Batman spotted ripping up roads on a reversed Bat-trike - CNET
Holy Chiba cruisers! Images of the Caped Crusader tearing around Chiba, Japan, have been circulating social media.
Super-sized Rocket and Groot re-created in Lego - CNET
Rocket Raccoon and Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy" look even cooler when made out of hundreds of Lego bricks.
These Pizza Hut cats want to serve and entertain you - CNET
Pizza Hut Japan has a new Web series -- "Pizza Cat" -- about cats running one of its restaurants. We'll take extra mozzarella with that meow, thanks.
The Alienware Area-51 gaming rig just got one hell of a redesign
After a few years finding itself/getting a heavy-duty industrial makeover, Alienware's well-respected (and, importantly, customizable) desktop gaming PC has returned. The Area-51 isn't small, but it now has a new triangular... hexagonal... something-between-the-two design, intentionally hewn that way to maintain airflow and keep it cool, even when positioned against a wall. It's certainly come a long way since the tower desktop days of 2011 . Given its size, two of the corners have handles to lug it around with -- we hope you can bicep-curl 45 pounds though, because that's how much it weights. It also looks nothing like Alienware's incoming Steam Machine . (Ironically, the new Area-51 chassis looks far more "Valve," in a lot of ways .)
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Game Show Night at PAX Prime: 3 hours of hilarious filth (and prizes!)
Is your life missing a deep, soul-warping sense of depravity? Could you use a few chuckles? Enjoy game shows? Has Joystiq got the PAX panel for you! As part of a long-running tradition , our own Managing Editor, Susan Arendt, will be hosting Blankety Blank, a disgusting but hilarious take on the classic game show Match Game .
Join Susan as she asks audience members to answer simple fill in the blank questions, in the hopes that their answers will match the answers of the five game industry panelists, including Russ Pitts of False Gravity, Kathleen de Vere and Graham Stark of Loading, Ready, Run, Chris Kohler of Wired and Ubisoft community manager Dan Amrich. The event begins at 9:00pm Pacific in the Hedgehog theatre at PAX. Fair warning (especially if you have kids): The panelists' answers will be filthy . Like, wash your mouth out with Borax filthy.
Blankety Blank is part of a massive, three hour long super panel, Game Show Night. The whole thing kicks of at 7:00pm Pacific with Pyramid , followed by Jeopardy at 8:00pm and, finally, Blankety Blank at 9:00pm.
If you're not attending PAX this weekend, you can catch all of Game Show Night on Twitch right here .
Here's How Anatomically Impossible That Spider-Woman #1 Cover Is (NSFW?)
Marvel's decision to use this particularly porn-y illustration for an alternate cover is pretty tone-deaf. As Rob Bricken over at io9 puts it , "She looks like she's wearing body-paint, and that's a big no-no for an industry still trying to remember that women exist and may perhaps read comics and also don't want to feel completely gross when they do so."
Every Parent Will Relate to Beyoncé's Poem About Daughter Blue Ivy
Grab a tissue, parents. Here's Beyoncé's poem, which will remind you just how much you care for your kids and why you want the world to be a better place for them:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection revitalizes Halo 2's Lockout
Lockout Unveiled as Fifth Re-Imagined Multiplayer Map for "Halo: The Master Chief Collection"
Lockout is the fifth of six classic "Halo 2" multiplayer maps being re-imagined for "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," joining the previously announced Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar and Sanctuary.
Set in an old Forerunner research laboratory in the frigid mountains of Delta Halo, Lockout features fast-paced, close quarters combat with its narrow corridors and vertical level design. With three levels to navigate, adept players can deftly traverse around the map by mastering specific jumping points, enabling them to secure power weapons faster and set up ambushes for unsuspecting opponents.
The re-imagined version of Lockout also includes a few new features that will surprise even the most seasoned "Halo 2" veterans.
"Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in 'Halo 2,'" said Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of the original lead designers on "Halo 2."
"We're thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements.
