Dark Souls II Mod Mixes Up The Game

  12/09/2018 04:00 PM

The Second Sin mod has recently released its 1.1.9.3 version. It’s a mod that reconfigures some of the encounters of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin.

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  This Is Probably for the Best

  12/09/2018 02:45 PM

Lois Lane has a hot scoop to report: Amy Adams is out of the DC universe.

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  Player Finds A Creative Way To Take Down A Rocket In Battlefield V

  12/09/2018 02:00 PM

The V-1 rocket is the scourge of Battlefield V. It scurries in from off the map and smashes enemies, and it’s hard to avoid once it is coming for you. Reddit user osamadeep has figured out a tactic to keep that from happening.

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  Good Boy Who Survived the Camp Fire Guarded His Family’s Home for Nearly a Month

  12/09/2018 01:40 PM

A good boy who survived the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history was found weeks later, apparently guarding the site of what was his family’s home.

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  China Warns of 'Grave Consequences' Over Arrest of Huawei Executive

  12/09/2018 01:30 PM

China has warned the Canadian ambassador that if Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecom and tech giant Huawei, is not released, there will be “grave consequences,” CBS News reported on Sunday.

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  Rep. Jerry Nadler Says Trump Hush Payments Could Be Impeachable Offense

  12/09/2018 01:04 PM

Many eyes currently are on Democratic Rep. Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler because he likely will become the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee come January.

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  Square-Enix has released the “Opening Movie Trailer”for Kingdom Hearts III.

  12/09/2018 01:00 PM

Square-Enix has released the “Opening Movie Trailer”for Kingdom Hearts III. I guess that this is the thing that plays if you let the main menu idle too long? I’m going to be honest, this trailer is really good. And that song!

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  The First Sex Robot Was Conceived in Ancient Greece

  12/09/2018 12:00 PM

The age of android brothels and lifelike sex robots may seem cutting edge—until you’ve heard the story of the man who had sex with his ivory sculptures, and the Greeks who habitually had public intercourse with statues.

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  'Shop Contest: Katamari Rolls Everywhere

  12/09/2018 12:00 PM

Katamari Damacy Rerolled is out in the world, gracing your Switches, and we need to figure out where that damn ball is going to go next.

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  50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

  12/09/2018 11:17 AM
Doug Engelbart didn't just want to show off new technology. He wanted to demonstrate a system for improving humanity.

  Sunday's Best Deals: Kindle Sale, Philips Hue Bulbs, Dyson Vacuums, and More

  12/09/2018 11:06 AM

Personal care items, activewear, and the Kindle Paperwhite are some of the best deals online today.

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  Sunday's Best Deals: Kindle Sale, Philips Hue Bulbs, Dyson Vacuums, and More

  12/09/2018 11:06 AM

Personal care items, activewear, and the Kindle Paperwhite are some of the best deals online today.

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  The Switch Pro Controller Is Below Its Black Friday Price

  12/09/2018 11:01 AM

The Switch Pro controller isn’t just one of the best ways to control your Nintendo Switch, it might be one of the best gamepads ever made, period. If you have a Switch and still haven’t picked one up, $56 is below the price we were seeing on Black Friday. It’s not a huge discount, but we rarely see it drop below $64.

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  Sunday Comics: Santa Dialogue

  12/09/2018 10:00 AM

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.

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  The Kindle Paperwhite Is Finally Waterproof, and On Sale For the First Time Ever

  12/09/2018 09:50 AM

Basically every device Amazon makes was on sale for Black Friday, with one glaring exception: The new, waterproof, Bluetooth-equipped Kindle Paperwhite. So if you were holding out on a deal for all your pool and bathtub reading needs, your patience has been rewarded today with a $30 discount.

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  Facebook’s and Tumblr’s New Policies Top This Week’s Internet News Roundup

  12/09/2018 09:00 AM
Last week, the blogging platform had a rough go of it. And that was just the beginning.

  Waymo’s Self-Driving Launch, and More This Week in Cars

  12/09/2018 09:00 AM
But the announcement came with serious caveats. Plus: Tesla's Autopilot, May Mobility, and scooters.

  Don’t forget: You can email us tips at [email protected], send them directly to any of our writers,

  12/09/2018 08:55 AM

Don’t forget: You can email us tips at [email protected], send them directly to any of our writers, or use our anonymous SecureDrop system. You can sign up for the Gizmodo newsletter to get our best stories delivered to your Inbox. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and check us out on

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  Missed Them on Black Friday? Amazon's Entire Fire TV Line Is Back On Sale.

