3990 in a regular edition and as a special edition, which includes a …

Destiny 2 - the best weapons and how to get them

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a complete novice, Destiny 2 is <i>finally</i> here. We’re locked and loaded and ready take back everything the Cabal Red …

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Destiny - early sketches & concept images

DmC: Devil May Cry's art director explores the series' 'visual rebirth' at GDC

At a GDC panel, <i>DmC: Devil May Cry</i>'s visual art director, Alessandro "Talexi" Taini, chronicled the process of creating the art that underlies Ninja Theory's recent reboot.<p>Taini said he was responsible for creating the "syle of game we're making," which encompassed everything from concept sketches …

How Bungie shaped Destiny from fantasy to 'mythic sci-fi' world

When Bungie set off on its journey to build an all-new universe for <i>Destiny</i>, the mythic science fiction, "shared world shooter" it unveiled earlier this year, it started with a more traditional fantasy concept starring wizards, grub lords and giant frogs battling in ancient settings.<p>Bungie also …