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Thousands rally in Bahrain ahead of auto race

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands have marched in the streets of Bahrain to voice their opposition to this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix auto race.<p>Witnesses say protesters Friday carried banners and chanted slogans against the government and the Formula One race, the tiny island kingdom's biggest …

Venezuela university officials decry attacks on students

CARACAS, Venezuela — Officials at Venezuela's largest university called on President<p>Nicolas Maduroon Friday to help protect students after masked pro-government vigilantes attacked a peaceful gathering on campus and injured seven people.<p>Victor Marquez, president of the faculty association at the …

Venezuela

Hands-on: Family Guy’s first mobile game captures its irreverent hilarity as you rebuild Quahog

At a pre-launch event last night, we got a brief demo of the upcoming Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff mobile game from TinyCo and Fox Digital Entertainment. The game’s scheduled for release on iOS and Android on April 10.<p>At its core, The Quest for Stuff resembles The Simpsons: Tapped Out, another …

Pixar gives a closer look at how it animates big hairy monsters

The GPU Technology Conference isn't for everyone, but anyone can enjoy the inside look one Pixar engineer gave into the famed company's animation process. It starts with Presto, Pixar's internal animation system that allows the company to manipulate <i>Monsters University'</i>s characters with an …

Talk of IBM selling off chip business heats up again

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: DARPA<p>You really have to wonder what, exactly, IBM(s ibm) will look like in a year. Talk revived this week about the …

Here’s how the blocks in Google’s Project Ara modular phone stay put (video)

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>The first Project Ara developer conference takes place in two weeks to move Google’s(s goog) modular phone platform effort …

How slime mold can design transportation networks and maybe even transform computing

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Andy Adamtzky<p>The yellow blobs of slime mold normally grow in dark forests, not on computer chips or on gelatinous …

Biotechnology

The 11GH/S HexFury Is The Latest In Low-Power ASIC Bitcoin Miners

If you’re a bitcoin nerd, you’ll know that finding cheap, low-power mining hardware is pretty hard to do. USB “thumb drive” miners are traditionally woefully underpowered – the little mining rig under my desk right now is running three three BlockErupters and I’m essentially paying for the pleasure …

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Now Among Billionaire CEOs Earning $1 Salary

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now the company’s lowest-paid employee, according to its latest proxy filing. Zuckerberg — worth $27.8 billion mostly in Facebook stock — requested an annual wage of $1 in 2013, joining the ranks of a handful of other very wealthy CEOs who take a …

How To Create Your Own Custom URL Shortener

<b>Updated with new information in August 2014</b><p>If you follow TNW on social media sites like Twitter, Google+ or Facebook, you’ll have noticed that rather than use the full, ugly ol’ URL found in the address bar, we use a nice friendly shortened one like tnw.to/c0buZ. If you don’t follow us in these …

Bizarre console tales: Chinese site says Foxconn forcing students to make PS4s

<i>[Updated: Foxconn says it is true]</i><p>If you pick up a Sony PlayStation 4 this November, you might think about all those poor kids in China who were allegedly forced to put that engineering masterpiece together for your entertainment pleasure.<p>If the Chinese press is to be believed — and that’s a big if …

Grand Theft Auto V shatters seven Guinness World Records

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>It turns out that everyone has a little bit of criminal in them, as Rockstar Games’ latest entry into its gritty <i>Grand Theft</i> …

Xiaomi is shaking up the Chinese smartphone market with quality, and rabbits

In three short years since its inception, Chinese company Xiaomi has sold 20 million smartphones, cornered five percent of its home country's smartphone market, and been valued at $10 billion. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> spoke to the company's founder and CEO, Lei Jun, to find out what fueled such …

Samsung Galaxy Round brings curve to smartphones

Smartphone makers are always looking for another way to wow buyers and get them to pay for new devices. Samsung's giving it a go with the seriously curvaceous Round.<p>Samsung has won the race to be the first phone manufacturer this fall to launch a curved smartphone.<p>The company announced late Tuesday …

Is it real, or is it 'GTA V'? A trippy travelogue on the streets of Los Santos

Here’s a little secret about Los Angeles, haters: the traffic isn’t <i>that</i> bad.<p>The worst thing about driving in LA is trying to stay focused on the road amidst the most beautiful and complex scenery ever created by the dual forces of nature and technology. It’s a sprawling network of neighborhoods and …

