News Hightech

Turkey blocks Wikipedia over an alleged 'smear campaign'

Turkey may have just stepped up its efforts to quash online free speech. The country has blocked Wikipedia for supposedly running a "smear campaign" by allowing articles claiming that the Turkish government was coordinating with militant groups. The...

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Watch SpaceX try a picture-perfect rocket landing at 7AM ET

Many SpaceX rocket landings have gotchas for viewers. Drone ship landings frequently mean shaky satellite video feeds, and nighttime launches just aren't very photogenic. You're about to have a much better look, however. SpaceX is launching a US sp...

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EPA pulls climate science web pages to reflect White House views

President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt aren't exactly fans of climate science, and they're scaling back the EPA's website to reflect their views. The EPA has started implementing a site revision that will "reflect the...

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'The Circle' takes anti-tech paranoia to ludicrous heights

As a book, David Eggers' The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it's so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can't save it. Sure, it didn't really have much...

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Recommended Reading: The genetics of better beer

You Want Better Beer? Good. Here's a Better Barley Genome Adam Rogers, Wired The beer industry certainly isn't hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better. They're doing so...

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Turkey blocks Wikipedia over an alleged 'smear campaign'

Turkey may have just stepped up its efforts to quash online free speech. The country has blocked Wikipedia for supposedly running a "smear campaign" by allowing articles claiming that the Turkish government was coordinating with militant groups. The...

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Video games

Reader Discussion – What Gaming Crossover Would You Like To See?

Earlier this week, we unveiled some of the nitty-gritty details of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite's system and characters. The crossover between the two universes is one of the most enduring in gaming, but in my opinion, crossovers don't happen often enough. So: What gaming crossover would like to see happen? Being a fighting game fan, I'd still flip my lid if Capcom and Warner Bros. ever announced a Street Fighter Vs. Mortal Kombat game. These are the two series in fighting games, and to see Ryu and Scorpion go at it would be a dream come true. A lot of hang-ups make this hard to imagine: How would they deal with the level of violence in Mortal Kombat, which seems core to one series but antithetical to the other? Would it be Capcom or Netherrealm at the helm, since both are skilled fighting game studios? Would it be two crossover games like Capcom Vs. SNK/ SVC Chaos and Street Fighter X Tekken / Tekken X Street Fighter, even though those partnerships end up doing poorly for at least one (or both) companies involved? Despite the hurdles, I'd still like to see it happen someday. So what gaming characters would like to see meet each other? Fancy a Mario Vs. Yooka-Laylee at the Olympic Games? A heartfelt story bringing together Joel from The Last of Us and Nathan Drake from Uncharted? Valve Vs. The Number 3? Let us know in the comments.

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The Persona 5 Soundtrack Will Soon Be Available On Vinyl For $175

Among the many stylish bits that make Persona 5 one of the best games of the year is its soundtrack, which does a great job of both planting you firmly its world and making hanging out with someone at the arcade (or church, or gun shop, or mall) seem way cooler than it actually is. If you've ever wanted to have that soundtrack follow you around but are too cool to just put it in your MP3 player, Iam8bit has you covered. The company is releasing the game's entire soundtrack on vinyl, which will include 4 or 6-LPs (depending on whether you pay $100 to $175), "quality box sets," and an MP3 download. Iam8bit is also documenting the entire process of creating the soundtrack and mastering, such as re-mastering the audio to make it fit for vinyl, how vinyls get stamped, and how the details of making a package like this came about. After all of these steps are done, the team plans to release the soundtrack near the end of the year "in time for the holidays." If that sounds like something you're interested in, you can pre-order the vinyl here.

