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'Mass Effect' gets raunchy in its new Cards Against Humanity pack

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:52:00 -0500

(image) If your favorite part about Mass Effect is making jokes about the game's wide-array of sexual paring options, you can skip Andromeda -- Cards Against Humanity has announced a limited run Mass Effect expansion. Well, expansion is a bit of an overstate...

'Overwatch' streamer destroys his in-game imposter

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:31:00 -0500

(image) Brian St. James is called Kephrii in the competitive Overwatch scene, and he's known as the highest ranked Widowmaker player in the world. He recently ran into a hacker impersonating his gamer tag and using cheats, but instead of getting mad, the rea...

Lawmaker: Chile and Texas don't share a flag, y'all

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:06:00 -0500

(image) The current roster of emojis includes many national flags, but not state-specific ones. So, left with few other options, people have taken to using the Chilean flag emoji (🇨🇱) to signify Texas pride. This makes sense considering how much the two flag...

AMD returns to high-end gaming CPUs with Ryzen 7

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:45:00 -0500

(image) AMD has largely ceded the performance processor space to Intel in recent years. You typically get one of its chips inside a budget PC, not an all-out gaming rig. At last, though, you might have reason to get excited: AMD is launching Ryzen 7, a des...

The next 'Futurama' mobile game has the show's creators aboard

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:23:00 -0500

(image) Futurama continues to be the animated franchise that just won't die. Fox and developer TinyCo (a divison of Jam City) announced today that they're working on another mobile game from the series -- Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow -- which will notably ha...

NASA: We found 7 Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:05:00 -0500

(image) During a news conference in Washington DC Wednesday, NASA revealed that, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, they've found seven new Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away from us. What's more, three of those exist within the "Go...

Emails show new EPA chief is cozy with the fossil fuel industry

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:45:00 -0500

(image) There's no question that new Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt has a conflict of interest when he previously declared himself the agency's number one enemy. However, it's now clearer just why he so fervently opposes eco-friendly reg...

Kobo is the next to offer an e-book subscription service

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:32:00 -0500

(image) All-you-can-read e-book subscriptions are nothing new (just ask Amazon), but Kobo is just now joining the fray. It's launching Kobo Plus, a service that offers unlimited reading of eligible books (currently 40,000 titles) for a flat monthly fee. Wh...

YouView's big UI update starts hitting retail set-top boxes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:10:00 -0500

(image) YouView announced a fairly comprehensive update to its set-top box UI last November, but it was actually TalkTalk customers that got almost immediate access to the new look. Today, it's the turn of contract-free retail YouView boxes, starting with th...

Twitter tests custom profiles for customer service DMs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Twitter has truly fully embraced its role as a customer service platform for businesses around the globe. One of the features it's testing in private beta, for instance, is designed to give companies a way to make direct messages a lot more personal....

Robotic studio takes fashion photos without a camera crew

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:41:00 -0500

(image) Fashion photography is a time-consuming process, to put it mildly. The constant adjustments to angles and lighting can take ages, and that's not including formatting your photos for different media outlets. StyleShoots might just have the problem lic...

Apple buys and shuts down Asian social network iCloud

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:22:00 -0500

(image) In a bid to direct every conceivable iCloud domain towards one website, Apple has bought the rights to from a small Chinese social network.It was one of the few iCloud related sites not owned by Apple, and AppleInsider reports that the tec...

Instagram's carousel-style photo sets are now available to all

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Sometimes one photo just doesn't tell the whole story. That's why Instagram has just introduced a new feature where you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in a single post (It's been teased for awhile now, but now it's finally here). Think of it...

Our digital future as a 'Forest of Numbers'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:20:00 -0500

(image) Over the next ten years, we'll see ever-faster chips, artificial intelligence and exponentially more data. Forest of Numbers, an exhibition by architect Emmanuelle Moureaux at the National Art Center of Tokyo (NACT) gives viewers a chance to contempl...

Microsoft creates a low-data version of Skype for India

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:55:00 -0500

(image) Skype's place as the original gangster of internet messengers means that it's never had to watch its weight, until now. Microsoft has put the app on a diet to announce Skype Lite, a slimmed-down messenger designed for countries like India. You'll win...

ICYMI: Bulletproof origami shields and hoverbikes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:30:00 -0500

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: Finally, the best part of Return of the Jedi is becoming a reality. Hoversurf Inc. is building actual hoverbikes for folks to ride. Well, not right away. It'll be a few years before you can buy one. But at least we...

Apple's spaceship campus will open in April as 'Apple Park'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:05:00 -0500

(image) Forget 'Campus Two," "Spaceship" or "Doughnutsville," because Apple's new headquarters has been officially named Apple Park. The company has announced that the multi-billion dollar building will begin operations in April, with 12,000 employees moving...

Verizon will test 5G wireless in 11 cities by mid-2017

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Verizon isn't going to let AT&T's 5G plans go unanswered. The carrier (and our corporate overlord) says it will pilot the gigabit-class wireless in 11 cities by the middle of 2017, including major urban hubs like Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston,...

Valve's room-scale VR trackers will soon be sold separately

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:20:00 -0500

(image) Valve has announced that it will soon be selling standalone SteamVR Tracking base stations directly. While you could previously order the tech from HTC, later this year, consumers and developers will be able to purchase the new and improved single-ro...

Sinclair C5 gets a modern reboot as the IRIS eTrike

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:07:00 -0500

(image) Before the Toyota Prius and Tesla Model S, there was the Sinclair C5. Launched in 1985, the electric tricycle was supposed to be the first of many battery-powered vehicles from inventor Clive Sinclair -- renowned for developing personal computers suc...

Valve launches SteamVR support for Linux

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:07:00 -0500

(image) Valve has been giving Steam users Linux love since 2012, and it's not stopping with VR. The company just launched SteamVR for Linux, letting developers create Linux content for the HTC Vive VR headset, trackers and other hardware. The program is in b...

The Morning After: Wednesday, February 22 2017

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Welcome to your Wednesday. And maybe the future. NASA has a big announcement today, Qualcomm is promising phone chips that'll gulp down data faster than your current fiber connection, and more immediately, your next iPhone might pack a depth-sensing...

Wileyfox Swift 2 series review: Affordability upgraded

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) British smartphone brand Wileyfox came onto the scene in 2015, kicking things off with two distinct devices. Of these, the Swift turned out to be one of the best affordable handsets you could buy -- quite the achievement for a new, unknown company. S...

Scientists hold the first quantum computer face-off

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:20:00 -0500

(image) For the first time ever, two quantum computers have faced off against each other in a series of experiments to determine which technology reigns supreme. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland have pitted their own quantum computer aga...

Netflix reportedly snags Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:34:00 -0500

(image) Netflix is making another big movie splash, as IndieWire is the first to report that it's acquiring the rights to Martin Scorsese's $100 million+ gangster flick The Irishman. Reportedly in the works since at least 2010, the project is supposed to uni...