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A global guide to hand gestures

Have you ever done the "okay" sign in Brazil and been met with a horrified stare? Or perhaps you've given someone the thumbs up in Iran and received a volley of abuse in return?<p>Hand gestures mean different things in different places, and getting them wrong can cause offence, embarrassment or worse. …

Indie Studios, Not Corporate Giants, Are the Future of Videogames

Videogames are experiencing nothing short of a renaissance.<p>My wife and I had friends over the other day, and in the course of our conversations …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

SteamOS is now available for download | PC Invasion

With the Steamboxes shipping out to testers today, Valve has now released SteamOS to the masses. Be warned though, don’t mess with this unless you …

The US is buying more from China than ever before

Remember the great rebalancing of the global economy? Of course you don’t. It never happened.<p>During the darkest moments of the deep recession that followed the financial crisis, there was plenty of talk about the need rejigger the orientation of giant global economies. China was supposed to tilt …

Free Title Lengthening: FTL will get free expansion in 2014 | PC Invasion

Dust off the captain’s chair in your <i>FTL</i> ship, because seriously it’s covered in grim and it’s gross. Also, the game will be getting a totally free …

GrowCube promises to grow food with ease indoors (hands-on)

Food. It's a bit of a big issue. After all, half the world doesn't have enough, and the other half has so much it doesn't really know where it comes from. Chris Beauvois, a software developer turned inventor, has created a device that could potentially solve both of these problems in a single …

7. Medical €“ Know Your Herbs

First introduced in 1996, Resident Evil has become one of the greatest game series of all time, branching out as a multi-media franchise to include …

Conspiracies

Robot Pretends To Almost (Not Really) Eviscerate Human With Knife, For Science

Here’s something disturbing: a video released by Cornell University showing a robot wielding a knife (the money shot, as it were, is above—scroll down for the full clip). The knife’s point comes perilously close to the torso of a researcher, who responds as most humans might to a robot carelessly …

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman: Brand was right over public's disgust at 'tawdry pretences' of politics http://trib.al/vJ8U6z7 Newsnight presenter, who berated Russell Brand for never voting, admits 'green-bench pantomime' also stopped him once

Russell Brand: we deserve more from our democratic system

Following his appearance on Newsnight, the comedian explains why he believes there are alternatives to our current regime<p>I've had an incredible week since I spoke from the heart, some would say via my arse, on Paxman. I've had slaps on the back, fist bumps, cheers and hugs while out and about, …

Geneva II Syria peace talks delayed again as all sides fail to agree conditions

Hopes of a much-delayed international peace conference on Syria taking place later this month appear to be dashed.<p>The US and Russia had been trying to bring both warring sides to the table for talks known as Geneva II.<p>US, Russian and UN diplomats were meeting in Geneva on Tuesday to pave the way …

Meet Chuckesmee, Twilight's axed animatronic toddler http://trib.al/VyHhUjb

Mass demonstrations planned by Anonymous in 477 cities around the world on Guy Fawkes Day: are you taking part? Tell us why or share your images here: http://trib.al/jEkLcck Protestors aligned with the hacktivist movement Anonymous are demonstrating at political landmarks and institutions around the world on Guy Fawkes Day. Are you taking part?

Vatican seeks Catholics' views on same-sex marriage and other issues

The Vatican has warned Catholics not to expect rapid change in the Church’s stance on major social issues, whatever the results of a global survey it is carrying out.<p>Ahead of a special meeting of bishops next October, a questionnaire has been sent to dioceses around the world on the theme of the …

Are technologists trying to solve the wrong problem?

Technologists have for centuries tried to automate human capabilities, said EffectiveUI Co-Founder and President Anthony Franco at Gigaom’s Roadmap …

Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy | Book Review

If you're a parent or teacher, you probably are asked "why questions" by young people several dozen times each day. Why can't we hear dog whistles? Why does the wind blow? Why is there no life on Mars? Why does E=mc2? Why? Why? <i>Why?</i><p>If you are dealing with such questions daily, then you'll be pleased …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

Russian Orthodox Church gives award to Putin for making country "powerful and strong"

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has presented President Putin with an award for his policies intended to make Russia a leading world power.<p>The Patriarch of Moscow said the prize was to honour Putin’s efforts to turn Russia into “a powerful and strong country that has self-respect and is …

10. Wolfenstein 3D

I had a happy childhood. Though my dog got run-over by a bus when I was five, my grandfather choked on a nut and died on my seventh Christmas and …

<b>PLEASE READ THE BELOW NOTES BEFORE CLICKING NEXT</b> 1: This article was a personal passion project throughout the Summer of 2013, which is incidentally …

12. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 €“ Victory Music

The people who don't play videogames often frown down on those of us that do... especially if you're over fourteen years of age. They look at us and …

Sony's PlayStation was a game changer. There can be no doubt that this medium sized grey machine bore the possibilities and potential to take us from …

Maingear announces Pulse 17, the 'world's thinnest' 17-inch gaming notebook

Maingear's normal method of constructing a gaming notebook works something a little like this: 1. Grab a Clevo chassis, 2. Crowbar as much high-power tech it can. For the Pulse 17, however, the company has decided to follow a different path. Abandoning Clevo's hardware, the company has crafted a …

The Simpsons has been tricking you into learning maths for decades

It's no secret that the longest-running American sitcom is also one of the smartest. Academics have pored over <i>The Simpsons</i> for its insights into …

Tesco petrol stations use face-scan tech to target ads

<b>Tesco is installing face-scanning technology at its petrol stations to target advertisements to individual customers at the till.</b><p>The technology, made by Lord Sugar's digital signage company Amscreen, will use a camera to identify a customer's gender and approximate age.<p>It will then show an …

Customers

Z-Machines: the robot band that headlined Maker Faire Tokyo (video)

Once they've finished hunting us down, it looks like the machines will be able to put on a good show to celebrate. The all-robot band, Z-Machines, have been making erratic appearances across Japan since early Summer, and Maker Faire Tokyo seemed like the most appropriate place to show off some …

Board Games Go Digital

A home computer that transforms into a tabletop game center<p>When Microsoft debuted the Surface tabletop computer in 2007, the company envisioned groups of people sitting around a giant screen, sharing videos and playing games. But the Surface and the second-generation Samsung SUR40 are hugely …