2014’s biggest stories made us pick up the dictionary

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One of the last summaries of 2014 to be posted has arrived from the guys behind Dictionary.com, who have picked out the hottest trending words of the past year. Replacing the selfie, cronut, and twerk of 2013 are terms like misogynistic, sociopath, and asphyxiation, which reflects a stark change in mood from the previous rankings. The impetus for looking up those definitions in 2014 came from a series of tragic events in the US, including a murder spree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the death of Eric Garner after being subjected to a chokehold by police. On a more positive note, the increased scrutiny of the Washington NFL team’s nickname led to more people finding out exactly what “redskin” means, and at least some…

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I played Grand Theft Auto V on my phone

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I’ve spent much of the past few days replaying my favorite games from 2014. I slowly crept through the dark hallways of Sevastopol Station in Alien: Isolation, holding my breath while a xenomorph stalked me through the vents. I whizzed through the whimsical world of Hohokum, nodding along to my favorite Tycho songs. And I engaged in all manner of criminal activity in the new and improved Grand Theft Auto V. It was a great reminder of just how many awesome games came out this year.

The crazy part? I played all of them on a smartphone.

Ever since the PS3, Sony has tantalized Playstation owners with the idea of Remote Play, which lets you stream console games to a mobile device so you can take games with you throughout the house. It was a…

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Finding out that you’re not the Rebel Alliance, you’re actually part of the Empire and have been all along

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Laurie Penny weighs in with an important addition to the discussion about privilege and pain, making the important point that privilege is not the absence of pain, discrimination or hellish conditions — but that doesn’t mean that the nerds who suffered through school bullying are without it.
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FBI can secretly spy on Americans even if its useless oversight court says no

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In theory, the FBi needs to get the FISA court to sign off on requests for secret warrants to spy on Americans — in practice, it almost always rubberstamps those requests. But on the rare occasions when the FISA court says no, the FBI just gets a National Security Letter (AKA “the other secret warrant”) and gets spying.
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Help Mark Zuckerberg decide what his 2015 personal challenge will be

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Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s Resolutions are pretty legendary. The Facebook founder and chief executive is famous for setting himself a “personal challenge” every year, from only eating meat from animals he’s killed himself in 2011 to wearing a tie every day in 2009. In 2010 he even set himself the task of learning Mandarin, a goal that came to fruition rather publicly when he conducted a Q&A in the language in Beijing this year. Of course, not everyone was impressed by his accent, but how many languages have you learned lately?

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Xbox One SDK leak could let developers make homebrew apps for the console

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A group of hackers has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft’s official Xbox One SDK — the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console. The group, calling itself H4LT, announced the leak of the kit via its Twitter account, tweeting screenshots showing the SDK’s files to Microsoft’s official Xbox account.

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LG announces a curved, 34-inch monitor that’s tailor made for gamers

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You’re going to see lots of curved things at CES 2015. TVs, all-in-one PCs, and plenty desktop monitors. LG’s one of the main pushers of curved displays, and tonight it’s announcing one of those products before we head for Las Vegas. The 34-inch UltraWide desktop monitor has been designed for gamers and integrates support for AMD’s FreeSync, which eliminates unsightly screen tearing that can happen when your monitor and graphics card get out of sync. And since it’s got a 21:9 aspect ratio, you’ll be able to see details on screen that are hidden from your multiplayer foes playing Battlefield 4 on 16:9 monitors. LG’s not new to 21:9 displays, but it’s describing the new UltraWide as one of its best yet, promising unrivaled color accuracy…

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Matter And Form’s 3D Scanner Is Inexpensive And Promising

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Matter and Form Gargoyle Closeup At $600, the Matter And Form 3D Scanner is probably the cheapest 3D laser scanner on the market. While the system does require some tweaking to get great scans, I was quite pleased with the scanning results and, more important, thing this thing can stand up to the big boys in 3D scanning. Most 3D scanners use a turntable to rotate and scan objects. Like the impressive Makerbot Digitizer the… Read More

Samsung beats Apple to a 12-inch fanless laptop

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Samsung’s produced some very impressive laptops from its Ativ Book 9 line, and for 2015 the company is putting forward a new ultrabook that could be its strongest answer to Apple’s MacBook Air yet. The 2015 Ativ Book 9 includes a 12.2-inch display that bests Apple’s ultraportable in resolution at 2560×1600. It’s also capable of getting super bright, jumping up to a brightness level of 700 nits when you activate its outdoor mode. You’ll want to reserve that for emergencies though, since leaving it on surely eat away at the Ativ Book 9’s battery — normally capable of lasting 10.5 hours on a charge — in no time at all.

Otherwise, the appearance of this 2015 Ativ Book 9 is similar to others in Samsung’s recent lineup. It’s all aluminum with…

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Samsung brings curved displays to the PC with new Ativ One 7

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Samsung sure loves its curved display HDTVs, and now it’s expanding the design trend to cover PCs as well. Today the company announced its brand new Ativ One 7 Curved, an all-in-one Windows machine that features a slight curve in its screen that isn’t as readily apparent compared to what we’ve seen from its recent 4K TVs. It’s a 27-inch, 1920×1080 panel with pretty fantastic viewing angles and vivid color reproduction. But it could stand to be a bit sharper. The resolution is no match for Apple’s flagship iMac with Retina Display, and it even falls short of Cupertino’s regular 27-inch model. When you’re sitting so close to a PC, those extra pixels can make a world of difference. Oh well. If you’re wondering just how curved this thing is,…

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