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I lost a weekend playing 'Miitomo,' Nintendo's first smartphone game

It's a little addictive.

Chill goat stuck on a power line gets rescued, seems fine with that

What's up? This goat.

Nintendo's first mobile game will launch in the US on March 31

Nintendo fans in the US and Europe will be able download Miitomo this week.

The TNW Hack Battle is back and better than ever

For the code-savvy among us, TNW Conference is just as famous for its Hack Battle as it is for its stellar speakers and unique networking opportunities. Th

The future of VR is this dad

We've seen many things that claim to be the future of VR but none have the level of sophistication as this one man dad-team

'Killer Instinct' arrives on PCs

The combo-heavy brawler is available on Windows 10.

Artist's hyper realistic drawings will bend your brain

Ouch, my brain.

'Super Mario World' gets 'Flappy Bird' treatment in this mind-melting hack

It's Flappy... Mario?

9 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Luke Skywalker - IGN

Let's explore the lesser known history of the whiny moisture farm boy turned galactic savior and Jedi Knight -- Luke Skywalker!

Amateur astronomers caught a Jupiter impact on camera

An asteroid or comet smacked into the gas giant, and there's telescope video to prove it.

Brave kid impressively escapes bedtime

This kid has more important things to do than sleep, Mom.

'Quantum Break' live action trailer introduces its villains

Remedy's Quantum Break is an ambitious project, and we wouldn't blame you if you're still in the dark when it comes to the game's time travel-focused plot. Who...

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Starbucks will start donating 100% of its unused food to those in need

If you’ve ever wondered where all those Starbucks bagels and bistro boxes go after closing time, here's an answer you can get behind.

The inconvenient truth about love — and divorce

If we, as a society, were honest with ourselves, we would admit that it is not reasonable to expect people to marry for love yet not to divorce for lack of love. We should either go back to the old brand of marriage, telling our children that matrimony is about duty, sacrifice and endurance, or we should get off Gwyneth Paltrow’s case. She may not have put her finger on the perfect brand name, but at least she is trying to move us along from our 19th-century mentality that divorce represents failure and shame. When divorce represents a couple’s best chance at future love and happiness, let’s imagine a world where empathy and support trump our old-fashioned concepts.

5 Oculus Rift Review: Rejoice, for the Age of [:] ) Has Begun

But even with that many games available, there’s a rift (no, seriously) between what the Rift can do and what you can do with the Rift. Oculus has never been quiet about the fact that it’s depending on software companies to create the compelling experiences that bring people back to VR again and again. But right now? On the eve of release? Many of the best experiences I’ve had in the Oculus ecosystem either aren’t in the Oculus Store yet, or won’t be available until the company’s Oculus Touch handheld controllers arrive later this year. That’s in stark contrast to the Gear VR, which launched with more 100 games, apps, and experiences. Granted, the technical lift to make something run at 90Hz—twice, for stereo 3D—is much tougher for a PC than it is for a phone, but the difference in launch-day content is noticeable.

The Inside Story of How Oculus Cracked the Impossible Design of VR

Similarly, your navigation experience is a supercharged version of the Gear VR—and still surprisingly basic. Three menus in front of you—suspended in midair and positioned an optimally comfortable 2.5 meters from your eye—show your recently played games and experiences on the left, all available games in the center, and a list of your friends on the right. No hallways, no virtual bottles—there’s not a single interface element that you could consider a bell or a whistle. There’s not even anything hovering behind you waiting to wow you with the promise of 360-degree space. That may seem like a missed opportunity, but it would still be VR for the sake of VR. Also, the perceptual data that Oculus dug up didn’t support it. “Once you start to get outside a 90-degree field of view, you start to turn your head,” Mitchell says. “Imagine we used the space behind you for important stuff and you have to go back all the time—you’re going to start to get tired.” And fatigue is an enemy of adoption.

Genius chart explains how you should vote in the presidential election

A chart, which has gone viral on Twitter over the past couple hours, attempts to explain the 2016 presidential election to 'dummies'. It's tongue-in-cheek but painfully accurate, especially when it comes to the whole, "women as people" divide.

Real-life Finn and Rey show off their own precious BB-8

While Rey and Finn shippers wait for answers, they can enjoy the fact that right now, in this galaxy, there's a real life version of the couple. And they even have their own BB-8.

