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Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

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The Trouble With 'Gotcha' Management

Two separate but similar conversations I recently had with people in two very different fields – education and financial services – crystallized for me a common management problem. For lack of a better term, I’d call the issue the prevalence of “Gotcha” management.<p>What do I mean by “Gotcha” …

The three lives of Blizzard Entertainment | Polygon

"The idea was to take all of the lessons that we learned from World of Warcraft [and start over] ... It turns out it’s still really complicated."<p>One thing regarding Titan became clear: It wasn’t shaping up.

Ultimate Luxury: GM Announces A Cadillac That Drives Itself

General Motors said Sunday it will introduce a 2017 Cadillac model equipped with advanced driver assist technology that will allow motorists to take their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for long stretches of time.<p>In theory, a customer could travel the entire length of I-75 from Detroit to …

The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

<b>I'm flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly.</b> At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don't need to exert much energy to achieve …

Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Roger Huang is co-founder of ThoughtBasin, an edtech startup that connects students with organizations looking for difference makers. Follow him at code(love).</i><p>It started with one evocative name shouted into the phone from one developer to another: “Potcoin!”<p>The Founding Fathers had to …

Deposed Ukrainian president vows fightback

Deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has said he was forced from power by pro-Fascist forces and blamed the Ukraine’s crisis on the West for "indulging" protesters seeking his ouster.<p>Yanukovich told reporters on Friday that he would not give up the fight for his country's future, …

Valve's virtual reality headset might be better than the Oculus Rift

Valve has been vocal in its support of virtual reality technology, saying that "compelling, consumer-priced VR hardware" could "transform the entertainment industry." Valve says it has offered help to Oculus as it works on the Rift headset, but the Bellevue-based developer is also apparently …

Pokemon Cartoon and Movies Heading to Netflix

Stream to your heart's content from tomorrow.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Two seasons of the Pokemon anime cartoon and a couple of the movies will be available …

Sony reveals Lifelog wearable camera concept

<b>Sony, it seems, genuinely feels that fitness trackers don't go far enough.</b><p>Not content to just track steps taken, hours slept, exercises performed and …

Wearable Tech

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests …

Ugandan paper accused of witch-hunt as it publishes list of '200 top homosexuals'

Outing of some Ugandans follows signing of harsh anti-gay bill by President Yoweri Museveni<p>A national newspaper in Uganda on Tuesday published a list of more than 60 people it said were homosexuals, raising fears of a witch-hunt the day after the country’s president signed into law a draconian new …

29 Boys Killed as Boko Haram Attacks Boarding School in Nigeria

DAMATURU, Nigeria - Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, police and the military said on Tuesday.<p>Many of the victims died as the school was burned to the ground.<p>"Some of the students' bodies were burned to ashes," Police …

Nine state regulators form Emerging Payments Task Force to study Bitcoin

Bitcoin may be thriving as a relatively unregulated currency, but governments are beginning to pay it more heed as it grows in popularity. On Thursday, a group of nine state regulators formed the Emerging Payments task force; it is charged with studying virtual currencies and learning "how new …

Apple has Siri, and Microsoft is about to get Cortana

Microsoft has been in a state of "shut up and ship" with Windows Phone for more than a year now. While the company has released a few minor updates to Windows Phone 8, its feature set hasn’t changed significantly from when Microsoft first introduced the mobile OS in October 2012. The software giant …

Japan Is The Most Potentially Lucrative Market For Gaming Apps, Says Distimo

Mobile analytics firm Distimo just released a new report showing how the most successful apps monetize around the world. According to it, the five most potentially lucrative markets for gaming apps are Japan, Australia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in that order. In …

Bet real cash on your punches with Street Fighter 4's online money matches

Capcom and Virgin Gaming have partnered to bring cash-backed matches to <i>Super Street Fighter 4</i> and <i>Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition</i>, the companies announced.<p>Online money matches are supported in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of both games. There is currently no word on whether these …

Final Fantasy 14 PS4 open beta hits in two phases, Feb. and April

The PlayStation 4 beta for <i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i> will be an open one, and publisher Square Enix will run it in two phases: one in February and another in April, the company announced today.<p>Phase one will begin Feb. 22, as previously announced, and will conclude on March 3. The second …

Rand Paul files doomed class action lawsuit against NSA spying

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has launched a class action lawsuit against the the Obama administration for its bulk collection of American phone records. In a press release, Paul said Obama has refused to stop a "clear and continuing violation of the Fourth Amendment," leading him to file suit on behalf …

Bloodshed continues in South Sudan as warring groups remain deadlocked

It is time to take stock in South Sudan, a process involving macabre, but far from conclusive calculations. No one knows for certain how many have died. The ethnic groups targeted by the massacres are totting up lists of (largely civilian) victims, most belonging to the Dinka and Nuer ethnic …

The Squalid Grace of Flappy Bird

Why playing stupid games staves off existential despair<p>Games are grotesque.<p>I’m not talking about games like <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> or <i>Manhunt</i>, games whose subjects are moral turpitude, games that that ask players to murder, maim, or destroy. I mean games in general, the form we call “games.” Games are …

Violent protests spread throughout Bosnia

Protesters across Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with riot police<p>Bosnian protesters stormed and set ablaze local government buildings in three Bosnian cities on Friday in fury over unemployment and rampant corruption. At least 90 people were injured.<p>The anti-government protests …

Turkish law lets government block websites and seize personal data without a court order

New measure raises concerns over widening censorship as opposition lawmaker evokes Hitler comparisons<p><i>Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations /</i> <i>Flickr</i><i>)</i><p>The Turkish government this week passed strict new legislation that makes it easier for authorities to …

Thai red shirts leader says 'It's time to get rid of the elite'

As election day approaches in Thailand, supporters of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra vow to take to the barricades in her defence<p>Clad in a red beret, combat jacket and sunglasses, Ko Tee looks like a cliché of a 1970's revolutionary as he gathers with the angry activists under his command.<p>But …

Thailand