Windows To Better Support Leap Seconds

Windows 10’s next major update will add support for leap seconds. It’s designed to make the system compatible with some regulatory requirements The leap second is necessary because of the way we keep track of time. Almost all timekeeping, including computer operations and the internet, is based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). That’s an atomic […]

Valve Bans Nearly 100,000 Accounts

Valve has banned a record 95,000 accounts from Steam games in a single week. It seems likely a specific cheating method was identified before the ban-hammer fell. The stats come from a third-party database, which tracks details of Steam activity including bannings. The figure for accounts banned via the Valve Anti-Cheat System normally hovers around […]

Original Console Controllers Go Wireless With New Kit

If you’ve still got an original 80s console controller hanging about (or one from the recent mini Nintendo models), there’s now an easy way to make it wireless. 8BitDo has produced a series of $20 DIY kits that let you add wireless function without any soldering or particularly complicated tinkering. To use them you simply […]

Typo Causes Alien Idiocy

A notoriously poorly-received Aliens-based video game has been partially fixed by simply removing one rogue letter in the code. Released in 2013, Aliens: Colonial Marines earned some truly dreadful reviews. IGN gave it 4.5 out of 10, which is of course a far worse figure in video game reviews than any other form of arithmetic. […]

Instagram Confusion Reveals Home Truths

Users of Instagram’s new “ask a question” feature have been surprised to discover it’s not quite as anonymous as they thought, leading to some embarrassing situations. The feature, which openly invites users to ask a question (rather than just having them type it as a comment) is the latest attempt to keep existing users active […]

Family Moves In To 3D-Printed Home

A French house appears to be the first ‘3D printed’ building that’s actually being used as a permanent family home rather than a prototype or demo .The time and money savings aren’t necessarily the main benefit, rather the flexibility and environmental advantages. The printing worked on much the same principle as any other 3D printer, […]

iPhone Survives Two Days In The Sea

An iPhone that had been on a seabed for two days has been returned to its owner – in full working order thanks to a waterproof case. A Canadian tourist dropped the phone while kayaking off the southern coast of the United Kingdom and assumed it was gone for good before returning home. Two days […]

Dual-Layer Screen Boosts Smartwatch Battery Life

The makers of a new smartwatch claim it can go for up to 30 days without a charge. The key to the TicWatch Pro’s durability is a dual-layer display, though there’s a big catch with the claim. The $250 watch has all the gizmos and specs you’d expect including multiple motion and fitness sensors, 4GB […]