Instagram rolls out 60-second videos starting today

Instagram announced on Tuesday that it will soon begin rolling out 60-second video capabilities for its users, " one step of many you'll see this year " according to the company's blog post. The app currently has a maximum duration limit of just 15 seconds. Instagram cites user engagement with video jumping 40 percent over the last six months as a contributing factor to the expanded time limit. iOS users will get an added bonus: the ability to stitch multiple video clips from their camera rolls together into a single video.

A Nightmare Is Unfolding in the Great Barrier Reef

Coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef is a piece of a much bigger picture, and it shows us that even the most pristine ecosystems on Earth are susceptible to the impacts of climate change. The real concern is that these reefs—which provide habitat to roughly a quarter of all marine species—won’t be able to muster a full recovery. “You have reefs getting hammered time and time again, year after year,” NOAA oceanographer Mark Eakin told Gizmodo last month. “Recovery at this point is very limited.”

What to expect from Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference

It’s not clear what Microsoft is planning for its mobile future, but Build would be a good time for the company to explain its plans for the rest of the year. Microsoft appears to be focused on cross-platform and app opportunities on iOS and Android, but the ability for its universal apps to run across PC and phone is one of its key selling points for Windows 10. Without a strong mobile footprint, questions remain over the entire Windows 10 universal app strategy. Developers will be keen to hear more about Microsoft’s mobile efforts, so we’re hoping to hear a lot more this week.

How to Master Microsoft Office PowerPoint

There are a few options to choose from: Align Left will align the left side of each object with the furthest left object selected. Align Right does the same thing with the furthest right object as the anchor point. Align Center will center all selected objects on the horizontal center point of the selected objects. If the objects are on the same horizontal line, they’ll end up on top of each other (same goes for left and right alignment too). Align Top, Middle, and Bottom do similar things, but work with the vertical instead of the horizontal. That means if objects are on the same vertical line and you align to the top, bottom or middle, they’ll end up on top of each other that way as well. You can also “Align to Slide” in the dropdown menu and align objects with the sides and center of the slide as opposed to aligning them in relation to each other.

Hijack Pics or It Didn't Happen

Why is this man on the right, identified as a 26-year-old British hostage named Ben Innes, posing with Seifedeen Mustafa, the man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight today? Nobody knows yet. But if it weren’t for the fake suicide belt, this looks like it’d be a pretty funny buddy comedy.

Twitter adds image descriptions for the visually impaired

What the feature does is allow users who upload images to Twitter to then tag those pictures with a description. Visually impaired users who take advantage of text-to-speech screen readers or braille displays will then be able to know what’s displayed on-screen.

Social Media Usage: 2005-2015

Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work , politics and political deliberation , communications patterns around the globe , as well as the way people get and share information about health , civic life , news consumption , communities , teenage life , parenting , dating and even people’s level of stress .

Salesforce CEO Now Going After North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Last year, Benioff led the charge to topple a law in Indiana that allowed faith-based organizations to refuse services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the name of religious freedom. Weeks after he began rallying other corporate titans to divest from the state unless the law was changed, lawmakers amended the legislation. 

SoundCloud’s subscription streaming service is here (and it needs work)

SoundCloud is finally ready to take on Spotify. After months of teasing, SoundCloud’s subscription music service is debuting today: it's called SoundCloud Go, and in many respects, it's the same as any other streaming service. For $9.99 a month, you get access to songs from popular artists, ad-free streaming, and offline sync. But Go has a hook that no other service can match — a massive library of 125 million songs, most of which are only on SoundCloud. There is a catch, however.

China’s Xiaomi unveils a $150 smartphone-controlled rice cooker

As of now, the rice cooker will be available in China from April 6 for 999 RMB, that’s around $150. There’s no word on international launch plans, but we’ve asked for more information on that. Japanese rice cookers, which Lei Jun holds in high regard, are around four times more expensive, Xiaomi argued.

