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Why there are 'no shortcuts' to making people care about your game's characters

<i>“There’s no shortcut to emotional investment. It always take time spent with that character, there is no way to shortcut it.”</i><p><i>— Hangar 13 game</i> …

Game Development

This Ancient Japanese Healing Technique Relieves Your Stress and Anxiety in 5 Minutes

Researchers taught this acupressure technique to nurses and measured their stress levels before and after one month of daily practice.<p>They found that …

Self-esteem

Metal Gear Solid V Coming 2015 - New Trailer Released

Upcoming open-world espionage game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been confirmed for launch in the next year, director Hideo Kojima confirmed during Konami's stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show today.<p>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released for the PlayStation 4, …

Metal Gear

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Elon Musk

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

Your Knee Bone’s Connected to Your…What? Scientists Discover New Body Part

In an age filled with advanced medical techniques like MRIs, artificial hearts, and laser eye surgery, one could be forgiven for believing doctors …

11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. I was a day trader for many years and it almost killed me.</i><p>I was a day trader for many …

Twitter 'See it' Button Lets you Watch TV Shows from Within Tweets

Comcast announced a groundbreaking partnership with NBCUniversal and Twitter today, which will allow users to tune into live streaming from their set-top box, smartphone or tablet just by tapping the ‘See It’ button that will be embedded in selected tweets.<p>The feature, available only to Xfinity TV …

PC shipments fall for sixth straight quarter

Dell's recently announced XPS 15, which starts at $1,500, has a 15.6-inch display with 3200x1800 pixels, record resolution, for a PC laptop. It also uses the latest "Haswell" series of Intel processors. Both factors may be a plus in the PC market, which has suffered because of tablets and …

Tablets

BlackBerry hit by shareholder lawsuit claiming company misled investors

Class action lawsuit seeks to represent thousands of shareholders who purchased Blackberry stock in the past year<p>A class action lawsuit has been filed against BlackBerry by a shareholder, claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would …

Work-Life Balance Study Shows Personal Choice Is Key To A Good Lunch Break

What's the key to a stress-relieving, energy-boosting lunch break? A quiet meal alone? Noshing with friends? Grabbing a bite at your desk? Actually, a surprising new study shows that <i>how</i> you spend your midday break matters less than whether or not you have <i>the choice</i> to lunch on your own terms.<p>"Need …

Further Thoughts On Why BlackBerry's Failure Could Be Your Failure Too

It’s a year and a half now since I offered the view that RIM, the name we used to give to BlackBerry, was a busted flush in part because its new strategy was too narrow. Over the months that followed, the new CEO Thorsten Heins, made a really impressive attempt to make the company work. It didn’t, …

Samsung and HTC report contrasting smartphone fortunes

Taiwanese HTC reports its first quarterly loss since 2002 as South Korean Samsung forecasts record quarterly profits<p>The smartphone market is continuing to polarise as South Korean manufacturer Samsung forecast it was heading for record quarterly profits while Taiwanese rival HTC reported its first …

The markets seem to think the US might just be crazy enough to default

Ok, it’s probably not going to happen. But markets seem to be increasingly considering the remote possibility that the US might not meet its financial obligations.<p>How do we know?<p>One way is from looking at the markets for credit-default swaps, the insurance bond investors buy to protect against …

Finance

This Electronics Store's Stock Went Up Over 1,000% Because People Thought It Was Twitter

Markets aren't completly rational because humans aren't close to completely rational

Smartwatches Will Be Huge By 2017: Report

Prepare for a world of cyborgs.<p>Wearable technology, which includes camera-equipped smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear and Internet-connected eyewear like Google Glass, is set to explode over the next few years, according to a report released Friday.<p>The report, from Swedish telecom market researcher …

Want to Understand How China is Doing? Don't Look at GDP

Why the classic benchmark statistic is unsuitable to describing the world's second-largest economy.<p>The death of the eight-percent benchmark does however give us an opportunity to re-examine GDP and the assumption that, if China achieved a certain percentage, the Communist Party was succeeding. …

BlackBerry reportedly in talks with Google, Samsung, and others about potential sale

In September BlackBerry received a $4.7 billion buyout offer from Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial, but it's still pursuing possible deals with other companies — and Google may be among them. <i>Reuters</i> reports that BlackBerry has asked for "preliminary expressions of interest" from a number …