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The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever

From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and prematurely cancelled, sci-fi and TV have had a nice run. We locked ourselves in the basement with several milk crates of VHS tapes, laser discs, and back issues of Starlog to come up with the top<p>From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and …

Science Fiction

How To Stop Idiot Drone Users

Serious questions are being asked about how to tackle dangerous drone flying, after five hobby drones blocked firefighters from tackling a raging forest fire in California at the weekend.<p>The wildfire in San Bernardino, which began on Friday afternoon and is now fully contained, burnt up 4,250 …

San Bernardino County

Booty drum turns twerking into 'music'

Start menu showdown: How do the Windows 10 and Windows 7 versions compare?

Microsoft recently peeled back the curtain on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is the company’s follow up to Windows 8.<p>After trying to push …

Software

This is why people want to watch other people play video games

Amazon agreed to pay just shy of $1 billion for video game streaming site Twitch last night. The service, which originally launched as a spinoff from Justin.tv in 2011, has become so wildly popular that its owner’s major concern has not been how to grow the site, but how to secure sufficient …

'Battlefield Hardline' And First-Person Shooters Aren't The Problem With Ferguson And Militarized Police In America

Video games glamorize violence. They do this, gleefully and without apology, and they always will.<p>Almost without exception if you’re playing video games you’re engaging in some form of physical conflict, whether that’s shooting Nazis, stabbing ninjas, or stomping on goombas.<p>There are the outliers, …

Battlefield Hardline's single-player tells the story of a good cop framed

Previously ... on <i>Battlefield Hardline</i>:<p>Visceral Games' cop-drama take on Electronic Arts' military shooter franchise was delayed into 2015, mainly over concerns with the online multiplayer experience that just went through a beta in June. What does that mean for the game's single-player story?<p>While …

Bungie Explains Destiny's Tower – IGN First

And what's behind the big doors...?<p>What is Destiny's Tower? What can you do there? What's interesting to see? Who should you talk to? Join me as …

Destiny's beta comparison video: PS4 versus Xbox One

Now that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have access to the <i>Destiny</i> beta we thought it would be fun to compare what the first few minutes of each looked like.<p>Do keep in mind that while the PlayStation 4 beta runs at 1080p, the Xbox One beta is running at 900p. That will change at launch when …

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

<i>Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content</i><p>"Women are the niggers of gender," the email said. "If you killed yourself, I wouldn’t even fuck the corpse."<p>I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. Later …

GameStop CEO Paul Raines: 'You Won't See Us Involved in the Creative Process'

Games retail behemoth GameStop stirred the waters this week when an investor note from R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian revealed the company was …

Gaming

How to clean up a broken CFL bulb

If a fluorescent light comes crashing down onto your kitchen floor, releasing the mercury trapped within, you don't need to panic. Just follow these steps to safely get things cleaned up.<p>Fluorescent lights get their glow from the mercury trapped inside, and the compact fluorescents (CFLs) used for …

City Politics

Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' Goes Classical, Turns Into A Giant Dance Party

In the spirit of absurd (but most certainly divine) combinations of today, the Seattle Symphony -- under the direction of Gabriel Prokofiev, London-based composer, producer and DJ -- debuted its arrangements of some of Sir Mix-a-Lot's iconic tunes. Naturally, the headliner, and the only song that …

Alienware's Steam Machine starts at $549 and launches this holiday season

Alienware is no slouch when it comes to cranking out high-end gaming PCs, but its approach to Valve's Steam Machine project is a bit different. The company is looking to deliver a high-quality PC gaming experience to the living room, but the execution doesn't sound much different from the …

Like it or not, your Comcast Xfinity router may now be a WiFi hotspot

Comcast has just transformed part of Houston into a WiFi commune by activating 50,000 residential Xfinity routers, according to <i>the Houston Chronicle</i>. The new service will give any Comcast client free WiFi access via those "xfinitywifi" hotspots, and is just the beginning of a larger rollout. As …

Comcast Is Turning The US Into Its Own Private Hotspot

On paper it looks like a win-win: in the next few days, Comcast is quietly turning on public hotspots in its customers’ routers, essentially turning private homes into public hotspots. Comcast customers get free Wi-Fi wherever there is a Comcast box and the company gets to build out a private …

The world's largest video game collection is for sale

The person with the certified largest video game collection in the world is putting it all up for sale.<p>Michael Thomasson's collection was declared by Guinness World Records to be the largest in the world when judges showed up to count it in December. The official number was 10,607, but he has added …

Big Ass Fans debuts world’s first intelligent ceiling fan

In the past couple years, countless different home fixtures have been given the “smart” treatment, and been augmented with network-connected brains. …

Haiku

Netflix calls Verizon out on the big red screen [Update: Netflix backs off]

You know things are bad when relations are reduced to corporate tattletaling. But when it comes to pointing the finger at who’s responsible for its …

Net Neutrality

Radio Physics Solutions Raises £700K To Detect 3D Printed Guns

With nearly every new and truly disruptive technology comes a moral panic. 3D printers gave us 3D printed guns and other potential DIY weaponry, even if the technology remains relatively immature. Hell, so iconic is the notion of a 3D printed gun, one of the first proof of concepts was recently …

The $250 MOD-t delivers simplicity and beauty in a 3D printer

Affordable desktop 3D printing is imminent, and today another option began its crowdfunding campaign. The folks at New Matter are looking to simplify the process so that anyone can output the items they desire, and to do so they've built the MOD-t. Aside from the clear enclosure for easy viewing …

Hands-on with the PadFone X: ASUS' phone-tablet hybrid arrives in the US

If you're a special sort of person -- I don't know, like a tech writer-- the ASUS PadFone is old news. Since June 2012, Engadget has reviewed three versions of the phone, which comes with a tablet-like dock allowing you to transform it into a big-screen slate. For our American readers, though, it's …

Lian Li's new desk is a computer, no, wait, it's a desk, no, wait...

We've seen plenty of modders build gaming PCs into their desks, but what about those of us without any DIY skills? Lian-Li has stepped in, offering the DK-01 and DK-02, a pair of Table PC chassis that straddle the intersection between high-end technology and furniture. The big difference between …

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: A $400 laptop never looked so good

Chromebooks seem to be having a moment. Which is odd, because for a while there, nobody seemed to be giving them a chance. Since the first Chromebook came out, about three years ago, Chrome OS devices have gotten flak for not being able to do as much as Windows machines. And to be fair, they …

FCC may redefine broadband as high as 25Mbps download instead of 4Mbps

Confirmed by a representative of the Federal Communications Commission this week, the government agency is considering moving the classification of …

Net Neutrality

OnePlus One review: A high-end smartphone for Android experts - CNET

A high-end smartphone for Android experts<p><b>The Good</b> The OnePlus One has a sleek design that comfortably fits in your pocket, and the phone's powerful specs deliver a smooth, lag-free performance for a relatively low price.<p><b>The Bad</b> The 5.5-inch display is too wide to use with one hand, and the …

Phones

Google Play Music quietly coats the globe (Q&A)

Google is expanding its Android answer to Apple's iTunes, and two execs say its streaming-plus-downloads double punch is a knockout.<p>Watch out, Apple. Years of pooh-poohing subscription streaming music mollycoddled the iTunes store to the point of decline, but two Google executives say its Play …

Google Play