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Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 canceled

The long-delayed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of <i>Mortal Kombat X</i> have finally been canceled by publisher Warner Bros. Interactive, according to a statement posted on the company's community forums.<p>The publisher cited quality reasons for the delay in its statement, which reads:<p>After months of …

'Until Dawn' Takes Days To Complete

Don’t panic. I know that’s a line from <i>Hitchhiker’s Guide</i>, but it applies. The game plays over approximately ten hours of in-game time, and about the same of game play time. On average, one entire play through should take 12 hours or so, depending on the choice you make. But that’s not what I was …

What App Developers Want to See In The New Apple TV

With a new Apple media streamer reportedly weeks away, we asked app makers what’s worked for competing platforms like Roku and Chromecast.<p>Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it’s going to launch a new Apple TV in September.<p>Apple’s current streaming set-top box dates back to 2013, and even that …

Smart TV

Archive Gallery: 137 Years of Robotic Fascination

The mailmobile, the cigarette-smoking mechanical man, Al Capone's would-be robot army and more retro robots from PopSci's archives<p>We've all heard of Roombas, robot submarines, and creepy humanoid robots, but have you ever heard of Elektro, the cigarette-smoking robot from the 1939 World's Fair, or …

Real 'Jurassic World' Scientist Says We Could Bring Back Dinosaurs As Pets

Paleontologist Jack Horner, inspiration and advisor for 'Jurassic Park,' speaks<p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we can't wait to see <i>Jurassic World</i>, which opens in theaters nationwide today. I mean, who can resist velociraptor biker gangs:<p>But we were also curious about the real scientific research that …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Enslaves Cockroaches With a Sting to the Brain

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 02.28.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>In the 1962 film <i>The Manchurian Candidate</i>, …

Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs

Good morning and how do you do? Do you enjoy all of your limbs and organs? Good! Keep them healthy because these Dystopian War Robots are sure to want them when they come to power.<p>To begin with, we present the two-armed worker robot from Seiko Epson. Designed to work a great deal like the …

NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal

National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.<p>WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a …

Surveillance

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There's water in them thar planets – five massive "hot Jupiters" spied by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

How New Zealand banned software patents without violating international law

What do you do when you’re a small country with a technology industry convinced that innovation requires the banning of software patents, but you’ve signed an international treaty that in theory obliges you to make software patentable? If you’re New Zealand, you simply declare, in a historic and …

New Zealand

Microsoft’s SkyDrive Adds Bing-Powered OCR Features

At its Build conference earlier this year, Microsoft launched its developer services for Bing, including the Bing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Control. Today, the company announced that it is now using Bing’s OCR tools to extract text from photos uploaded to its SkyDrive cloud storage …

25 People Who Will Be 'The Next Steve Jobs'

Everyone from Jeff Bezos to Marissa Meyer to "a bikini video director" has been anointed the next Steve Jobs. Here's every such mention we could find.<p>Even before his death nearly two years ago, writers of all stripes began to wonder, "Who is the next Steve Jobs?" It was fitting, in a ghoulish sort …

How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You

Whenever your cellphone is on, "They" know where you are, and I mean all the Theys — the spooks, the merchants, the drone pilots, the private detectives, probably even the Chinese. If you want your privacy, says artist/designer Adam Harvey, you can go to the back of your phone, pry out the battery …

The Nokia 515 makes a good case for keeping the feature phone alive

Global smartphones sales may have eclipsed feature phone sales, but that means billions of people are still using feature phones. And let’s face it, …

Unity Plans to Publish, Cross-Promote Mobile Games

At its annual Unite conference today, Unity Technologies said it planned to move more aggressively into business verticals around mobile games, …

Apple Still Searching for Engineers with Plastics Expertise

Apple continues to expand and improve its current plastics division, today posting a new job listing for a Senior Materials Engineer with a specialty in plastics (via <i>9to5Mac</i>). The position asks for someone experienced with plastics materials to join the iPhone/iPad Materials team.<p>According to the …

YouTube ain’t just for kids anymore: older viewers start to embrace online video

Thought YouTube (s GOOG) was just for teenagers? Think again: Older generations are increasingly turning to online video sites and TV catch-up …

Surgeon live-streams knee repair with Google Glass

For the first time in the US, a surgeon wearing Google Glass transmitted video of a surgery, live from the operating room, to a colleague and students miles away.<p>Dr. Christopher Kaeding was the participating surgeon in the landmark moment, which occurred on August 21 during a routine ACL surgery at …

Nintendo's 2DS is a short-term fix for a long-term problem

The low-cost handheld misses an important dimension: the future<p>Nintendo is used to surprising people with its hardware designs. But even for the company responsible for weird devices like the Virtual Boy and the Wii U, today's announcement of the 2DS handheld came as a shock. It's a cheaper device, …

Software patents are now illegal in New Zealand

“A computer program is not a patentable invention.”<p>Time to bust out the champagne*, neckbeards! The above statement is from a bill that just passed in New Zealand.<p>In a word, free software advocates have won a big battle in a small country, but the ramifications of the decision are encouraging and …

Facebook releases cross-platform SDK for Unity titles, looks to boost 3D and mobile gaming

If the folks from Facebook and Unity have their way, you -- and everyone you know -- will be playing mobile 3D titles directly on the social network. The two companies have been working together since March to boost user engagement with games on Facebook, and a cross-platform SDK released today …

Surgeon livestreams operation using Google Glass

Google Glass has made its way to the OR. A surgeon from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center donned the new headset during a routine surgery last week, and streamed point-of-view footage live to a group of students on the other side of town. "I can start to appreciate the connectivity it …

If Tinder And Snapchat Shacked Up And Had A Baby, It Would Be Called Swipe

Swipe is the latest in a series of “people discovery” apps to pop up over the last year or so, connecting users who have expressed interest in one another. In that way, it’s not that much different from apps like Tinder or Let’s Date. But GameChanger Labs, the startup behind the Swipe app, hopes to …

NASA Tests Largest 3-D Printed Rocket Part Ever

3-D printed engines could support human missions to deep space.<p>In NASA's latest exploration of combining 3-D printing and space travel, the agency ran tests on the largest ever 3-D printed rocket engine component at the Marshall Space Flight Center.<p>The engine part was a complex subscale injector, …

Gel-Based Super-Roomba Concept Is Improbable And Amazing

I would like to live in the future where a sticky Roomba army is doing all the dusting.<p>Let's just say this up front: this design concept, for a Roomba-like vacuum army, is pretty out-there. But, man, I want to believe.<p>The idea, from Korean designer Juan Lee, is for a set of eight remote-controlled …

Miniature brains grown in test tubes – a new path for neuroscience?

Scientists have grown miniature human brains in test tubes, creating a "tool" that will allow them to watch how the organs develop in the womb and, they hope, increase their understanding of neurological and mental problems.<p>Just a few millimetres across, the "cerebral organoids" are built up of …

Scientists grow miniature human brain in a lab

'Cerebral organoids' model development of the mind in human embryo<p>Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An …