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Your App Is Slow Because Our World Is Ending

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece <i>Why mobile web apps are slow</i>. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.<p>Its upshot: …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

The Collapse Of The Honeybee Industry Could Cost Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars

One-third of the food we eat depends on insect pollination, mostly by honeybees that are raised and managed by beekeepers.<p>The value of insect pollinators on world agricultural production, which accounts for their role in producing better quality and quantity of harvests, was estimated at $208 …

The most persuasive word you can use in a meeting is “yeah”

Words have power, especially in meetings. A new study from MIT’s Sloan School of Management finds that saying “yeah”, “give”, “start” and even “meeting” can boost a person’s persuasive powers among co-workers.<p>Statisticians Cynthia Rudin and Been Kim studied 95 meetings for the vocabulary used in …

LeBron’s Quest for Immortality

With a title in hand, the next step for King James is to secure his legacy<p>At the relatively tender age of 28, he stands alone on the mountaintop, …

Respawn drops some new Titanfall footage in behind-the-scenes video

Developer Respawn Entertainment is having a pretty decent couple of weeks. The studio responsible for the upcoming Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC first-person shooter Titanfall wowed the industry with the game’s new ideas and action-packed mechanics.<p>Now that the game is public, Respawn is showing off …

New research shows gamers make better citizens

New research claims that, far from being mind-numbing escapist entertainment, video games help prepare young people for productive, socially balanced lives.<p>Dr. Kathy Sanford at University of Victoria in British Columbia spent the last five years studying kids ages 13-17 and their relationship with …

Why Digital Distribution Is The Future And GameStop Is Not: Taking The Long View On Used Games

<i>In the long run, the end of used games and brick-and-mortal retailers will be good for gamers and the video game industry.</i><p>Total Biscuit is one of my favorite video game YouTube commentators and he has a really excellent commentary up on used games and why retailers like GameStop are bad for …

XBOX ONE DETAILS CONTROVERSY (Gamer Nation)

Fantastically Designed Video Game Poster Art - Zelda, Metal Gear, and More

Inside Gaming

America: Where the Poor Don't Get Holidays Off

Vacation inequality, it turns out, is an actual problem in the United States.<p>The funny thing about national holidays in the United States is that they're not really <i>national</i> holidays. Unlike the rest of the developed world, we don't guarantee every worker paid time off. Not for summer vacations. Not …

'Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D' Review: Better Jump Through The Jungle (3DS)

<i>Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a magnificent port of the Wii original.</i><p><i>Donkey Kong Country</i> <i>Returns 3D</i> is a beautiful game. In fact, it’s one of the best looking titles I’ve played on the Nintendo 3DS, and makes some of the best use of 3D I’ve seen on the system.<p>When an enemy is killed, it goes …

LEGO Built an Epic Full Size X-Wing!

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more …

BASE jumper's terrifying 1,000-foot fall caught on GoPro

For many of us, the video below of Matthew Gough falling 1,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned during a BASE jump is like watching a common nightmare brought to life.<p>Remarkably, the video bears even more similarities to that horrible falling dream than first meets the eye, in that in the …

Feeling Appreciated? Why It Can Make All The Difference

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, once said “Appreciate everything your associates do. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” Likewise, Donald Peterson, former chairman of Ford Motor Company, said …

Chelsea's Europa League trophy presentation gatecrashed by 11-year-old Liverpool fan

Who was the young boy following the Chelsea players up the steps of the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday night as they collected the Europa League trophy?<p>Was he the son of one of the players? Or the son of club owner Roman Abramovich, as many were suggesting on Twitter? Who was this little guy …

Gaming Accessory Reviews

Don't care for the built-in headphones on your Oculus Rift headset? You can replace those on-ear cans with these Earphones -- for a price.<p>Gaming …

PlayStation

Attack Of The Digital Business Cards

Having a deck of business cards in hand is par for the course in almost every business meeting, professional lunch or convention. Even less formal endeavors, such as flirting, can be more effective with a personal info card. It’s no surprise then that the digital business card is becoming more …

Top 10 Computer Tricks Every Geek Should Know

We’ve talked before about the things every computer user should know how to do, but we geeks are special: we want to go above and beyond, to explore …

Can Video Games Teach Our Daughters To Be Rich?

If you haven’t read Amanda Steinberg’s Wall Street Jounal piece, “Princess Daughter Redux,” I highly recommend it. She calls for video games that will nurture “little girls into self-sufficient women.” She writes:<p>When my son plays games, he collects coins. He learns lessons about money and commerce …

As 'World Of Warcraft' Bleeds Subscribers, Free-To-Play Is Already Winning The Future

<i>The days of subscription-based and pay-to-play online games are numbered as free-to-play games take center stage.</i><p>Activision Blizzard develops and publishes some of the most valuable IPs in the video game industry.<p><i>World of Warcraft</i>, <i>Diablo III, Starcraft II, Skylanders,</i> and the <i>Call of Duty</i> franchise …

It's Like DayZ, But With Dinosaurs

"You are a hunter, and your primary source of food is dinosaur meat." Sounds simple, right?<p><i>The Stomping Land</i> is a survival game where you hunt …

The shorter your first name, the bigger your paycheck

Shorten it to Bill, Bob, Marc or a Cindy, if you want to work in the executive suite.<p>That’s the messages from a new study by TheLadders, an online job matching site, which says every extra letter in a person’s first name may reduce her annual salary by $3,600.<p>Since short and sweet may equal a …

Epic Lego Helm's Deep crafted from 150,000 bricks

Whatever your fandom may be, some Lego aficionado has probably already built a massive version of it. OK, so we've already seen a 200,000-piece alien city and a 70,000-piece Serenity spaceship. Now feast your hungry building-block eyes on this stunning 150,000-brick Helm's Deep from "Lord of the …

'Monster' Carcass Washes Ashore in New Zealand

A mysterious carcass washed ashore in New Zealand last week, fueling speculation about sea monsters and dinosaurs. The rotting animal was discovered …

Why Ireland Has Lagged Behind the Rest of Europe on Reproductive Rights

The country's traditional mores have sparked recent ideological battles, as well as a few national embarrassments.<p>Irish website SpunOut.ie recently caused a political furor with an article outlining tips for teenagers on how to keep threesome sex safe and enjoyable. The site came under fire after …

Washington's Backward Retirement Policy: So Wrong, and Yet So Easy to Fix

We have more than enough money to protect Social Security. It's just going to the wrong people: private savers.<p>Reuters<p>In his 1998 State of the Union Address, facing the prospect of budget surpluses for the first time in decades, President Bill Clinton had a simple plan: "Save Social Security …

Crunching The Numbers: Should You Buy An NVIDIA 680 Or Two 650 Ti Boosts?

In the endless arms race that is PC graphics cards, NVIDIA’s GTX 650 Ti Boost was recently released as a direct response to AMD’s Radeon HD 7790. Both cards satisfy the important mid-range $159 to $179 price requirement, and both perform admirably. But this installment of <i>Crunching The Numbers</i> poses …