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'The Order: 1886' is the latest in a long line of beautiful, boring games

<i>The Order: 1886</i> isn't anything new, but man<i>, is it pretty.</i> Every review I've read mentions just how absurdly good-looking the PlayStation 4 exclusive is (out today); that praise is buried under heaps of valid criticisms regarding monotonous gameplay and hackneyed storytelling. Based on what I've …

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EA shutters its League of Legends-like game, Dawngate

League of Legends is one of the most lucrative games in the world, and all of the big gaming companies want a piece of that money — but at least one publisher is giving up on its most successful effort to date.<p>Publisher Electronic Arts revealed today that it is shutting down Dawngate, which is a …

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says 'Trust Us'

Driverless cars are on the road now - Google's fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving - and the California DMV will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the …

British regulator to probe Facebook experiment with news feed posts

A United Kingdom regulator said it would probe the controversial 2012 Facebook experiment that looked at whether the emotional bent of news feed posts was contagious.<p>Facebook has come under attack after details of the study were released in recent days. The social network slightly altered which …

Microsoft flips switch on new webmail encryption

Following a Google report about Web-based email that raised questions about Microsoft's encryption efforts, Microsoft unveils major encryption milestones, including the use of TLS.<p>Microsoft has pulled back the curtain on its implementation of tougher encryption standards for Web-based email and …

T-Mobile will sell the US' first Windows Phone 8.1 device on July 5th for as little as $99

If you've been waiting for a US-friendly device that ships with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, you can stop twiddling your thumbs. T-Mobile is launching Nokia's Lumia 635 (aka the Lumia 630 with LTE) this month for $99 up front at MetroPCS, or $7 per month ($168 total) on a T-Mobile installment …

Internet Connection Speeds Are Up Globally, Lag in the U.S.

Average Internet speeds have steadily increased internationally over the last few quarters — but the U.S. isn't keeping up with the growth, a new …

With 45,000 Pre-Orders, The New Oculus Rift Will Start Arriving Around July 14th

Back in March, the second generation of Oculus’ work-in-progress virtual reality headset went up for pre-order for $350. No one knew exactly when the new headset would actually <i>ship</i>, outside of a target window of “sometime in July”.<p>Word on the Oculus fan forums was that the company would announce …

LG G3 leaks in textured render glory

We've seen plenty of the officially unofficially not announced but still LG G3 at this point (the leaks are getting to the point that they're …

Google And Apple Agree To End Patent Disputes, Will Work Together On Patent Reform Instead

Apple and Google have been fighting it out over patents ever since Android devices went on sale. Until today, that involved more than 20 ongoing …

Minecraft movie in the works at Warner Bros.

Following the massive success of "The Lego Movie," it sounds like block-based blockbusters -- a pun no one could possibly refrain from using -- are a sure-fire recipe for Hollywood success. Up next: the Minecraft movie.<p>Dropping a bombshell on Twitter in the form of a sneaky 128-character admission, …

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Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer villains hit Xbox March 4

<i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be able to play as three of the first-person shooter series' villains beginning March 4.<p>According to a post on One of Swords, the $3.99 Makarov Legend Pack will bring <i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2</i> terrorist leader Vladamir Makarov to <i>Ghosts</i>. …

Google Barge bids farewell to San Francisco, to make Stockton its new California home

Still think of the Google Barge as a wacky idea from a company that makes more money than it knows what to do with? Well, Mountain View will soon prove that a floating building has its merits: for one, when the company gets in trouble with authorities, it can get the hell out of dodge... literally. …

Xbox One March update adds Dolby Digital optical audio support

The March system update for the Xbox One will allow the console to output Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound over an optical audio cable via bitstream, Polygon can report.<p>The Xbox One launched without support for Dolby Digital, one of the most ubiquitous surround-sound audio standards. Right now, the …

New 'Exosuit' To Take Ocean Divers To Stupendous Depths (PHOTO, VIDEO, INFOGRAPHIC)

Talk about taking the plunge. A new submersible body suit will take ocean divers to a depth of 1,000 feet and let them spend hours there observing and collecting marine species that are hard to get at with conventional diving gear or submersibles.<p>If all goes according to plan, the metal Exosuit …

The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Knightscope<p>The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors …

Hacker group files criminal complaint against German government surveillance

After recent NSA leaks, the German is now facing a new threat on the legal front. The German hacker group Chaos Computer Club has joined forces with the International League for Human Rights to file a criminal complaint against the government, based on recent revelations of mass electronic …

London Buses Will No Longer Accept Cash Payments from Summer 2014

Starting this summer, you’ll no longer be able to pay for a bus ticket with cash in London. It’s a bold move that means passengers will only be able to complete their journey with an Oyster and contactless payment card, prepaid or concessionary ticket.<p>Transport for London (TfL) proposed the changes …

PlayStation 4 update supports Sony's pricey headsets, including a new model

PlayStation 3 owners who quickly moved to the PS4 couldn't take their expensive Pulse headsets with them, but that won't be a problem for long. A version 1.6 update reaching the newer console late this evening will bring full support for both the regular Pulse and its Elite Edition, giving players …

Samsung could reveal Galaxy S5 at event later this month

Samsung has sent out invitations to an event in which the company will unveil its "new flagship product." The Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 show will take place in Barcelona on Monday February 24th — the opening day of Mobile World Congress, which is held in the Spanish city. The invitation makes …

The government wants our cars to 'talk' to each other

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is throwing its weight behind vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems. After years of experimentation and a real-world trial in Ann Arbor, MI the government is (almost) ready to make peer-to-peer networking a required safety feature on all new cars. …