Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both having issues (update: fixed!)

Excited to play the Destiny on PlayStation Network? You’re not the only one, and demand as the game’s beta opened its doors today seems to have the service stumbling. A message on the PlayStation Knowledge Center says PSN access is “Intermittently…

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Here’s an Illustrated Guide to the World’s Worst Computer Viruses

Here's an Illustrated Guide to the World's Worst Computer Viruses

To the average layperson (read: me), computer viruses are strings of text that crawl through your computer like so many worms after you open that email from your friend’s grandma. They’re intangible. Which is why seeing how 24 top designers illustrated the most famous viruses is so much fun.

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Latest Unreal Engine update adds support for iOS 8 Metal

Epic Games has released version 4.3 of it’s Unreal game engine, with this version adding support for Metal, Apple’s new low-level application programming interface (API) coming with iOS 8. You’ll need compile your code with the Xcode 6 beta, and Metal is not enabled by default, though this is easily done through your game’s Project Settings. According to the Unreal Engine blog:

Unreal Engine 4.3 includes greatly improved mobile support, awesome new rendering features, improved Blueprint workflows, and strides toward an excellent experience on Mac and laptops. Be sure to check out the new World Composition tools, spline features, and the preview of Paper2D, our 2D toolset! Today we’re also shipping SpeedTree 7 support, our work on Metal API for iOS 8 to date, and new Oculus Rift features such as time warping.

Metal was originally introduced back at WWDC 2014. It gives game developers more access to the power of the A7, and features faster draw calls, precompiled shaders, and more. Epic was actually on-stage during the WWDC keynote, demonstrating a work in progress that utilized Metal, Zen Garden. Epic plans to release Zen Garden when iOS 8 ships later this year.

Be sure to check out our look at Metal in iOS 8. Are you excited about Metal? Let us know below in the comments.

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Where to buy Nokia’s Lumia 930

Nokia’s latest flagship Windows Phone, and its last as a company unbeholden to Microsoft, launched in the UK today. The Lumia 930, also known as the Lumia Icon over in the states, marries high-end specs with the newest version of Microsoft’s mobile…

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GREE and Ubisoft to release Assassin’s Creed Memories for iPhone and iPad

Mobile phone publisher GREE has announced it is teaming up with Ubisoft and PlayNext to release the free-to-play game Assassin’s Creed Memories for the iPhone and iPad. The game is the latest entry in the long running Ubisoft franchise and will offer gamers a mix of RPG, strategy and card battle features.

Ubisoft’s press release states that players will use the new “mobile Animus” to travel to different time periods in the game. It adds:

Assassin’s Creed Memories will offer players the opportunity to explore familiar time periods like Renaissance Italy and Colonial America, while also bringing some new eras into play. The game will offer a deep and engaging single player experience as well as multiplayer combat involving battles of up to 20 versus 20 players. With an emphasis on customization and strategy, each player will be able to create and build a unique experience as they decide what kind of Assassin they want to be and which fan-favorite allies they want by their side.

The game is currently available in select countries under a “soft launch” plan, with the full release planned for later this summer. A previous mobile game in the series, Assassin’s Creed Pirates, was released in December. What do you think of this new and different entry in the series?

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Australia drops carbon tax in favor of paying industries to use clean energy

For years, Australia has tried to fight polluters through a carbon tax that charges the most egregious offenders based on their greenhouse gas emissions. Prime Minister Tony Abbott doesn’t believe that this strategy is helping much, however, and has…

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A MagSafe Charger for the iPhone Would Be Awesome

A MagSafe Charger for the iPhone Would Be Awesome

MagSafe is really wonderful tech, the MacBook’s most underrated feature . Wouldn’t it be great on the iPhone too? That’s what the Kickstarter for a charger and battery pack called "Cabin" is shooting for. And even if it never actually happens, it’s a nice fantasy.

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MIT researchers want to power your cellphone with dew

Water is pretty wild when you think about it: all of its three states of matter are consumable by humans, and one in particular can even give off electrical power. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered that when water…

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You can buy a PlayStation 4 for £300 right now

New consoles are never easy on the wallet, so anything to take some of the sting out of that purchase is always appreciated. Case in point: well-known retailer ShopTo has just dropped the price of a brand-new PlayStation 4 to a penny under £300,…

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Chicago Wants To Install Superconducting Cable To End Power Outages

Chicago Wants To Install Superconducting Cable To End Power Outages

With the threat of terrorism and extreme weather perennially perched on the horizon, Chicago’s getting creative with its infrastructure upgrades. The city’s primary power company, Commercial Edison, is planning to install superconducting cables to prevent outages in the city center. Why doesn’t every city do this?

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