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Gaming Relaxation With 'Fallen From the Moon'

We've been feeling homesick, with nothing but these games to soothe our longing. Our picks this week will leave you yearning for a mom-cooked meal, or joyously reliving the day you left the nest. While it may not be much of a challenge, the adorable 'Fallen From The Moon' is kind of like the gaming equivalent of a lazy Sunday spent lounging in a hammock. As you help a blocky moon man...

FPS Junkies Looking for a Fix Need to Look No Further Than 'BeGone'

Some say that the only certainties in the world are death and taxes, but if anyone's made a compelling game about the latter, well, we want to play it. Death, on the other hand, is everywhere in games. This week, we'll take a look at a few games about The End, from the poignant to the hilarious. And no zombie games, we promise. 'BeGone,' a Unity-powered first person shooter, provides...

Taliban Uses Texts as Latest Intimidation Move

The Taliban has begun sending gruesome "night letters" -- violent videos meant to intimidate and control Afghans -- en masse via SMS. Historically written threats posted on buildings, night letters have long been a successful means of coercion by the Taliban. The video form has cropped up in the last couple of years on Facebook and YouTube, and tends toward the extreme, such as interviews of...

13th Century Platformer 'L'Abbaye des Morts' is as Retro as You Can Get

Some say that the only certainties in the world are death and taxes, but if anyone's made a compelling game about the latter, well, we want to play it. Death, on the other hand, is everywhere in games. This week, we'll take a look at a few games about The End, from the poignant to the hilarious. And no zombie games, we promise. 'L'Abbaye des Morts' is a creepy platformer that uses both 13th...

U.S. Not Adequately Prepared To Meet Cyber Attacks, Says General

Despite improvements made in recent years, the U.S. is still highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, the head of the military's cyber-forces warned yesterday. "To put it bluntly, we are very thin, and a crisis would quickly stress our cyber forces," General Keith Alexander told the House Armed Services Committee. Alexander noted that the Pentagon is working on building up its network defenses,...

Viral Ads Grow Ever More Subtle -- But Are They Effective?

Remember the video of the mysterious hacker taking over the video monitors in Times Square? The one we were all sure was fake, probably? Well, the cynical among you can strike a smug pose because not only is the video fake, it's a viral ad for the upcoming Bradley Cooper vehicle 'Limitless.' Miss it? Scroll to 1:26, when the hacker tackles the big screen. Oh, whaddya know, that screen is...

Striking Detroit Symphony Musicians Take Fight to Facebook

Musicians at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have been on strike for months now and, unsurprisingly, fans have opinions on it. It's also no surprise (to everyone but the management) that much of the argument has been taken to the official Facebook page with people in positions of power stooping to bait that they shouldn't. Earlier this year, for example, management set off a firestorm of...

'House of Dead Ninjas' Mixes Speedy Side-Scrolling and Star Slinging

Some say that the only certainties in the world are death and taxes, but if anyone's made a compelling game about the latter, well, we want to play it. Death, on the other hand, is everywhere in games. This week, we'll take a look at a few games about The End, from the poignant to the hilarious. And no zombie games, we promise. We've come to expect impressive things from Adult Swim's roster...

Google Apps Don't Help Blind Students

The National Federation of the Blind has asked the Justice Department to investigate several universities' implementation of Google e-mail, documents and calendar services, saying that the apps' inability to link up with text-to-speech programs puts the schools in violation of the Americans with Disabilities act. The complaint focuses on two schools -- NYU and Northwestern -- but, given the...

Math is Hard: TSA Botched Radiation Levels on Body Scanners

The TSA says it will be re-testing hundreds of airport body scanners after its last round of tests found radiation levels 10 times higher than expected -- a number the agency chalked up to a calculation error. "We understand it as a calculation error," TSA spokesman Sarah Horowitz told Wired, before explaining how difficult it can be to remember to divide by the number of units tested. The...

Yves Béhar's $10K Phone for Æsir Doesn't Scream Classy

Yes, it's a $10,000 phone. Why? Why not! Do we question man's desire to set forth and conquer new lands? Do we question our strive to push our bodies to heretofore unknown limits? We are human! This is what we do! A €7,250 cellphone that is sort of ugly as sin, lacks a touch screen, and has a memory on par with your first PC? You guys, that is basically like walking on the moon. ...

'Sexting' Teens Avoid Child Porn Charges Under N.J. Bill

The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill yesterday that essentially decriminalizes teen 'sexting,' by allowing the courts to send teens to a diversionary program, rather than strapping them with a criminal record. As sexting among teens grows increasingly popular -- the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, notes that 20-percent of teens surveyed have sent explicit images -- the legislation...

It's the End of the World As We Know It in 'The End of Us'

Some say that the only certainties in the world are death and taxes, but if anyone's made a compelling game about the latter, well, we want to play it. Death, on the other hand, is everywhere in games. This week, we'll take a look at a few games about The End, from the poignant to the hilarious. And no zombie games, we promise. 'The End of Us' tells a sentimental story of friendship and...

'Show Me Now' How-To App Guarantees To Make You More Insufferable

Ever wonder how to find an avalanche victim? Tie a windsor knot? Wrap a Purim basket? Of course you have! Based on the much-ballyhooed book, the 'Show Me Now' iPhone app has over 300 hilariously illustrated how-tos, and promises to help you become an insufferable know-it-all. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some bougainvillea to train. ...

Tagged Facebook Photos Admissible as Evidence

Last week, we learned not to post incriminating photos on Facebook. This week? Don't let your friends post them either. The Court of Appeals in Kentucky upheld a lower court custody decision made in part on the basis of tagged photos. In Lalonde vs. Lalonde, the father was awarded custody based on evidence that the child's mother had been drinking -- something her psychiatrists warned could...