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Now’s your chance to get Zelda, Animal Crossing, and more for under $20

Brace your wallets, Nintendo fans. Discounts are coming. And we’re not talking about amiibo deals, we’re talking $20 games. Oh yeah, and another …

Download every 'Tribes' game for free

Fancy yourself a fan of playing awesome PC shooters online? Boy howdy, do I have a story for you: Developer Hi-rez Studios has released every game in its <i>Tribes</i> series for free on its website as part of the franchise's 21st birthday celebration. That means everything from <i>Starseige: Tribes</i> to the …

6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People

For starters: They don’t need alarm clocks, stick to their bedtimes, and don’t sleep with their smartphones.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>You may feel super productive by pulling all nighters, but you’re …

How One Man With No Budget Crowdfunded a Racing Effort and Beat Professional Teams

Racing is expensive, but there's still room for the underdog.<p>Most young car enthusiasts have the same dream: to become a professional race-car driver. Lapping the great circuits of the world, fighting for every position amidst a cacophony of thundering motors, thousands of spectators cheering—who …

Defector wants to return to North Korea

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> Of the tens of thousands of North Koreans who have fled to South Korea since the Great Famine of the late 1990's, only a rare few have ever asked to return.<p>Kim Ryon Hui is one of them. The Pyongyang dressmaker -- turned North Korean defector -- says she is trapped in …

Pebble launches its first round smartwatch, arriving in November from $249

Pebble, best known for its Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel smartwatches, has announced its first circular device, the Pebble Time Round.<p>The device follows the recent trend for circular, rather than square-edged smartwatches – most notably with devices like the Moto 360 and Huawei Watch.<p>The Round …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Meet the Sinister, Brabus-Tuned Mercedes-AMG GT S

Brabus, the northern German tuner, just might be one of the busiest companies at the Frankfurt show. The firm not only will bring examples of its hotted-up Jaguars and a Land Rover Defender—while it’s most known for its work on Mercedes models, Brabus fiddles with JLR products, too—but also plans …

Apple's 'Hey Siri' Feature in iOS 9 Uses Individualized Voice Recognition

Following the release of the first public beta for iOS 9.1 yesterday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, a few of the testers have come across a new feature introduced in the update. Somewhere in the Settings app, it appears that Apple has quietly added a set-up process for the new "Hey Siri" …

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Apple's encryption means it can't comply with US court order

FBI criticises firm for being unable to read iPhone users’ messages after Justice Department obtains iMessage ruling<p>Apple has rebuffed a court order to hand over in real time texts sent using iMessage between two iPhones because its encryption system leaves the company unable to comply.<p>The order …

U.S. Department of Justice

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

The 100

What Would You Do With the Last Gallon of Gasoline on Earth?

Will it be good 'til the last drop?<p>Many years ago, in a column for <i>CAR</i> magazine, LJK Setright considered the question: What would you do if you found yourself in possession of the last gallon of gasoline on earth? Insofar as he was neither a survivalist nor terribly concerned with practicalities, he …

Crackdown 3 (finally) proves why Microsoft put Xbox One's head in the cloud

There I am, standing in the middle of a street in a neon-laced city, staring up at two skyscrapers. I'm carrying a rocket launcher. It has infinite ammo. I've been told that everything I see, from the concrete barrier directly in front of me to everything on every floor of the conjoined skyscrapers …

Gamescom

Stolen violin turns up after 35 years

A Stradivarius, last seen at the office of a virtuoso violinist in 1980, discovered by the thief’s widow<p>The family of the renowned violinist, Raymond Totenberg, had given up all hope of ever seeing his beloved Stradivarius after it was stolen from his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts 35 years ago.<p>…

This Is The One Difference Between A Gaming PC And A Consumer PC

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How do gaming PCs differ from regular PCs?</i><p><i>Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, Systems Designer & Technology Enthusiast, on Quora</i><p>We’ve all heard the term “Gaming PC,” alternately mentioned as the pivotal achievement in computer hardware or as bottomless pits into …