Behind Facebook Messenger's plan to be an app platform

This means we're not as interested in trying new apps, but the apps we do have, we're using more. It's a scenario that's ripe for enriching existing apps -- like the heavily used Messenger -- with additional features. As for businesses, it's a chance to increase awareness without having to rely on app downloads. Beyond that, Messenger offers a valuable social component that most existing apps don't have. With the Uber integration, for example, you can message an address to a friend, who can then tap that address to request a car. Alternately, if you're already in an Uber, you can use Messenger to share your location with a friend so she can see when you're going to arrive. All of this is on top of the ability for you to directly message the company if you're having any issues. And because this is Messenger and not an email or a phone call, whoever's reading your messages will be able to see past conversations to gain a context for the existing message thread.

Trump campaign manager charged with battery for grabbing reporter's arm

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Review: Apple's iPhone SE Is a Small Victory

Me? I’m not going back to a small phone. Sure, it’s not as easy to hold in one hand, but my gargantuan iPhone 6s Plus is so much better for watching movies, so much more suited to reading books and long articles, so much more pleasant to type on, that I can’t give it up. The iPhone 5s, and by extension the SE, are for people for whom the smartphone is a tool, not a lifestyle. And for better and for worse, our phones are becoming extensions of our lives. And as we go forward, into virtual reality and the Internet of Things and the connection of every object and surface on the planet, our phones are only growing more important. I want a phone that does the best job of doing the most things. That means I need a bigger phone.

WhatsApp beta adds Quick Reply and font stylizations, moms everywhere rejoice

Today’s update also lets you bold, strikethrough, or italicize text should you want to make your messages a little more snazzy. It works like the stylization tools previously available on WhatsApp’s Web client, just now ported over to the mobile versions.

23 Waze rolls out speed alerts to tell you when you’re driving too fast

There are a number of ways to garner data for the feature. Waze says that it tapped its volunteer community to input and verify speed limits. But it would be difficult to scale such a feature manually across millions of streets, which is why the core data is likely collected passively. This means that by looking at the average speed at which users are traveling along a given road Waze can make a reasonably sound guess as to what the speed limit is. And Waze will no doubt have Google’s own navigation data at its disposal too, making it more likely to be accurate.

80% of millennials have been 'ghosted,' survey finds

"It's the fear of missing out on the thing, or person, that is coming next. Because it's so easy to swipe or like new people, whatever's next could be better, and it's easier to just dip out. It may be a little mean, but we're dating; it's not like we're in a relationship," said one anonymous online dater in defense of ghosting.

Sony's 4k streaming service will launch in early April

First announced at CES earlier this year, Ultra will make its debut on April 4 and will be available on Sony's 4K sets with Android TV, the company announced at a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday. The service will launch with just under 50 movies, which will cost $30 each.

New implant shown to destroy protein plaques in Alzheimer’s disease | ExtremeTech

The indwelling device itself is a little flat capsule-shaped thing, built to hold myoblasts suspended in a protective hydrogel between two porous membranes sealed together by a tiny frame. Those myoblasts can interact with the surrounding tissue through the permeable membrane. They’re engineered to sit under the skin and produce specific antibodies which can breach the blood-brain barrier, bind to the amyloid-beta proteins in mouse brains, and tag them for destruction and disposal by the mouse’s own immune system. In two different mouse Alzheimer’s models, these transdermal implants dramatically reduced the A β  plaque load.

Feds get data off terrorist's iPhone without Apple's help

The move Monday ends the legal battle between Apple and the FBI in this particular case, but it doesn't end the overarching battle about privacy and security. There are hundreds of other iPhones that law enforcement agencies around the country want unlocked, opening Apple to potential litigation across the US. And the government's success at accessing data on the iPhone also raises some concerns about the security of Apple's devices.

Google Fiber just announced a home phone service inspired by Google Voice

Google has just announced Fiber Phone, confirming rumors that the company would be  adding a home telephone service to its existing Fiber high-speed internet and cable TV offerings. "While mobile phones have pushed us toward the future, home phone service is still important to many families," John Shriver-Blake, Fiber's product manager, wrote in a blog post. "Landlines can be familiar, reliable and provide high-quality service, but the technology hasn’t always kept up." And no, this isn't a copper landline service in the traditional sense. It's a modernized, use-it-anywhere service that borrows a lot from Google Voice.

