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This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

I was hoping for more news out of Tokyo Game Show this week but apparently it’s not to be. Other than the last-minute delay of The Last Guardian (again) and a mediocre Watch Dogs 2 trailer (below), things have been quiet out of Japan. But hey, Zachtronics is bringing out a spiritual successor to TIS-100, American Truck Simulator is selling ... Read More »

The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

There is a growing consciousness about the desire to keep one’s messages private. Some are concerned about hackers, or worry about the government spying on them, but most people just agree with the general principle that what you say in your chat conversations ought to stay between you and the people you chat with. It’s not a pleasant idea to ... Read More »

Instagram is fighting harassment with new keyword filtering feature

Public figures aren’t the only people who deal with unwanted comments on Instagram, but until today, only VIPs had access to tools that allowed them to fight back. Instagram is rolling out a new moderation feature that gives you more control over what people can say in your comments. The tool is accessible by tapping on the gear icon where ... Read More »

Google’s Fuchsia OS is out in the open and shrouded in mystery

Google is developing a new operating system named Fuchsia, and the early source code is already public. Google itself and Fuchsia’s developers haven’t explained what the OS is for—but we can dig into the source code to learn more. Pink + Purple == Fuchsia Fuchsia is a new, open-source operating system being worked on by Google employees. “Pink + Purple ... Read More »

BitTorrent client is found distributing Mac-based malware

A popular BitTorrent client called Transmission has again been found distributing Mac-based malware, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware. Researchers at security firm ESET have been following a malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site. Somehow, a version of the BitTorrent client containing the malware ... Read More »

New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch ’em all

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you probably wanted to use the hot new thing: crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps taught players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. The problem?  Pokémon Go developer Niantic has said it will actively block “tracker” apps from accessing its data to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. But ... Read More »

Mozilla launches free website security scanning service

In order to help webmasters better protect their websites and users, Mozilla has built an online scanner that can check if web servers have the best security settings in place. Dubbed Observatory, the tool was initially built for in-house use by Mozilla security engineer April King, who was then encouraged to expand it and make it available to the whole ... Read More »

10 selfie tricks that actually work

Taking the perfect selfie isn’t luck. It’s talent. It may be the only talent the Kardashians have (just kidding, Kim, I love ya). Your selfie game is weak: For some reason, all your selfies end up making you look older, heavier, and more washed out than you already are. Well, the good news is that if the Kardashians can master ... Read More »

Now you can play Solitaire and more in Google search

Google just decided to add a little more fun to search—as if “do a barrel roll” and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe references weren’t already enough. The company recently announced that you can now play solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and flip a coin right inside your search results. On top of that you can entertain young children (or childish co-workers) with animal ... Read More »

Facebook further automates trending topics, ditches human-written descriptions

Facebook is a little closer to completely automating its trending topics feature. On Friday,the company announced that it would no longer have employees write short descriptions for each trending topic it displays. Instead, the trending topics box will simply show how many people are discussing a topic. When you mouse over a topic, it’ll show a description that pulls from a news story ... Read More »