'World Of Warcraft' Movie Poster Gets Hilarious Fan Fix

The <i>World of Warcraft</i> movie is coming, and even though we didn’t get a Comic-Con trailer for the film, the internet is still abuzz with discussion around the film based on Blizzard’s hugely popular MMORPG.<p>For instance, we already have some people worrying that the film will be sexist. So that’s fun! …

Molson and Google team up on voice activated fridge that dispenses free beer

Molson, the well-known Canadian beer company is teaming up with Google on a rather interesting new marketing project. Leveraging Google’s translation/speech recognition software, Molson has built a special, one-of-a-kind fridge that only opens when you say just the right thing to it. The fridge …

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FCC to propose $1.7 billion plan to subsidize internet access

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to propose a $1.7 billion plan to offer subsidized broadband internet access to low-income families.<p>The New York Times reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will outline the plan today. It involves making changes to Lifeline, a 30-year-old …

Ireland has said 'yes' to gay marriage and 'no' to Catholicism

The Irish referendum on gay marriage was about more than just gay marriage. It was a politically trendy, media backed, well financed howl of rage against Catholicism<p>Whatever happened to Ireland? Its people used to be relied upon to reject social change – in previous referenda they have said no to …

Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yes, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo stood on a car and shot the unarmed black occupants 15 times just after officers first riddled it with bullets. But a judge ruled Saturday that, partly because Brelo reasonably believed he was in danger, he's not guilty of a crime.<p>Concluding just …

50 Artist Show What It Would Look Like If Finn And Jake Visited Other Fandoms

No Ironsights in Star Wars: Battlefront, Playable AT-STs Confirmed

New details about DICE's upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront shooter have emerged regarding the game's weapon aiming system and vehicles.<p>First, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach tells <i>OXM</i> (via GamesRadar) that Battlefront will not have ironsights, a staple of the developer's other major franchise, …

Samsung mimics Apple, right down to Jony Ive-style voice

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>The jokes about Samsung copying Apple are almost tired.<p>Even judges and juries got weary of the lawyers and the their lily-tongued lies.<p>For its part, Samsung enjoyed suggesting that the iPhone 6 was nothing …

Championship slot cars blast the fastest lap you'll ever see

Each lap is over in less than two seconds. That's just crazy fast.<p>Wanna see a form of racing where a lap takes less than 2 seconds, and where the cars scream by so fast, they become indiscernible streaks of color?<p>Welcome to championship slot car racing.<p>Our pals at Jalopnik first uncovered this …

Control the 'GTA V' cellphone with an iPhone, Arduino and a hack

<i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> has a few mobile apps of its own, but one enterprising modder has taken the idea to its natural conclusion: an application that lets you control the in-game cellphone with an iPhone. With the application you can scroll through text messages on-screen, peep your current list of …

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Harvard faculty backs Democrats 96% of the time, says school paper

Republicans running for president might as well skip any fundraisers at Ivy League universities like Harvard, where a new analysis shows 96 percent of faculty donations over the last three years went to Democrats.<p>Academia in general, and the elite northeastern schools in particular, have long been …

Qualcomm's Jacobs: Samsung snub 'a good wake-up call'

NEW YORK -- Qualcomm, the world's biggest maker of chips for mobile devices, is under a lot of pressure from its competitors these days.<p>It's seen its Snapdragon processor replaced by a Samsung-made chip in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 phones -- a switch that's costing Qualcomm hundreds of millions …

Gear & Gadgets

GoFundMe shuts down crowdfunding for anti-gay bakery

Refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has cost an Oregon bakery big bucks.<p>Sweet Cakes by Melissa shuttered its doors after a 2013 incident when the bakery's owners refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, citing their religious beliefs. The lesbian couple responded by filing a …

How Ben Burtt Designed The Sounds Of Star Wars

In this eminently watchable series of interviews, the Oscar winner explains how he created the sounds of R2-D2, lightsabers, and Chewbacca.<p>Star Wars is lauded for its visual effects, but the films’ sound design is just as good if not better. What would a light saber be without its ominous hum in …