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Latest Injustice 2 Trailers Reveal Joker, Multiverse Mode

This week brings us two Injustice trailers, one showing off a new character everyone's been dying to see, and another showing off a mode we've been curious to learn more about. The first trailer reveals the Joker, who looks quite different this time around. Rather than take cues from the look he had in Batman: The Animated Series, Injustice 2's iteration of the character looks more like Jared Leto's take on the character in the recent Suicide Squad film. Still, he looks like a properly sadistic and fun character. The move where the fake "BANG!" flag that pops out of his gun turns into a real bullet is pretty clever. (Please visit the site to view this media) IGN also has extensive gameplay of Injustice 2's new Multiverse, which seems to be the game's equivalent to Mortal Kombat X's Living Towers mode, which offered players a way to keep playing against computer opponents and earn rewards. This time around, players select missions that have them engage in short storylines across multiple fights, with each fight building up a character's experience and gear. You can watch a rundown of how the mode will work below. (Please visit the site to view this media)

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, League of Legends, And Street Fighter V

Lots of major events are going down this weekend in the world of esports. League's Mid-Season Invitational is finally upon us, the Kiev Major is sure to deliver a bevy of great moments, and Dreamhack Austin has something for just about anyone. Dota 2's big Kiev Major will be wrapping up this weekend. Between the excellent, fiasco-free production, incredible matches, and huge upsets, this has been one of the game's best majors so far. (Stream / Schedule) Meanwhile, League of Legends is having its big Mid-Season Invitational this weekend, this time in Brazil. Watch as top teams who competed in the Spring Split make their mark on the 2017 season in this short, action-packed event. (Stream / Schedule) Dreamhack is visiting Austin this weekend, and a number of major games are attending the party. The event will be streaming tournaments for: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Stream) Hearthstone (Stream) Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (Stream) StarCraft II (Stream) Street Fighter V (Stream) For a full schedule of events at Dreamhack Austin, head to the (Schedule). Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's Global Pro League is also this weekend, and has a ton of big-name teams like Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, and Fnatic fighting in a Round Robin format. (Stream and Schedule)  Smite's Master tournament pits the game's right best teams (with two additional teams fighting for a spot in the main bracket) against each other, and should have you covered for the weekend. (Stream) You can also catch some quick Tekken 7 action in Manchester, England as part of the Tekken Championship Series. (Stream) Finally, if you're looking for some non-esports event to watch the Tribeca Games Festival, which will feature talks from Hideo Kojima, Ken Levine, and more. (Stream / Schedule) That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed anything in the comments below, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover!

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Replay Season Finale – God Of War

A new God of War game is on the way, and we'll likely learn more about it at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Before that day arrives, why not bone up on the history of the series? In this episode of Replay, we take a look at Kratos bloody origins in the enhanced version of God of War for PlayStation 3. We discuss the impact this title has had on the action genre, whether it's worthy of the "greatest ever" discussion, and recap the series as a whole, including the PSP titles. We then shift gears to a less violent game that we think you'll agree is one of the most ambitious games to date. Strange things happen during this segment. (Please visit the site to view this media) For more episodes of Replay, check out our Replay hub, or click on the banner below to watch episodes on YouTube.

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Reader Discussion – What Gaming Crossover Would You Like To See?

Earlier this week, we unveiled some of the nitty-gritty details of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite's system and characters. The crossover between the two universes is one of the most enduring in gaming, but in my opinion, crossovers don't happen often enough. So: What gaming crossover would like to see happen? Being a fighting game fan, I'd still flip my lid if Capcom and Warner Bros. ever announced a Street Fighter Vs. Mortal Kombat game. These are the two series in fighting games, and to see Ryu and Scorpion go at it would be a dream come true. A lot of hang-ups make this hard to imagine: How would they deal with the level of violence in Mortal Kombat, which seems core to one series but antithetical to the other? Would it be Capcom or Netherrealm at the helm, since both are skilled fighting game studios? Would it be two crossover games like Capcom Vs. SNK/ SVC Chaos and Street Fighter X Tekken / Tekken X Street Fighter, even though those partnerships end up doing poorly for at least one (or both) companies involved? Despite the hurdles, I'd still like to see it happen someday. So what gaming characters would like to see meet each other? Fancy a Mario Vs. Yooka-Laylee at the Olympic Games? A heartfelt story bringing together Joel from The Last of Us and Nathan Drake from Uncharted? Valve Vs. The Number 3? Let us know in the comments.

