Monthly Archives: June 2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic adds Ewok companion as part of update 2.3

Hate them or hate them, Ewoks will forever remain part of the Star Wars mythology, in all parallel universes except for the Revenge of the Jedi one from BioShock Infinite. Probably. As part of update 2.3, the cuddly murderous rebels … Read the rest of this entry

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SimCity gets Airships DLC, yours for 8.99 luftballons

Hey there, blimpy boy: SimCity hasn’t gotten any more consumer friendly with its latest bit of paid DLC, but it has taken to the skies by adding airships, balloons and even blimps. Which, erm, is almost as good. Pretend you’re … Read the rest of this entry

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Game of Thrones diary part one: staying alive in Crusader Kings 2′s Westeros

Rich’s rules: 1. Play as ruler of the North, Ned Stark. 2. Don’t die. 3. No honour, only backstabbing. 4. I’d really like not to die, please. Crusader Kings II is a game about scheming, plotting and advanced nefariousness in … Read the rest of this entry

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Washington Post reveals new PRISM slides, offers greater clarity into the US’ surveillance operation

PRISM: The surveillance story that started with four leaked slides from the Washington Post, today gets a bit clearer. The publication has revealed four more annotated slides about the once-secret NSA operation, along with detailing the various levels of scrutiny … Read the rest of this entry

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Alt-week 6.29.13: DARPA’s robot finalists, the IRIS solar mission and empathetic computers

Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days. Sure, DARPA is slightly sinister, but it’s so into robots that we’re willing to let that slide. In fact, last year it launched … Read the rest of this entry

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Twitter website adds language translation, promptly proves its worth

The threads of the universe are known to intertwine in mysterious ways, and recently they’ve been tangling themselves around two largely unrelated things: Twitter and Windows Phone. It’s hard for us mere mortals to make sense of it, but here’s … Read the rest of this entry

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Songza introduces paid ad-free service that costs $0.99 a week

Songza joined the ad-free music streaming club today with a club of its own: Club Songza. Like the premium services on Spotify and Slacker, you’ll have to cough up a few pennies to belong — about 99 of them a … Read the rest of this entry

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Titanfall artist talks about the futuristic shooter’s “old-school” beginnings

Even though it’s set to feature giant mechanized robots, Titanfall found its origins in some decidedly “old-school” development techniques, according to Respawn Entertainment lead artist Joel Emslie. Emslie details this process and more in a two-part interview about the upcoming first-person … Read the rest of this entry

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Here’s 10 minutes of Saints Row 4′s E3 gameplay footage

What does a game that got banned in Australia look like? Why, it looks like Saints Row 4—which is to say that this game is full of offensive purple suits. Here’s the in-game walkthrough that was shown off at E3, narrated … Read the rest of this entry

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Leeds turning telephone boxes into free WiFi kiosks, crowdsource your memories for posterity

Public WiFi projects don’t normally involve antique restoration and historical crowd sourcing, but that’s exactly what’s going on in Leeds. Local telecoms company aql is renovating Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic red telephone boxes in the area, adding solar panels, networking … Read the rest of this entry

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