  12/09/2018 08:38 AM

Amazon has quietly come out with a pretty exciting lineup of Fire TV streaming gadgets over the past few months, and they all just went back on sale, either for their Black Friday prices, or very close to it.

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  Best Noise-Canceling Headphones (2018): Bose, Sony, Plantronics, and More

  12/09/2018 08:00 AM
These over-ears and earbuds will add some silence and serenity to your day.

  Best Base Layers 2018: Patagonia, Ridge Merino, REI, Columbia

  12/09/2018 08:00 AM
From merino wool to space gel, we put eight different long johns to the outdoor test.

  How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

  12/09/2018 07:00 AM
In this excerpt from Valley of Genius, author Adam Fisher sketches how Doug Engelbart came up with many of the ideas of modern computing.

  A New Quantum Paradox Flags Errors in Our View of Reality

  12/09/2018 07:00 AM
A weird thought experiment has shaken up the world of quantum physics by calling into question our assumptions about how the world works.

  The Feds Are Now Looking Into Who Sent Millions of Fake Net Neutrality Comments to the FCC

  12/08/2018 08:55 PM

  Squid Expert on Apple's Tortured Squid Emoji: It's Like 'Having a Butt on Your Forehead'

  12/08/2018 08:10 PM

In what now seems to be an egregious oversight on the part of Apple, the scientific community this week flagged an anatomically incorrect squid emoji in the manner any good critic does: by mercilessly owning it on Twitter.

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  Egyptian Officials Are Pissed About an Alleged Nude Photoshoot on the Great Pyramid

  12/08/2018 06:05 PM

  Judgement is coming to the West in Summer 2019.

  12/08/2018 06:00 PM

Judgement is coming to the West in Summer 2019. Previously known as “Project Judge,” the game follows an ex-lawyer who is looking for justice in the streets. The trailer is pretty neat.

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  ‘Cute Aggression’ Study Explores Why We Want to Squeeze Cute Babies and Animals

  12/08/2018 05:50 PM

You’ve probably heard the term “cute aggression” thrown around over the years. It describes the odd but seemingly common compulsion to smoosh, bite, or pinch—but not hurt—adorable things like babies and animals.

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  Kushner’s ‘Bromance’ With Saudi Crown Prince Continues After Khashoggi Killing, Report Says

  12/08/2018 05:24 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman once bragged that he had Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner “in his pocket.”

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  Uber makes confidential filing for long-awaited IPO

  12/08/2018 05:07 PM

  Video Game Music Performed With Steel Drums Has Changed My Life

  12/08/2018 05:00 PM

  You can get Company of Heroes 2 for free on Steam this weekend.

  12/08/2018 04:00 PM

You can get Company of Heroes 2 for free on Steam this weekend. Developers Relic Entertainment are giving the game away as part of the game’s fifth anniversary. You have until December 10th to grab the game.

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  The First Trailer for James Gunn's Brightburn Offers a Horrifying Take on a Familiar Superheroic Myth

  12/08/2018 03:30 PM

You know the story: the loving parents desperate for a child. The space ship, careening from some far-off planet. A special child. Only this time, the kid doesn’t grow up to be Superman.

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  Lois Lane Awkwardly Meets the Crew in This Elseworlds Crossover Clip

  12/08/2018 02:30 PM

Superheroic meet cutes always involve the threat of violence, right?

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  Here's A Bunch Of Cool-Looking New Indie Games

  12/08/2018 02:30 PM

Entertainment group Kinda Funny put on the first-ever Kinda Funny Games Showcase today, and there were a large number of indie games represented there. Here’s a selection of release date announcements, new games, and trailers that we thought were excellent.

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  Google, Allegedly: Snitches Get Stitches

  12/08/2018 02:10 PM

After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding!…

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  The next episode of The Walking Dead’s final season will hit on January 15, 2019.

  12/08/2018 02:10 PM

The next episode of The Walking Dead’s final season will hit on January 15, 2019. A team of 40-something former Telltale developers are picking up where they left off to finish episodes three and four despite the studio’s demise.

