So, you want to be a better League of Legends player, do you? You're not the only one. Everyone wants to improve - it's human nature to want to be better at something. As such, there's a whole host of sites online dedicated to the slow climb through the ranks.
From the “why didn't I think of that?” category comes Pressy, a clever little device that adds a user-configurable physical button to your Android smartphone in exchange for – surprise – your headphone jack. Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter campaign goal was surpassed in merely a day.
General Electric says it's a little more complicated than making instant oatmeal, but the company, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is developing a recipe of electrochemical solution and water that will power a cheaper, safer, and longer-charged battery than current electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The developers are hoping their newly designed flow battery will remain charged for three times longer than the current Tesla S Model battery (265 milles) and cost about a quarter of the S Model battery.
I've got some bad news for everyone. Uwe Boll is making another movie. The German filmmaker - known for his almost universally terrible film adaptations of video games - has just launched a Kickstarter for Postal 2; a sequel to one of the most controversial movies he's ever made.
With its AC wall charger built-in, the new N100i smartphone from Daxian allows users to ditch the annoying USB cable and wall-wart combination to juice up after a long day. There are some strong drawbacks to the execution, though, so it's a good thing Daxian didn't remove USB charging entirely.
We use makeup on a daily basis without even batting an eyelid over the kinds of ingredients and chemicals that go into making them. There is anything from toxic compounds to carcinogenic cocktails that could pollute our bodies. The harmful, long-term side effects are not worth the hassle. So instead, I've extended my love for all things natural to even my makeup. Before getting in to it, I looked at all the reviews and looked at the products out there and this is what I have come up with, the 5 top rated natural makeups.
There is an age-old debate between men and women about which sex has a harder chore when it comes to shaving, Men point out the fact that they must do it every day -- in some cases twice for the hairiest of the sex if they are going out in the evening. Women lay claim to the title for having to do it upside down in a slippery shower with water trying to run in their eyes. Point to the ladies, fellas. However, that field can be leveled just a bit with Mommy's Helper Safer Grip Foot Rest.
Ever since its less-than-stellar showing at E3, Microsoft's Xbox One has been a rather popular whipping boy for the games industry. The backlash suffered by Microsoft was downright legendary, and it's something they're not going to live down for a very, very long time.
Question is, was it justified?
Flashy technology has always been a staple of science fiction films -and there's not much flashier than the gesture-controlled computers seen in Minority Report. At the time the movie was released, those must have seemed positively outlandish. Now, though?
Now we're rapidly approaching a point where such outlandish technology is becoming commonplace, and it's got the potential to completely change how we compute.
It's not easy shopping for aromatherapy products. I find buying them online can sometimes be daunting, especially if you've never tried a particular brand or aroma. So after doing a lot of searching to find something online, I decided that I would save the next person a whole lot of surfing and searching by just putting together what I believe to be some of the best products on the market.
The tresses and locks that adorn our fairer sex is something not to be taken lightly. It is our crowning glory. It announces to the world at large our presence with gentle waves shimmering in the faintest light. Taking care of it is absolutely paramount and looking for the right potions and honeys is not an easy task considering that in todays world there are all sorts of unnaturally, lab-synthesized chemicals that are pushed on to us under the guise of perfect advertising.
One of the primary things that currently separates man from machine - aside from the obvious factors - is the fact that, software aside, machines are incapable of growth. Oh, certainly, software can learn - quite effectively, too. But no matter how advanced the software gets, the hardware is still going to stay the same.
DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - is looking to change that.
Today, I'm going to explore something a lot of pirates don't seem aware of - the marked impact piracy can actually have on developers, particularly if they're independent. Sit back, ladies and gents, and let me tell you the long, sad tale of Gentlemen!
There'll also be some stuff in there for all you developers, as well. Sit tight.
I've always been more than a little startled by the rate at which technology advances. Just think about it: less than four decades ago, all the modern amenities we take for granted - smarthones, computers, the Internet itself - did not exist. The amount of technological innovation and advancement we've seen in the past few years has been quite frankly startling, and a struggle for many to keep pace with.
Since 2012, ROBLOX - the world's largest creative online community - has experienced positively explosive growth. In the past six months alone, it's generated over 13.4 billion page-views and engaged users for 339 million hours. It shows no signs of stopping.
