Donkey Kong Enters Hall Of Fame

Donkey Kong is among four new entrants to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. It’s joined by Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokemon Red and Green, and Street Fighter II. The hall is a permanent exhibition at Rochester, New York’s The Strong Museum of Play. Potential inductees are nominated by the public and then shortlisted and […]

Having A Landline No Longer The Norm In US

Most American homes don’t have a landline telephone according to newly published figures. Young adults and renters are the most likely to be cell-phone only. The figures come from the National Center for Health Statistics. Twice a year it carries out a wide-ranging survey of around 20,000 households on health issues and asks for a […]

NASA Wants Help With Aircraft Code

NASA is offering a prize to coders who can help speed up the supercomputer software used to improve aircraft performance. You’ll need to be a US citizen and able to work with Modern Fortran. While many people think of NASA as being a space organization, it also works on aeronautics closer to home. This includes […]

Sgt. Pepper Meets Star Wars In Amazing Parody Album

The Beatles and Star Wars fandoms must have a sizeable crossover by sheer force of numbers and both are covered in a new parody album of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The project from Palette Swap Ninja took five years of work and was completed in time for both the 40th anniversary of Star […]

Legend Of Zelda Includes Movement History & Gauntlet Mode

A map overlay with Link’s past movements may be the highlight of the upcoming The Master Trial DLC for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Other tweaks make gathering Korok seeds a little easier, while the main new gameplay content is a hard mode and a gauntlet challenge. The “hero’s path” addition is an […]

Elon Musk’s Underground Road Network Officially Boring

Elon Musk wants a network of subterranean city tunnels carrying cars around at 130 miles per hour. But the project is moving ahead about as quickly as a pet snail he cited. Late last year he tweeted “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” For […]

Solid $1.4 Million Gold Darth Vader Mask On Sale

A solid gold Darth Vader mask is going up for sale in Japan to mark the movie’s 40th anniversary. It’s yours for a mere $1.4 million. It’s the work of Ginza Tanaka, a leader Japanese jeweller, and will go on sale in its Tokyo store on… yes… May the fourth. The mask is solid 24k […]

Blood Test Could Spot Cancer Comebacks

A new blood test uses DNA to spot early signs of returning cancer. It could mean more effective early treatment, though that’s yet to be confirmed. The test is based around a simple concept: that cancer’s mutation shows up as defective DNA. In the study, researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London took samples […]

Dragonfire Is a New D&D Deckbuilding Game

The makers of Shadowrun are producing a cooperative deckbuilder with the Dungeons & Dragons licence. Dragonfire aims to bridge the gap between tabletop games and RPGs, a sometimes tricky task. The game – which doesn’t yet have a release date — is based on the core engine of Shadowrun: Crossfire, though makers Catalyst Game Labs […]

Verizon Launches ‘Gigabit’ Internet

Verizon is to offer a Gigabit internet service for the first time, albeit in a limited range of places and not quite at the implied speed. The service is an upgrade to the existing Verizon Fios ‘Instant Internet’ offering of 750 Mbps for both uploads and downloads. The new deal will be available to the […]

Teen Creates Crafty Code To Reduce Heart Surgery Risks

A schoolboy shadowing his cardiologist father has devised a way for surgeons to leave an internal “code” to make future operations safer. The system would involve using knots in the wires that hold the sternum back together after the operation. 16-year-old Ben Wald was on a work experience placement, a form of short-term internship that […]

Fahrenheit 451 HBO Movie Gets Lead Cast

HBO has confirmed Michael Shannon and Michael B Jordan as cast members in its long-awaited adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The project has been in the works for at least a year since the announcement that Ramin Bahrani would direct the show. Jordan, the star of Creed, will take the lead role of Montag, […]