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  Blumhouse's Into the Dark Anthology's New Years Entry Is From a Lady Director

  12/08/2018 01:15 PM

A couple of months ago, Blumhouse head and horror super-producer Jason Blum got into some justifiable trouble for his comments suggesting that there were not many women directors in the horror space, which explains why, at that time, Blumhouse hadn’t produced a single theatrically distributed horror film made by a…

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  The inaugural edition of the Kinda Funny Games Showcase will be starting at 1:oo PM EST (that’s abou

  12/08/2018 12:45 PM

The inaugural edition of the Kinda Funny Games Showcase will be starting at 1:oo PM EST (that’s about 15 minutes from now). The digital game conference is going to be more than an hour long. You can watch it on Twitch.

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  'Shop Contest: Agent 47's Vacation, Winners!

  12/08/2018 12:00 PM

Last week, I asked you all to give Agent 47 of the Hitman franchise a well-deserved break. He’s been doing game stuff for so long, and I think he needs some R&R. You didn’t disappoint me.

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  The Mooch Tries Out New Role As QAnon Troll

  12/08/2018 11:59 AM

In his ongoing effort to remain relevant, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is dipping his toes into the QAnon conspiracy pool. And it’s really hard to say that with a straight face.

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  Humble Monthly Is An Even Better Deal Than Usual Right Now

  12/08/2018 11:25 AM

Even at its usual $12 per month, Humble Monthly is an amazing deal for PC gamers, but for a limited time, you can pre-pay for a whole year for $99. That deal is valid whether you’re an existing subscriber or a new one, so what are you waiting for?

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  Take a Perilous Journey Into Europa's Ocean in This Science Fiction Book for Kids

  12/08/2018 10:45 AM

Humans have long been warned about Europa, from HAL 9000's infamous “ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE” in 2010: Odyssey Two to the more recent indie film Europa Report, where a group of scientists do land on the icy moon, only meet a grisly fate at the hands of a decidedly unwelcoming resident. None of that, however, deterred…

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  Saturday's Best Deals: Discounted Books at Amazon, USB-C Hubs, a Fortnite Bundle, and More

  12/08/2018 10:35 AM

An encore of Amazon’s $5 off physical books coupon, an affordable modem, and tools for cleaning up after your pets are some of the hottest deals on the web today.

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  Saturday's Best Deals: Discounted Books at Amazon, USB-C Hubs, a Fortnite Bundle, and More

  12/08/2018 10:35 AM

An encore of Amazon’s $5 off physical books coupon, an affordable modem, and tools for cleaning up after your pets are some of the hottest deals on the web today.

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  For the Love of God, Please Don’t Use Smart Reply in Hangouts Chat

  12/08/2018 10:02 AM

  Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

  12/08/2018 10:00 AM
A NASA spacecraft has traveled a long way to get a piece of a rock.

  This Week In The Business: Epic vs. Valve

  12/08/2018 10:00 AM

  Live Your Best Dongle Life With Deals on Anker's USB-C Hubs

  12/08/2018 09:07 AM

  The Totally Free Streaming Service You Didn't Know You Have

  12/08/2018 09:00 AM

Lovers of classic films have been set adrift this month after the Filmstruck streaming service was unceremoniously murdered by corporate ghouls. But friends, I want to tell you about a free streaming service that’s in many ways just as good as Filmstruck, offers Criterion films, and has at least one feature that no…

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  Writer Dale Bailey on Why We Love the Apocalypse So Much

  12/08/2018 09:00 AM
Bailey thinks we're drawn to apocalyptic stories because personal tragedies can feel like the end of the world.

  Quora Hacked, Moscow Ransomware, and More Security News This Week

  12/08/2018 09:00 AM
China accusations, Eastern European bank heists, and more of the week's top security news.

  Greats' 20% Off Sitewide Sale Is Something to Be Grateful For

  12/08/2018 08:15 AM

I know it’s obvious, but it needs to be said: Greats are great casual sneakers, and now, you can get a pair for a great deal. The relatively new, Brooklyn-based brand with the Italian-based leather is taking 20% off their whole site with promo code HOLIDAYHERO, which is really good considering most of their sneaks…

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  Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

  12/08/2018 07:00 AM
Opinion: Will he prevail in court? We wade into the legal issues behind choreography, copyright, and the Electric Slide precedent.

  17 Best Weekend Deals: Wireless Chargers, Pixel 3, and More

  12/08/2018 07:00 AM
Have you included anything for yourself in your holiday shopping? What about a pair of Bluetooth headphones or PS4 games?

  Explainer: How does extradition to the U.S. work?

  12/07/2018 10:29 PM
The arrest in Canada of a top Chinese technology executive for possible extradition to the United States has roiled markets and cast doubt on a recent U.S.-China trade truce.

