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3 Ways To Teach Kids To Think Critically About Video Games

Thankfully, the discussion of media literacy is very prominent during Superbowl season. At this point, we are used to analyzing the commercials.<p>It must be one of the greatest accomplishments in advertising—talking about the ads is considered part of the tradition. People even say proudly, “I only …

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Why even basic accessories can make virtual reality seem real

Image copyright Signe Brewster.<i>There is an alien in the space station. The motion tracker scans my surroundings, but nothing moves. I creep into the</i> …

March 2015 issue sneak peek! Let's just say this one stressed us out.

AP's 'robot journalists' are writing their own stories now

Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of <i>CNBC</i>, <i>Yahoo</i>, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a <i>human</i> byline — a financial story written and published by an automated …

A card game about exploding kittens and laser beams is now the most-backed Kickstarter ever

Exploding KittensKickstarterExploding Kittens, a card game devised by The Oatmeal founder Matthew Inman, has become the most-backed Kickstarter of all time.<p>The campaign has been backed by over 122,800 people and raised $4,836,439 in crowd funding.<p>Though other campaigns have raised more total money, …

Building Robots With Better Morals Than Humans

Bill Gates says he's concerned about the decisions machines of the near future will make once they outsmart humans.<p>The age of artificial intelligence may be very nearly upon us—which is, on one hand, great news. Machines have long helped humans do things better and faster and more safely and …

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STAR WARS Fan Art - Stormtrooper Elite and Darth Vader Redesign

The 10 greatest games we played in 2014

We’ve argued on many occasions before that 2014 was a superlative year for iOS games. But it was also a fantastic twelve months for video games in general, as the last generation’s consoles were pushed to their max, and the PS4 and Xbox 360 hit their stride.<p>So now that the dust has settled what are …

Steam Reaches New Record Of 8.5M Concurrent Online Users

The most popular PC gaming service in existence has set yet another record this holiday season, this time breaking their all-time record with over 8.5M users online concurrently. It isn’t the first time Steam has broken 8M this year, but January 4th appears to be the highest number yet, with …

The World’s First Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Looking for a truly unique speaker for your home? The Om/One actually levitates above its base while it pumps out your favorite tunes wirelessly, making for a talking point that speaks for itself.<p>This isn’t just a crazy concept: the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker is for real, and on sale right …

People are more interested in watching Minecraft than Frozen or Beyonce on YouTube

<i>Minecraft</i> was the second-most searched term of 2014 on YouTube, beating out the likes of Disney's animated movie <i>Frozen</i> and singer-songwriter Beyonce, according to Google.<p>In a post on Think With Google titled "Think Gaming Content is Niche? Think Again," insights lead on pop culture and gaming …

Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta: Eden Gameplay - IGN Plays - IGN Video

Resident IGN Spartans Sean Finnegan and Ryan McCaffrey show you Eden, the Battle Rifle oriented remix of Empire in week 2 of the Halo 5 multiplayer …

Valve skips Dev Day this year, promises big presence at GDC

The hidden kingdom that is Valve Software opened its gates ever so slightly yesterday when a representative said that it would not host a developer's conference this year, Gamasutra reports.<p>Announced in October of 2013, the first ever Steam Dev Days was billed as an "off the record" event. It took …

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