The Best To-Do List Apps for iPhone
And we’re done! I had a lot of fun working on this roundup because I love lists! Although I’m a Wunderlist loyalist because it’s flexible enough to use for everything from daily tasks to recipes, I must admit that I loved the speed and simplicity of Clear for quick checklists. Did we miss your favorite to-do app? And what do you need from an app to help you get things done? Let us know in the comments.
How Pabst Brought a 136-Year-Old Beer Back From the Dead
Once upon a time there was a beer. A beer with bold flavor and character. A beer that was supposedly America's first IPA. But then the 1970s happened. The tastes of the masses changed, and not for the better. A tidal wave of flavorless lager rushed in. And this unique, legendary beer was washed away in the tide. Until today.
Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y-Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class | TechCrunch
In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability — anchoring or the famous “herd mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we felt encouraged to share a sample analysis with everyone to explain the inner workings of the process. With that in mind, we ran the Y Combinator Summer ’14 class through our models.
Hamline professor's post on student loan debt goes viral
Wearing glasses and an earnest look, David Davies holds a piece of paper on which he’s typed three short sentences. The first: “I am a college professor increasingly frustrated by the incredible debt I see my students taking on.”
The Legend of Korra: Game Release Date and New Mode, Plus What to Expect in Book 4 - IGN
In the video below, Conkey reveals the Korra release date and pro-bending mode. He also discusses working with Janet Varney, David Faustino, and P.J. Byrne on the game and talks about what it would take for Activision to continue with additional Legend of Korra games.
Experimental Ebola drug cured 100% of monkeys tested
Experimental Ebola drug cured 100% of monkeys tested
An experimental medication called ZMapp – given on a compassionate basis to a handful of Ebola victims in the current outbreak – cured 100% of monkeys treated in a Canadian study, researchers announced today.
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Meet The Guy Who Makes $1,000 An Hour Tutoring Kids Of Fortune 500 CEOs Over Skype
Indeed, neither can most students or parents. By cashing in on the anxieties — and disposable income — of an elite clientele, Green is capitalizing on a system that is clearly skewed in favor of those students who already have a tremendous advantage. Far from helping to foster a meritocracy, as many of us would like to believe, colleges that base their admissions on standardized testing just as easily reinforce the inequality of American society.
This Is How You Have to Ship Bugatti’s $3M Supercar | Autopia | WIRED
When you drop $3 million on a special-edition Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, you want everything to be perfect. That’s why, before it leaves the factory, Bugatti wraps the car more carefully than royal nurses swaddle the future King George.
How Bob Marley's Son Learned From Failure And Started A Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Company
I don't know about the other commentors but where I live in Canada just outside of Hamilton we have a coffee store called ecs coffee which has tons and tons of different varieties of coffee that are made for keurig and tassimo brewers, so basically its a keurig k-cup store. Anyway in my store they sell every box of the different varieties of Marley coffee and I mean EVERY box and that's the coffee I always buy so I guess I'm pretty lucky aha. I'm surprised nobody has found it as these ecs stores are all around canada and I can honestly say that Marley coffee is one of the best coffee's out there it's my favourite if you ever do find it like I did I highly suggest buying every flavour you see as they all taste amazingly different.
Pokemon Meets Tekken as Pokken is Officially Announced - IGN
At the moment, there's no news of a Western release or even if the brawler is set to arrive on consoles in Japan. It's currently planned for arcade machines, with the initial information being pretty sparse. From what we've been able to gather, however, it's aimed at a wide and casual audience, though aspects will make sure those looking for something hardcore should have something to look forward to.
Apple's Biggest Design Crime
Yes!!! I am a huge Apple fan, but even I have no idea why they would create such an abomination of a keyboard. This is the very first thing that struck me when I upgraded to iOS 7: I could no longer tell whether my shift key was on or off. This makes me INSANE! I have gotten the hang of it over the months, but I still have to occasionally use trial-and-error to get it right. It may seem like a small thing, but it reflects so much that is wrong with the new interface philosophy that Apple has adopted. And if we can see the problem so quickly, and propose simple solutions, why can't a professional user interface designer do the same?