  U.S. accuses Huawei CFO of Iran sanctions cover-up; hearing adjourned

  12/07/2018 10:29 PM

  U.S. court issued Huawei CFO arrest warrant in August

  12/07/2018 10:29 PM

  Manafort and Cohen Sentencing Documents Put Donald Trump in Spotlight

  12/07/2018 08:37 PM
The Mueller investigation has a long way to go, but the worst case scenario seems increasingly likely.

  Netflix Is Getting Into the Ghost in the Shell Business

  12/07/2018 07:50 PM

The week wouldn’t be complete if Netflix didn’t announce some kind of new, bombshell geek property coming to the service and oops, they did it again. And it’s Major.

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  Canadian court bail hearing for Huawei CFO adjourned until Monday

  12/07/2018 07:21 PM
A bail hearing for the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was adjourned until Monday, after

  Steam Is Banning Sex Games With Young-Looking Characters [Update]

  12/07/2018 06:30 PM

  The Root Cyntoia Brown Will Have to Serve 51 Years Before She’s Eligible For Release, Tennessee Supr

  12/07/2018 06:16 PM

The Root Cyntoia Brown Will Have to Serve 51 Years Before She’s Eligible For Release, Tennessee Supreme Court Rules | The A.V. Club The best film scenes of 2018 | Deadspin Dynamite Kid Leaves Behind One Of Pro Wrestling’s Most Complicated Legacies | Splinter Access Journalism Must Die | Jezebel Pete Davidson and…

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  The Root Cyntoia Brown Will Have to Serve 51 Years Before She’s Eligible For Release, Tennessee Supr

  12/07/2018 06:16 PM

The Root Cyntoia Brown Will Have to Serve 51 Years Before She’s Eligible For Release, Tennessee Supreme Court Rules | The A.V. Club The best film scenes of 2018 | Deadspin Dynamite Kid Leaves Behind One Of Pro Wrestling’s Most Complicated Legacies | Splinter Access Journalism Must Die | Jezebel Pete Davidson and…

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  Facebook to buy back additional $9 billion of shares

  12/07/2018 05:56 PM
Facebook Inc will buy back an additional $9 billion of its shares, as it looks to pacify investors following a slump in its stock.

  Exclusive: Amazon targets airports for checkout-free store expansion

  12/07/2018 05:28 PM
Amazon.com Inc is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy.

  FCC to probe whether major carriers gave false coverage information

  12/07/2018 05:12 PM
The Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it was investigating whether major wireless service providers submitted false information about their coverage areas.

  Exclusive: Chat-service firm Slack taps Goldman Sachs to lead IPO - sources

  12/07/2018 05:07 PM

  Red Dead Man Can't Keep Head On Straight

  12/07/2018 05:00 PM

Today on Highlight Reel we have well-meaning horses, head-turners, and much more!

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  U.S. to reveal charges against Chinese hackers: sources

  12/07/2018 03:44 PM
Federal prosecutors are expected to unveil criminal charges as soon as next week against hackers linked to Chinese intelligence for allegedly stealing data from U.S. companies, according to people familiar with the matter.

  Gadget Lab Podcast: What the Tumblr Porn Ban Means for Users

  12/07/2018 03:37 PM
WIRED writer Emily Dreyfuss joins the Gadget Lab to talk about Tumblr's porn ban and where active members of that community are headed next.

  Europe should be wary of Huawei, EU tech official says

  12/07/2018 03:08 PM

  Russia says detention of China's Huawei CFO shows U.S. arrogance

  12/07/2018 03:08 PM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the detention of Chinese technology giant Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada was an example of "arrogant" U.S. policy abroad.

  Huawei denies it poses security threat after EU warning

  12/07/2018 03:08 PM
Chinese tech giant Huawei [HWT.UL] denied on Friday that it posed a security risk, saying that it had never been told by any government to obtain covert access through so-called "backdoors".

  White House adviser: U.S.-China trade talks, Huawei arrest are separate

  12/07/2018 03:08 PM
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday said that the U.S. -China trade truce and the recent arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive "are two separate events," calling the timing of events a coincidence.

  Canada Welcomes AI—But Not All 'Black in AI' Workshop Guests

  12/07/2018 02:59 PM
More than 100 researchers who hoped to attend a big AI conference in Montreal couldn't get visas.

  How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

  12/07/2018 01:35 PM
It's not just about putting on a fake mustache. Disguise is about changing the way you carry yourself.