GTA 6 in Development, Grand Theft Auto Tokyo Almost Happened - IGN

The site's source further says that GTA 6 is currently in development. That's no surprise given that Grand Theft Auto 5 was released more than two years ago, and Rockstar was open about it years ago . Though they added that no setting for the game has yet been nailed down.

30 The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the best overall Windows tablet deal in the, well, galaxy.

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S sets out to emulate the best parts of the Surface line, while also correcting some of its flaws. The biggest news here is that the single currently available configuration, combining a 12-inch AMOLED display (more on that in a minute) with an Intel Core m3 CPU and a 128GB solid-state drive, is $899 (£849, not currently available in Australia), which includes a very familiar-looking and -feeling keyboard cover. With that simple move, including the keyboard in the box, Samsung earns a tip of my virtual hat for showing some respect for consumers.

Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to consume their data and network effect could earn money off them for a long, long time. So it makes sense that Spotify would be willing to raise money at ugly, exploitative terms now for a better chance at earning those riches later.

The Apple vs DoJ encryption battle is far from over

Farook used an iPhone 5C. The encryption on this phone is software based. It doesn't have the additional hardware security found in Apple's A7 and later processors. With the introduction of that chip in the iPhone 5S, the company added a secure element that makes it even tougher to crack the encryption on a device. Apple insists that even the company itself can't read the encrypted handshake between the hardware and software when a passcode or Touch ID is used to unlock the phone.

Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War—And How to Fight Back

If the West really wants to destroy the Islamic State’s “deceptive media halo,” we need to take a page from them and foster our own forms of crowdsourced messages. First and foremost, Western nations must focus on broadcasting the stories of refugees, told in their own words—words that would strongly undermine the “remaining and expanding” narrative that is so crucial to the Islamic State’s identity. In the organization’s digital content, the caliphate is depicted as a veritable Eden, a place where placid lakes literally teem with fish and the well-fed children are always smiling. What if we gave refugees the digital tools and Internet access necessary to produce content that not only rebuts those depictions but also conveys the daily horrors of living in a society where callous men of violence run the show? To make this possible, we must guarantee safety for them and their families, for the Islamic State is never shy about exacting retribution against those who reveal its flaws. The US should also give Islamic State defectors, particularly those with American roots, a chance to share their unfiltered tales of disillusionment.

All your favorite Disney characters will soon be available in Lego form

All your favorite Disney characters will soon be available in Lego form

SoundCloud Go: An Audacious Answer to Spotify That’s Dying to Stand Out

Really, Go is SoundCloud’s attempt to actually become the YouTube for music. It has some big advantages. There’s that huge audience, for one thing. And SoundCloud has always has the social element that other services crave. Apple Music Connect can’t touch the conversation, the remixes, the community that happens on SoundCloud. People are sharing SoundCloud links all over social media. But Apple Music has all the music you hear on the radio. By bringing the tracklist up to something much closer to parity, SoundCloud’s hoping to become the only place you need to go for all the music you want to listen to—at least the stuff that’s not exclusive to Tidal. And they’re hoping they can do it without losing the edgy, underground, find-new-stuff vibe that’s crucial to SoundCloud’s appeal. “A lot of people might think,” Wahlforss says, “‘Oh, they’re getting further away from their path.’ But actually this gets us very much closer to our vision. And it’s very positive for DJs.”

Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, arrives in the U.S. and other markets this Thursday

Nintendo’s first smartphone application, “ Miitomo ,” now has a U.S. launch date: March 31st. In addition, the company says it will also be available in several other countries at the same time. While the company didn’t detail which countries will also receive the app, it will likely include several European markets, and others available on the list posted here to the Miitomo’s website .

Now you can impress your friends with bold, italics and strikethrough in WhatsApp

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and …

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The Lil Quips start out the second half with a quick strike and they’re in the driver’s seat. #FridayNightTykes

Sony's RX10 III zoom camera steps up to a 24-600mm lens

Sony, of course, wants you to focus on that high-zoom lens, which sports built-in optical image stabilization and an aperture system designed to push out "a near perfect circle" in the f2.4-11 range. In theory, it should capture some pretty impressive pictures. The RX10 III also shoots 4K (3,840 x 2,160) as well as slow-motion videos at 240, 480 and 960fps, while the 14-fps burst mode should be good enough for most people.