On Friday, I took the chance to have a brief sitdown with the organization's CEO, David Baszucki. Here's what he had to say.
Was last week's $1200 Hyetis Crossbow too rich for your blood? You might like Omate's TrueSmart, then, which trades some of the Crossbow's more superfluous extras for Android support, the ability to be used as a phone, and a much lower price tag.
Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? Are you sure? Your zombie killing kit needs to include the Zomstro Zombie Cleaver knife by Ka-Bar to ensure your survival and success in the undead realms of the future. Only the best equipped will last through the long night of the walking dead.
Thunderbolt connections are not just Mac exclusives anymore, and DIY PC users can now have another reason to claim their systems are “better than Apple” with the help of Asus. The firm's new Z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard offers two of the very latest Thunderbolt 2 ports alongside a smorgasbord of similarly-premium features.
The skin is one of the most resilient parts of the human body. It protects us from UV rays, helps regulate our temperature, retains moisture at the proper level and keeps our insides inside. And for all the hard work it does, it is also constantly rejuvenating itself, stretching and contracting depending on our girth. As we mature, the tenacity in which it does its job begins to diminish, and it becomes our turn to help it along.
Though useful for movie-watching on its own, EPICT's pico-sized, battery-powered EPP-100 has the potential to do quite a bit more on the wall of your choice with an additional peripheral or two. Know the device's persisting limitations before ordering one, though.
We're living in somewhat curious times. See, the birth of the Internet has established something Marshall McLuhan termed "The Global Village." We're closer - and more connected - than we've ever been before. Unfortunately...the law hasn't really kept up with any of that. As a result, we've entered into a strange sort of limbo, where everything seems to be a gray area, and no one's quite certain what law to apply where. This needs to change.
You're pretty stoked for that new game you've been waiting for, aren't you? You've read every preview and news piece. You've tracked down every scrap of information you can. Everybody online is talking about how awesome the game is going to be. Those who've played it go on about how awesome it is.The more you hear, the more excited you become.
I've got bad news for you - your opinion might not be entirely your own.
Yves Saint Laurent has been at the leading edge of women's appearance since 1962. From apparel, to accessories, YSL has always held the notion that a woman's appearance is her fortune. This appearance is what defines her place in the world, be it Queen Mother, or soccer mom, and everything in between. These days, appearances aren't just kept by some over-the-counter makeup.
When it comes to soaps, I don't waste a moment with anything that is not natural and doesn't have olive oil in it. That's the thing about olive oil, when in doubt, and all else pales, the one ingredient we can all fall back on is olive oil. That's been my philosophy as far as keeping healthy, a philosophy passed from grandma, to mom and to me and I will pass that to my daughters too.
Some of us never had very good posture, but we tend to slump even more as we age. Bad posture is not only unattractive, it can cause a variety of health problems - back pain, breathing problems, and fatique, among them. No one wants to wear a back brace all the time to keep their posture in line, but an occupational therapist has created a device that can help you correct your posture in very short training periods each day using biofeedback....
The games industry has something of a problem expressing itself without using violence in some way, shape, or form. Not even narrative masterpieces like TellTale's Walking Dead and 2K's Bioshock Infinite stand apart from this trend. That doesn't mean it's impossible to tell a good story without violence, though.
The Fullbright Company has certainly managed with Gone Home.
Every woman knows that the key to exerting a strong presence is good makeup; and, the root of all good makeup is perfect foundation. Foundation is so important to the process and outcome of makeup, that women everywhere tolerate the clogged pores, the suffocating layer and the unnatural and painted look of it all.
Switzerland-based startup Hyetis is preparing to impress smartwatch-cravers everywhere with its first product, the Crossbow. It will be capable of not only controlling your smartphone but surely outmatching it with a huge list of features. No surprise to find, then, that Hyetis is charging a pretty premium.
When it comes to making great art the odds are good that you think about the makers of great art you think of a painter, bent over a canvass agonizing over where to put each stroke, but art can be made by a robot.The machine in question, known simply as the e-David, is designed to do one thing: find great art and copy it.
A tiny biochip has the potential to quickly determine whether or not a person has been exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which helped develop the device. Though further work on the chip is necessary, the eventual technology is expected to quickly screen exposed persons in the event of a radiological catastrophe.
