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There's no such thing as an official Grand Theft Auto game until there's been a bit of controversy leading to its removal from at least one set of store shelves. It's a right of passage for the GTA series, if you will, and GTA V -- an excellent game, we might add -- just earned its place among the franchise's previous... Read more...
NASA is working hard to launch its [currently] unmanned Orion spacecraft this morning, though multiple issues have kept it grounded so far. It was initially supposed to blast off at 7:05 AM ET before being put on hold because a boat came too close, followed by another delay due to a gust of wind, and most recently... Read more...
New York City seems to be on a mission to provide Internet access to everyone. While the LinkNYC program is converting old payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots, it was recently announced that NYC libraries are rolling out a program that will provide free Wi-Fi device rentals after Google donated $1 million to the program and... Read more...
An online music video with a catchy tune and words that you probably can't understand has racked up so many views that it burned up YouTube's hit counter, no joke. That's right, not even YouTube could handle the number of views that Psy's "Gangnam Style" video has received since it was first posted in 2012. We were... Read more...
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yesterday, Sprint caught the attention of numerous wireless subscribers with its “Cut Your Bill in Half” promotion. The United States’ third-place wireless provider promised AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers that it would cut their bills in half if they made the... Read more...
One of the most highly anticipated notebook launches of the year is finally upon us. ASUS announced today that its ZenBook NX500 is now available for purchase, and you had better be prepared to fork over quite a bit of cash to take one home.  The ZenBook NX500 comes in one configuration at launch, and it’s fully... Read more...
The ambitious, deeply troubled effort by the Los Angeles, Calif. school district to provide every student with an iPad ended this week with FBI agents seizing documents under a federal subpoena. Federal officials are investigating questions regarding the $1.3 billion contract. Ramon C. Cortines, the superintendent for... Read more...
Sometimes it feels like it would be easier to translate hieroglyphics than try and determine what garbled text lies in a CAPTCHA box. We've all been annoyed by it, yet the reason it exists is to keep the spam bots from ruining our online playgrounds. Still, does it have to be so difficult? Perhaps not -- Google is... Read more...
As electric vehicles continue to make their way to consumers, the issue of range and being able to conveniently recharge tend to come up. While there are gas stations aplenty, charging stations for electric vehicles are another matter. But that will change for travelers driving through one section of Route 66, as a... Read more...
A research group in the UK has found that nearly 70 percent of schools there are using tablets in the classroom. That probably won’t surprise teachers in the U.S., where Apple has already delivered more than 10 million iPads to schools. It’s easy to see why teachers and administrators favor tablets and inexpensive laptops (like Google’s Read more...
Under the veil of the Internet, people tend to post things they wouldn't say in person. We've all encountered the so-called Internet tough guy or troll, though some comments and posts step so far out of bounds that it constitutes harassment and/or cyber bullying. It's a problem that not only exists, but also is... Read more...
Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung is going back to the drawing board with the Galaxy S6. The South Korean electronics manufacturer is looking to learn from mistakes it made with the Galaxy S5, leverage economies of scale by reusing components across its entire smartphone range, and use more premium materials to give the Galaxy S6 Read more...
To say that BioWare has something to prove with Dragon Age: Inquisition is something of an understatement. The first Dragon Age: Origins was a colossal, sprawling, unabashed throwback to classic RPGs. Origins introduced gamers to the world of Thedas. As a newly-minted Grey Warden, players were tasked with stopping a deadly invasion of darkspawn... Read more...
After more than two years on the market, Apple is rumored to be working on a second generation set of AirPods, along with an over-the-ear headphone product, both slated to arrive in 2019. While nothing is yet official, it's speculated that Apple's next-gen AirPods will feature wireless charging support, among other... Read more...
Japan-based Takata Corporation isn't eligible for the Consumerist's Worst Company in America designation, as voted on by its readers, but that hasn't stopped the company from making all the wrong moves. Just a few weeks ago, the company stood accused of destroying test records that showed design flaws in its airbags... Read more...
It's hard to believe (and it makes us feel old), but the original PlayStation console came out on this day two decades ago. Time flies when you're playing games, doesn't it? To celebrate 20 years of gaming, Sony is doing something cool with its PlayStation 4 system -- the Japanese electronic giant is releasing a limited number of 20th Anniversary Read more...
It's easy to get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season that we forget what this time of year is all about. That's why there's a thing called "Giving Tuesday," which follows right behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's a day of giving thanks and giving back, and that wasn't lost on... Read more...
As new players enter the streaming media category, some in the “old guard” are finding it hard to retain their once lofty market share numbers according to Parks Associates. The market research firm’s latest analysis shows that Roku remains the number one hardware vendor when it comes to streaming devices despite... Read more...
If slow and steady wins the race, then Microsoft might be onto something with its Windows Phone platform. It's been slowly and steadily gaining market share and IDC figures that by 2018, it will hold 5.6 percent of the global smartphone market. That doesn't sound like much, and it isn't, though it could certainly... Read more...
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its findings regarding the investigation it conducted following the events that led to the grounding of 50 long-range Boeing 787s. According to its report, a series of failures have been attributed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing Co., and its... Read more...
The pricing war between wireless carriers continues to heat up. AT&T initiated a limited time promotion back in September that doubled the data available for Mobile Share Value customers on existing 15GB and higher plans. Verizon Wireless and Sprint then followed up with competing plans of their own. Now, Sprint is... Read more...
Scientists are getting a new tool for sharing information from the publisher of Nature. Macmillan is making all articles available to subscribers in a digital format and is encouraging them to share articles with colleagues both in and out of its subscriber network. The publisher will also let news organizations... Read more...
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