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The Good, The Bad And The In-Between Of Bungie's 'Destiny' Beta

For those following along, you’ll realize that yes, this is a follow-up to my lengthy article on Destiny’s alpha I posted earlier this summer under a nearly identical name. I thought that format was effective for analysis, and so I figured I’d repeat it here. Though this probably won’t be nearly as …

Almost 40 Windows Phone games get updates to work with newer devices

Microsoft made a big fuss over Windows Phone's gaming abilities right from the start, but it's hard to appreciate that if you're a newcomer; many classic titles never made the leap to Windows Phone 8, or were never tuned for budget devices. Not all of those releases will be consigned to the history …

Horizontes Script Font from Sudtipos

The elegant Horizontes Script font.<p>Panco Sassano experimented a lot with different calligraphic techniques. The <b>Horizontes Script</b> font is the result …

Iraq launches air raids on rebel positions

The Iraqi military has launched air raids against armed groups trying to capture the country's largest oil refinery, killing as many as 30 fighters, authorities say.<p>Reports of Friday's assault came as government forces claimed to have recaptured the village of the late President Saddam Hussein, and …

Costa could be the toast of Chelsea

One of the first summer transfer stories to break was Tiago Mendes's move to Chelsea, which was announced right after the Champions League final. The Portuguese midfielder won't be the only Atlético de Madrid man swapping the Calderón for Stamford Bridge over the next couple of months.<p>Costa could …

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Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth DLC Release Date Leaks

Coming in a couple of weeks.<p>Battlefield 4's Dragon Teeth expansion may launch on July 15 for Battlefield Premium members before a general release on …

France v Germany: World Cup 2014 quarter-finals – five key issues

André Schürrle deserves to start, Mario Götze does not and Didier Deschamps should play Karim Benzema in the middle • Follow Paul Doyle's quarter-final minute-by-minute report<p>Schürrle deserves a starting spot<p>“Salvation by backheel” read one headline. “Danke, André” wrote another. Mesut Özil may …

Get Ready for the New Android L Camera Updates

Photo enthusiasts who carry an Android handset in their pockets — as opposed to a photo-centric iPhone — can look forward to vast improvements in performance, control and image quality with the upcoming Android L mobile OS.<p>According to a report by Android Police, the Google team has focused on the …

15 Great Fourth of July Deals You Absolutely Must Check Out

This year, July 4 falls on a Friday. And given the sales we're seeing (entire stores at 40% or 50% off!), it's looking a lot like an early Black …

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Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because of public outcry.<p>But …

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

'Walking Dead' studio confirms 'Game of Thrones' video game series for 2014

Telltale Games, the studio behind the award-winning video game based on <i>The Walking Dead</i><i>,</i> has said that it will give the same treatment to HBO's fantasy epic <i>Game of Thrones.</i> The news confirms a rumor reported by IGN last month.As with other Telltale releases such as <i>The Walking Dead</i> and the recently …

World Cup 2014: England v Italy in Manaus is brought forward by three hours to 11pm BST

England's World Cup hopes dealt a blow as Roy Hodgson's team must now play Italy in hotter conditions in Amazon after Fifa changes the match's time<p>Roy Hodgson’s nightmarish <b>World Cup</b> draw was compounded on Saturday night when Fifa brought forward the kick-off time of <b>England</b>’s 'Group of Death’ opener …

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Final score 0-1; Magpies come away with surprise win

First Everton, now Newcastle -- Manchester United have suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses!<p>Old Trafford is officially in crisis mode. After suffering a shocking home loss to Everton in midweek, Manchester United were expected to bounce back against Newcastle. Despite the return of Robin van Persie, …

Smartwatches, Google Glass And The Wearable Technology Chocolate Box

At $8 billion in 2013 revenues (projected), the wearable technology market is nascent but promising. By 2017, revenue from these new devices is projected to grow to $20 billion.<p>Numbers like that are just one of the reasons I get excited about new technologies, and I’ve been particularly excited …

Xbox One owners warned to avoid 'backwards compatibility' prank that bricks consoles

Every Xbox One console is a developer unit, but an option to enable the dev kit mode is being used to prank gamers this week. An image (embedded below) has been making the rounds on forums and social networking sites promising Xbox 360 backwards compatibility through six steps on an Xbox One …

Daily Fix Headlines for December 6, 2013

Today's top stories.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Happy National Microwave Oven Day! It's a thing. A fan survey reveals Ubisoft is already thinking about the next …

13 Wholesome Recipes for the Mid-Holiday Detox

Give yourself a pat on the back. You've made in through Thanksgiving, the ultimate food-centric holiday, with hopefully minimal cooking disasters, quibbles about politics, and general family drama. But now you've got a new problem: it's called a food hangover, and it's mental as well as physical. …

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