Vintage Mechanical Calculator Shows Why It's a Bad Idea To Divide by Zero

Everyone learns in grade school that you can’t divide by zero , but few of us ever learn (or fully understand) why. The stock answer is that it gives you an answer of infinity. The truth is a bit more nuanced than that, and an old mechanical calculator offers the perfect illustration.

Review: Apple's iPhone SE Is a Small Victory

Me? I’m not going back to a small phone. Sure, it’s not as easy to hold in one hand, but my gargantuan iPhone 6s Plus is so much better for watching movies, so much more suited to reading books and long articles, so much more pleasant to type on, that I can’t give it up. The iPhone 5s, and by extension the SE, are for people for whom the smartphone is a tool, not a lifestyle. And for better and for worse, our phones are becoming extensions of our lives. And as we go forward, into virtual reality and the Internet of Things and the connection of every object and surface on the planet, our phones are only growing more important. I want a phone that does the best job of doing the most things. That means I need a bigger phone.

It’s Go time for SoundCloud: $9.99 tier aims to rival Spotify with millions of premium music tracks

SoundCloud  is often billed as the “YouTube for audio” because of its huge trove of user-generated music and spoken-word tracks, uploaded by some 12 million creators and now listened to by some 175 million monthly users globally. But today the Berlin-based startup is (finally) taking the wraps off a new subscription service that could turn that concept on its head — and put it head-to-head in competition with the likes of on-demand streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.

Friday Night Tykes on Twitter

The Monaca Lil Indians are about to decide Coach Suman’s fate at an emergency board meeting. #FridayNightTykes

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The Lil Bridgers are upset with the loss to Central Valley but they have to use it as motivation. #FridayNightTykes

A CNBC Columnist Asked Readers For Their Passwords. That Was a Mistake.

I like a good strong password just as much as anyone else. But CNBC’s stunty idea for a tool that tested the strength of people’s passwords is one of the stupidest things I’ve seen in days—possibly weeks!

Accessible images for everyone | Twitter Blogs

Starting today, people using our iOS and Android apps can add descriptions — also known as alternative text (alt text) — to images in Tweets. With this update, we’re empowering everyone to ensure content shared on Twitter is accessible to the widest possible audience.

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We want to bring you fun, flexible and creative ways to create and watch video on Instagram. As part of our continued commitment, you’ll soon have the flexibility to tell your story in up to 60 seconds of video. This is one step of many you’ll see this year.

Bored with life, ESPN reporter appears to fall asleep on live TV

Now in defense of Windhorst, it can be incredibly difficult to chat with someone on live TV who actually isn't in the room with you. So, maybe he was just concentrating really hard, or doing his best to hear with the slight, awkward delay that tends to happen with satellite interviews.

Razer made a game capture card designed for livestreaming

Livestreaming games is a big business these days, and Razer knows it. The gear designer has unveiled the Ripsaw, a capture card that's all about sharing your console and PC gaming exploits on the likes of Twitch or YouTube. It's built to work "out of the box" with common streaming apps like Open Broadcaster Software and XSplit, and its combination of a USB 3.0 connection and audio inputs should do justice to both the video (you'll get uncompressed 1080p, 60FPS footage) and your commentary track. You get all the cables you need, too. The aim is to create a box that meets the needs of veteran streamers, but won't intimidate newcomers.

50 Why A New Generation Of On-Demand Businesses Rejected The Uber Model

Enjoy, the service that will deliver an iPad for free, is a store that trains the employees who deliver products to help install them and answer customers' questions. Instead of a delivery fee, Enjoy makes its profit the same way any retailer would make a profit: on product margins. Because it uses mobile phones to bring products to customers, it doesn't need a storefront, which makes its margins better than traditional retailers. It also charges a fee to some partners, like AT&T, who offer Enjoy as a delivery option on their websites. "What we’re doing is really hard," says Johnson, Enjoy's founder and CEO. "There are a lot of companies that can do delivery, but there’s not a lot of value-add. It’s just logistics. What we’re adding is a human connection. That’s really hard to do. That’s the missing link in a digital world." Johnson says that in Enjoy’s first nine months of business, it has received five-star reviews 97% of the time. Many of them mentioned an Enjoy’s employee by name.

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