With a decidedly old-fashioned physical design as its base, the Samsung Hennessy impresses with up-to-date guts, a smartphone-worthy feature set and two 3.3” touchscreens.
Brian Munroe is a member of the Las Vegas hackerspace SYN Shop, and a home owner in the dry Las Vegas Valley. And like everyone with a home in the desert Southwest he knows the frustration of keeping his landscaping watered properly while following guidelines from the local water authority.His solution? The Hydrogadget.
Anyone who's been following industry news remembers the disastrous tale of Curt Schilling and his game development firm, 38 Studios, and how it went catastrophically bankrupt shortly after releasing its only game. According to Schilling, it's the most devastating thing he's ever been through...yet he's still here, and he's got some advice for other entrepreneurs...and inventors.
During an earnings call earlier today, Nvidia's Senior IR Director Chris Evenden had some very interesting things to say about the state of the PC games industry. According to him, the PC gaming market is going to crush the console market this generation - even after the Xbox One and PS4 are released. The question is, does his stance hold water?
Good news, everyone! Preorders are now open for the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface. For those of you who haven't been paying much attention, it's an omnidirectional gaming treadmill which, when paired with a headset such as the Oculus Rift, effectively offers full virtual reality.
That, my friends, is downright incredible.
If you're a fan of the Saint's Row series - I mean REALLY a fan. You need to have an unhealthy obsession bordering on Tom Cruise levels of insanity - publisher Deep Silver's just released something you'll find to be quite the treat: a super-special copy of Saint's Row IV. It's called the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition...and it'll run you a cool mil.
To be fair, it does come with some pretty awesome stuff.
Though decorating an SSD with LED lights and bold colours is questionable, one cannot deny the novelty of the RAIDR Express's super-fast data transfer speeds and interesting extra features.
It's been only a few months since the Oculus RIft devkits shipped out to developers, and we've already seen some positively mind-blowing stuff, from remote-controlled drones equipped with cameras to full-motion VR simulations. Today, I came across what might be the most fascinating demo yet: a cover-based shooter so realistic that the developer has cautioned players not to get too absorbed, lest they try leaning against something that isn't there.
Turns out, Valve Pipeline isn't the only initiative out there designed to teach kids the basics of coding and game design. Yesterday, while fumbling about the Internet, I came across a video game known as Gamestar Mechanic. To put it simply, it's designed to teach the principles of game design through gaming.
It's not just for kids, either.
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the United States Congress proposed a bill that would fund research into violent video games and their connection with violent behavior. For most of us, this isn't terribly surprising. What happened at Newtown was the worst sort of atrocity - people need to find a reason for it.
Video games aren't it, and The Entertainment Consumers Association is stepping forward to make that clear.
While the Newman Q20 doesn't look too different from the tiny netbooks of old, keeping it up to date are a touchscreen and a nifty flippable tablet mode, alongside full-fat Windows 8 support and reasonably up-to-date internals.
The water batteries however, have no such problem. Aqua Power System Japan were the first to introduce NOPOPO - an eco-friendly battery that generates No Pollution Power - thus the name NoPoPo. The battery is completely rechargeable and it can be totally recycled. The water used within the battery is regular drinking water. No need for special water like that used in a car battery.
While it certainly feels like our bones are hard, they aren't. In fact they are actually not dead, un-reactive material either. Many don't realize that bones are flexible, to a point, and they are very much living tissue. The familiar and visible exterior of the human bone is merely a casing that protects an important network of nerves, blood vessels and material that allows growth of the bone as well as the marrow.
Most of the time we see that the latest advance in technology has something to do with an app, or a software, and they are usually designed to appeal to the broadest swath of society. However, every once in a while, it is refreshing to find an entrepreneur, or a designer who comes up with something for a very specific group.
There is only one thing that is better than being an inventor, and that is to be an inventor amongst a group of international minds, best in their fields and willing to contribute to your idea. When the spirit of the lone inventor meets the force of global collaboration, the results can reach the moon.
I'm sure most of you have heard phrases like "free market" and "free economy" before. If you've ever done business online (or spent any time online, really), you've at least experienced it. The open nature of the digital world has changed something fundamental about what it is to be a consumer, about what it is to do business.
This has, in turn, caused a revolution in the games industry. Let's talk about that.