Europe rules e-books won't get tax breaks like paper books
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 7:48 am
Isn't it ironic that tiny nuances of tax law can often cause colossal results out in the real world? It's one of those judgments that has rocked Europe after its highest court ruled that e-books aren't actually goods at all. Currently, paper books so...

'Rock Band' is back with 'Rock Band 4': headed to Xbox One and PS4 in 2015
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 8:30 am
Remember way back in 2009? Times were simpler then: Pittsburgh's Steelers were Super Bowl champions, Tiger Woods was caught having an affair, and I was playing a lot of Rock Band. You probably were too. Many millions of you were, anyway, and the plas...

House of Lords calls for drone owners to be put on a register
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 8:44 am
Ever since a drunk intelligence officer crashed a drone on the White House lawn, questions have been raised about their safety and how such "accidents" can be avoided in the future. Drone makers have already introduced measures to restrict drone flig...

Online Multiplayer Games – Discover the Fun
Posted by Write The Game [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 6:12 am
Gone may be the days or weeks whenever people today use to acquire excited throughout arranging gemstones on laptop or computer. Game maniacs today need even more games with more impressive range of challenges and game titles with hard opponents. Here comes the cornerstone of multiplayer video game titles. In the perfect multiplayer action many […]

MakerBot makes it easy for schools and businesses to start 3D printing
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 5:33 am
MakerBot has just launched a new initiative called Starter Lab, which makes 3D printing more accessible to more people, particularly students and employees. It's a bundle of MakerBot products, including several printers and other hardware, plastic fi...

Glympse for Auto shares your car's location without distractions
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 6:27 am
You no longer have to fiddle with your smartphone (or an in-car interface) to share your location while on the road. Glympse has trotted out Glympse for Auto, an Android app that lets you send your position with a minimum of distractions. You only ha...

WSJ: Retina Display MacBook Air is coming soon
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 4:17 am
Buried in a lot of stuff we may not believe about a 12.9-inch iPad, the Wall Street Journal believes that a new MacBook Air is on the way. According to the paper's gang of people familiar with the matter, the company's suppliers are working on a 12-i...

Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 3/5/2015
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A Duck? Will there be a Goose?

New Profile Icons


Updated Champion Splash Art

Elderwood Bard

Secret Agent Xin Zhao

Champion Changes


  • Flame Breath [E] - Now deals 2.5% of maximum health as on-hit damage (up from 2%)


  • Titan's Wrath [W] - Shield is now valued at 9/11/13/15/17% (up from 7/9.5/12/14.5/17%) and now deals 30/40/50/60/70 damage (changed from 15/30/45/60/75)
  • Riptide [E] - Cooldown is now 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 (up from 6/5.5/5/4.5/4)


  • Decimating Smash [Q] - Mana cost is now 45 at all ranks (changed from 40/45/50/55/60)
  • Soul Furnace [W] - Mana cost raised to 65/70/75/80/85 (up from 60/65/70/75/80)


  • Riftwalk [R] - Range reduced to 500 (down from 550) and mana reduced to 50 at all ranks (down from 60). Cooldown changed to 6/4/2 (from 5/4/3).

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The creators of 'Monument Valley' are redesigning your car dash
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 1:55 am
The developer of Monument Valley, Ustwo, isn't just content with designing beautiful puzzle games and tablet software -- it wants to rethink your car's dashboard, too. The company has partnered with Car Design Research to build a prototype for an ins...

After Swype, HTC taps China's TouchPal for new Android keyboard
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 2:42 am
Tech-savvy users may have already come across TouchPal when trying different keyboards on Android and iOS 8 (and maybe even Windows 8), but it looks like a whole lot more people will be introduced to it soon. According to the Shanghai-based keyboard ...

Biased game news reporting
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 2:55 am
EA shut down the main Maxis studio Emeryville. And the internet erupted in a wave of stories how the evil overlord company destroyed the developer studio that has produced some of our favorite games like The Sims and SimCity. Without any shred of evidence it is assumed that everything that went wrong is the fault of EA, while the developers of Maxis are innocent victims. But can we really be sure about that?