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News in brief

Thousands march for environment on Trump ‘100 days’ mark

Protesters marched in Washington on a second consecutive Saturday to challenge President Donald Trump’s stance on the environment and call on him to stand by policies to stop climate change championed by his predecessor.

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EU leaders unanimously agree on negotiating guidelines for Brexit

European Union leaders vowed on Saturday to stand shoulder to shoulder behind their negotiating team during the divorce proceedings with Britain and warned that any demands from Prime Minister Theresa May will be dealt with "firmly."

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Russian police detain dozens of anti-Putin protesters

Police detained over 100 activists in Saint Petersburg on Saturday as hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out to protest against President Vladimir Putin's expected candidacy in elections next year.

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‘Amazing’ Bayern capture fifth straight German football crown

Bayern Munich secured a record-extending fifth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after beating VfL Wolfsburg 6-0 to open up an unassailable 10-point lead with three matches remaining.

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Marine Le Pen to appoint ex-rival Dupont-Aignan PM if elected French president

French far-right hopeful Marine Le Pen said Saturday she would appoint defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister if she is elected president.

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Thousands march for environment on Trump ‘100 days’ mark

Protesters marched in Washington on a second consecutive Saturday to challenge President Donald Trump’s stance on the environment and call on him to stand by policies to stop climate change championed by his predecessor.

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Sport

Hockey Night in Canada: Rangers vs. Senators, Game 2

The Ottawa Senators host the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series now on Hockey Night in Canada. Watch coverage with our free live stream on the CBC Sports app or tune in to CBC-TV.

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COC's Smith has Olympian task to counter cynicism surrounding Games

COC president Tricia Smith has the background to make some headway against all that ails the Olympic movement if she has the guts to make the right choices and the backbone to stand her ground.

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Andre De Grasse's mission: Beat Usain Bolt before he retires

Don't let the smiles and back slaps fool you. While Andre De Grasse and Olympic legend Usain Bolt struck up a friendship in front of the world at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Canadian sprinter wants desperately to topple the Jamaican before the icon calls it a career.

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Smoak's blast sparks Jays' win over Rays

Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Toronto's bullpen kept the Rays scoreless over the last four innings as the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 4-1 on Saturday.

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Canada's Derek Drouin wins 4th straight Drake Relays title

Canada's Derek Drouin won the men's high jump Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa for the fourth straight year.

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Hockey Night in Canada: Rangers vs. Senators, Game 2

The Ottawa Senators host the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series now on Hockey Night in Canada. Watch coverage with our free live stream on the CBC Sports app or tune in to CBC-TV.

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Automotive News

Why the Incomparable Rolls-Royce Dawn Is Actually Worth $400,000

Rolls-Royce aims for a truly ethereal experience for its customers, and indeed there is simply nothing like riding behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, Rolls&rsq

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Ellie Goulding Drives the First Range Rover Velar in North America

Some girls have all the luck. Singer Ellie Goulding this month became the first lay-person to drive Range Rover’s new Velar—the fourth member of the Range Rover family—at the vehicle’s spectacular U.S. debut in New York City. &n

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A Visit to Kennebunkport, Maine’s World Class Hidden Pond Resort in the Ferrari 488 GTB

Kennebunkport, Maine has all the finest features of a classic New England seaside town in the state’s most beautiful region with none of the overbuilding and overcrowding that plague so many otherwise alluring destinations. 

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Surviving Blizzards in the Cadillac 2017 CT6 Sedan

Timing my Cadillac 2017 CT6 Sedan loan with a road trip from San Diego to Carson City, NV turned out to be the best decision I could have made.

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Diamonds are Now a Car's Best Friend Thanks to Rolls-Royce

It looks like Rolls-Royce took Rihanna's advice to "shine bright like diamond" literally. The British automakers have now developed a special brand of paint as an exterior finish on a custom Ghost. 

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Why the Incomparable Rolls-Royce Dawn Is Actually Worth $400,000

Rolls-Royce aims for a truly ethereal experience for its customers, and indeed there is simply nothing like riding behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, Rolls&rsq

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