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Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81
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Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Samuel F. Dabney, an electrical engineer who laid the groundwork for the modern video game industry as a co-founder of Atari and helped create the hit console game...

Wrigley Field Serves as Classroom for Lane Tech Students
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Wrigley Field Serves as Classroom for Lane Tech Students

Lane Tech College Prep High School students, in collaboration with the University of Chicago, have installed sensor boxes at Wrigley Field to measure sound levels...

Disabled Videogamers Get a New Controller
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Disabled Videogamers Get a New Controller

Microsoft Corp. is making a videogame controller designed for people with disabilities, the latest in a growing number of industry efforts to accommodate players...

Video Games Provide Outlet for Empathy, Dialogue, and Increased Self-Awareness, Designer Says
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Video Games Provide Outlet for Empathy, Dialogue, and Increased Self-Awareness, Designer Says

Doris C. Rusch of DePaul University's Deep Games Lab helped create games such as "Blood Myth," which examines sickle cell anemia; "Zombie Yoga" about anxiety; and...

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

Avengers: Infinity War and the CG Effects Behind Thanos
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Avengers: Infinity War and the CG Effects Behind Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War is packed with dozens of beloved characters we've watched and loved over 10 years of Marvel movies. But one character stands—literally—head...

Despite Backlash, Loot Boxes Could Be Essential to Gaming's Future
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Despite Backlash, Loot Boxes Could Be Essential to Gaming's Future

With all the controversy, scrutiny, and international regulation randomized video game loot boxes are facing these days, you might think the practice of charging...

Flying Disc Project Mistaken for UFO
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Flying Disc Project Mistaken for UFO

Back in 1992, UNLV engineering professors Brendan O'Toole and Darrell Pepper challenged their students to build the world's largest flying disc.

Disney Unveils a Prototype Virtual-Reality Jacket to Simulate Hugs, Punches and a Snake Slithering Across Your Body
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Disney Unveils a Prototype Virtual-Reality Jacket to Simulate Hugs, Punches and a Snake Slithering Across Your Body

A big, green snake slithers up your body, squeezing your rib cage, but you're not afraid. It's strangely exhilarating.

Chinese Tech Companies Turn to Games to Get Kids Interested in STEM
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Chinese Tech Companies Turn to Games to Get Kids Interested in STEM

The CodeCombat video game requires players to write Python or JavaScript to direct a character's movements.

Smithsonian Launches Pilot Program of 'Pepper' Robots
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Smithsonian Launches Pilot Program of 'Pepper' Robots

Humanoid Pepper robots have been deployed in six Smithsonian museums to test how robot technology can enhance visitor experiences and educational offerings.

It Built an Empire of GIFs, Buzzy News and Jokes. China Isn't Amused.
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It Built an Empire of GIFs, Buzzy News and Jokes. China Isn't Amused.

A Chinese start-up that appears to have mastered the art of keeping people glued to their smartphones also has a knack for something else: drawing the ire of China's...

The Era of Fake Video Begins
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The Era of Fake Video Begins

In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from Game of Thrones or Harry Potter engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world...

Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire
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Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer—who turns 90 this month—performed what he characteristically called a "completely pointless" scientific song...

Zuckerberg's Congressional Survival Guide: Tips from Experts
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Zuckerberg's Congressional Survival Guide: Tips from Experts

Now that Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress, he'll need to seek advice not just from lawyers but also from communications specialists on addressing...

Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats
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Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats

We spend way too much time talking about digital currencies and not nearly enough time on digital cats.

MIT Librarian: Tech Workplaces Plastered With Star Trek Posters, Geeky Stuff Are Non-Inclusive to Women
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MIT Librarian: Tech Workplaces Plastered With Star Trek Posters, Geeky Stuff Are Non-Inclusive to Women

The top librarian at MIT recently argued that to make tech workplaces more inclusive and welcoming to women, ditch "Star Trek" posters and other geeky stuff cluttering...

Custom Carpentry With Help From Robots
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Custom Carpentry With Help From Robots

A team from MIT CSAIL has created end-to-end carpentry and fabrication system that democratizes design while minimizing risk of injury.

AR Still Doesn't Have a Killer App, but Google's ARCore Is Here to Help
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AR Still Doesn't Have a Killer App, but Google's ARCore Is Here to Help

You may not have a real Porsche in your driveway, but augmented reality will now let you plonk a virtual one there using a smartphone—and take it for a simulated...
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