Both the latest SimCity game from 2013 and the latest The Sims 4 had huge problems which made them far less successful than previous games. On Metacritic SimCity got a score of 64, and The Sims 4 got 70. This are not high quality games. And I think it is too easy for a developer to claim that his game was shit only because of some high-level corporate decision or budget constraint. I played SimCity on release and for me it was clear that the code was flawed way beyond what could be explained by an evil overlord theory.

Gamers are frequently demanding unbiased game news reporting. I think that would be great. But what they often mean is that they want biased game news reporting that corresponds to their personal bias, the Fox News concept of game news reporting. I don't think that is such a good idea. Just because many people dislike EA for good reasons doesn't absolve Maxis from blame for the bad quality of their games.
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Hillary Clinton: 'I want the public to see my email'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2015, 12:14 am
Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a self-hosted email address has been at the center of controversy over the last few days, and now the former Secretary of State tweets that she wants those emails released to the public. Her tweets came after a cong...

Hyundai lets owners control their cars with smartwatches
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 11:42 pm
Hey, Hyundai owners, it's finally here: the Blue Link companion app for smartwatches that the automaker promised back during CES this year. And yes, you can use it to remotely lock/unlock doors, start/stop the engine, flash lights or honk any Blue Li...

FTC offers a $25,000 prize if you can trap robocallers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 9:15 pm
Yep, the Federal Trade Commission still hates robocalls as much as you do. The agency has launched a contest where you'll get a $25,000 top prize if you develop technology that sends illegal automated telemarketing to a honeypot system, which makes i...

The big US carriers will shut down their mobile wallet this month
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 10:02 pm
There was no question that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon gave up on their Softcard mobile payment service when they agreed to pre-install Google Wallet, but it's now apparent that they're beating an especially hasty retreat. Softcard is telling users th...

Etsy wants to raise $300 million by going public
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 10:55 pm
Etsy, yes that marketplace for handcrafted and bespoke goods, plans to raise money not by selling custom crocheted rabbit hats or bohemian jewelry, but by doing an initial public offering. The Brooklyn company has just filed an S-1 form at the US Sec...

Damsels of DDO Episode 10
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Here's how Minecraft creates its gigantic worlds
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 7:16 pm
Have you wondered how Minecraft can produce massive worlds that are still chock-full of little details, like elaborate cliff faces and waterfalls? PBS' Game/Show is more than happy to explain in a new video. As you'll see below, Mojang's game relies ...

The Associated Press is automating college sports news, too
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 7:59 pm
In an effort to bring the masses more sports news, the Associated Press plans to use automated tech for stories it wouldn't normally cover. The AP is working with the NCAA this spring to produce game reports across Division I baseball, Division I wom...

Daily Roundup: Nintendo and indie gaming, HTC's attempt at VR and more!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 8:43 pm
In today's Daily Roundup, we take a look at Nintendo's relationship with indie game makers, find out how Valve wants to change VR and chat with HTC's chief designer. Head past the break to get caught up on all of the day's top stories....

EA shuts down the studio behind 'SimCity'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:58 pm
The studio that created SimCity and The Sims is no more. Today, EA confirmed that it will shut down Maxis Emeryville, displacing the folks primarily responsible for the aforementioned titles. In a statement, EA said that it'll relocate Maxis' develop...

US tech companies have stashed over $420 billion overseas
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 5:19 pm
It's no secret that the US government wants companies to bring more of their offshore profits back home for the sake of taxes, and it's now exceptionally clear as to why. Bloomberg has sifted through financial filings and discovered that the top eigh...

Valve's push into VR will span many headsets from many companies
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 5:30 pm
Currently, the HTC Vive is the only virtual reality headset that's part of Valve's Steam VR push. That's not because it's the only one, but because it's the only one we know about thus far. "You should think of the Vive as the first in the same way t...

Xbox Live and ID@Xbox are coming to Windows 10
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 5:49 pm
If the news of Xbox games coming to HoloLens and Elite: Dangerous hitting Xbox One this summer wasn't nearly enough, Microsoft has a few other tidbits to share from this year's Game Developers Conference. First up: Redmond is bringing the Xbox Live S...

A visual history of Valve's work in VR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 6:06 pm
It's been a long road from where Valve started with VR. It was only a few shorts years ago that the company was letting select industry folk demo prototype VR hardware in its QR code-laden "Room." And now, Valve has its own consumer-facing VR headset...

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