Daft Punk

Fox News debuts bizarre, giant tablets in its outrageous new newsroom

If you can't make the news better, make it bigger<p>Fox News has just unveiled a breathtakingly ridiculous newsroom, complete with novelty-sized Windows-based touchscreens, a Twitter wall, and a wannabe <i>Minority Report-</i>style display, which it hopes will connect it with generations of viewers who use …

Square doubles in size in a year; now boasts 600 employees

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>In 2012 Square had 300 employees, but as of today that number has blossomed into 600. That forced the mobile payments startup …

Jack Dorsey

Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales - and advertisers and networks are taking note.<p>Examples of Twitter's influence abound. The recent finale of "Breaking Bad" generated a …

The Smartphones That Will Herald The End Of Their Platform

With a careful look back at the history of any recent major mobile platform, it’s possible to identify the handset that drove the platforms to success. It’s also possible to see the handsets where it started to go wrong. With half an eye on history, are any of today’s leading smartphones signalling …

'Breaking Bad' fans angered by obituary spoiler

Let's say it up front: This story will contain spoilers for the "Breaking Bad" finale. Which might not seem to be a problem, since that episode aired last Sunday night, and was extensively covered by newspapers, magazines, TV shows and online outlets.<p>But for those who still have the episode saved …

TV

Inside the Brand New Beautiful LEGO Book by Mike Doyle

We just received a beautiful gift from the kind people at No Starch Press. <i>Beautiful LEGO</i> is a brand new, full-color art book that shows what happens when some highly talented artists get a hold of plastic LEGO bricks. The author of the book, Mike Doyle, is an internationally acclaimed LEGO artist …

Lego

GTA Online update arriving to fix broken bits

Rockstar Games says the fix for Grand Theft Auto Online for the PlayStation 3 is in place -- and the one for Xbox 360 is coming before the weekend strikes.<p>You may have a better chance of playing Grand Theft Auto Online soon, after developer Rockstar Games announced it aims to have updates ready on …

Quick-witted driver avoids airborne barrel-rolling pickup

Dashcam videos can be divvied up into two categories - "I can't believe that just happened," and "You're lucky to be alive." The former is usually quite funny and entertaining, while the latter is usually kind of scary; involving a close call between our camera car and something quite …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Nov<p>25<p>Sat<p>ODESZAwith Sofi Tukker & Louis Futon<p>The Anthem, Washington, DC<p>Nov<p>25<p>Sat<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Nov<p>26<p>Sun<p>XscapeMonica & Tamar …

Fans honor Walter White with ad in local Albuquerque newspaper

<b>Spoiler warning: major plot points from the final episode of Breaking Bad discussed below.</b><p>Some die-hard Albuquerqueans have brought Walter White to life outside of the world of <i>Breaking Bad</i>— just in time to announce his death. A high school science teacher named David Layman worked together with …

TV

Sequel Bits: 'Fast & Furious 7', 'Mad Max: Fury Road', 'The Heat 2', 'Futurama', 'Harry Potter' – /Film

It’s way, way too early to guess what the <i>Harry Potter</i> spinoff <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> might look like, but it’s never too soon to …

Movies

Apple reportedly making a push in Indian retail stores

The iPhone maker is said to be planning to set up "stores within stores" in smaller cities in India, according to the Economic Times.<p>Long a neglected market for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company, Apple is said to be ramping up efforts to get iPhones and iPads into the hands of consumers in …

Best Buy Is Selling The IPhone 5C For $50 This Weekend

If you’re planning to pick up an iPhone 5C, you should swing by your nearest Best Buy this weekend. Until Sunday October 7, Best Buy will give customers who buy the iPhone 5C a $50 gift card that they can either apply to the $99.99 device, or select Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the …

Privacy

'SimCity' may get an offline mode after all

<i>SimCity</i> may finally drop the online-only requirement that brought the game to a grinding halt for many players during its launch week. The game's developer, Maxis, originally said that <i>SimCity</i> had to be played online in order to offload certain strenuous work into the cloud, but doing so meant that …