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The Fellowship of the Ring

• <b>Author:</b> J. R. R. Tolkien<p>The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth - home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has …

J.R.R. Tolkien

A Storm of Swords

• <b>Author:</b> George R.R. Martin<p><b>THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.</b><br>Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes <i>A Game of Thrones</i> and <i>A Clash of Kings</i>. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of …

George R.R. Martin

The Microsoft-Nokia Deal Is a Good Idea That Came Too Late

Windows is dead. Let’s all salute it—pour out a glass for it, burn a CD for it, reboot your PC one last time. Windows had a good run. For a time, it …

Mobile

The Bed That Uses Robotic Arms to Make Itself

After a full day of operating mill machinery in Spain's Basque country, Ascensio Zubeldia used to fall into bed drained. Each morning he mulled over the perfect bed—one that makes itself—and then he finally built it. Sensors under the mattress detect when the sleeper rises, and three seconds later, …

The new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

How many other inhabited planets are there? It's a question that fascinates scientists and lay people alike. A new equation may help weigh up the possibility<p>Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried to …

The Classics: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and the raw thrill of unchecked speed

Every ride home from the video game store was a strange exercise in lust and this one was no different. I sat in the passenger seat and immersed myself in the sacred act of unwrapping and popping open the big black container shell, fondling the rounded cartridge in my hands as if the magic on the …

Retrogaming

'Mega Man' creator takes to Kickstarter to fund spiritual successor

Keiji Inafune has taken to Kickstarter to fund his next project, a side-scrolling action game called <i>Mighty No. 9</i>. Inafune is best known for his work on the <i>Mega Man</i> franchise, and his latest effort has quite a bit in common with the Blue Bomber. Not only does the game star a similar-looking young …

I Am Street Fighter - 25th Anniversary Documentary

Street Fighter

‘I Am Street Fighter’ – A documentary exploring 25 years of Street Fighter - The Fox Is Black

It’s pretty crazy to think that Street Fighter is 25 years old. It’s one of the oldest video game franchises that’s still running with basically very …

DC Universe Online: Sons of Trigon DLC launches today

The eighth DLC pack for <i>DC Universe Online</i>, <i>Sons of Trigon</i>, is now available for players to download for free on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, the game's executive producer Larry Liberty announced today.<p><i>Sons of Trigon</i> follows the core game's <i>Sins of the Father</i> storyline where demon lord Trigon was …

Xbox One goes into mass production, with one last CPU tweak

Microsoft is ready to wage the next console war. According to Xbox marketing chief Yusef Mehdi, the Xbox One is now in mass production, and the company's expecting to ship millions and millions of consoles this holiday season. Pre-orders are already sold out. But before the company put the assembly …

Google Glass app store coming in 2014

Google will roll-out a Google Glass app store in 2014, according to The New York Times review on the device.<p>"The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public," Clive Thompson wrote. Google Glass is expected to release to consumers at an unannounced …

Next Dynasty Warriors: Gundam game announced for PS3 and Vita

Namco Bandai Games revealed in this week's issue of <i>Famitsu</i> magazine that a fourth game in the <i>Dynasty Warriors: Gundam</i> series (called <i>Gundam Musou</i> in Japan) is in the works for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.<p>Called <i>Shin Gundam Musou</i> in Japanese, the new title marks a return to a more realistic …

Real Gang Members Feature as Voice Actors in GTA V

Including one gang member who had only been released from prison one day prior to recording.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Grand Theft Auto V’s gang members are …

Microsoft refused award-winning 'Heavy Rain' game due to child abduction plotline

David Cage, head of <i>Beyond: Two Souls</i> studio Quantic Dream, says that Microsoft turned down the chance to publish his company's PlayStation 3 hit <i>Heavy Rain</i> because it was "scared" of the potentially controversial storyline. <i>Heavy Rain</i>, which won a BAFTA award for Best Story in 2011, centers around a …

PlayStation 4 supports four fewer controllers than One

Sony drops PS3's seven controller support for new console<p>Following yesterday's news that Microsoft will support up to eight controllers on Xbox One, Sony has confirmed that its next-generation console will only support four. It's a rare miss for the PlayStation 4, which has generally outdone …

In A Rare Interview, Putin Warns Obama Against Solo Attack On Syria

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press and Russia's state Channel 1 television, Putin said Moscow has provided some components of the S-300 air defense missile system to Syria but has frozen further shipments. He suggested that Russia may sell the potent missile systems elsewhere if …

Russia

If We Stay Out of Syria, Assad Has Bush to Thank

No wonder the American public is wary of intervening in Syria. The last time a president tried to push war in the Middle East, he sold a pack of …

Up to Speed: Washington’s Pre-War Politicking on Syria

Eli Lake breaks down the wrangling on Syria so far, from Kerry’s blunder to Rand Paul stealing the show.<p>The president’s top general, top diplomat, …

Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America

Sick of pundits, Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Tea Partier mom has turned to Al Jazeera America—and is loving it.<p>My mom, a Republican who has been known to put …

The Politics: Will Syria Give Rand Paul a Leg Up on Marco Rubio?

For an un­con­ven­tion­al but likely pres­id­en­tial con­tender such as Sen. Rand Paul of Ken­tucky, tim­ing is everything.<p>The de­bate in Con­gress …

Government

Ohio Republican Party Goes to War With Itself, Leaving 2016 in Doubt

Tea Partiers threatening to break away from the state GOP machinery. David Freedlander reports.<p>So goes Ohio, so goes the nation.<p>At least that’s how …

'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action

Russian president says it is too early to say what Russia will do but does not exclude supporting a UN resolution<p>Vladimir Putin has warned the US against launching military action in Syria, stating that Russia has "plans" on how it would react if such a scenario unfolded.<p>The Russian president's …

French workers strike for the right to work on Sundays

July 26, 2013 | 4:39 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/07/26/world/french-workers-strike-right-work-sundays/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

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Suddenly people are breathing a very cautious sigh of relief about Europe

A year ago today, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi made a market-moving promise: “Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough,” he said in a speech in London.<p>So far, the ECB has done just that. The statements …

Economics

Chinese police allege Glaxo sales reps trained to offer sexual bribes

Chinese police have released new details of GlaxoSmithKline’s alleged crimes in China, claiming that sales representatives were given “clear directives” to offer bribes to doctors and were trained to cater “to their pleasures.”<p>GSK sales reps “established good personal relations with doctors by …

Corruption

Apple Is Too Rich To Care If It Has To Pay $500 Million For Book Price Fixing Scandal

Apple won't care.<p>It has $146 billion in cash on its balance sheet.<p>The $500 million sum is almost ironic — it includes triple damages for consumer injury. The tripling is supposed to deter companies from fixing prices by making it very expensive if they get caught. But the tech business is so much …

Steve Jobs