Don't Be Afraid To Cancel Cable — Here's How To Get All The Programs You Love
Don't Be Afraid To Cancel Cable — Here's How To Get All The Programs You Love
8TB hard drives have arrived
We're sorry to break the bad news, but that 5TB hard drive you bought last week? Yeah, it's already obsolete. Seagate has started shipping the first-ever 8TB desktop hard disk, doubling the 4TB capacities that seemed huge just a couple of years ago . If it's any consolation, though, this machinery isn't ready to go inside your hot gaming PC. Right now, all those terabytes are destined for data centers where capacity trumps every other concern; Seagate isn't mentioning prices, but enterprise-class storage is rarely cheap. You may want to set aside some money all the same. These extra-roomy drives have a tendency to filter down to the mainstream pretty quickly, so you may soon have more free disk space than you know what to do with... at least, for a little while.
Can Elephants Survive a Legal Ivory Trade? Debate Is Shifting Against It
It's a serious question. That's why I find it disappointing that Christina Russo, who has done some excellent reporting for National Geographic News, did not take the opportunity to carefully consider the pros and cons of a legal ivory trade. While she does interview Daniel Stiles, a highly-respected and knowledgeable ivory trade analyst, on the economic arguments for managed trade, the sources she quotes in opposition show little interest in the details of how such a trade might or might not work. They're already convinced that an elephant-positive legal trade can't work. That's an open question, not a foregone conclusion.
10 Crazy Vacation Ideas for Thrillseekers
So if jumping out of a plane or chasing deadly storms sounds better than hopping on a cruise to the Caribbean or backpacking across Europe, a blood-pumping, adrenaline-fueled vacation may be just what you need to step away from reality for a bit.
The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse. I know, I was a victim
It was only after a decade away from Skipton that I was finally able to garner the courage to return and testify against my abuser. When I first told my mother about the abuse I’d suffered, she was absolutely devastated. The root of her anger was clear: I was heaping unbound shame on to my family by trying to bring the perpetrator to justice. In trying to stop him from exploiting more children, I was ensuring my parents and my siblings would be ostracised. She begged me not to go to the police station.
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession
The American system too often seems to promote knavery over knighthood." Talk about a nationwide disease that knows no end, and don't for one minute think that feeling is limited to Physicians. It crosses every profession and every job where doing a job efficiently is more important than doing it right. Where people with integrity are pushed aside for the most productive whether or not they are providing quality services or producing quality products. Everywhere it is all about volume, efficiency, and profitability. I once told my son that the hardest thing to do in business was to walk the line between being honorable and doing your job. That is the "gift" that the avarice of singularly profit driven business management has given us all. It is a fine line, indeed.
Peking University Implants First 3D Printed Vertebra
The patient, a 12 year old boy, had a malignant tumour in his spinal cord. After hours of specialized spinal cord surgery, doctors replaced a section of cancerous vertebra in his neck with the 3D printed piece.
Why 30 is not the new 20
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Amazon Buying Twitch for Nearly $1 Billion - IGN
There has been no confirmation from either company as of now, but IGN has reached out to Twitch for comment. A person who was briefed closely on the matter said Amazon will purchase Twitch for more than $1 billion, according to tech blog The Information and the Wall Street Journal . The same source also said the deal could go through as soon as today.
Jobs Of The Future: Where They Are, How To Get Them
Amanda Augustine , job expert at TheLadders, says that sometimes it helps to take a first job in something that appears to be unrelated. “If you enjoy branding and marketing and love connecting with people, then a role talent acquisition might be an interesting avenue to explore,” she says noting the current trend where recruiters must also become marketers. “They not only have to be able to read people, but they need to build, manage, and advertise their organization's employer brand to promote their corporate culture and entice the right type of candidates to want to join their team,” Augustine explains.
7 Social Media Psychology Studies For Smarter Marketing
One of my favorite things about social media is that it’s still such a young and new form of communication. It feels too early to take anything as a given, so we’re all experimenting, testing and learning together .
Mario Kart 8 DLC Includes Link, F-Zero, and More - IGN
The first pack, releasing in November, will include Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link, four new vehicles, and eight courses. One of those new vehicles will be the Blue Falcon from F-Zero. he second pack, coming in May, includes Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser, plus four vehicles and eight courses. Purchasing both, either as a bundle or separately, will also net you eight differently colored Yoshis and Shy Guys.
