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Tom Holland is a dashing young fortune hunter in Uncharted trailer

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star as fortune hunters in Uncharted, an origin story for the hugely popular video game franchise. Sony Pictures has released the official trailer for Uncharted, its long-awaited adaptation based on the hugely popular action/adventure video game franchise of the same name. Movies based on video game franchises can be...

Google halves its revenue share of in-app subscriptions on the Play store

Enlarge (credit: Google Play) Google has made another tweak to the fee structure for apps hosted on the Google Play app store, again granting certain developers a larger slice of the pie. The change specifically affects apps that rely on recurring subscription revenue. Previously, Google took a cut of 30 percent in the first year that...

CDC advisory panel unanimously approves expanded COVID vaccine boosters

Enlarge (credit: iStock / Getty Images) On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control's expert advisory committee on vaccines met to vote on new guidelines for the use of boosters to sustain the immunity provided by the COVID-19 vaccines in use in the US. The day prior, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization...

Stardew Valley’s creator announces pixel-art followup Haunted Chocolatier

Emphasis on "in development." There's no release date for this Stardew Valley successor just yet. [credit: ConcernedApe LLC ] On Thursday, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone dropped a two-minute teaser video for an entirely new game...

Poaching drove the evolution of tusk-free elephants

Enlarge (credit: Bisakha Datta / Getty Images) Because of poaching problems, some wildlife authorities have resorted to removing the horns of rhinos to eliminate the reason they're poached in the first place. As it turns out, evolution came up with a similar solution. A 15-year-long civil war in Mozambique set off a burst of poaching...

Watch this wooden knife cut effortlessly through juicy, medium-well-done steak

Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have figured out a simple, affordable method for creating natural wood materials that are 23 times harder than typical woods, according to a new paper published in the journal Matter. They tested their hardened wood samples by fashioning a wooden knife and several wooden nails and found that the performance...

Microsoft prepares another major Windows update… for Windows 10

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) Windows 11 is out, but Microsoft isn't leaving Windows 10 behind just yet. The November Update for Windows 10 (also known as version 21H2) has rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel and is also available to download as an ISO file. Microsoft expects the current build, version 19044.1288,...

Razer’s new Kraken gaming headsets bring controller-like vibrations to your head

Enlarge / Wireless Razer Kraken V3 Pro. (credit: Razer) There are many different ways to evoke a feeling of immersion with your video game setup. Your choice in monitor shape and size can make virtual worlds seem more real, and responsive peripherals that eliminate lag make your movements more fluid. Audio also has a dramatic effect....

PS5 faceplate or IP violation? The law behind Dbrand’s “Darkplates”

Enlarge When gaming peripherals company Dbrand started selling its custom black PS5 faceplates in February, its website cheekily suggested that its efforts were "totally legal," and it urged anyone who thought otherwise to "go ahead, sue us." Now, sure enough, the company has been forced to change the design of its custom plates in...

Google Stadia’s salvaged future as a back-end cloud service is here

Enlarge Quick Google Stadia recap: Things have not been great. Google's AAA cloud gaming service launched in 2019 to middling reviews and since then has severely undershot Google's sales and usage estimates by hundreds of thousands of users. The company shut down its first-party studio, "Stadia Games & Entertainment (SG&E),"...

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