  EU governments agree to tougher stance on e-evidence

  12/07/2018 01:15 PM
EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook and Google stored in the cloud in another European country.

  Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact Global Privacy

  12/07/2018 12:45 PM
Australia has passed a law that would require companies to weaken their encryption, a move that could reverberate globally.

  Tweets Cost Kevin Hart the Oscars. His Apology Made It Worse

  12/07/2018 12:12 PM
When the comedian's past homophobic tweets surfaced, he could've used it as an opportunity for dialogue. But he didn't.

  German 5G auction at risk if government demands roaming: FAZ

  12/07/2018 11:13 AM
A German regulator has said the government's auction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile licenses could be delayed if operators had to offer roaming in rural areas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Thursday.

  China's Huawei pledges $2 billion to allay British security fears: sources

  12/07/2018 10:47 AM
China's Huawei [HWT.UL] will spend $2 billion as part of efforts to address security issues raised in a British government report earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

  Kudlow says does not see Huawei issue spilling into trade talks with China: CNBC

  12/07/2018 10:32 AM
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC on Friday that he does not see the recent controversy surrounding China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd spilling into the trade talks between the United States and China.

  As bitcoin trading shifts shape, big money stays away

  12/07/2018 10:10 AM
Bitcoin's value has plunged by three-quarters this year, sending the original and biggest cryptocurrency back to levels not seen before its bubble. And price isn't the only aspect of trading that has changed.

  New 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer Promises 'Fight of Our Lives'

  12/07/2018 09:51 AM
The surprise new clip also reveals the movie's spring release date.

  Britain's O2 to compensate customers with phone credit after data outage

  12/07/2018 09:32 AM
British mobile operator O2 said on Friday it would compensate customers with phone credit, a day after a software glitch caused smartphone users to lose internet access.

  Data Breaches: The Complete WIRED Guide

  12/07/2018 09:00 AM
Everything you ever wanted to know about Equifax, Mariott, and the problem with social security numbers.

  Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2018: Portable, Waterproof, Good Battery Life

  12/07/2018 09:00 AM
WIRED's favorite portable Bluetooth speakers of all shapes and sizes, from clip-ons to a massive boombox.

  What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?

  12/07/2018 09:00 AM
No one really knows how drunkenness works, and hangovers are poorly understood, no matter what your friend tells you. Still, there are a few things you can try.

  iPhone: The Complete History—and What's Next

  12/07/2018 08:00 AM
Its influence goes far beyond other phones—the infrastructure that made the iPhone also enabled drones, smart-home gadgets, wearables, and self-driving cars.

  'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

  12/07/2018 08:00 AM
Ziplines, planes, and a peaceful new mode are just part of the newest update—and they top gaming news this week.

  Even China Roundly Condemns Editing the Genes of Babies

  12/07/2018 08:00 AM
Chinese scientists and regulators alike are censuring the rogue biophysicist who allowed two Crispr-edited babies to be born.

  How SpaceX Launched 64 Satellites Into Orbit on a Falcon 9

  12/07/2018 07:00 AM
Go behind the scenes with Spaceflight Industries, the space travel agency of sorts that coordinated a jam-packed Falcon 9 flight earlier this week.

  Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

  12/07/2018 07:00 AM
Tumblr porn alternatives Pillowfort and Dreamwidth deal with the spotlight

  My Befuddling Dinner With Facebook Empress Sheryl Sandberg

  12/07/2018 07:00 AM
A breathless meal of scallops and feminist bona fides exposed her vulnerability: No one, not even Sandberg, has what it takes to tame Facebook.

  Electric Scooters Are Better for Cities Than Cars

  12/07/2018 07:00 AM
The vehicles made by Bird, Lime, and the like can slash emissions, reinvigorate mass transit, and address America’s dependency on cars.

  Canada, France Plan Global Panel to Study the Effects of AI

  12/06/2018 10:59 PM
The International Panel on Artificial Intelligence will be modeled on a group formed in 1988 to study climate change and recommend government policies.

  Capital One Is Overhauling the Venture Card - 75,000 Point Welcome Bonus, and Transferrable Airline Partners

  11/13/2018 12:00 PM

Capital One’s Venture card has always been a bit of a hybrid between cash back and travel rewards cards. While you could earn a lot of points through Hotels.com, and erase travel purchases from your credit card statement by redeeming them, you couldn’t transfer them to any airline programs like you could points from

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