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To create the 'ultimate open world' two ex-Ubisoft devs are scanning the planet

Would the thrill of surviving in a post-catastrophic video game world be more thrilling, more real, if it was your city, your street and your home at stake? Would it be more fun to explore if you were given the chance to climb the Matterhorn or safari in the Serengeti? The creators of the …

Sinister controller looks to ease the horror of WASD

On the migratory road from consoles to PC there is a place of desolation where many gamers fear to tread. It is marked with the dread letters WASD.<p>If you are like me, someone more comfortable playing action games with a controller than with a keyboard, this place can be avoided. Many action games …

Samsung ships 10 million Galaxy Note 3s; see which of its other phones have crossed the 10 million mark

Samsung on Tuesday announced that global shipments of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone have surpassed the 10 million mark just two months after its …

The Astronomical Hijinks of the Shortest Day of the Year

The solstice isn't for more than a week, but the earliest sunset of the year is already upon us. How's that possible?<p>If you live around latitude 42N—a well-populated latitude in North America and Europe, taking in Boston, Rome, and Vladivostok—today is the day you'll experience the earliest sunset …

Best mobile games of November 2013

Comet ISON fizzles… but there’s a sting in the tail

Something (we're not sure what) survived ISON's closest approach to the Sun.<p>If there is one thing we know about comets, it is that their behavior is …

Opening GP Brasil 2013

What will F1 look like in 2030?

What would Formula 1 look like in 2030? Lotus F1 and Burn have teamed to make a film that explores that very notion.<p>Human Ignition is a feature …

Why 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013

First things first, I haven’t made up my mind yet when it comes to handing out my much-coveted Game of the Year award.<p>But I’ve been mulling over the many great games I played this year, and one keeps rearing its skull-and-bones-adorned banner: <i>Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag</i>.<p>I’m surprised by this. …

Xbox One's 500GB HDD swapped for bigger, faster drives, and tested for performance

The Xbox One arrives with a 500GB HDD built-in, and in contrast to the PlayStation 4's easily-accessed storage, it's not meant to be accessed or replaced by the user, ever. While we'll probably leave ours in place to keep from voiding the warranty or risk a ban from Xbox Live, a few folks have …

The Tableau Workbook Library

The Tableau Workbook Library has been live in the Tableau Community for just a couple weeks and already we have 37 amazing workbooks from 18 …

10 High Quality Gifts for $50 or Less That Will Be Appreciated Many Times Over (list)

Holiday shopping is upon us and that means three words we all generally loathe: spend, spend, spend. Ok, so it’s inevitable that you’ll be dropping …

Google's new Chrome voice extension lets you search hands-free (video)

Google promised that we'd get hands-free voice search in Chrome back at I/O 2013, and it's delivering today with the beta of its Voice Search Hotword extension for desktop Chrome 31 users. As long as you're either sitting at Google's home page or have a new browser tab open, the add-on lets you …

2,000 hours later, Skyrim modder lands a job working on Destiny with Bungie

Having spent over 2,000 hours working on the enormous -- and <i>enormously impressive</i> -- <i>Skyrim</i> mod "Falskaar," Alexander Velicky was dead set on getting a design job in the game industry. " I set my sights on a professional design job pretty early, I lowered my head, charged forward, and rarely looked …

Codacy Helps Developers Stop Worrying About Code Style

Seedcamp-backed startup Qamine has today announced that it’s given itself the far catchier new name of Codacy and launched in private beta. It offers an automated code review tool for developers that continuously monitors code for problematic patterns, with the aim being to reduce the amount of …

Honda's F1 engine revealed - Racecar Engineering

Honda has revealed intimate details of its RA806E 2.4 litre V8 F1 engine to a group of publications including Racecar Engineering. The engine you see …

This is Valve's Steam Machine prototype and SteamOS (hands-on)

Take a good hard look at Valve's Steam Machine, because it's the last time you'll see it. Er, <i>something like that</i>. Only 300 of the metal beast above will ship to beta testers, and then Valve says it's cutting off its own supply of Steam Machines. "We're really building this as a test platform, and …

Leonardo Da Vinci imagined this instrument, but it never became real until now

The 15th Century artist Leonardo Da Vinci dreamed up many inventions — from flying machines to military devices. But he also imagined many musical inventions, including the viola organista.<p>It's sort of a cross between a cello and a harpsichord. Da Vinci included his design for the instrument in his …

RT @DrGrumble: Prostate cancer has a 98% 5-year survival in the United States versus just 71% in Britain. Here's one reason why. http://t.co/dA0cwmEjN7

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Apple Likes To Say Its Products Have The Best Displays; It Can Stop

While Apple likes to make a point that specs don’t make a product, it has been at the forefront of bringing better and better screens to customers in recent years, raising the bar for the entire industry in the process. The most important step came in 2010, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4 and …

Why I use a 20-year-old IBM Model M keyboard

They don't make them like they used to.<p>The other day, I posted this image to show off my new MacBook Pro's multiscreen prowess. Nobody cared. But I …

What The Hell Is Going On With Tickets For The US Grand Prix?

It's the week before the United States Grand Prix—do you know where your tickets are? Lucky you, then. Until I got my tickets late yesterday, I …

Microsoft on Valve's move into consoles: 'It's not an easy transition'

Valve has done a great job keeping PC gaming strong at a time when there is a growing focus on the console market, according to Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer in an interview with Games Beat. But when it comes to venturing into the console space, the company might face an uphill …

Facebook open sources its SQL-on-Hadoop engine, and the web rejoices

Facebook has open sourced Presto, the interactive SQL-on-Hadoop engine the company first discussed in June. Presto is Facebook’s take on Cloudera’s …

Dark Mail Alliance develops surveillance-proof email technology

We wouldn't be surprised if you're looking for a more secure email provider after the whole government surveillance debacle. That's why Lavabit and Silent Circle have joined forces as the Dark Mail Alliance to develop a new snoop-proof email technology. Dark Mail's "Email 3.0" tech applies …

Panasonic officially quits plasma TVs, blames Lehman Brothers even after all this time

We may compare Panasonic to the character of Michael Myers way too often, but this Halloween the analogy is particularly relevant given news the company is officially killing plasma TV production. Manufacturing of plasma panels will end in December this year, earlier than the most recent rumor …