THE BEACONS FAQ: It's Time To Set The Story Straight About Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System
Sort of. iBeacon is not an off-the-shelf beacon that retailers can buy and install in their stores (at least not yet). Apple has filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission, which suggest that the company wants to manufacture iBeacon hardware. Currently, iBeacon is a system built into the latest version of Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system that lets iPhones and iPads constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When iBeacon identifies a beacon, it can wake up relevant apps on someone's phone, even when an app is closed and not running in the background. Additionally, iPads and iPhones can act as beacons; they can emit beacon signals to wake up apps on other iOS devices.
What are you revealing online? Much more than you think
JG : Right now in the U.S. it’s essentially the case that when you post information online, you give up control of it. So there are terms of service that regulate the sites you use, like on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest — though those can change — but even within those, you’re essentially handing control of your data over to the companies. And they can kind of do what they want with it, within reason. You don’t have the legal right to request that data be deleted, to change it, to refuse to allow companies to use it. Some companies may give you that right, but you don’t have a natural, legal right to control your personal data. So if a company decides they want to sell it or market it or release it or change your privacy settings, they can do that.
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks -- it's mass-media business models that are ailing
Welcome to the New 19th Century – the news is full of stunts, celebrity crap and scandals, and the outlets are all pets of one billionaire or another. Is it better or worse than the Objective Gatekeeper model? Well, the publicly-owned news media of the 20th Century was never as objective or impartial as they took great pains to appear. They just pretended to be in order to avoid an antitrust beatdown. However, they were much more skilled at jousting with power and providing legal cover for their reporters. Today, anything truly interesting gets broken anonymously, and is then run through various analysis and outrage outfits with little in the way of agreed upon fact. It’s a different world. It requires more work and savvy from the reader. Unfortunately, we still have a few generations of older folks who haven’t figured out that 99% of the content on the nets is just bullshit and conjecture.
Full House Could be Returning to TV - IGN
Actor John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse, is one of the people championing for the show to return. And as TVGuide points out, Stamos has an ownership stake in the show, so he has good cause to push for a revival. Meanwhile, original EP Bob Boyett and creator Jeff Franklin (who's writing the new version) are "actively involved."
GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!
No other country in the world is possibly as associated with both history and future at the same time as Japan. Samurais, Godzilla, manga and cutting edge robotics. The land of the rising sun and pokémon. On a clear day Mount Fuji can be seen from the capital Tokyo - perhaps that will aid you in your journey?
US cable giants call on FCC to block cities' expansion of high-speed internet
USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed internet networks, one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other in Wilson, North Carolina.
Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales
We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely.
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11 Gaming Innovations We Owe to Nintendo - IGN
Companies had many ideas for expanding the Game Boy’s range. Counting the niches of the Japanese market, the Game Boy had cartridges that served as fish locators, translators, word processors, personal organizers, and sewing machine attachments. Yet the most visionary attachment for the handheld came from Nintendo. Released in 1998, the Game Boy Camera slipped into the handheld’s cartridge port and let players capture photos (in black and white, of course), edit them, play mini-games, or send them to a thermal-printer accessory. The Camera’s pixelly images were primitive even when compared to the digital cameras of that era, but pairing one with a handheld game system was a novel idea—and one perhaps ahead of its time. Today, cameras come standard on handheld game consoles and smartphones. In fact, Nintendo patented a Game Boy with phone features in 2001.
I Went From Grad School to Prison
This past spring, Cecily McMillan rode a bus across a bridge to Rikers Island, home of the notorious New York City jail. When the Occupy Wall Street activist was released nearly two months later, she had left her old self behind.
Giant Chart: Global Internet Usage By The Numbers
It may seem incredible to think it, but back in 2000, there were a mere 394 million Internet users scattered across the world. Fast forward to 2014 and that number has grown to almost 3 billion – that’s nearly 40 percent of all people on Earth. The majority of these can be found in East Asia (41 percent), followed by Europe (26 percent) and North America (14 percent).
Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town
It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the area has been left holding the proverbial bag—which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to occupy them.
Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity
Just like how you get a little rush by crossing something off your to-do list, the Anti-To-Do List goes even further and suggests that you actually write the items down fresh, and write all the additional tasks you end up accomplishing which weren’t necessarily on your todo list. This has given me an extraordinary feeling of productivity and fulfillment, and I’ve found it helps me sustain my productivity throughout the week, whereas previously I would be “knocked down” a little by the fact I sometimes had extra things come up that I needed to complete.
'Thigh bone' on Mars? NASA explains an unusual find - CNET
NASA said Thursday its science team members expect that the rock was shaped through erosion caused by wind or water. NASA knows how images of odd objects can stir up the public imagination, so the space agency gives this preemptive statement: "If life ever existed on Mars, scientists expect that it would be small simple life forms called microbes. Mars likely never had enough oxygen in its atmosphere and elsewhere to support more complex organisms. Thus, large fossils are not likely."
Daily Updates - Star Wars: Episode 7 Wiki Guide - IGN
IGN's Episode 7 Daily Updates site collects breaking Star Wars Episode VII news, leaked pictures, rumors, commentary, and previews. If something is happening today in Star Wars Episode 7, it belongs here.
iPhone 6 Release Date slated for September 16th to 19th
There was exactly 10 days between the announcement of the iPhone 5s, which took place on September 10th, and its release date on September 20th, so this rumor does make sense from a timing perspective. If the iPhone 6 is introduced on September 9th as expected, its on-sale date of September 19th would also be a 10-day window.
How to succeed? Get more sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
The Wii U is actually worth buying now
The system itself has improved, too. While it's still inexplicably slow to start and quit apps, that's been improved a little through updates, and a quick-start mode now lets you boot straight into games without waiting for the whole system menu to load. And although it's a little disappointing that there are hardly any games exploiting the two-screen concept of the GamePad, it's actually a blessing in disguise — just being able to play regular games without a TV turns out to be a useful feature. The flip side of this is that you can also play most Wii U games without the GamePad at all by using the Pro Controller, a super comfortable standard joypad that seems to have decades of battery life. Either way, the Wii U is a flexible machine that lets you play it the way you want.
#Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life
Enough already. That’s what Baratunde Thurston, the author of the New York Times best seller How to Be Black and a columnist for Fast Company magazine, was thinking when he unplugged from his digital life. The world’s most connected man left the grid, slowed down, and looked for a better approach to the always-on times we live in. What Thurston discovered in his month offline is funny, personal, insightful—and relevant to anyone looking for more balance. This is just one of the stories in #Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life, which features Fast Company’s most practical and inspiring coverage. Stories about a week in the desert at a detox spa for hyperachieving, hyperstressed execs. Life inside a Norwegian company where balance is more than airy HR-speak. A young Rahm Emanuel sharing how he juggles his White House gig and his family. Fast Company has been chronicling this struggle and identifying the best solutions to demanding work lives for years. This collection is an ideal handbook for those who believe working hard and having a life shouldn’t be an either/or proposition.
How This Man Built A $3M Business A Year After Four Years In Prison
Frederick Hutson is a man who sees business opportunities in everything. By his own admission, this doesn’t always work out for the best. Hutson spent over four years in prison after getting busted for an opportunity he saw in drug trafficking, a huge market, and one that was as he saw it, ripe for disruption. Police busted him at his Vegas mail store, where he’d been reducing inefficiencies by rerouting marijuana through his Florida business via FedEx, UPS and DHL.
5 Can't-Miss Apps: 'Cookie Monster's Challenge' and More
This arcade-style game will test both your reflexes and your patience as it’s both simple yet surprisingly addictive. Tap on the left or right side of the screen to guide the ninja up the ropes while avoiding the sharp ninja stars that will make him fall to his inevitable death. Each successful tap earns you a new point— which can be used to unlock new ninja characters such as surfer ninja-- but obstacles become more plentiful as you climb the rope and taking too long will cause you to lose your grip and fall anyway. The free game is available for iOS .
17 Ways That Drones Are Changing the World
They’re certainly no longer just the domain of the military. Here are 17 things drones can do that prove this. You can view them all on one page here .